Kings Rumors & News

  • Doughty: 'I want to stay an L.A. King' "Drew Doughty would be open to signing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings this summer, he said Friday. The 28-year-old defenseman and the Kings can begin discussing an extension July 1. Doughty's contract expires after the 2018-19 season. "I always wanted to be an L.A. King and I..." April 20

  • NHL Announces Norris Trophy Finalists For 2017-18

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After announcing the Vezina and Selke finalists over the last two days, the NHL continued their award nominations with the Norris Trophy for best defenseman. Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman and P.K. Subban are the three finalists for the 2017-18 season. As always, the Norris brings with it heated..." April 20

  • Los Angeles Kings Assign Four Players To AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings have been eliminated from the playoffs, but the season isn’t over for four of their players. Today the team announced that Jonny Brodzinski, Michael Amadio, Oscar Fantenberg and Paul Ladue are all on their way back to the Ontario Reign to help in their AHL playoff run. All..." April 18

  • Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar and Sean Couturier named Selke finalists

    CBS Sports "The NHL awards finalists are rolling in this week, with the finalists for several major awards being announced on Wednesday. After the trio of goaltenders up for the Vezina was announced, the NHL unveiled which forwards are finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy -- awarded to the best defensive..." April 18

  • Doughty at heart of Kings’ challenging off-season decisions

    Sportsnet "Big, heavy hockey is dead. The Vegas Golden Knights killed it Tuesday when they swept the once-mighty Los Angeles Kings out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in four games. The San Jose Sharks will shovel more dirt on the carcass when they eliminate the heavy Anaheim Ducks, possibly as early as..." April 18

  • Kings coach not happy about butt-end on Anze Kopitar

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Kings coach John Stevens was not happy after his team’s 3-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night in the playoffs, particularly with a dirty play against Anze Kopitar. Vegas’ Erik Haula responded to a crosscheck from Kopitar by butt-ending the Kings captain with his..." April 16

  • Kings' Muzzin could return for Game 3

    TSN "Los Angeles Kings defenceman Jake Muzzin will be a game-time decision Sunday for Game 3 against the Vegas Golden Knights, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times' Curtis Zupke. Zupke added the veteran defenceman talked as if he's ready to go. Muzzin has yet to appear in a playoff..." April 15

  • Fresh Doughty, Muzzin return to Kings’ lineup ready to make difference

    Sportsnet "Desperate to channel their formidable Stanley Cup play from a few years ago, the Los Angeles King are going retro tonight. Their long-time top two defencemen are returning to the lineup, Drew Doughty from suspension and Jake Muzzin from injury. And Kings’ coach John Stevens is reuniting his..." April 15

  • Doughty suspension leads to new-look blue line for Kings in Game 2 "The Los Angeles Kings will play without three of their top four defensemen against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at T-Mobile Arena on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, PRIME). The Kings trail the best-of-7 series 1-0. Drew Doughty..." April 13

  • Vegas’ Carrier on Doughty hit: ‘It was kind of lucky it was me’

    Sportsnet "William Carrier is glad Drew Doughty hit him in the head. Doughty, not so much. "I think it’s BS, it’s awful," the Los Angeles Kings defenceman said Friday morning about the one-game suspension he received for his glancing head-shot two nights earlier on the Vegas Golden Knights forward...." April 13

  • Kings’ Drew Doughty on his one-game suspension: ‘I think it’s BS’

    Sportsnet "The first suspension of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was handed down Thursday after Drew Doughty hit William Carrier with a check that was deemed to make contact with the Golden Knights forward’s head. Doughty received a one-game sitdown for the transgression. On Friday, he spoke to the media about..." April 13

  • LA Kings suddenly have plenty of issues on defense

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Los Angeles Kings are down 1-0 in their first-round series to the Vegas Golden Knights and things have only gotten more difficult ahead of Game 2 on Friday night. The Kings will be without Drew Doughty, because he was suspended for an illegal check to the head of Golden Knights forward..." April 13

  • Kings' Doughty suspended one game for illegal hit on Golden Knights' Carrier

    Sporting News "Already trailing its best-of-seven first-round playoff series with the Golden Knights 1-0, the Kings will now have to play Game Two Friday night in Las Vegas without its top defenseman. On Thursday night, the NHL's Department of Player Safety suspended Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check..." April 12

  • Kings' Drew Doughty could be fined or suspended for high hit on Vegas' William Carrier

    Los Angeles Times "Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is facing supplemental discipline for a hit on Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier. Doughty will have a hearing with NHL Player Safety on Thursday for "an illegal hit to the head on Vegas' William Carrier," the department announced on Twitter. Doughty..." April 12

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Kings rode Kopitar's resurgence, Quick's goaltending to playoffs "The Los Angeles Kings clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time in nine seasons when the St. Louis Blues lost 4-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Center Anze Kopitar's resurgence and having goaltender Jonathan Quick healthy again were among the major reasons the..." April 05

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Kings have been different team with Jeff Carter in lineup

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barring some sort of unfathomable collapse over the next five days the Los Angeles Kings are going to be back in the playoffs after falling short of the postseason a year ago. If you’re searching for reasons why you should probably start with Anze Kopitar, whose dominant two-way play has thrown..." April 04

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Sheldon Rempal Signs Two-Year Entry-Level Contract with LA Kings "The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free-agent forward Sheldon Rempal to a two-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. The 22-year-old Rempal (born Aug. 7, 1995) is a 5-10, 154-pound native of Calgary, Alberta who appeared in 39 games..." March 30

