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Devils-Kings rematch in AHL sees its NHL players making the best of things

Rob Scuderi, Adam Henrique, Jonathan Quick

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi (7) defends against New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick looks on in the second period during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals,Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


When last we saw New Jersey’s Adam Henrique and Los Angeles’ Slava Voynov and Jordan Nolan on the same ice it was during the Kings’ Stanley Cup-clinching victory in Game 6 of the finals. With the lockout firmly in place, those players saw their seasons start in the AHL and their paths cross on that league’s opening weekend.

For Nolan, his season got off to a rough start breaking a finger in a fight against the Providence Bruins. After seeing his Manchester Monarchs take out the Albany Devils 2-1 last night, Nolan says he’s making the best of things back in the minors.

“It’s a little disappointing there’s no NHL season,” Nolan said. “To be back down here is a little frustrating, but this is the best hockey going right now. I’m excited to be with my team and I’m still a young player so I can still develop and get my game going.”

For Henrique, his breakout season and playoff stardom you’d think would make him more frustrated at having to start in the AHL rather than pick up where he left off. Instead, he’s focused on improving and helping Albany win.

“I’m not thinking about the lockout,” Henrique said. “My focus is on this team and getting the guys here on the right path and the team coming together.”

That kind of attitude will go a long way to helping the newcomers in the minors, but it’s got to sting the parent club knowing he’s not doing it on the big stage.