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  • Beware of the 5 NHL teams with extra first-round draft picks

    Sportsnet "The trade winds, they are a-blowing. Come June 21 in Vancouver, keep an eye on the five NHL teams that hold an extra first-round pick to use at the 2019 NHL Draft. Last spring, four late first-round selections were swapped on draft night, starting at No. 22. While..." May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Manchester Monarchs, Longtime LA Kings Affiliate, To Cease Operations

    NESN "Wednesday was a sad day for New England hockey. The Manchester Monarchs, the longtime New Hampshire-based affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, announced plans to cease operations due to ongoing financial issues. The Monarchs served as the Kings’ AHL affiliate from 2001 until..." May 15

  • Nikolai Prokhorkin Signs One-Year Entry-Level Contract with LA Kings "The LA Kings have signed forward Nikolai Prokhorkin to a one-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. The 25-year-old Prokhorkin (born on Sept. 17, 1993) is a 6-2, 201-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, who appeared in 41..." May 13

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Mikey Anderson Signs Entry-Level Contract With Kings

    LA Kings Insider "The LA Kings have signed defensive prospect Mikey Anderson to a three-year entry-level contract. Anderson, who turns 20 one month from now, is a back-to-back national champion at Minnesota-Duluth and captained the United States to a silver medal at the World Junior Championship one year after..." April 24

  • So, is Rob Blake the Mad Scientist or a Terrible GM?

    Jewels From The Crown "As Todd McLellan told us multiple times at his introductory press conference, the players gave themselves permission to take the season off. I want to tell you, I think Rob Blake took the season off as well. Or maybe not… Ever since October 29th,..." April 22

  • Kings GM Rob Blake needs to get things right this season or he may not get another chance

    Los Angeles Times "When the Kings hired soft-spoken John Stevens to replace hard-driving Darryl Sutter two years ago, they said Stevens was the right guy to be their coach because he had “innovative and creative” ideas for generating the scoring they needed without compromising their staunch defensive..." April 18

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Todd McLellan Expected To Be Hired By Los Angeles Kings

    Last Word On Hockey "The Los Angeles Kings have hired Todd McLellan as their new head coach. McLellan most recently served as the Edmonton Oilers head coach until he was fired in his fourth year with the club on November 20th, 2018. Over his 11 year career, McLellan has spent time with..." April 16

  • Peter Budaj Will Retire At The End Of The AHL Season

    Jewels From The Crown "Peter Budaj doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to want to make a bunch of fanfare about a personal announcement, so it makes sense that the fact of his impending retirement from professional hockey was kept under wraps by his his teammates and the Ontario Reign organization. But..." April 13

  • NHLPA files appeal on Voynov's behalf

    TSN "The NHLPA has filed an appeal on behalf of defenceman Slava Voynov. The appeal will be heard by an impartial arbitrator.  The NHL suspended Voynov on Tuesday for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic..." April 10

  • Los Angeles Kings To Offer Nikolai Prokhorkin One-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Gagarin Cup Western Conference finals came to an end today when CSKA Moscow defeated SKA St. Petersburg. With that news comes plenty of speculation surrounding the players on SKA whose draft rights belong to NHL teams, including star forward Nikita Gusev. While Gusev may get many of..." April 09

  • NHL suspends Slava Voynov for 2019-20 season

    Sporting News "Slava Voynov's significant suspension has been levied. The NHL on Tuesday announced that the free-agent defenseman has been suspended for the entire 2019-20 NHL season for unacceptable off-ice conduct. Voynov initially was suspended indefinitely following his arrest..." April 09

  • Kings’ coaching search at the top of GM Rob Blake’s offseason to-do list

    Los Angeles Times "Kings general manager Rob Blake laid out all the qualities that a new coach has to bring to the organization. He needs someone who will implement structure and a system, and motivate a veteran group that has become complacent. And just after Blake finished speaking, news broke..." April 09

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Los Angeles Kings Request Permission To Speak With Todd McLellan

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the Los Angeles Kings’ announcement today that interim coach Willie Desjardins will not return to the team, the Kings haven’t wasted any time in beginning their search for the next man to lead their team on the ice. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings..." April 07

