Kings Rumors & News

  • Looking at the NHL’s top 12 buyout candidates in 2017

    Sportsnet "Under-performing players, albatross contracts and a relatively flat 2017-18 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon hand you a get-out-jail card. But it ain’t free. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to..." May 24

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Bishop says health not an issue — important, since he’s signed ’til 2023

    Pro Hockey Talk "After announcing they’d signed Ben Bishop to a $29.5 million deal, the Stars faced some questions about the term they handed out: Six years. It’s a pretty lengthy contract for a guy that turns 31 this fall, and has dealt with his fair share of injury problems. But according to Bishop, there..." May 12

  • Stars announce 6-year contract for Ben Bishop at $29.5 million

    Sports Day "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a six-year, $29.5-million contract extension. Bishop, 30, was acquired by the Stars on May 9 in a deal that sent a fourth round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, originally Montreal's, to Los..." May 12

  • Bishop has ‘good relationship’ with Hitch, and that’s important

    Sports Day "The Stars on Tuesday went a long way in solving their biggest problem on the ice, acquiring the rights to goalie Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round draft pick. Bishop, 30, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he and Stars general manager Jim Nill said they..." May 10

  • Kings sign Tanner Pearson to four-year extension

    Sportsnet "Forward Tanner Pearson agreed to a four-year, $15 million contract to stay with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Pearson had a career-high 24 goals and 20 assists in 80 games for the Kings last season, just his second full NHL campaign. He has emerged as one of the low-scoring Kings’ top..." May 10

  • 8 potential sign-and-trade destinations for Ilya Kovalchuk

    Sportsnet "With the countdown to NHL’s unrestricted free agency lacking some of the zip of last year’s Stamkos Watch, the introduction of a potential Ilya Kovalchuk bidding war provides a welcome wrinkle to the hockey off-season. New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero confirmed with Kovalchuk’s..." May 10

  • Stars acquire rights to Ben Bishop from Kings

    Sportsnet "The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to pending free agent goaltender Ben Bishop from the Los Angeles Kings. Bishop had a 2.54 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 39 games this past season, split with the Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. He is a two-time Vezina finalist with..." May 09

  • Futa not expected to land Sabres GM job, excited about new Kings role

    LA Kings Insider "Having met with Michael Futa this afternoon, and based on follow-up conversations with both Futa and another team source, it appears as though he is no longer under heavy consideration for the open Buffalo Sabres GM job and is excited to continue his career with the Los Angeles Kings following his..." May 06

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • Kings to sign KHL All-Star Fantenberg

    Pro Hockey Talk "Los Angeles is reportedly close to announcing an interesting acquisition — Swedish blueliner Oscar Fantenberg, who spent last season starring for HC Sochi of the KHL. From LA Kings Insider, who posted the news yesterday: I’m told [Fantenberg’s] another transition-comfortable defender who..." May 02

  • Makes sense Flames and Stars would ask about Bishop

    Fanrag Sports "NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun tweeted Monday morning that a couple of teams have inquired with the Los Angeles Kings about trading for the rights to pending unrestricted free agent goaltender Ben Bishop. He also noted this was similar to what the Carolina Hurricanes did on Friday when they secured..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • The Ben Bishop market is reportedly heating up

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s been significant goalie movement already this offseason, so no surprise suitors are now jockeying for Ben Bishop‘s services. Per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, a “couple of teams” spoke to Los Angeles about acquiring the rights to Bishop, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1...." May 01

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Kings' Futa among candidates for Sabres GM job

    Buffalo News "The Sabres have asked for permission to interview a longtime Kings executive, but it’s not the one at the top of some lists. Buffalo has been granted permission to talk with Los Angeles Assistant General Manager Michael Futa. A Kings spokesman told The Buffalo News the Sabres have not asked to..." April 28

  • Blake, Stevens on board with re-tooling Kings' analytical approach

    LA Kings Insider "Darryl Sutter’s gruff exterior, his English pocked by uneven grammar, and even his unique agricultural background led many to place labels on him that weren’t necessarily accurate. While there may have been the outside assumption that he was resistant to change in hockey, he still understood the..." April 27

  • Kings' Toffoli, Gaborik, Martinez, Forbort underwent medical procedures "The LA Kings have announced that the following players recently underwent medical procedures: Tyler Toffoli - Minor surgical procedure on his left knee. Toffoli is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Alec Martinez - Minor medical procedure for a chronic issue related to his..." April 26

  • Gaborik won't be bought out, but injury means he won't be ready for camp

    CBS Sports "Gaborik underwent a procedure that will hold him out through at least part of training camp, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports. The veteran winger hasn't supplied much production in either of his last two seasons for the Kings, collecting just 21 points over 56 games in this..." April 25

  • Kings to announce John Stevens as next head coach

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Los Angeles Kings moved fairly quickly when it comes to replacing Darryl Sutter, and they did not have to go very far to do it. According to Pierre LeBrun and Kings Insider Jon Rosen, the team will be announcing on Sunday that John Stevens will be the next head coach of the Kings. He is..." April 23

  • Ben Bishop sits atop Calgary Flames off-season to-do list

    Sportsnet "Last year they danced, this year it’s bound to get more serious. Following the dramatic collapse of Brian Elliott in the two most important games of the season, the Calgary Flames will undoubtedly be looking elsewhere for their next starting goaltender. And the most logical target will be a..." April 21

