Kings Rumors & News

  • Contract on Kopitar's mind 'from time to time'; Stamkos says he's not distracted

    The Score "Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar says the uncertainty around his future hasn't been easy to completely ignore. "(I'd) be lying if I say it doesn't creep up from time to time," he told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. The Kings were reportedly making progress on an eight-year contract..." November 25

  • Kings withstand late flurry in 3-1 win over Panthers

    Los Angeles Times "In this case, games on consecutive days may have been the ideal cure for the Kings. Look at it this way: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had only a day to ponder being pulled after 40 minutes. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty could regroup and move on after continued residence in the penalty box. And..." November 24

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Canes end winless streak with 4-3 victory over Kings

    Raleigh News & Observer "After finding ways to lose, the Carolina Hurricanes found a way to win Sunday. Or, to be more specific, ways to win. The Canes stopped the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a bruising game at PNC Arena, ending a five-game winless streak that caused mounting frustration. Justin Faulk had a pair of..." November 22

  • Green nets first as Red Wing, Larkin gets winner over Kings

    Detroit News "The Red Wings talked about being tougher in front of their opponents’ goal, thinking that might get them the successful finishes on their scoring chances that they have been desperately seeking for weeks. It worked. Three fairly close-in goals by Tomas Tatar, the free-agent defenseman Mike..." November 21

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • Flyers stay positive after blowing lead late in SO loss to Kings

    CSN Philly "They just couldn’t close it out. After hanging with one of the best teams in the Western Conference for 59 minutes and building two separate leads, the Flyers buckled under pressure, surrendering a game-tying goal with just 55 seconds remaining in the third period. Then madness ensued. A..." November 18

  • Kings suspend prospect Patrik Bartosak following arrest

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Kings have suspended goaltending prospect Patrik Bartosak in the wake of his arrest amid a reported 12 domestic-related charges. Bartosak is accused of making threats to and assaulting a woman identified in reports as his girlfriend in Manchester, N.H. Bartosak allegedly..." November 18

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • Kings prospect charged with assaulting, threatening woman

    CBS Sports "Patrik Bartosak, a goaltending prospect for the Los Angeles Kings, faces 12 domestic-related charges following an alleged assault on his girlfriend Monday afternoon, according to the Manchester Union Leader. Bartosak allegedly grabbed, punched, slapped and attempted to strangle the 20-year-old..." November 17

  • Ex-Flyer Mike Richards' sudden, mysterious fall "Handsome, rich, and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards was on top of the world. But Richards, once the face of the Flyers, finds himself out of professional hockey and trying to stay out of jail after allegedly carrying painkilling prescription drugs..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

  • Nick Shore lifts Kings to 4-3 win over Oilers

    Los Angeles Times "Weeks of frustration paid off in a matter of seconds as Kings center Nick Shore kept battling, fought off Oilers defenseman Mark Fayne, got the puck and turned and quickly fired it from the slot. Game over. Shore hadn't scored since the opening 1:49 of the season. Those struggles faded with..." November 15

  • Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth comes up big again in 2-1 win over Islanders

    Los Angeles Times "This featured a break from the NHL's land of the giants, goalie division. Jhonas Enroth (5 feet 10) vs. Jaroslav Halak (5-11). The Kings and Enroth ultimately prevailed against Halak and the New York Islanders. Left wing Milan Lucic had the game-winner at 3:28 of the second period via an odd..." November 13

  • Mike Richards skating with former junior team; comeback in store?