  • Willie Desjardins will not be returning as coach of the Kings

    Los Angeles Times "Willie Desjardins will not be returning as coach of the Kings. The team made it official Sunday morning in a move that was expected for some time. Desjardins was hired on an interim basis after John Stevens was fired in November, and the organization said it would stick with..." April 07

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Blake Lizotte Signs With Los Angeles Kings "The LA Kings have signed forward Blake Lizotte to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. The 21-year-old Lizotte (born on Dec. 13, 1997) is a 5-9, 175-pound native of Lindstrom, Minn., who appeared in 37 games this season..." April 02

  • Drew Doughty on Kings’ season: ‘I just want to get this over with’

    Sportsnet "Drew Doughty can’t wait for this season to end. As the Los Angeles Kings wrap up another disappointing season in which they’ll finish at the bottom of the Western Conference, the always-quotable defenceman was clearly frustrated following a 7-2 loss to the..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Kings captain Anze Kopitar to cross another milestone in storied career

    Los Angeles Times "Dave Taylor first got wind of this Anze Kopitar kid in the spring of 2005. Taylor, then the general manager of the Kings, remembers the report from scout Al Murray after he got back from the world championships in Austria. “He came and said, ‘This kid..." April 01

  • Sharks respond to Drew Doughty's comments on the Norris Trophy race

    NBC Sports Bay Area "There’s always smack talk in hockey. But in the most recent installment of such banter, the Sharks have chosen to take the high road.  LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty opened up about how he judges players in the Norris Trophy conversation. And he appeared to..." March 28

  • Dustin Brown will lead the Kings again – in the record book

    Orange County Register "Dave Taylor remembers the 2003 NHL draft well. That figures, because he was the Kings’ general manager who picked forward Dustin Brown 13th overall in the first round that June. Now, in his 15th season, Brown is on the brink of becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in..." March 28

  • Sharks rival Drew Doughty doesn't think Brent Burns deserves Norris Trophy

    NBC Sports Bay Area "We're down to two weeks remaining in the NHL season, and there's still plenty left to be determined. Only five of what will be a grand total of 16 playoff spots have been clinched, and the races for many of the other 11 are likely to come down to the final days of the season...." March 26

  • Tkachuk not bothered by Doughty's comments: 'I'll sleep like a baby'

    The Score "Calgary Flames agitator Matthew Tkachuk isn't letting Drew Doughty get under his skin. The Los Angeles Kings defenseman had some strong words for Tkachuk before Monday's contest between the two teams. Doughty said he had "no..." March 26

  • Doughty: 'No respect' for Matthew Tkachuk

    The Score "Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty expressed his distaste for Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk ahead of Monday's meeting between the two clubs. "No respect for him - none," Doughty said of Tkachuk, according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. "I respect..." March 25

  • Kings' Ilya Kovalchuk feels like he didn't 'have a chance' after Willie Desjardins took over

    Los Angeles Times "Ilya Kovalchuk looked sharp in a dark blue suit and loafers without socks when he appeared outside of the Kings’ locker room after a recent game. The Kings played the Florida Panthers, a team that Kovalchuk feasted on early in his career with 35 goals, his second-most against..." March 23

  • Kings' Drew Doughty says his defense is getting better, despite the ugly numbers

    Los Angeles Times "Drew Doughty of the Kings won’t appear on any Norris Trophy projections this season. By one statistical measure, this is by far the worst season of his career. But it says much about Doughty that he was voted the second-best defenseman in the NHL in an annual poll by the NHL..." March 21

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Los Angeles Kings Sign Akil Thomas To Entry-Level Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Akil Thomas to a three-year entry-level contract, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Rosen. The 19-year-old center is the team’s second-round pick from the 2018 draft. " March 16

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • In lost season, Kings can at least find some answers

    Los Angeles Times "The strong temptation now, after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday that extended the Kings’ losing streak to 0-6-4 and put a playoff berth well beyond their reach, is to dissect how this season went so drastically wrong. We know the wheels were set in motion..." March 01

  • LA Kings Acquire 4th Round Pick, Trade Oscar Fantenberg to Calgary Flames "The LA Kings have acquired a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Oscar Fantenberg, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Fantenberg, signed by the Kings May 3, 2017 has appeared in 73 regular-season..." February 25

