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  • Ilya Kovalchuk quickly getting up to speed with Kings

    Yahoo! Sports "We’ll see how the skills we witnessed over 11 NHL seasons are following five years home in the KHL, but Ilya Kovalchuk is off to a good start after his first two preseason games with the Los Angeles Kings. After picking up an assist in their first game, the 35-year-old..." September 21

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Chrissy Teigen as a hockey goalie? LA Kings offer a tryout via Twitter to supermodel

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Kings are holding tryouts for emergency backup goaltender this weekend and would love to see supermodel Chrissy Teigen strap on the pads. The emergency backup goalie is the player who fills in when the projected starter for a game is sick or injured and can't..." September 21

  • Kings prospect is studying one of the best

    Los Angeles Times "Many young defensemen will cue up videos of today’s stars to learn the nuances of the position. Kings prospect Kale Clague dipped a tad further into the archives this summer when he studied Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom. “He’s maybe the best ever,” Clague..." September 19

  • Tryout contract with Kings gives Emerson Etem another shot at NHL

    Los Angeles Times "Emerson Etem was the face of the Southern California hockey movement when he broke into the NHL six years ago. He was the local boy who made it. Etem was back to scoring goals on his home turf Sunday, but under much different circumstances. Etem is attempting to get back in the NHL,..." September 17

  • Kings GM: Jeff Carter's ankle improving, but will never be the same after skate cut

    Yardbarker "The Los Angeles Kings were expecting to have a lot of healthy players returning to the fold this season, most especially Jeff Carter, who went down after six games last year when he was cut with a skate across his left leg, cutting tendons and requiring surgery. The 33-year-old finally returned..." September 16

  • Karlsson trade 'quite a bit bigger' than Pacioretty, Doughty says "Drew Doughty saw Erik Karlsson and Max Pacioretty get traded into the Pacific Division this week, and the Los Angeles Kings defenseman said Friday he knows which one will have the bigger impact. "[The Pacioretty trade] doesn't really faze me," Doughty told the Los..." September 15

  • Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to bring some star power to the Kings

    Los Angeles Times "He was in full uniform, shoulder and shin pads, helmet and stick, as he waited for the signal to make his way to the bright lights. Ilya Kovalchuk would soon walk down a hallway in his skates, ready for action, like so many times in his career. Only this time a nearby voice from a..." September 12

  • Kovalchuk skates with Kings for first time "Ilya Kovalchuk skated with the Los Angeles Kings for the first time Monday. The 35-year-old forward, who signed a three-year contract worth $6.25 million per season with the Kings on July 1 after playing five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, said he expects Los Angeles to be..." September 11

  • Los Angeles Kings Hire Rob Vollman As Senior Hockey Analyst

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings continue to try to improve as the franchise went out and hired long-time analyst Rob Vollman to be the team’s Senior Hockey Analyst, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The analyst has been working in that field for more than 20 years, long before it became..." September 08

  • Kings' Tyler Toffoli knows he has to improve on 24-goal season

    Yardbarker "While the Los Angeles Kings did add Ilya Kovalchuk to their roster and have a healthy dose of veterans around, one key for the Kings will be whether the team can get Tyler Toffoli to show off more of his offensive prowess. The 26-year-old rebounded from a 13-goal season in 2016-17 to..." September 08

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Vilardi could miss start of Kings training camp with back injury "Gabriel Vilardi, the Los Angeles Kings' top prospect, is not expected to participate in rookie camp next month because of a chronic back injury and could miss the start of training camp the following week. The 19-year-old center, the No. 11 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had a..." September 01

  • Kings Sign Drake Rymsha To An Entry-Level Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Kings have locked up one of their prospects, announcing the signing of forward Drake Rymsha to a three-year, entry-level contract.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rymsha was a fifth-round pick of Los Angeles (138th overall) and is coming off of his best..." August 25

  • Emerson Etem to attend Kings camp on PTO

    TSN "Former first-round draft pick Emerson Etem will attend Los Angeles Kings camp on a professional tryout, the club's general manager Rob Blake told Lisa Dillman of The Athletic. The 26-year-old native of nearby Long Beach, CA split last season between the Arizona Coyotes'..." August 22

