Player News - Kings

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The Los Angeles Kings have bought out Matt Greene.

That was expected after he was placed on unconditional waivers Thursday. The Kings will have a $833,333 cap hit against them for each of the next two seasons, but Greene would have come with a $2.5 million cap hit in 2017-18 had he stayed. He's only played in 29 games over the last two seasons due in large part to injuries. "Matt has made incredible contributions to our hockey club and we are very grateful for everything he has done since joining our organization including his outstanding leadership," said Kings president Luc Robitaille. "Upon his arrival to Los Angeles he played a significant role in helping change the culture of the Kings and his contributions to our two Stanley Cups in particular is immeasurable."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 1:18 PM

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Los Angeles Kings take a forward with the 11th overall pick.

"I don’t think it’s any secret we’re looking for offense," Kings GM Rob Blake said. "With the 11th pick, you’re going to get a quality player. I don’t think anything really changes (in the Kings’ approach). We’re excited for the opportunity to have a higher pick than we have had in the past." Two forwards specifically that the Kings might end up with are Michael Rasmussen and Owen Tippett, assuming of course that they don't trade up or down in the draft. The Kings will also likely take some goaltending help at some point in the draft as they could use more organizational depth in that regard.
Jun 23 - 4:23 AM

Don Nachbaur has been hired by the Los Angeles Kings as an assistant coach.

Nachbaur spent the last seven seasons as the bench boss with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs. The Chiefs reached the playoffs in six of those seven campaigns. He's also had lengthy stints as the head coach of the WHL's Tri-City Americans and Seattle Thunderbirds. "Don is a great addition to our coaching staff. I personally have known him 30-plus years. I played with him and have coached alongside him. He has played the game at a high level and he is a tremendous all-around teacher who is very well-rounded," said Kings head coach John Stevens.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 3:34 PM

Matt Greene has been placed on unconditional waivers.

It's believed that the Kings will buyout Greene's contract if he clears. He has one season left on his four-year, $10 million deal. Greene has only played in 29 contests over the last two seasons, in large part due to injuries.
Jun 22 - 1:10 PM

Jarome Iginla said he is "preparing and planning to play again" next season.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported the news on Tuesday night after he got a text from the veteran winger. This shouldn't come as a surprise because Iginla made it known that he wanted to return after the 2016-17 campaign finished. He registered 27 points in 80 games between Colorado and Los Angeles last year. Iginla is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
Jun 21 - 12:43 PM

The Los Angeles Kings kept four defensemen and four forwards in the expansion draft.

The group includes: Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Drew Doughty, Derek Forbort, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin and Jonathan Quick. Among those available are Brayden McNabb, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:07 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly exposed Marian Gaborik in the expansion draft.

Gaborik is a big name, but he's unlikely to be chosen by Vegas unless the Kings sweeten the pot. Gaborik has four years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $4.875 million. The other problem with Gaborik is the fact that he has a long injury history. He's played more than 56 games just once over the last six years. Gaborik also underwent knee surgery in April. The Kings also left veteran forward Dustin Brown unprotected.
Jun 17 - 7:30 PM

According to TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the Los Angeles Kings have reached out to Vegas about selecting forward Marian Gaborik in the expansion draft.

LeBrun added that the conversation didn't last long, which means Vegas probably demanded a significant asset if they were going to take Gaborik off Los Angeles' hands. Gaborik has four years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $4.875 million. The other problem with Gaborik is the fact that he has a long injury history. He's played more than 56 games just once over the last six years. Gaborik also underwent knee surgery in April. It doesn't sound like the Kings will be able to get rid of him very easily.
Jun 17 - 11:36 AM

Drew Doughty sees a significant downside in playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Doughty grew up in London, Ontario and he only has two seasons left on his contract with Los Angeles, so naturally there's some Leafs fans that hope he might end up with Toronto in a couple years time. Don't expect that to happen though. "I think all of us Southern Ontario players, we secretly want to play for the Leafs," Dought said. But he added, "But I think it just always comes down to how hard it is to live in a city being that big of a celebrity. I’m spoiled in L.A., where I walk around anywhere I want and not one person’s going to recognize me. If, say, I did for some reason play for the Leafs, I don’t know if I could get used to that or not. I think that’s the problem, why guys don’t sign here."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 16 - 10:32 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have unveiled their preseason schedule, which includes their trip to China.

Los Angeles will play Vancouver in Shanghai on Sept. 21 and then in Beijing on Sept. 23. The whole Kings team isn't going though as they also have a game scheduled in Anaheim on Sept. 22. Also included in the Kings' eight-game preseason schedule is a contest in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights on Sept. 26.
Jun 16 - 5:03 AM

Matt Greene (back) has been activated from injured reserve and it's believed to be for the purpose of a buyout.

Greene played in only 26 games in 2016-17 and missed the last 36 games of the season because of a back injury, but he is apparently healthy now. He has one year left on his contract at 2.5 million.
Jun 13 - 6:22 PM

Tyler Toffoli's recovery from knee surgery is going well.

Toffoli underwent the procedure in late April and he expects to be fine by the time training camp starts. As previously reported, Los Angeles inked him to a three-year, $13.8 million extension on Wednesday.
Jun 8 - 3:08 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Tyler Toffoli to a three-year, $13.8 million extension.

That's a very reasonable cap hit of $4.6 million. Toffoli missed 19 games because of a lower-body injury in 2016-17, but he still managed to put up a respectable 16 goals and 18 assists in 63 games. Two seasons ago, when the 25-year-old was fully healthy, he scored 31 goals and 58 points in 82 games. If he stays healthy next season, he's fully capable of hitting the 30-goal mark again.
Jun 7 - 8:29 PM

Bokondji Imama has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Tampa Bay traded the exclusive negotiating rights to Imama to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night. The fact that the Kings were able to sign Imama means that Tampa Bay will receive a 2018 seventh-round draft pick as compensation. Imama had 41 goals, 55 points, and 105 penalty minutes in 66 QMJHL games in 2016-17.
Jun 1 - 4:01 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have conditionally acquired Bokondji Imama from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round draft pick.

Imama is an unsigned free agent prospect that needs to be inked by Thursday at 5:00 p.m. ET or else he'll be eligible to test the UFA market. With that in mind, the Lightning will only receive the pick if Los Angeles is successful in signing Imama before that deadline. Imama had 41 goals, 55 points, and 105 penalty minutes in 66 QMJHL games this season. Tampa Bay originally took him with the 180th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
May 31 - 7:19 PM


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