Kings Rumors & News

  • Kings add backup Zatkoff on 2-year deal

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year contract Friday to back up Jonathan Quick, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. Zatkoff will join the team that originally drafted him in the third round in 2006. He never played a game for the Kings before signing with the Pittsburgh..." July 01

  • Kings ink Latta to 1-year deal, worth reported $600K

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Michael Latta to a one-year contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman." July 01

  • Top free agent Lucic inks seven-year deal with Oilers

    TSN "The top free agent is off the board. Milan Lucic signed a seven year, $42 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. The 27-year-old power forward scored 20 goals and added 35 assists over 81 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2015-16, his first season with the club. The Boston..." July 01

  • Put A Hold On Matt Greene’s Buyout

    The Hockey Writers "Yesterday, it was announced that the Los Angeles Kings had begun the buyout process for veteran defenseman Matt Greene. However, reports are now coming out that Greene may not be bought out and the move was more of a last ditch effort for the Kings to take one last run at re-signing Milan Lucic." July 01

  • Kings sign defenceman Tom Gilbert to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Los Angeles Kings signed free agent defenceman Tom Gilbert to a one-year contract Friday. The Kings were light on salary cap space heading into free agency and GM Dean Lombardi managed to bolster his blue line at discount, inking Gilbert to a very reasonable $1.4-million deal." July 01

  • Oilers expected to offer Lucic 7 years, at least $42 million

    Sportsnet "It promises to be an exciting and lucrative day for Milan Lucic. The 28-year-old winger generated considerable interest during the NHL’s free agent interview window and is expected to be offered at least one maximum length seven-year deal after the signing period opens at noon ET, according to..." July 01

  • Lucic met face-to-face with Stars' owner

    The Score "Don't order your Milan Lucic jerseys just yet, Edmonton Oilers fans. Lucic reportedly met face-to-face with the Dallas Stars, led by owner Tom Gaglardi, his agent, Gerry Johannson told NEWS 1130 Sports. The discussion took place in Lucic's hometown of Vancouver, and Johannson also said it..." June 30

  • 'I can't say I agree with it,' Brown says of losing Kings' captaincy

    The Score "The luster and bright lights of Los Angeles have quickly dimmed for Kings forward Dustin Brown. It's no secret, Brown's production has dropped immensely, and his annual cap hit of $5.875 million through 2022 has become a burden on the Kings' books. After five consecutive seasons of more than..." June 30

  • Report: Lucic narrows choices to 2 teams, decision coming Friday

    The Score "When the dust settles, Milan Lucic should probably send Steven Stamkos a thank-you card. With Stamkos sticking with the Tampa Bay Lightning and not hitting the free-agent market Friday at noon ET, Lucic is the big-ticket unrestricted free-agent forward. And the power forward about to become..." June 30

  • Kings put veteran Matt Greene on buyout waivers

    Los Angeles Times "The Kings cleared more salary cap space in anticipation of the upcoming free-agency period by putting veteran defenseman Matt Greene on buyout waivers Thursday. NHL free agency opens Friday, and the Kings were among several teams to use the buyout waiver mechanism. The move regarding Greene and..." June 30

  • Lucic calls report he's agreed to a deal with Oilers 'bulls--t'

    The Score "Milan Lucic says there's nothing to a report claiming he has already reached an agreement with the Edmonton Oilers. The pending unrestricted free agent told WEEI's DJ Bean that Tuesday's report from Curtis Stock - a freelancer formerly of the Edmonton Journal - is "bullshit," and while he isn't..." June 29

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Kings Select C/LW Michael Eyssimont with 142nd Pick

    Jewels From The Crown "Dean Lombardi's least favorite hockey university is the University of Michigan. We didn't know his favorite at the time, but now, I'm pretty sure it's St. Cloud State. LA's first forward pick of the 2016 NHL Draft is yet another Husky! Michael Eyssimont is a forward with a tricky name and a..." June 26

  • Kings Select D Kale Clague With 51st Pick

    Jewels From The Crown "After 30 very slooooow picks and 20 very quick picks, the Los Angeles Kings finally got on the clock! True to recent form, they took a defenseman with their first pick, Kale Clague of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings. LA often prefers bigger defensemen such as last year's second-round pick, Erik..." June 26

  • Kings Select D Jacob Moverare With 112th Pick

    Jewels From The Crown "Clearly, the Los Angeles Kings had a gameplan going into the 2016 NHL Draft, as they picked up yet another defenseman with their fourth round pick. And you could do a lot worse than taking a blueliner from the current capital of NHL defense: Sweden. " June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Report: Blues, Wings, others interested in Okposo

    Puck Drunk Love "It was reported earlier this month that “all indications” point to Kyle Okposo becoming a free agent on July 1st. That still appears to be the case and a line of teams have reportedly expressed an interest in Okposo now that it’s clear he won’t be returning to the Islanders. The Jets, Blues,..." June 25

  • Kings Announce Four-Year Extension For Trevor Lewis

    Kuklaskorner "The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with forward Trevor Lewis on a four-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The 29-year-old Lewis (born on Jan. 8, 1987) is a 6-1, 199-pound native of Salt Lake City, Utah who appeared in a career-high 75..." June 25

  • Dallas Stars Acquire Defenseman Nick Ebert From The Los Angeles Kings In Exchange For Goaltender Jack Campbell

    NHL.com "Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Nick Ebert from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Jack Campbell. Ebert, 22, appeared in 44 games for the Ontario Reign, Los Angeles' American Hockey League affiliate, and produced 12..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Edmonton Oilers could go after Lucic after talks with Kings stall

