Kings Rumors & News

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Wayne Gretzky traded by Oilers to Kings 28 years ago

    NHL.com "The trade that most thought could never happen was made on this date 28 years ago. Wayne Gretzky, the captain and the heart and soul of the dynastic Edmonton Oilers, was traded on Aug. 9, 1988, sent to the Los Angeles Kings along with center Mike Krushelnyski and defenseman Marty McSorley...." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Leafs close to signing G Enroth

    TSN "The Toronto Maple Leafs' search for a backup goaltender to the newly acquired Frederik Andersen could be at its end. Swedish outlet Expressen's Johan Svensson reports the team is nearing a deal with Jhonas Enroth. The 28-year-old Swede spent last season with the Los Angeles Kings, backing up..." July 25

  • Versteeg joins Swiss side Bern on 1-year deal

    The Score "Kris Versteeg is indeed heading to Switzerland. SC Bern of the Swiss National League A confirmed the signing of the two-time Stanley Cup champ and habitual rental commodity with a press release Monday." July 25

  • Coyotes' Schenn happy to play in pressure-free market

    NHL.com "Luke Schenn played his first NHL game nearly a month before his 19th birthday. Now, at age 26 and with 566 games on his resume, he’s hoping playing for the Coyotes will help him evolve as a defenseman. “It’s been a big learning curve,” Schenn said Saturday, just a few hours after he signed a..." July 24

  • Coyotes’ defensive makeover continues with Luke Schenn signing

    The Hockey Writers "As reported by Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Arizona Coyotes have signed Luke Schenn to a two-year contract. The cap hit of the deal will come in at $1.25 million per Elliotte Friedman, also of Sportsnet. The Arizona Coyotes announced the deal through the team’s website but did not disclose the..." July 23

  • Kris Versteeg expected to sign with Swiss League

    The Score "Kris Versteeg appears to be taking his talents across the Atlantic. The 30-year-old is expected to sign with SC Bern of the Swiss National League this weekend, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. " July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Russia’s Voynov ineligible for World Cup

    TSN "Former Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov is ineligible to play for Russia in the World Cup this September according, to TSN’s Senior Correspondent Gary Lawless. twitter embed twitter embed The 26-year-old was suspended indefinitely from the NHL following an arrest on misdemeanor..." July 18

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Wayne Gretzky rookie card smashing record at ongoing auction

    SI "Nearly two decades after his retirement, the Great One is still obliterating records. The best-known example of Wayne Gretzky's 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card is up for auction and the early action has been historic. Bidding for the card, which is being offered by Goldin Auctions, already has..." July 15

  • Kings Give 17-Year-Old Jacob Moverare Entry-Level Deal

    The Hockey Writers "The Los Angeles Kings have signed 17-year-old defenseman Jacob Moverare to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Thursday. The Swedish defenseman was drafted in the 4th round (112th overall) of the 2016 NHL draft. " July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Derek Forbort inks two year extension with Kings

    Today's Slapshot "Derek Forbort has been developing in the Los Angeles Kings’ system for the last three seasons, finishing off his most recent campaign split between the NHL and the AHL level with Los Angeles and the Ontario Reign. Now, he’s earned himself a multi-year extension, as a result. Forbort and the..." July 10

  • Kris Versteeg is close to signing with Swiss team

    Swiss Hockey News "As La Regione reports, EHC Biel is apparently close to signing Kris Versteeg. Last week, Darren Dreger (TSN) had already reported that if no deal in the NHL were to fit his needs, there is interest from Switzerland." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Los Angeles Kings Sign F Teddy Purcell to One-Year Deal

    Jewels From The Crown "A half hour ago, I would have told you that the Los Angeles Kings were done signing free agents. I was wrong. Because after making four thrifty signings, Dean Lombardi one-upped himself to grab former King Teddy Purcell as the fifth (and probably last) piece of LA's July 1 haul. Teddy Purcell..." July 02

  • Kings add backup Zatkoff on 2-year deal

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year contract Friday to back up Jonathan Quick, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. Zatkoff will join the team that originally drafted him in the third round in 2006. He never played a game for the Kings before signing with the Pittsburgh..." July 01

  • Kings ink Latta to 1-year deal, worth reported $600K

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Michael Latta to a one-year contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman." July 01

  • Top free agent Lucic inks seven-year deal with Oilers

    TSN "The top free agent is off the board. Milan Lucic signed a seven year, $42 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. The 27-year-old power forward scored 20 goals and added 35 assists over 81 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2015-16, his first season with the club. The Boston..." July 01

  • Put A Hold On Matt Greene’s Buyout

    The Hockey Writers "Yesterday, it was announced that the Los Angeles Kings had begun the buyout process for veteran defenseman Matt Greene. However, reports are now coming out that Greene may not be bought out and the move was more of a last ditch effort for the Kings to take one last run at re-signing Milan Lucic." July 01

  • Kings sign defenceman Tom Gilbert to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Los Angeles Kings signed free agent defenceman Tom Gilbert to a one-year contract Friday. The Kings were light on salary cap space heading into free agency and GM Dean Lombardi managed to bolster his blue line at discount, inking Gilbert to a very reasonable $1.4-million deal." July 01