  • Kings sign Minnesota-Duluth scorer Iafallo

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Iafallo, the Minnesota-Duluth senior that finished 12th in the country in scoring this season, has signed an entry-level deal with the L.A. Kings, according to the Buffalo News. Iafallo, 23, is coming off a terrific campaign with the Bulldogs. He scored 21 goals and 51 points in 42 games,..." April 18

  • Kings focused on assistant John Stevens as coaching candidate

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Kings' coaching search for now includes just one man: associate coach John Stevens. New general manager Rob Blake wants to discuss things with the former Philadelphia Flyers coach and see if he's a fit, a Kings spokesman has told the Southern California News Group. The..." April 15

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • Jarome Iginla isn't ready to retire and considers the Kings an option — if they want him

    Los Angeles Times "Future Hall of Fame forward Jarome Iginla, who brought a dose of competitiveness to the Kings’ lineup after they acquired him from Colorado just before the NHL trading deadline, said he had so much fun in his short stint with the team that he’d like to continue his career after he turns 40 on July..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Kings fire assistant coach Davis Payne

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Kings cleaned house on Monday by firing head coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi. On Tuesday, it was learned that assistant coach Davis Payne didn’t make the cut, either, according to The Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno. Payne was hired as the assistant to..." April 12

  • Anze Kopitar acknowledges his 'down year' and the adjustment to being the Kings' captain

    Los Angeles Times "Greetings from Edmonton, where the big news is that the Oilers can clinch their first playoff berth since 2006 if they defeat the Kings on Tuesday night. But something interesting cropped up Tuesday morning from the Kings’ point of view: Anze Kopitar told The Times that the responsibility of being..." April 11

  • Kings Fire Head Coach Darryl Sutter And GM Dean Lombardi

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a massive overhaul of their front office, Los Angeles Kings ownership group AEG announced that head coach Darryl Sutter and General Manager Dean Lombardi have been relieved of their positions. A pair of former players and current executives have been promoted with Luc Robitaille named President..." April 11

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Ducks tip Kings, claim 5th straight division title

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A 22-year-old defenseman who spent most of the season shuttling between the NHL and AHL enabled the Anaheim Ducks to win the Pacific Division championship on Sunday night. Shea Theodore scored 53 seconds into overtime to give the Ducks their fifth successive division title..." April 10

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Kings' OT goal send Blackhawks to fourth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- In their final home game of a disappointing season, the Los Angeles Kings gave their fans some optimism that next season will not end in mid-April. The Chicago Blackhawks turn their attention to a far bigger prize as they return to the Windy City. Drew Doughty scored the..." April 08

  • Flames beat Kings, maintain top wild-card spot

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The game between the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday was a contrast between one team sharpening its game for the postseason and the other making plans for an early vacation. Defenseman Dennis Wideman scored the decisive goal and rookie goaltender Jon..." April 07

  • Darryl Sutter is none too pleased with Jordan Nolan

    LA Kings Insider "In several media scrums over the second half of the season, we’ve all kind of picked up on some Sutter disapproval of the amount of time Nolan has missed due to a muscle pull in his leg and an undisclosed injury sustained in his first game back in uniform. Sutter called the original ailment “a..." April 07

  • Kings end Oilers' five-game winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- If the Los Angeles Kings produced offense all season as they did against the Edmonton Oilers, their win Tuesday may not have been a meaningless effort. Nick Shore registered a goal and three assists and Dustin Brown added a goal and an assist as the Kings defeated the Edmonton..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • Kings' playoff hopes dashed by nemesis Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Coyotes usually play the Kings tough at Staples Center, yet Arizona's 2-1 victory Sunday night is likely the most difficult loss of all for Los Angeles to swallow. Arizona's fifth straight win at Staples Center eliminated the Kings from playoff contention for the second..." April 03

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Kings keep slim playoff hopes alive with win vs. Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The odds are stacked against the Los Angeles Kings making the playoffs but Jarome Iginla is not ready to fold his hand yet. Iginla scored the 625th goal of his 20-year career and goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 35 shots for the shutout as the Kings kept their..." April 01

  • Apparently Matthew Tkachuk got a talking-to after antics vs. Doughty, Kings

    Calgary Sun "The smoke from Wednesday night’s fireworks had yet to settle a day later when inquiring minds needed to know: Did Matthew Tkachuk learn from the experience? Is he now aware poking the bear with unnecessary comments the day before a big game can backfire in painful fashion – not just on you, but..." April 01

  • Kings keep Flames from clinching playoff spot

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla has had a lot of great games in Calgary, but Wednesday's performance against his former team will go down as one he'll never forget. Iginla's "Gordie Howe hat trick" -- a goal, assist and a fight -- led the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 win over the Calgary..." March 30

  • Iginla’s Calgary homecoming shows why Kings should bring him back

    Sportsnet "Perhaps that wasn’t the last Calgary Flames fans have seen of Jarome Iginla after all. In fact, after the performance he put in as the first star Wednesday at the Saddledome there are plenty of reasons to believe that not only should he come back for another season, there’s a good chance he..." March 30