Cloutier placed on IR with hip injury

Updated: December 28, 2006, 7:40 PM ET
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The Los Angeles Kings lost one player for a while but gained two others.

The Kings on Thursday placed goaltender Dan Cloutier on injured reserve and activated netminder Mathieu Garon and center Alyn McCauley.

Dan Cloutier
Cloutier

Acquired from Vancouver during the offseason, Cloutier is sidelined with a "lower body" injury. Drafted 26th overall by the New York Rangers in 1994, the 30-year-old has appeared in 24 games with the Kings this season, posting a 6-14-2 record, 3.98 goals-against average and .860 save percentage.

"The soreness ... in his hip is affecting his knee," Kings coach Marc Crawford told the Los Angeles Times. "Hopefully by giving him a week off, it will give him time to work through the issues he has and allow him to play at the level we need him to play."

Garon, 28, missed 12 games with a groin injury. The Quebec native, who last played in a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey on Nov. 27, went 5-5-2 with one shutout, a 2.65 GAA and a .903 save percentage in 14 contests prior to the ailment.

McCauley, who signed with Los Angeles as a free agent in July, underwent offseason knee surgery and has yet to play this season. The 29-year-old spent 2005-06 with San Jose, recording 12 goals and 14 assists in 76 games.

Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.