Anze Kopitar RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kings' Kopitar day-to-day: report "Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar is considered day-to-day after leaving their game Thursday against the St. Louis Blues because of a lower-body injury, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kopitar's last shift ended with 38 seconds remaining in the first period. The Kings lost 2-1 in..." February 19

  • Kings forward Kopitar leaves game with injury "Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar sustained an upper-body injury Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues in the first period and left the game. Kopitar took an inadvertent hit to the head from Blues right wing Ryan Reaves late in the first period, skating in from behind Reaves. Kopitar finished..." February 19

  • Kane, Bennett, Kopitar named 'Three Stars' of week "Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan.17. FIRST STAR – PATRICK KANE, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Kane tied for the League lead in points with seven..." January 18

  • Kings sign Anze Kopitar to eight-year extension

    Sportsnet "Anze Kopitar‘s patience has payed off. The Los Angeles Kings locked up their star centre Saturday for eight more years, the maximum term allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. Both the player and the team maintained throughout negotiations that a deal would get done, yet the..." January 17

  • Report: Kopitar expected to sign new contract on Friday

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sounds like Anze Kopitar‘s mega-deal will be made official tomorrow. Per LA Kings Insider, a “high ranking Kings executive” said Kopitar is expected to sign his contract on Friday. That contract, of course is the one TSN’s Bob McKenzie broke news on yesterday, reporting it’ll be an eight-year,..." January 16

  • Report: Anze Kopitar Close to Signing 8-Year Extension

    The Hockey Writers "After a couple of days of reports that the Anze Kopitar contract extension wasn’t as close as either party would like, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Kopitar is set to sign an eight-year extension with the Kings. While it’s not locked in place, McKenzie says that the deal is “in final stages of..." January 13

  • Report: New deal between Kings and Kopitar 'far from done'

    The Score "In December, the Los Angeles Kings were reportedly "very close" to inking Anze Kopitar to a massive long-term extension. Not so fast. That contract extension may be "far from done," reported Darren Dreger on TSN's "Insider Trading" on Tuesday. "Yes, there are components to this extension..." January 13

  • LA Kings playing ‘dangerous game’ with Anze Kopitar

    Yahoo! Sports "Mike Futa, the Los Angeles Kings vice president of hockey operations, said that negotiations on Anze Kopitar’s new contract were “too close to not get it done,” but cautioned that “sometimes, negotiations take a little longer than you like.” He said that on Nov. 2, 2015. Kopitar, the best..." January 12

  • Report: Anze Kopitar’s long-term deal nearly done

    Sportsnet "Anze Kopitar could be in for a big week. The Los Angeles Kings‘ No. 1 centre scored a crucial overtime winner Tuesday night, giving his club a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, and now his contract situation may finally be cleared up. According to reliable Kings insider John Hoven of..." December 02

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Report: Kings, Kopitar 'inching closer' to 8-year extension

    The Score "Anze Kopitar is on the verge of getting paid. The Los Angeles Kings and the 28-year-old center are "inching closer" to an eight-year contract extension, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Dreger, speaking on TSN's "Insider Trading" segment, said the Kings made a contract offer Monday, and..." October 14

  • Anze Kopitar still without contract extension on day before regular season

    Yahoo! Sports "Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar said he’s had “some talks” with the team about a new contract, “but nothing finalized obviously.” Kopitar is entering the final season of a seven-year $47.6 million deal with Los Angeles. In the recent past, Kopitar has indicated he would like a contract..." October 07

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar optimistic about contract talks: 'I'd like to stay'

    USA Today "Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar sounds like a man who doesn't expect to be changing addresses anytime soon. With his seven-year, $47.6 million contract wrapping up after this season and the Kings fully aware of what free agency could mean, Kopitar is optimistic about reaching an..." September 09

  • Kings, Kopitar ‘not even in the ballpark’ on contract talks

    Sportsnet "The Los Angeles Kings and Anze Kopitar have yet to find common ground on a contract extension. In fact, they’re not even close. According to LA Kings Insider, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi says the two sides are “not even in the ballpark” when it comes to inking a new deal. The..." September 01

