Kings Rumors & News

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Kings' Martinez undergoes offseason shoulder surgery

    The Score "Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez underwent surgery to correct shoulder discomfort, the team told LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen. Martinez didn't play in Games 2-5 of his team's first-round series loss to the San Jose Sharks after suffering a groin injury in Game 1. Rosen reports the..." May 13

  • Kings re-sign Coach Sutter: ‘Our team is going to change’

    Los Angeles Times "Weeks of rumors, gossip and speculation about his future will officially end Friday when the Kings announce a contract extension for Coach Darryl Sutter. Sutter and the Kings agreed to terms on a new deal Thursday, according to individuals familiar with the situation. Specific financial details..." May 13

  • Former Penguins star Kevin Stevens faces drug charges

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Kevin Stevens, a core member of the Penguins' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992, was charged in federal court Thursday in Massachusetts with conspiring to sell oxycodone, the Boston Globe reported. The Globe reported that court records say Stevens, who has a history of battling..." May 13

  • Darryl Sutter still hasn't signed a new contract with the Kings, but says, 'We'll get it worked out'

    Los Angeles Times "He did not sound like a man who was contemplating other NHL options or even planning to raise cattle full time. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was direct about his future with the organization in an interview Thursday morning with The Times. The Kings have made a contract offer to their two-time..." May 12

  • Darryl Sutter agrees to contract with LA Kings: Report

    Yahoo! Sports "Darryl Sutter has come to contract terms with the Los Angeles Kings. Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reported Sutter has taken the Kings’ contract offer and an official announcement could come as early as Friday. The offer was reportedly for two years. The Times said the deal is in..." May 12

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Darryl Sutter 'still undecided' about return to Kings

    The Hockey Writers "In a bit of unexpected coaching news, Darryl Sutter hasn’t signed the contract offer laid on the table by the Kings and GM Dean Lombardi. Lombardi called the offer “very fair,” but Sutter tells Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that he’s “still undecided” on whether or not he will return to the..." May 08

  • Lombardi: Kings made offer to Sutter, 'still working on' Lucic

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings are doing some soul-searching. General manager Dean Lombardi described his team's five-game first-round loss to the San Jose Sharks as "a punch in the gut" on a conference call Friday. After a run of success including two Stanley Cups, the Kings are in re-evaluation..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Barkov, Eriksson, Kopitar named Lady Byng finalists "Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar might need to find some extra room in his trophy case. Kopitar was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of..." April 30

  • Burns, Doughty, Karlsson named finalists for Norris Trophy "Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson can win the James Norris Memorial Trophy for a second straight season and third time in his NHL career. Karlsson, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings were named finalists Friday. The winner will be announced at..." April 30

  • North Dakota loses another d-man as Kings sign LaDue

    LA Kings Insider "The Los Angeles Kings have signed former University of North Dakota defenseman Paul LaDue, Kings hockey operations has informed LA Kings Insider. The contract is a one-year entry level contract. Financial terms were not known immediately, but one-year, max-entry level contracts carry a $925,000..." April 29

  • Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Kesler, Anze Kopitar named Selke finalists

    SB Nation "A couple of familiar NHL names have been named finalists for the 2016 Selke Trophy. On Thursday night, the NHL announced that Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar are the nominees for the 2015-16 season. The Selke is..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Drew Doughty doesn't get 'buddy' relationship with Couture

    Yahoo! Sports "Maybe Los Angeles Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty and San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture aren’t so close after all. On Sunday at the Kings’ practice facility Doughty spoke with reporters for the first time since Couture ripped the Kings after the Sharks ousted LA in the first-round of..." April 25

  • Vincent Lecavalier says he plans to retire

    Sportsnet "Vincent Lecavalier told reporters Sunday that he plans to retire this off-season. The 36-year-old said he has yet to file the paperwork as he’s still “decompressing” recent events that saw his Los Angeles Kings eliminated from the post-season at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. Lecavalier..." April 24

  • Milan Lucic ‘wants to stay in Los Angeles’

    Yahoo! Sports "Milan Lucic doesn’t want to leave Los Angeles this summer as an unrestricted free agent. The hulking winger, who was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings last offseason was hopeful he and the team could work out a deal that could keep him in Southern California. He just finished the final season..." April 24

  • Sharks exorcise demons, eliminate Kings

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Brent Burns said he rarely dwells on 2014. That was when the San Jose Sharks collapsed in the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Kings. "The only time I really think about it is when I'm asked a question (about it)," Burns said. "It's been a totally..." April 23

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Kings think Lecavalier 'can still kick around' "They said he was done. They said he was too old, too slow and ineffective. But if you ask the Los Angeles Kings, they'll say that Vincent Lecavalier proved those doubters wrong. After being traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Kings on Jan. 6, the veteran center found instant success...." April 23

  • Sutter questions officiating with Kings facing elimination

    Los Angeles Times "The many personalities of Kings Coach Darryl Sutter generally surface at some point in a playoff series, and Thursday a new one popped up. It was "Send-A-Message Darryl." In addressing the larger issue of special teams play in the first-round series against the San Jose Sharks, Sutter argued..." April 22

