Player News - Kings

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Los Angeles has terminated Mike Richards' contract.

"The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract," said the team in a statement. "We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time." It's being widely speculated that there will be a battle between the NHL, Los Angeles, the NHLPA and Newport over Richards' deal. His contract is off the books for the Kings for now, but it will likely be subject to a grievance.
Jun 29 - 3:49 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have placed center Mike Richards on waivers.

Once Richards clears, the Kings will then buy him out. It will be an expensive buyout as Richards will make $14.67 million over the next 10 years. Even though his play has been declining for a while now, the 30-year-old should drum up some interest on the free-agent market because his cap hit will be more affordable. Richards had five goals and 16 points in 53 games with Los Angeles in 2014-15.
Jun 28 - 12:17 PM

The Los Angeles Kings drafted defenseman Erik Cernak 43rd overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The Slovak native brings considerable size to the mix for Los Angeles. He's a right-handed shot.
Jun 27 - 11:47 AM

The Los Angeles Kings could move Marian Gaborik to the right wing next season.

The Kings dealt for Milan Lucic on Friday and he could be on the top line with Gaborik and Anze Kopitar necessitating the move of Gaborik to the right side to accommodate Lucic. All this should get resolved during training camp but the Kings have certainly found their power forward to play with Gaborik and Kopitar.
Jun 27 - 7:36 AM

Do not expect the Los Angeles Kings to re-sign Justin Williams now that they have acquired Milan Lucic.

The Kings will let the veteran Williams become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and there are plenty of teams who can use a three-time Stanley Cup champion. Williams should have no problem garnering a long-term deal from another NHL team. He had 18 goals and 41 points in a bit of a down year but Williams can certainly score some big goals as he has shown in the past.
Jun 27 - 7:30 AM

With the acquisition of Milan Lucic, LA Kings' GM Dean Lombardi made it known that they will not be able to re-sign Andrej Sekera.

Even though the Kings are only on the hook for $3.25 million of Lucic's $6 million cap hit, the Kings have about $4.9 million remaining under the cap ceiling with a few slots left to fill. Sekera is entering his age-29 season but is coming off a four-year contract that dinged the cap at just $2.75 million. He's expected to seek a sizable raise, and likely north of $5 million annually. Too bad for the Kings who traded top defenseman prospect Roland McKeown and a 2015 first round pick for half a season Sekera.
Jun 26 - 6:08 PM

Boston is reportedly retaining $2.75 million of Milan Lucic's $6 million cap hit.

That means that Lucic's cap hit will be just $3.25 million for Los Angeles, which is quite a bit more palatable for a Kings' squad that has some serious cap considerations of their own. This also further reinforces the idea that Boston's primary motivation in moving Lucic wasn't short-term cap relief.
Jun 26 - 5:41 PM

Milan Lucic has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, goaltender Martin Jones, and Colin Miller.

That gives Boston the 13th, 14th, and 15th picks in this year's draft. It might seem odd for Boston to trade Lucic after trading Dougie Hamilton given that many would have predicted that the Bruins motivation for trading Lucic would be, in part, to pay for Hamilton. That being said, Lucic is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 campaign and the Bruins might have felt that they wouldn't be able to afford him at that point, irrespective of the Hamilton situation. Los Angeles might have similar difficulties, so this might prove to be a rental, but Lucic's blend of grit and skill will certainly help the Kings rebound from a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
Jun 26 - 5:06 PM

Milan Lucic is willing to waive his no-trade clause if Boston wants to ship him to Vancouver.

Lucic is from Vancouver and spent his junior career playing for the Vancouver Giants, so he would quickly become a fan favorite. Boston hasn't actually asked him to waive the no-trade clause yet and might not trade him at all this summer. However, Lucic is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016 and with the Bruins' cap situation as rough as it is, it might make sense for them to move him now.
Jun 26 - 1:20 PM

Tyler Toffoli has agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.

Toffoli will earn $2.6 million next season and $3.9 million in 2016-17. He took a step forward in 2014-15 with 23 goals and 49 points in 76 contests. Signing him to a bridge deal makes a lot of sense for both sides as he likely hasn't reached his peak yet.
Jun 26 - 12:01 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have reportedly inquired on what it might take to acquire Milan Lucic.

The 27-year-old Lucic is entering the final season of his three-year, $18M contract and appears to be hot commodity around the league, not just his hometown team. Lucic has missed just five games over the last three seasons, but hasn't quite been the offensive force as was expected. He's accumulated just 49 goals and 130 points over that time with 247 PIMs as well.
Jun 25 - 6:22 PM

Slava Voynov has been suspended by the Los Angeles Kings.

The team discovered that he suffered a torn Achilles tendon away from a hockey-related activity, so they chose to add their own suspension on top of the one he already has by the NHL. The move provides the Kings with more cap space and flexibility. It also gives them some protection just in case Voynov is not able to play due to injury, assuming he is eligible to do so. His trial is set to open July 6 after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence back in October.
Jun 25 - 1:57 PM

Jarret Stoll had his felony count of a drug possession charge reduced to two misdemeanors on Thursday.

His sentence includes performing 32 hours of community service within 120 days and he has already started that. "Now that the case has been resolved I am committed to meeting all of my obligations to the court and I'm grateful for the chance to offer guidance and to share positive life lessons to kids as part of the resolution of this matter," Stoll said in a statement. "My focus remains on hockey and I'm looking forward to getting back on the ice next season." He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of provoking commission of breach of peace and trespassing. Stoll isn't expected to be back with the Kings and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 25 - 1:25 PM

Jarret Stoll has been charged with one felony count of drug possession, according to the Clark County (Nev.) district attorney's office.

He is facing a punishment that could range from probation to four years in state prison. Stoll has a court date scheduled for July 1. He was arrested after he "consented to a voluntary pat-down" at the entrance of the Wet Republic Pool in Las Vegas at the hotel. The arrest report stated that 3.3 grams of cocaine and gel-caps with Ecstasy were found on his person, but the criminal complaint didn't mention the Ecstasy.
Jun 22 - 5:38 PM

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, there isn’t much "common ground" in contract talks between the Los Angeles Kings and potential free-agent Justin Williams.

Williams is set to become a UFA on July 1st and although he’s been an important piece of the team, it appears as though it may be difficult for the two sides to stay together. The 33-year-old scored 18 goals and 41 points in 81 games last season.
Jun 21 - 12:10 PM

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