  • Kopitar talks expected to pick up steam

    LA Kings Insider "Though negotiations with Anze Kopitar over a contract extension are “just starting,” according to a source in Kings hockey operations, those talks are expected to pick up steam over the coming month, and there is optimism that a contract extension will be finalized this summer. One of the..." July 18

  • Toews, Bergeron, Kopitar finalists for Selke Trophy

    CBS Sports "The NHL announced the finalists for the 2014-15 Selke Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best defensive forwards in the league. It is a familiar trio of names as all of them were finalists a year ago. Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Los..." April 22

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar shows dominance again in 3-1 win over New Jersey

    Los Angeles Times "It wasn't anti-Anze hockey, but for the last month or so, Kings center Anze Kopitar wasn't looking quite like his usual dominant self. He scored three goals in February and March and just twice in the last 15 games before Monday's action and was a combined minus-five in games last week against..." March 24

  • Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings go a man down in Philadelphia

    Yahoo! Sports "Oh the irony that the Los Angeles Kings would be having salary cap issues before they play the Philadelphia Flyers -- a team that has essentially hid non-retired, retired players on long-term injury reserve. According to Los Angeles Times scribe Lisa Dillman, the Kings will play shorthanded..." October 28

  • Bergeron, Kopitar, Toews finalists for Selke Trophy

    CBS Sports "On Thursday three more finalists for NHL awards were announced, the top three vote-getters for the Selke Trophy. They are Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins, Anze Kopitar of the Kings and reigning winner Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks. The Selke Trophy is awarded "to the forward who best excels..." April 24

  • Kings coach Sutter to reunite Brown with Kopitar "Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown has long known that center Anze Kopitar is a worthy candidate for the Selke Trophy. He'll get a reminder of that Thursday when he's reunited with Kopitar. Brown was back with Kopitar on the top line, with Marian Gaborik at left wing, at the Kings morning..." April 24

  • Anze Kopitar leads Slovenia into hockey quarter-finals

    CBC Sports "Anze Kopitar scored 5:29 into the first period to help Slovenia beat Austria 4-0 on Tuesday in the qualification round of the Sochi Olympics, extending the experience of playing for his father in international competition. The Olympic hockey rookies will face top-seeded and 2006 Olympic..." February 18

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    Helene Elliott @helenenothelen

    Matjaz Kopitar on Anze: "he just didn't feel good. Something with the stomach. He was without the power. Hopefully he's going to be better.'

  • Kopitar, Slovenia upset Slovakia for nation’s first Olympic men’s hockey win

    Pro Hockey Talk "So much for Slovenia’s men’s hockey team just being happy to participate in its first Olympics. Anze Kopitar and company surprised Slovakia 3-1 on Saturday (video), giving Slovenia its first-ever win at this level. The most stunning part – and most worrisome for Slovak hockey – is that this..." February 15

  • Olympics Matjaz Kopitar preparing Slovenia for big Sochi hockey moment

    Los Angeles Times "Matjaz Kopitar is a familiar sight around the Kings’ practice rink in El Segundo, usually watching proudly from upstairs while his son, Anze, hones the skills that have made the younger Kopitar one of the NHL’s top centers. Matjaz was around a rink on Wednesday, but he was thousands of miles..." February 08

  • Kopitar headlines Slovenian Olympic roster, brother snubbed

    Pro Hockey Talk "Slovenia released its roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Monday and, to nobody’s surprise, L.A. Kings forward Anze Kopitar — the lone Slovenian playing in the NHL — headlines the list of 25 players. What did come as a surprise, though, was that Kopitar’s brother — Gasper — has been..." January 06

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar has last word against San Jose Sharks, 4-3

    Los Angeles Times "His arms thrust high … and just like that, the weight seemed to lift off the shoulders of a jubilant Anze Kopitar after his second goal of the season. Nothing quite like an overtime goal against the league's best team to do the trick. The Kings center had broken a season-long scoring drought..." October 31