    SI "Could Mike Richards be on the verge of a return to the NHL? The free-agent center has been skating with his former junior team, the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, presumably to work himself into shape for a comeback. Neither Richards nor his agent, Pat Morris, was available..." November 12

  • Patrick Marleau would accept trade to Ducks, Kings or Rangers

    CSN Bay Area "Sharks forward Patrick Marleau would accept a trade to one of three teams, an NHL source has informed The New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings would all be locations that the Sharks’ all-time leading scorer would deem acceptable. The Rangers have had..." November 11

  • Coyotes complete California sweep with win over Kings

    Arizona Republic "A setup man who ranked among the best to start this season, Coyotes center Martin Hanzal appears to have changed his job title to goal scorer. After tallying 13 assists – the second-highest total in the NHL – Hanzal decided to finish the plays instead of initiate them. His two goals helped..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

  • LA Kings rely on Lucic, Carter and Toffoli to beat Panthers

    L.A. Daily News "Jeff Carter scored the tying goal and assisted on the back-breaking one during the Kings’ 4-1 victory Saturday over the travel-weary Florida Panthers at Staples Center. Milan Lucic scored the third-period goal that sealed the deal. Tyler Toffoli added two assists. Once again, the Kings looked..." November 08

  • Blue Jackets beat Kings 3-2

    Columbus Dispatch "It was not always pretty. But the only thing the Blue Jackets need less than moral victories right now are style points. The Blue Jackets traded blows with the Los Angeles Kings, went a long stretch without so much as a shot on goal, and endured some nervy moments in the final minute. But..." November 06

  • Kings beat Blues, 3-0, after Anze Kopitar leaves because of blow to the face

    Los Angeles Times "The Kings had every excuse to fold Tuesday, playing the second game in two nights on the road, facing the big, physical St. Louis Blues, and playing most of the game without one of their acknowledged leaders, Anze Kopitar. Instead they stood together and created one of their finest moments in a..." November 04

  • Kopitar Fine, Sutter Did Not Object to Hit

    LA Kings Insider "It was a mostly quiet day at the Kings’ El Segundo facility on Wednesday as Matt Greene and Derek Forbort skated and the majority of the players on the team conducted off-ice work-outs. Anze Kopitar was among those in the workout room, according to Darryl Sutter, who provided an update on the star..." November 04

  • Blues' Ryan Reaves receives maximum fine for jab on Anze Kopitar

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Kings could be without Anze Kopitar after he took a high blow from St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves in Tuesday night's 3-0 win. For his trouble, Reaves received the maximum fine from the NHL's Department of Player Safety. The department called the play roughing, though some..." November 04

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    Helene Elliott @helenenothelen

    Official word from the Kings on Kopitar: upper-body injury, suffered during first period, not expected to return.

  • Blackhawks score three times in third to come back on Kings

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks have had a few tests already this season, from revamping after a summer of roster turnover to readjusting in the wake of key injuries. Couple the changes with playing the ultra-hot Los Angeles Kings, winners of seven in a row entering Monday night, and it could have been a tough..." November 03

  • Kings say Kopitar extension ‘too close to not get it done’

    Pro Hockey Talk "It sounds like slowly, but surely, the Anze Kopitar extension in L.A. will happen. “He’s everything we covet as a King,” Kings VP of hockey ops Mike Futa told Sportsnet’s Hockey Central. “It’s too close to not get it done. We’ll find a way to get it done.” The Kopitar extension has dragged..." November 03

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    Jon Rosen @lakingsinsider

    Ehrhoff feeling better but dealt with stiff neck. Called the Ribeiro hit "a check straight to the numbers," also "It's just a dirty play."

  • Kings' overtime win over Nashville pushes win streak to seven

    Los Angeles Times "Drew Doughty, the defenseman and truth teller. "We don't know what to do yet," he said. The irrepressible one was talking about the novelty and almost blank tablet of three-on-three overtime hockey. They've been managing to handle the chaos on the fly, however, beating Nashville when Kings..." November 01

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • KHL club signs Voynov to three-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Less than two months after Slava Voynov said that he would self-depart to Russia, it has been announced that his hockey career will continue in the KHL. The 25-year-old defenseman has agreed to a three-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg, per the team’s website. His KHL rights had belonged..." October 29

  • Kings win sixth in a row as Tyler Toffoli's speed burns the Jets, 4-1

    Los Angeles Times "From the time Kings center Jeff Carter won the draw in the faceoff circle, just to the left of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, it took seven seconds for the Kings to score the game-winning goal. Tyler Toffoli made it look even faster. Toffoli, the gifted goal scorer, reached into his cache and..." October 28