    Edmonton Sun "With negotiations breaking off with Milan Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings on a new long-term deal, the Edmonton Oilers will likely step up to the plate to see what it’ll take to sign the unrestricted free-agent winger who played left side with new LA captain Anze Kopitar in his one and only season..." June 23

  • Lucic roars to top of Canucks’ free-agent wish list

    Vancouver Sun "And now it gets interesting. Prior to Wednesday, Milan Lucic left little doubt about his preference to sign with the L.A. Kings. He said it at the start of last season, reiterated his desire midway through the campaign and, just in case anyone had missed the point, stated it again emphatically..." June 23

  • Drew Doughty wins Norris Trophy for best defenseman

    SB Nation "Drew Doughty finally has his Norris Trophy. On Wednesday night during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Kings defenseman was awarded the Norris Trophy for the 2015-16 season. The Norris is handed out each year to the best defenseman in the NHL, as voted on by the Pro Hockey Writers..." June 22

  • Anze Kopitar wins 2016 Selke Trophy

    Yahoo! Sports "Patrice Bergeron’s two-year hold on the Selke Trophy is over after Anze Kopitar was voted as the 2016 winner at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas Wednesday night. Here’s why Kopitar won the award, via the NHL: Kopitar led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,690:12), an average of 20:52 per..." June 22

  • How Anze Kopitar won the 2015-16 Lady Byng

    Yahoo! Sports "Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings followed his Selke Trophy win by capturing the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is given to “the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as selected by the..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Milan Lucic To Become UFA After Failing To Sign With Kings

    NESN "Milan Lucic’s first season with the Los Angeles Kings after being traded to California from the Boston Bruins in 2015 likely will be his last. This isn’t a huge surprise. The Kings are tight against the salary cap and have to re-sign young forwards Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli over the next..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Vincent Lecavalier Officially Announces His Retirement

    NHL.com "Vincent Lecavalier, a 17-year veteran of the National Hockey League and a Stanley Cup Champion, officially announced his retirement from the game today. Lecavalier’s announcement: As I publicly announced at the time I was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, the 2015/16 season would be my last in..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Dustin Brown still in Kings' plans after losing captaincy

    Yahoo! Sports "The Los Angeles Kings’ decision to take the captaincy from Dustin Brown and give it to Anze Kopitar was not the beginning of the end of Brown’s time with the team. General manager Dean Lombardi believes it will give Brown a chance to rediscover his game without the pressure and scrutiny of..." June 17

  • Kings name Kopitar team captain

    TSN "The Los Angeles Kings named Anze Kopitar team captain on Thursday. Kopitar becomes the franchise's 14th captain and is the first Slovenian-born captain in National Hockey League history. Kopitar inherits the role from Dustin Brown, who served as captain since 2008. The 28-year-old Kopitar is..." June 16

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • LA Fans Are Convinced That The Kings Won The Stanley Cup (Video)

    Black Sports Online "Jimmy Kimmel “Lie Witness News” is backing asking sports fans ridiculous questions. This time they asked Los Angeles fans about the Stanley Cup finals. For some reason LA fans are convinced that the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup. However we know that the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Cup. The LA..." June 15

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • Report: Kings, Lucic pick up contract talks

    The Score "After a lull between the two sides, the Los Angeles Kings and forward Milan Lucic have resumed contract discussions, according to Kings insider Jon Rosen. Rosen reports nothing is imminent at this point and the talks can be described as "ongoing." Lucic, 28, was traded to Los Angeles from..." June 14

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Oilers will go hard after Milan Lucic, but is that wise?

    Edmonton Journal "This in from the Edmonton Journal’s ace scribe Jim Matheson, word that if Milan Lucic does become a free agent that the Edmonton Oilers will go after him: “Take this to the bank (Lucic Savings and Loan). They want him. But only for a certain period of time. Like we said, five years. Maybe $6..." June 11

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • If Kerry Fraser had one do-over, he'd catch Gretzky's high stick on Gilmour

    The Score "A generation later, it's the no-call that still haunts Toronto Maple Leafs supporters: Wayne Gretzky's high stick to the face of Doug Gilmour, in overtime of Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on May 27, 1993, the Maple Leafs up 3-2 in the series over the Los Angeles Kings. Former NHL..." June 08

  • Lucic Open to Signing with Oilers

    The Comeback "Milan Lucic is one of the offseason’s premier unrestricted free agents and it appears he’s keeping his options open. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reported that talks between Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings have gone cold. He writes Lucic’s preference is to stick with the Kings, but he’ll gladly..." June 08

  • Lucic’s agent says no recent talks with Kings as winger prepares for free agency

    The Hockey News "The past season was Milan Lucic’s first season as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, and it appears as if it could very well have been his last. If Lucic isn’t signed to a new deal by the Kings by July 1, the 28-year-old power forward will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in..." June 07

  • Bob McKenzie doesn’t see Lucic-to-Oilers as ‘a flight of fancy’

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Monday morning. On if he has any knows what his co-Insider, Pierre LeBrun, did to this city by saying Milan Lucic would be ‘open and warm’ to an offer from the Edmonton Oilers, and on why they have to do that to them: “Just trolling. No, it’s..." June 07

  • Kings re-sign defenceman Brayden McNabb to 2-year contract

    Today's Slapshot "Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb saw his overall offensive production take a dip during the 2015-16 season, but his underlying numbers – including his possession stats – have been fairly strong. As a result, the team has decided to bring him back for another two years." June 04

  • Lucic would be 'warm' to receiving free-agent offer from Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "Some interesting insights on Friday from respected hockey reporter Pierre LeBrun about potential free agent Milan Lucic during TSN’s Insider Trading feature. LeBrun provided an update on Lucic’s stalled contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Kings, with the calendar having turned to June and..." June 04

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

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