  • Sharks push Kings to the edge -- again

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The power play found redemption, and the San Jose Sharks held off a furious late push by Los Angeles to push the Kings to the brink. For the second time in three seasons, the Sharks are within one win of moving on after a 3-2 victory Wednesday night at a sold-out SAP..." April 21

  • Pearson's OT goal gets Kings back in series

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tanner Pearson wasn't going to get carried away with celebrating his first career Stanley Cup overtime goal. "Game over, and we won Game 3," Pearson said matter-of-factly after giving the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday. "That's what we..." April 19

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • Doughty: ‘There’s no way we can go down another game’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Here’s the thing about trying to come back from a 3-0 series deficit: It’s still really, really hard. Only four teams in NHL history have ever done it, versus 178 that have tried and failed, per So even though the Kings did it in 2014 against the Sharks, they really don’t..." April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Kings can play Marian Gaborik in Game 2 (if they choose to)

    Yahoo! Sports "The Los Angeles Kings may get some goal scoring help for Game 2 of their first-round series against the San Jose Sharks. Coach Darryl Sutter said forward Marian Gaborik has been “medically cleared” from a right knee injury and could draw into the lineup for Saturday. Gaborik has been out since..." April 16

  • Pavelski pushes Sharks to early advantage vs. Kings

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Joe Pavelski led the NHL with 11 game-winning goals. He wasted little time delivering one in the postseason in a Game 1 Western Conference quarterfinal win over the Los Angeles Kings. Pavelski scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the San..." April 15

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Kings win Pacfic showdown with Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- A second-period flurry by the Los Angeles Kings made all the difference in the world in a win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. In a showdown between the co-leaders of the Pacific Division, the Kings got a go-ahead goal by Kris Versteeg in the opening minutes of the..." April 08

  • Kings pull out road win over Flames

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- The Los Angeles Kings scratched out a huge win Tuesday when another road loss appeared likely as part of a troublesome late-season slide heading to the playoffs. Kris Versteeg jammed in the tying goal with 35 seconds remaining and Jeff Carter scored the winner on a..." April 06

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Canucks top Kings for first three-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jared McCann and Ryan Miller helped the Vancouver Canucks salvage some respect on home ice Monday night. McCann scored the winning goal and Miller recorded 40 saves -- including 20 in the third period -- as the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Monday..." April 05

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Kings’ Martinez reportedly day-to-day with undisclosed injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Kings head coach Darryl Sutter isn’t saying anything about whatever ailment is expected to keep defenseman Alec Martinez out of the lineup tonight in Vancouver. “You’re going to get nothing from the coaching staff for the rest of the year until September about the status regarding players,”..." April 04

  • Kings, Oilers among favorites for college free agent Alex Lyon

    The Score "Goaltender Alex Lyon's future will be a lot clearer in 48 hours. A free agent after three years at Yale University, Lyon had a stellar 2015-16 season, posting a .936 save percentage and 1.64 GAA in 31 games." April 03

  • Kings blank Flames, reclaim first place

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- After losing four of their five previous games, the Los Angeles Kings righted the ship and reclaimed the top spot in the Pacific Division. Jeff Carter scored two goals and recorded an assist, leading the Kings to a 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at..." April 01

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

  • Kings' Marian Gaborik might not be back for playoffs

    Los Angeles Times "Remember that gifted goal-scorer, the guy named Marian Gaborik? It looked bad when the Kings winger suffered a sprained left knee Feb. 12 at Madison Square Garden. The Kings were hopeful that he would be available for the playoffs, but they weren't expecting it. A month and half later, it..." March 31

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Sharks clinch playoff spot with win over Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It took longer than they would have liked, but the Sharks finally clinched a playoff spot on their fourth try Monday. Joe Thornton's third-period, power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie and helped lift the Sharks (42-28-6) past the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 in front of 17,066 at SAP..." March 29

  • Kings fall in Winnipeg to end winless trip

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien -- he of the booming slap shot that really shook things up Thursday night -- says the Winnipeg Jets will not go quietly. Byfuglien's wicked point drive just 15 seconds into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and sparked the Jets to an..." March 24

  • Wild get much-needed points vs. Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Fighting to make a fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs, every shift counts for the Minnesota Wild. On Tuesday, they made sure every shot counted also. Goals by Erik Haula and Mikko Koivu were enough for the Wild, who beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 via just 18 shots..." March 23

  • 30 Thoughts: Clearing up expansion draft questions

    Sportsnet "The first thing that crossed my mind when Eugene Melnyk unleashed his frustration across the Ottawa organization: how much of a surprise was this to Dave Cameron? The two have a long history. Melnyk bought the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 2001, one year into Cameron’s tenure as head..." March 23

  • Are 50-goal scorers a thing of the past?

    ESPN "It all rests on Alex Ovechkin ... again. Only he can save the NHL from going without a 50-goal scorer for the first time in a full season in the salary-cap era. "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Ovi ripped off eight goals in the last however many games they have left,'' Lightning captain..." March 23