Player News - Kings

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Adrian Kempe made significant contributions in Sweden's run to a gold medal in the 2018 World Championships.

Kempe finished the tournament with two goals and eight points in 10 games despite averaging a modest 12:11 minutes per contest. He's coming off a campaign where he scored 16 goals and 37 points in 81 games with Los Angeles. The 21-year-old will be looking to build upon those numbers next season and hopefully the experience from this gold medal run will help him accomplish that.
May 23 - 7:38 AM

Oscar Fantenberg will no longer be waiver-exempt for the 2018-19 campaign.

Fantenberg re-signed with the Kings at the league minimum $650,000 cap hit, so it's possible that he would be claimed on waivers if he fails to make the Kings' opening game roster. That might make Los Angeles a bit more inclined to keep him if he has a good training camp. Fantenberg wouldn't be a big piece of the puzzle, but he could fit in as the team's sixth or seventh defenseman. He can certainly chip in offensively as he had two goals and nine points in 27 games with Los Angeles in 2017-18.
May 18 - 8:47 AM

Oscar Fantenberg has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

If Fantenberg spends the 2018-19 campaign in the NHL, then he will earn $650,000. He had two goals and nine points in 27 contests with the Kings this season.
Source: NHL.com
May 17 - 3:32 PM

Jake Muzzin had a great comeback season for the Los Angeles Kings.

Muzzin had a very disappointing 2016-17 season with nine goals and 28 points after a couple of 40 point seasons for the Kings. But the defenseman returned to the 40-plus point mark as he had eight goals and 42 points in 74 games. The only real bad news on Muzzin this past season was the separated shoulder he suffered near the end of the season but he should be 100 percent come training camp. He is worth taking as your third defenseman in most pools.
May 13 - 7:58 AM

Adrian Kempe has a goal and four points in four games for Team Sweden in the 2018 World Championships.

Sweden has excelled thus far with a 19-2 goal differential and Kempe has been far from their most productive player. Even still, this has been a great showing for him so far and it's a nice addition to a season where he scored 16 goals and 37 points in 81 contests with Los Angeles.
May 10 - 5:46 AM

Los Angeles has signed Brad Morrison to a three-year entry-level contract.

Morrison produced 27 goals and 75 points in 74 games for the WHL's Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes this past season. He also amassed 16 goals and 37 points in 16 postseason matches for the Hurricanes. Morrison was originally taken in the fourth-round (113th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.
Source: LAKings.com
May 1 - 2:50 PM

Anze Kopitar has been nominated for the Hart Trophy.

Kopitar is also a finalist for the Selke Trophy. The Kings forward had a remarkable bounce-back season, as he went from 52-point season last year to a 92-point campaign in 2017-18. He probably won't win the award, but that still doesn't diminish everything he accomplished. New Jersey's Taylor Hall and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon are the other two nominees.
Apr 27 - 7:53 PM

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

Villalta had a 2.58 GAA and .908 save percentage in 49 OHL games this season. Los Angeles took him with the 72nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 27 - 4:26 PM

Kings president Luc Robitaille was very happy with what he saw out of head coach John Stevens and GM Rob Blake in 2017-18.

While the Kings were swept by Vegas in the first round, the fact that they made the playoffs was a step in the right direction. Los Angeles went from getting 86 points in 2016-17 to 98 points this season. "I thought they did a great job," Robitaille said of Stevens and Blake. "We always talk about being a premier organization and treating the people the right way and be fair. These guys are very, very competitive, but also they’re great people. And it’s important that if you want to have longevity and be a great organization for a long time, everyone’s going to compete, but you want to treat people the right way. And I know that’s what they’re doing every day and strive on."
Apr 24 - 5:08 AM

Slava Voynov has completed his three year deal in the KHL and could attempt to return to the NHL next season.

Voynov is still suspended indefinitely by the NHL after he was charged with domestic violence and self-departed back to Russia in 2015 after pleading no-contest to the charge stemming from an October 2014 arrest. Voynov would need to apply to commissioner Gary Bettman for reinstatement and there is some question as to whether the Kings would want him back or not. "It’s so premature at this point, because those hurdles that he has to go through to be reinstated by the NHL don’t have anything to do with us," General Manager Rob Blake said. "To be honest with you, it’s so far away from our play right now that we haven’t had those discussions. Like I said, that’s going to be between him and his agent and his people representing him to be able to get back into that position before we could even get involved." Stay tuned.
Apr 22 - 7:46 AM

Adrian Kempe will suit up for Sweden at the World Championships in May.

Kempe had 16 goals and 37 points in 81 games but was unable to find the back of the net in his last 29 contests. The Swedes will hope for more than that in Denmark where the championships are being held.
Apr 22 - 7:40 AM

The Kings' number one priority this off-season will be signing Drew Doughty to a contract extension.

Doughty has one more year on his current contract for $7 million per season but will be in line for a significant raise based on his performance this and past seasons. For his part, Doughty would like to remain a King. "I'm a big part of that team and I've got to try to bring us into that winning ways again," Doughty said. "I take the responsibility for that, along with some of our other leaders. It's not that they have to show me or prove to me anything for me to sign here. I've always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King." It will be interesting to see if the Kings and Doughty can come to an arrangement come July 1st when negotiations can start.
Apr 21 - 12:43 PM

Drew Doughty has been selected as one of the nominees for the Norris Trophy.

Doughty won the Norris in the 2015-16 season. The 28-year-old had 10 goals and 50 assists in 82 games during the regular season. He also averaged 26:50 of ice time with the Kings in 2017-18. Nashville's P.K. Subban and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman are the other two nominees for the award.
Apr 19 - 7:05 PM

Anze Kopitar has been chosen as one of the nominees for the Selke Trophy.

The 30-year-old had a terrific season, as he posted 35 goals and 92 points in 82 games with the Kings. He's also been one of the better two-way players in the game for quite some time, so it's not surprising to see him receive a nomination for this award. Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Philadelphia's Sean Couturier are the other two nominees. Kopitar is likely the favorite to win the award in 2018.
Apr 18 - 6:47 PM

Paul LaDue will wrap up 2017-18 with AHL Ontario.

LaDue is heading to the minors following the Kings' elimination from the playoffs. He had a goal in two games with Los Angeles during the postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 6:18 PM


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