  • Oilers expected to offer Lucic 7 years, at least $42 million

    Sportsnet "It promises to be an exciting and lucrative day for Milan Lucic. The 28-year-old winger generated considerable interest during the NHL’s free agent interview window and is expected to be offered at least one maximum length seven-year deal after the signing period opens at noon ET, according to..." July 01

  • Lucic met face-to-face with Stars' owner

    The Score "Don't order your Milan Lucic jerseys just yet, Edmonton Oilers fans. Lucic reportedly met face-to-face with the Dallas Stars, led by owner Tom Gaglardi, his agent, Gerry Johannson told NEWS 1130 Sports. The discussion took place in Lucic's hometown of Vancouver, and Johannson also said it..." June 30

  • 'I can't say I agree with it,' Brown says of losing Kings' captaincy

    The Score "The luster and bright lights of Los Angeles have quickly dimmed for Kings forward Dustin Brown. It's no secret, Brown's production has dropped immensely, and his annual cap hit of $5.875 million through 2022 has become a burden on the Kings' books. After five consecutive seasons of more than..." June 30

  • Report: Lucic narrows choices to 2 teams, decision coming Friday

    The Score "When the dust settles, Milan Lucic should probably send Steven Stamkos a thank-you card. With Stamkos sticking with the Tampa Bay Lightning and not hitting the free-agent market Friday at noon ET, Lucic is the big-ticket unrestricted free-agent forward. And the power forward about to become..." June 30

  • Kings put veteran Matt Greene on buyout waivers

    Los Angeles Times "The Kings cleared more salary cap space in anticipation of the upcoming free-agency period by putting veteran defenseman Matt Greene on buyout waivers Thursday. NHL free agency opens Friday, and the Kings were among several teams to use the buyout waiver mechanism. The move regarding Greene and..." June 30

  • Lucic calls report he's agreed to a deal with Oilers 'bulls--t'

    The Score "Milan Lucic says there's nothing to a report claiming he has already reached an agreement with the Edmonton Oilers. The pending unrestricted free agent told WEEI's DJ Bean that Tuesday's report from Curtis Stock - a freelancer formerly of the Edmonton Journal - is "bullshit," and while he isn't..." June 29

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Kings Select C/LW Michael Eyssimont with 142nd Pick

    Jewels From The Crown "Dean Lombardi's least favorite hockey university is the University of Michigan. We didn't know his favorite at the time, but now, I'm pretty sure it's St. Cloud State. LA's first forward pick of the 2016 NHL Draft is yet another Husky! Michael Eyssimont is a forward with a tricky name and a..." June 26

  • Kings Select D Kale Clague With 51st Pick

    Jewels From The Crown "After 30 very slooooow picks and 20 very quick picks, the Los Angeles Kings finally got on the clock! True to recent form, they took a defenseman with their first pick, Kale Clague of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings. LA often prefers bigger defensemen such as last year's second-round pick, Erik..." June 26

  • Kings Select D Jacob Moverare With 112th Pick

    Jewels From The Crown "Clearly, the Los Angeles Kings had a gameplan going into the 2016 NHL Draft, as they picked up yet another defenseman with their fourth round pick. And you could do a lot worse than taking a blueliner from the current capital of NHL defense: Sweden. " June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Report: Blues, Wings, others interested in Okposo

    Puck Drunk Love "It was reported earlier this month that “all indications” point to Kyle Okposo becoming a free agent on July 1st. That still appears to be the case and a line of teams have reportedly expressed an interest in Okposo now that it’s clear he won’t be returning to the Islanders. The Jets, Blues,..." June 25

  • Kings Announce Four-Year Extension For Trevor Lewis

    Kuklaskorner "The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with forward Trevor Lewis on a four-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The 29-year-old Lewis (born on Jan. 8, 1987) is a 6-1, 199-pound native of Salt Lake City, Utah who appeared in a career-high 75..." June 25

  • Dallas Stars Acquire Defenseman Nick Ebert From The Los Angeles Kings In Exchange For Goaltender Jack Campbell

    NHL.com "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Nick Ebert from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Jack Campbell. Ebert, 22, appeared in 44 games for the Ontario Reign, Los Angeles' American Hockey League affiliate, and produced 12..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Edmonton Oilers could go after Lucic after talks with Kings stall

    Edmonton Sun "With negotiations breaking off with Milan Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings on a new long-term deal, the Edmonton Oilers will likely step up to the plate to see what it’ll take to sign the unrestricted free-agent winger who played left side with new LA captain Anze Kopitar in his one and only season..." June 23

  • Lucic roars to top of Canucks’ free-agent wish list

    Vancouver Sun "And now it gets interesting. Prior to Wednesday, Milan Lucic left little doubt about his preference to sign with the L.A. Kings. He said it at the start of last season, reiterated his desire midway through the campaign and, just in case anyone had missed the point, stated it again emphatically..." June 23

  • Drew Doughty wins Norris Trophy for best defenseman

    SB Nation "Drew Doughty finally has his Norris Trophy. On Wednesday night during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Kings defenseman was awarded the Norris Trophy for the 2015-16 season. The Norris is handed out each year to the best defenseman in the NHL, as voted on by the Pro Hockey Writers..." June 22

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