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  • 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

  • NHL plays waiting game on Slava Voynov reinstatement

    ESPN "The potential return of Slava Voynov is one of the hottest of hot-button issues facing the National Hockey League. Voynov, 28, was a standout defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings when he was arrested in Oct. 2014 on misdemeanor domestic violence charges after a..." May 30

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Kings Sign Oscar Fantenberg to One-Year Contract Extension

    Hockey Fights "The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Oscar Fantenberg to a one-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Fantenberg’s contract carries an AAV of $650,000 at the NHL level. The 26-year-old..." May 18

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Islanders Must Decide Whether To Hand Team To Lamoriello

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While there is some talk between the New York Islanders and former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and current senior adviser Lou Lamoriello, there remains many questions about what role the 75-year-old executive would be looking for if he would opt to leave Toronto in favor of the Islanders...." May 12

  • Kings hoping to fit Jeff Skinner into budget

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Kings were a team on the lookout for scoring help throughout the season, something that isn’t likely to change this summer. With that in mind, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted in his latest podcast (audio link) that he has heard that Carolina winger Jeff Skinner is someone that Los Angeles..." May 05

  • MacKinnon, Hall, Kopitar named Hart Trophy nominees

    Sportsnet "The NHL announced the three finalists for the Hart Trophy on Friday, awarded “to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.” This year’s finalists are New Jersey’s Taylor Hall, Los Angeles’s Anze Kopitar and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon. Recording 41 more points than his next..." April 28

  • Goalie Matthew Villalta Signs Three-Year Entry-Level Deal with LA Kings "The LA Kings have signed goaltender Matthew Vilalta to a three-year entry-level contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. The 18-year-old Villalta (born on June 3, 1999) is a 6-2, 181-pound native of Kingston, Ontario, who appeared in 49 regular-season games..." April 27

  • Slava Voynov Hoping To Return To The NHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Monday: Russian news outlet Sport-Express reports that there is interest in five NHL teams, listing the Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets as Voynov’s preferred landing spots. The Los Angeles Kings are not interesting in bringing Voynov..." April 23

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • 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