From staff and news reports Dan Cloutier, the only goalie on the Kings’ roster with a proven track record as a starter at the NHL level, was placed on waivers Friday. Brought in last year to cure the Kings’ goaltending woes, Cloutier ended up compounding them with injury and ineffective play. One of the better goalies in the league over a three-year stretch for Vancouver from 2001 to 2004, when he played under current Kings coach Marc Crawford, Cloutier played in only 27 games over the past two seasons because of season-ending knee and hip injuries. Cloutier and his $3.1-million salary are expected to clear waivers today at 9 a.m., at which time he will be assigned to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H. “The reality is that he hasn’t played in three years,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said in a conference call. “The only way he is going to totally get his confidence back is to play.” The move leaves the Kings with three goaltenders: Jason LaBarbera, Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Jonathan Bernier. Aubin has played eight years in the league, but never been a full-time starter. LaBarbera made 21 starts for the Kings in 2005-06 before spending all of last season at Manchester. Bernier was the Kings’ first-round pick in 2006. Cloutier gave up six goals in two exhibition appearances. Ducks fall to Sharks Forward Joe Pavelski scored his first two goals of the preseason as the San Jose Sharks, appearing at home for the first time, beat the Ducks, 3-1. Ducks rookie Bobby Ryan scored his first goal of the preseason in the middle period with a bad-angle wrist shot that slipped past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov on a power play. Staff writer Matthew Kredell contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!