Zatkoff is expected to remain with the Kings after clearing waivers Wednesday, LA Kings Insider reports. There was some talk of the Kings recalling Jack Campbell to serve as Peter Budaj's backup as they await the return of Jonathan Quick but Zatkoff will remain with the Kings for now. His days are numbered with Quick expected back in early-to-mid March however and won't carry any fantasy value with Budaj firmly entrenched as the team's starting netminder.
Zatkoff was waived by the team on Wednesday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports. The Kings are taking the first step toward making room on the 23-man roster for Jonathan Quick (groin) by placing Zatkoff on waivers. If the 29-year-old clears, Los Angeles will then be able to move him down to the AHL once Quick is given the all clear. A career backup, the Detroit native may not garner a lot of interest from other teams; especially when you consider he has a 2-7-1 record this year with a 2.95 GAA.
Zatkoff allowed one goal on five shots in relief for Peter Budaj during a 5-0 loss to the Capitals on Sunday. The 29-year-old has started just one game over the last month and appeared in just two others in mop up duty, so he doesn't really get enough opportunities to be fantasy relevant. Zatkoff is 2-7-1 with a 3.24 GAA and .830 save percentage in 13 appearances.
Zatkoff could possibly be assigned to Ontario of the AHL via waivers while recalling Jack Campbell, according to team correspondence, reports. The team is reportedly unhappy with his play in the crease behind starter Peter Budaj, so Zatkoff could be on his way down. Either way, he has struggled lately and hasn't done much to endear himself to fantasy owners outside of the deepest of pools allowing daily transactions. When playing better, he can be a decent low-priced DFS option, especially when the matchup is favorable.
Zatkoff saved just 14 of 17 shots during Monday's loss to the Rangers. Zatkoff has won just two of eight starts, and he entered Monday's game with an underwhelming 2.93 GAA and .886 save percentage. He's still a potential streamer in seasonal leagues and low-priced flier in daily contests, but he's done absolutely nothing this season to instill confidence.
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