  • Ilya Kovalchuk noncommittal when asked about waiving no-trade clause for the Kings

    Los Angeles Times "Ilya Kovalchuk left plenty of room for interpretation when asked about his future with the Kings as Monday’s NHL trade deadline approached. In his first public comments about his status Sunday, Kovalchuk would not answer definitively whether he would waive his reported..." February 25

  • Tyler Toffoli remains on the radar for Bruins as non-rental option

    NBC Sports Boston "The Bruins made a sensible long term move to stabilize their third line center spot by dealing for Charlie Coyle last week, and they may do the same again before 3 p.m. today. Darren Dreger reported via twitter first thing on Monday morning that Mark Stone, Wayne Simmonds and..." February 25

  • Blackhawks acquire Spencer Watson from Kings for Matt Iacopelli

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks acquired forward Spencer Watson from the Kings in exchange for forward Matt Iacopelli in a minor-league swap Sunday night. Watson only played in two AHL games this season for the Ontario Reign. The 2014 seventh-round pick has 22 goals and..." February 25

  • Report: Rangers and Islanders Among 4 Teams on Artemi Panarin's Wish List

    12 Up "The NHL trade deadline is right around the corner. With many contenders looking to make a move, there is no bigger name available right now than Artemi Panarin.  You may think the Blue Jackets should keep the talented winger but all signs point to him moving on. He will..." February 21

  • Capitals acquire Carl Hagelin from Kings in exchange for draft picks

    The Hockey Writers "The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft as well as a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020, the Capitals announced Thursday. The Kings will also be retaining 50% of Hagelin’s..." February 21

  • Kyle Clifford Generating Trade Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings are incredibly not out of the wild card race in the Western Conference, but that isn’t because of any real turnaround. The team is still in last place with a 23-30-6 record and have lost five consecutive games, leading to more speculation about trade assets on the..." February 20

  • The NHL trade deadline could use a little drama

    New York Post "Every time someone wants to talk about the NBA, I have the same response. “I don’t really watch the games until about the conference finals, but I closely follow the league. I love the drama.” Conversely, when discussing the NHL, it’s the exact..." February 15

  • Kings trade Nate Thompson to Montreal for draft pick

    Los Angeles Times "The reshaping of the Kings roster continued Monday with the trade of depth forward Nate Thompson to the Montreal Canadiens. The Kings sent Thompson and a fifth-round draft pick to Montreal for a fourth-round selection. Both draft picks are this year. The move was expected because..." February 11

  • Report: Kings' Kovalchuk 'definitely available' ahead of trade deadline

    The Score "Los Angeles Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk is "definitely available" ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The 35-year-old Kovalchuk's in the first season of a three-year deal that carries a $6.25-million..." February 08

  • Kings' Dion Phaneuf to be healthy scratch tonight

    TSN "Los Angeles Kings defenceman Dion Phaneuf will serve as a healthy scratch against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, head coach Willie Desjardins announced. The 33-year-old is minus-16 this season with one goal and three points in 46 games. He scored his..." February 07

  • Ilya Kovalchuk ready for boos in 1st return to New Jersey

    The Score "Los Angeles Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk is anticipating he'll hear the boobirds loud and clear when he suits up in New Jersey on Tuesday night for his first game versus the Devils since leaving for the KHL. "I am pretty sure there will be a lot of..." February 05

  • Jake Muzzin trade shows no one on Kings is safe before NHL trade deadline

    Los Angeles Times "What we learned from the last week in the NHL: The Kings’ fire sale is on Trading defenseman Jake Muzzin to Toronto for a first-round draft pick and two prospects was a belated admission by Kings general manager Rob Blake and club President Luc Robitaille that..." February 05

  • Kings' Trevor Lewis is ready to put his best foot forward

    Los Angeles Times "Trevor Lewis was already used to profound events happening in twos, but this wasn’t what he had in mind. A father of 10-month-old twins, Lewis was practicing at the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 16 when teammate Alec Martinez hit him in the foot with what Lewis said..." February 04

  • Kings recognize Muzzin trade a product of their situation "The Los Angeles Kings practiced Friday for the first time since defenseman Jake Muzzin was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Following their mandatory five-day break after 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, the Kings were preparing to play the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on..." February 02