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Los Angeles Kings Face 2019 Cap Crunch

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings were expected to be big players this summer after a frustratingly quick first-round exit last season. The same issue that had plagued them in recent years—a lack of goal scoring—popped up again in their series with the Vegas Golden Knights as the team scored..." July 31

  • Vilardi making fast impression on Kings "Gabriel Vilardi has been making up for lost time. If that continues, the Los Angeles Kings forward prospect could make his NHL debut this season. The 18-year-old, who missed the first 3 1/2 months last season in the Ontario Hockey League because of an offseason back injury, showed off..." July 30

  • Alex Trebek thinks Kings' play-by-play announcer could replace him on 'Jeopardy'

    The Score "If Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer Alex Faust wanted to change careers and become a game show host, he would have a legendary figure in his corner. Long-time "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek was recently on FOX News Channel's "OBJECTified," during which he..." July 30

  • Jarome Iginla returning to Calgary to retire from NHL after 20 seasons

    Calgary Sun "Former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla is retiring from the National Hockey League after 20 seasons. The team announced the news Wednesday and said Iginla will speak to media in Calgary on Monday. Iginla, who is from St. Albert, was acquired by the Flames in December..." July 25

  • Rasmus Kupari Loaned To Finland

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there was little expectation that Rasmus Kupari would spend this season with the Los Angeles Kings, the team officially announced today that the young forward has been loaned to Karpat of the Finnish Liiga for this season. That means the entry-level deal he signed just a week ago will..." July 21

  • Kings Re-Sign Defenseman Alex Lintuniemi

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings have locked up the last of their restricted free agents. The Kings have announced a new contract extension for defenseman Alex Lintuniemi, their last unsigned RFA. It is a one-year, two-way contract for the young Finnish rearguard that carries a minimum $650K cap..." July 18

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Kings look to Kovalchuk to boost offense "The Los Angeles Kings made a big offseason splash by adding offense without giving up anyone. Forward Ilya Kovalchuk is back in the NHL. The two-time 52-goal scorer with the Atlanta Thrashers (2005-06, 2007-08) has scored at least 30 nine times in the NHL and at least 40 six times,..." July 17

  • Kings are counting on Ilya Kovalchuk to rekindle youth to help with championship run

    Los Angeles Times "In the five years since Ilya Kovalchuk abandoned his contract with the New Jersey Devils to play for SKA St. Petersburg in his native Russia, the NHL has trended toward a style driven by youth and speed. Kovalchuk, 35, will not bring youth or speed to the Kings, who signed him to a three-year,..." July 15

  • Kings Sign Zack Mitchell

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Kings have dipped their toes into the minor league free agent market.  CapFriendly reports (Twitter link) that they have signed winger Zack Mitchell to a one-year, two-way contract.  The deal pays the league minimum salary of $650K at the NHL level and $150K in the minors. " July 14

  • LA Kings Sign First Round Pick Rasmus Kupari to 3-Year Entry-Level Deal "The LA Kings have signed forward Rasmus Kupari to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Kupari was the Kings first round pick, No. 20 overall, at the 2018 NHL Draft. "I'm very excited and happy right..." July 14

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • NHL pariah Slava Yoynov moves one step closer to complicated return

    New York Post "Slava Voynov’s controversial path back to the NHL is being paved. The former Kings defenseman’s petition to have his record dismissed was granted Sunday, as the LA Times first reported, after Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to..." July 03

  • Slava Voynov has domestic violence charges dismissed

    ESPN "Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov's petition to have his 2015 domestic violence charges dismissed was granted by the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday. That brings Voynov, 28, one step closer to his goal of returning to the NHL. In October 2014,..." July 02

  • What Doughty’s massive extension means for Kings, NHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Los Angeles Kings announced an eight-year extension for star defenseman Drew Doughty days before it can become official. While they didn’t confirm the money involved, the estimate is at about $88 million overall (or $11M per season), according to TSN’s Darren Dreger..." June 30