  • Kopitar makes right decision in Kings' 2-1 shootout win over Oilers

    Los Angeles Times "The shootout intelligence was good, of course. But you can crunch the numbers, listen to a successful teammate and in the end, it comes down to a split-second decision and maybe even a quick change of heart. That's what happened with center Anze Kopitar on Sunday when he scored the decider..." October 28

  • Kings need weary Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown

    Chicago Tribune "The locker room had emptied out, his teammates heading home, when Anze Kopitar finally emerged. Medical treatment for an unspecified ailment had kept him around late, but that wasn't the only reason for the weary look on his face. Kopitar had endured a tough night against the Chicago..." June 08

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar is accumulating points, if not goals

    Los Angeles Times "Good teammate that he is, center Anze Kopitar was happy about winger Dustin Brown's two-goal performance Sunday in the Kings' 4-3 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars. "We need everybody going. It was nice to see him get a couple," Kopitar said. "Hopefully, I will get a couple soon..." April 23

  • Kopitar scores deciding goal with 4:48 remaining as Kings win fifth straight

    L.A. Daily News "The Kings played a stellar defensive game Wednesday night. They had no choice because the Detroit Red Wings had them pinned in their own end of the ice for extended stretches and it looked like they were skating uphill whenever they controlled the puck. This wasn't what the Kings had in mind..." February 28

  • L.A. Kings' goal within reach, thanks to Anze Kopitar

    L.A. Daily News "Call it the Anze Kopitar reach. Kopitar's outstretched stick will go down in Kings lore and be replayed over and over again, for Kopitar made sure the Kings' miraculous road prowess remained intact in overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. | See photo gallery. Kopitar yelled for the..." May 31

  • Anze Kopitar in right place at the right time for Kings

    Los Angeles Times "He was the player his Kings teammates would have chosen to be in this situation, to have a breakaway in overtime of the Stanley Cup Final, because they knew he would perform as if he were gliding on a pristine glacial lake instead of the choppy ice of the sauna-like Prudential Center. And there..." May 31

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar makes the NHL more popular in Slovenia

    Los Angeles Times "It would be darn near impossible to find a hockey fan in Slovenia who isn't rooting for the Kings. Call it the Anze Kopitar factor. "There is actually a pretty big buzz back there," said Kopitar, the Kings' 24-year-old center. "I've been going on online and reading some of the news from back..." May 28

  • Line of Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams tough to handle

    Los Angeles Times "They won a mere two games in December and ended up using seven goalies during a not-so-memorable Kings season in 2007-08. But one of those goalies — Jason LaBarbera — recognized something special in two of the Kings' young forwards, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar. They had career breakthrough..." May 15

  • Good times roll for Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar

    Los Angeles Times "As the longest-serving current Kings, forwards Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar have been through the worst of hockey times. Brown, who made his NHL debut during the 2003-04 season, and Kopitar, who made an immediate impact as a rookie in 2006-07, have been there for all the broken promises and..." May 07

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar will be present and accounted for in playoffs

    Los Angeles Times "Kings' playoff chronicles: Leading scorer Anze Kopitar has gone from playing Vancouver … all the way to Vancouver again. This is progress? It is if you haven't been in a playoff game in nearly two years, an eon for a hockey player. When the Kings take the ice for Game 1 in Vancouver on..." April 10

  • Kings coach says he needs more from Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar

    Los Angeles Times "This time, the tough message wasn't aimed at struggling forward Dustin Penner. Instead, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter directed it at his star players, captain Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, calling out the duo. "These guys talk too much about the team," Sutter said Monday after practice. "They..." February 21

  • Kings' Anze Kopitar is learning what's best for him

    Los Angeles Times "Game-day skates are optional for the Kings, and their top six forwards and top four defensemen usually opt out in order to preserve their energy. But on Saturday morning at the Kings' practice rink in El Segundo, as for just about every game-day skate, center Anze Kopitar joined the youngsters..." October 23

  • Kings call Anze Kopitar's surgery successful

    Los Angeles Times "Anze Kopitar, the Kings 23-year-old star center, had successful surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle, the team said. "It went well and he remains out indefinitely," a club spokesman said, declining to elaborate. Kopitar, who still leads the Kings with 73 points, was..." March 31