  • UFA blueliner Brickley signs with Kings

    TSN "Top college free agent defenceman Daniel Brickley of Minnesota State has signed with the Los Angeles Kings The Kings confirmed the signing on Thursday and said the 22-year-old will be introduced at a press conference on Friday. Brickley is eligible to sign a two-year, entry-level contract,..." March 29

  • LA Kings agree to terms with fifth round pick from 2016 NHL Entry Draft "The LA Kings have signed forward Mikey Eyssimont to a two-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. The 21-year-old Eyssimont (born September 9, 1996) is a 6-0, 181-pound native of Littleton, Colo. who appeared in 39 games this past season..." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Doughty gets ‘a little bit scared’ facing down McDavid, MacKinnon

    Sportsnet "Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty often has a front-row seat to some of the best talent in the game, having to be tasked with shutting down opposing teams’ top players. He’s had his hands full in recent seasons with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, and Nathan MacKinnon of the..." March 25

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Kings coach John Stevens not worried about team’s spirit

    Orange County Register "Kings players Anze Kopitar and Alec Martinez on Saturday evening tried to convince reporters that their 3-0 loss that afternoon to visiting New Jersey wasn’t more deflating than usual, even though it came ahead of a four-game road trip as the team fights for a post-season berth with 10 games to..." March 19

  • Predators’ Fenton, Kings’ Futa among Hurricanes GM candidates

    Sportsnet "The search for the Ron Francis’s replacement as the next Carolina Hurricanes general manager is on and there are already a handful of intriguing candidates. “We believe that there are five people that Carolina has contacted about beginning the search for the position,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte..." March 11

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Kings pushing to acquire Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty in trade

    Sportsnet "If the Montreal Canadiens are going to move Max Pacioretty by Monday’s trade deadline, it would appear they have a heavy suitor on the West Coast. The Los Angeles Kings are taking a run at acquiring the Canadiens captain as they try to beef up their scoring in an effort to squeeze into one of..." February 25

  • Carter return to Kings remains uncertain "Jeff Carter refused to commit to a timetable for his return to the Los Angeles Kings lineup. The 33-year-old forward practiced Friday for the second time since sustaining a lacerated ankle tendon against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 18. He had surgery to repair the injury the next..." February 23

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Scott Wedgewood Placed On Waivers By Los Angeles Kings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After acquiring him this week, the Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Scott Wedgewood on waivers according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. Wedgewood was part of the package acquired in exchange for Darcy Kuemper, but immediately seemed extraneous after the Kings recalled Jack..." February 23

  • Coyotes land Kuemper from Kings, reportedly sign him to 2-year extension

    CBS Sports "Kuemper was traded from the Kings to the Coyotes on Wednesday in exchange for Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. The netminder will also sign a two-year extension with Arizona worth $1.85 million annually. Kuemper will serve as a nice backup piece behind Antti..." February 21

  • Dion Phaneuf trade pays early dividends for Kings

    Pro Hockey Talk "If nothing else, Dion Phaneuf knows how to make a first impression. Think back to when Phaneuf burst onto the season as an NHL rookie. He scored 20 goals during his first season in 2005-06, which still stands as a career-high, and he enjoyed 50 and 60-point seasons in the next two years. During..." February 21

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Jarome Iginla practises with Bruins’ AHL team: ‘I’d love to still play’

    Sportsnet "When we last saw Jarome Iginla, he was closing out the 2016-17 regular season with the Los Angeles Kings as they faded from playoff contention. Iginla, who started last season with Colorado, was shipped to the Kings at the trade deadline. In 80 total games last year, Iginla scored 14 goals and 27..." February 20

  • Ex-Kings player Slava Voynov spent two months in jail for domestic abuse, but is at Olympics representing Russia

    Los Angeles Times "Blood seemed to be everywhere when Redondo Beach police officer Gregory Wiist toured the master bedroom of the multimillion-dollar home on Avenue C. Around the bed. In the shape of a handprint on the wood floor. On the comforter. In a trail leading to the bathroom. Marta Varlamova sobbed..." February 20

  • Robitaille confident Kings will keep Doughty

    TSN "Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille has no plans to lose defenceman Drew Doughty to free agency in 2019. Robitaille told TSN Radio 1050 Toronto on Wednesday the team plans to make every effort to re-sign the 28-year-old, who has spent his entire career with the Kings. “For us, we love..." February 15

  • With Jeff Carter's return expected soon, Kings should get a boost on offense even without a trade

    Los Angeles Times "The return of Jeff Carter is moving closer to reality, but will it be enough for the Kings to push through to the playoffs? Kings general manager Rob Blake is in the unique situation of needing to improve the offense with the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaching, while also having a fallback..." February 15

  • LA Kings Recall Forward Michael Mersch from Ontario Reign "The LA Kings have recalled forward Michael Mersch from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Mersch has appeared in 45 games this season with the Reign, posting 33 points (18-15=33), a plus-4 rating and eight penalty..." February 14

  • What will Dion Phaneuf bring to the Los Angeles Kings?

    Sportsnet "After refusing to waive his no-movement clause in the summer and be exposed in the expansion draft to the Vegas Golden Knights (which he was fully entitled to do) Dion Phaneuf was traded from the floundering Ottawa Senators to the possibly playoff bound Los Angeles Kings. A few things have..." February 14

  • Los Angeles Kings Still Looking For Scoring Winger

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings added a big name on their blue line last night, bringing in Dion Phaneuf from the Ottawa Senators for almost nothing but money. Now, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the team is still looking for a “mid-level scoring winger” to help them into the playoffs. The..." February 14