  • Kovalchuk will be 'go-to guy' for Kings "Ilya Kovalchuk is a bona fide top-six forward who can provide scoring for the Los Angeles Kings, coach John Stevens said Friday. "First of all, I think he's still a really good player," Stevens said of the 35-year-old forward following Kings development camp...." June 30

  • Kings, Doughty finalizing eight-year extension

    TSN "It looks like defenceman Drew Doughty isn't going anywhere.  "Kings and Drew Doughty put in the finishing touches today. Expect an announcement from the LA Kings later today on an 8-year contract for the star defenceman," TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun tweeted..." June 29

  • Ilya Kovalchuk Agrees To Terms With Los Angeles Kings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Ilya Kovalchuk saga is finally over, and the Russian sniper has decided to move to Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with Kovalchuk on a three-year contract, and will officially sign him on July 1. The contract will carry a $6.25MM cap hit. Kovalchuk is..." June 23

  • Kings select two-way speedster Rasmus Kupari 20th overall

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings drafted Rasmus Kupari with the 20th overall pick in the NHL draft on Friday night. Position: Center Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 183 lbs Age: 18 Club: Karpat (SM-liiga) Nationality:..." June 22

  • Report: Kovalchuk's agent expected to meet with Bruins, Kings, Knights, Sharks

    The Score "After weeks of speculation, Ilya Kovalchuk's preferred NHL destination is starting to become much clearer, as the highly sought-after winger's agent is expected to meet with four teams Friday to discuss acquiring the sniper's services, according to The Athletic's Pierre..." June 22

  • Kopitar wins his second Selke Trophy; Quick presented Jennings Trophy

    LA Kings Insider "For the second time in his career, Anze Kopitar has been deemed Selke smooth. The 2016 Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy winner, Kopitar once again claimed the trophy presented annually to the forward “who best excels in the defensive aspects of the..." June 21

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 First and Second All-Star Teams

    Hockey Fights "NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL..." June 21

  • Darryl Sutter announces retirement from NHL coaching

    Sportsnet "Should the Washington Capitals choose not to hire assistant Todd Reirden to be their coach, they needn’t call to ask about the availability of Darryl Sutter. He’s finished as a coach. We won’t go as far as to say he’s retired, as the 59-year-old..." June 20

  • Blake optimistic Kings, Doughty will agree on contract extension

    Sportsnet "Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake doesn’t anticipate having any problems signing top defenceman Drew Doughty to a contract extension. “I don’t foresee an issue with it,” Blake said in an interview with The Athletic. “I would..." June 19

  • Lightning Acquire Andy Andreoff from Kings for Peter Budaj

    Hockey Fights "The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Andy Andreoff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Peter Budaj, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Andreoff, 27, appeared in 45 games with the Kings..." June 13

  • Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov petitions court to dismiss domestic violence case

    Los Angeles Times "Three years after Slava Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse, the former standout defenseman for the Kings has asked the Los Angeles County Superior Court to dismiss the conviction. The petition could be a step toward Voynov’s return..." June 13

  • Kovalchuk would be fantastic fit for Kings, Sharks

    Pro Hockey Talk "TSN’s Darren Dreger presented a fascinating update in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes: the 35-year-old is making a tour of California, meeting with the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. (Side question: does this mean Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is just on vacation or..." June 11

  • Ilya Kovalchuk Visiting With Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While John Tavares remains the top potential free agent this summer, Ilya Kovalchuk is still an intriguing name for many teams around the league. The 35-year old Russian sniper was once a devastating force in the NHL, and is trying to make a comeback after several years in the..." June 09

  • Pierre Turgeon Will Not Return To Los Angeles Kings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After just one season as the team’s “offensive coordinator,” assistant coach Pierre Turgeonwill not return to the Los Angeles Kings. Turgeon is leaving the club due to family reasons, meaning the team will need to start a search for another assistant immediately. A..." June 08

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Contract talks between Drew Doughty, Kings ‘going well’

    Sportsnet "With Drew Doughty set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, there appears to be some progress in contract talks between the Los Angeles Kings and their franchise defenceman. “Talks are going well but not to the point where I think he’s going to..." June 03