  • Tyler Toffoli on Kings' hot streak: 'We've got a couple of good bounces'

    Los Angeles Times "Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli has six goals, and someone, watching the team from afar, suggested that it might have to do with power forward Milan Lucic creating more space for the kid. “No. Lucic makes his own room,” Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said after Tuesday’s morning skate here. “Jeff..." October 27

  • Kings play to good review in fifth straight win, 3-2 at Edmonton

    Los Angeles Times "Oilers prodigy Connor McDavid thought it might have gone in. The Kings' Jonathan Quick wasn't sure if his glove prevented the puck from crossing the line with 5.2 seconds to play. So, like any forward-thinking goalie, he was preparing for the prospect of overtime during a lengthy video review..." October 26

  • Tyler Toffoli, Kings show streak smarts in 3-0 win over Hurricanes

    Los Angeles Times "This time, Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli settled for simple skill against Carolina rather than the sick skill he displayed against San Jose. The season is only a few weeks old and already Toffoli has unveiled many moves in his arsenal of tricks. On Friday, it was a precise quick-release shot..." October 24

  • Carter leads LA Kings past Jones, Sharks

    CSN Bay Area "The Sharks’ dominant start to the season is quickly becoming a distant memory. The Kings scored the first three goals of the game, and San Jose’s power play remained ice cold as Los Angeles claimed a 4-1 triumph at SAP Center on Thursday night. The loss was the third straight in regulation..." October 23

  • Canadians do not make up the majority of NHL players this season

    TSN "For the first time in the 98-year history of the NHL, Canadians do not make up the majority of the league’s players. With an all-time high of players born outside of North America, Canadian-born players made up just 49.7 per cent of the 680 players to appear in a game in the first two weeks of..." October 22

  • The NHL's war against female fans, and the media's complicity in it

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "The Patrick Kane case, the latest in a long line of NHL players getting into trouble, has seen the NHL media defence machine crank up again-a machine that's contributing dangerously to the lack of change in NHL culture. It's a machine driven by journalistic self opinion that needs to be broken..." October 22

  • NHL's compensation policy needs to go

    TSN "Jim Benning woke up today to find a few more million in his budget and an extra second-round pick in his holster. What did the Vancouver Canucks general manager do to make this happen? Swing a trade? Learn a magic trick? Nope. Benning rolled out of bed, put on his slippers and turned on..." October 22

  • Report: Court documents reveal former NHL player treated concussion with ice bag

    Fox Sports "TSN reporter Rick Westhead revealed an excerpt of a court document from the ongoing NHL concussion lawsuit on Twitter Wednesday, and the document reveals how lacking the treatment of concussions in the NHL used to be. Poeschek played 364 games in the NHL over 12 years, and he largely played..." October 21

  • Former NHLer Patrick O'Sullivan reveals childhood of physical, emotional abuse

    The Score "Former NHL forward Patrick O'Sullivan has opened up about his abusive childhood in a new memoir. The 2003 second-round pick of the Minnesota Wild revealed the physical and emotional damage done by his father in "Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and..." October 20

  • Toffoli’s second-period goal gives Kings a win over Avalanche

    L.A. Daily News "Tyler Toffoli scored on a breakaway late in the second period, and the Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night at Staples Center. Marian Gaborik also scored, Jonathan Quick made 21 saves, and the Kings beat the Avalanche for the sixth straight time and improved to 8-0-1 in their..." October 19

  • NHL Players Poll: Which team has the worst home ice?

    Yahoo! Sports "Note: While attending the NHL Players Media Tour in September, we polled 27 skaters and goalies about a few topics in the League. Their answers are anonymous to encourage candor.) There’s really nothing more delightfully squirmy than when you ask an NHL player which arena has the worst ice,..." October 19

  • Kings get active, it's intense and good for a 2-1 overtime win against Wild

    Los Angeles Times "That sound that erupted at Staples Center, after the roar of the crowd to celebrate the overtime goal by Anze Kopitar that gave the Kings a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild and their first standings points of the season after three regulation losses, was a deep and heartfelt exhale of the..." October 17

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