Player News - Kings

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Drew Doughty has been nominated for the Norris Trophy for the third time in his career, and for the second consecutive season.

The trophy is awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position. Doughty registered 14 goals and 51 points while skating an average of 28:01 per night (third most in the League), with 125 hits and 105 blocks across all 82 games this season. The Kings were a plus-537 in shot attempts with Doughty on the ice as well at full 5-on-5. Should Doughty take home the trophy, it'll be just the second time in Kings history (Rob Blake, 1997-98).
Apr 29 - 8:30 PM

Paul LaDue has inked a one-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

LaDue had five goals and 19 points in 41 contests with the University of North Dakota in 2015-16. He's a two-way defender that has the potential to be a valuable member of the Kings someday, but he'll likely start in the AHL.
Apr 29 - 4:33 PM

Anze Kopitar is a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

The award goes to the league's best defensive forward. This is the third year in a row that Kopitar has been nominated, but he finished second in the voting in 2014 and 2015.
Apr 29 - 10:37 AM

Jonathan Quick is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

Quick posted a 40-23-5 record, 2.22 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 2015-16. Those are impressive numbers, but he should be considered an underdog in the Vezina Trophy race. Quick was previously nominated for the award in 2012 and finished second behind Henrik Lundqvist.
Apr 28 - 10:55 AM

Alec Martinez had a groin injury during the Kings' first-round series against San Jose.

He logged just 11:43 of ice time in the series. Martinez was a key loss for the Kings against the Sharks. He should recover during the off-season.
Apr 26 - 3:32 PM

Jhonas Enroth is open to re-signing with the Kings, but would hope for a larger role if he does come back.

Enroth played in just 16 games despite posting a 2.17 GAA and .922 save percentage in 2015-16. "I really thought they were going to play me more," Enroth said. "If you sign a guy for $1.2 million, you’re not going to play him 13 games, in my opinion. You should play him 20 or 25. I thought I earned more games, obviously. I played pretty solid in the games I got, but I got a lot of breaks in between games too, so it’s tough to get a groove going." He's now an unrestricted free agent and the odds are in favor of him signing elsewhere with a team that has a less firmly entrenched number one goaltender.
Apr 25 - 6:34 AM

Milan Lucic has no interest in becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Lucic was happy with the way his first year went in Los Angeles and he made it pretty clear that he wants to remain a King. Here's what Lucic had to say about getting a contract done: "The sooner the better. To be honest, I really don't have much interest into hitting the open market or hearing what's out there, because in my mind this is where I want to be."
Apr 24 - 5:21 PM

Vincent Lecavalier still plans on retiring.

Lecavalier's retirement was mentioned when the Kings acquired from from the Flyers earlier this season. His improved play after the trade left some people wondering if he'd change his mind. On Sunday, Lecavalier confirmed that he is indeed going to call it a career. The 36-year-old scored 421 goals and 949 points in 1212 games. Lecavalier is a four-time all-star, one-time Stanley Cup champion and one-time Maurice Richard Trophy (most goals in a season) winner.
Apr 24 - 1:52 PM

Kevin Gravel was reassigned back to AHL Ontario on Saturday.

Gravel has seen just five games worth of action in the NHL, however none have come in the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 5:12 PM

The Kings lost on Friday, eliminating them from the playoffs and beginning the speculation of what does and does not lie ahead for Vincent Lecavalier.

In short, Lecavalier verbally agreed with Kings GM Dean Lombardi to retire at the end of the season in order to come to LA. Legally speaking, Lecavalier has no obligation to do so and forfeit $6M in salary split evenly over the next two seasons. Things get interesting if he doesn't retire, but let's act as though he'll keep his word. Lecavalier's final season ends with 10 goals and 18 points in 49 games split between LA and Philadelphia during the regular season. He also scored a goal and two points during the playoffs. See the link below for perspective on where he sits on Tampa Bay's all-time lists. (Hint, at or near the top of almost everything.)
Apr 23 - 2:08 AM

Kris Versteeg scored a huge goal on Friday night, but it wasn't enough to stave off elimination.

Versteeg picked up the garbage to tie the game at three in the second period. Unfortunately the Kings would go on to fall 6-3 to the Sharks, eliminating them from the playoffs. Versteeg finishes his postseason with two points in five games.
Apr 23 - 2:02 AM

Anze Kopitar's season ended Friday night, but he was on yet another point streak.

Kopitar picked up his second goal of the postseason, extending his point streak to three games. Unfortunately, his Kings fell to the Sharks 6-3 on Friday night which ended their season. He finishes the postseason with four points.
Apr 23 - 2:00 AM

Jeff Carter scored his second goal of the series on Friday night against San Jose in style.

Carter fended off a Shark, spun around, paused, and went top shelf on Martin Jones to cut the Kings' deficit to 3-2 in the third. A true goal-scorer's goal. Unfortunately the Kings would go on to lose the game 6-3, ending their season. Carter finishes with just his two goals and points in the five games.
Apr 23 - 1:58 AM

Jake Muzzin collected a pair of helpers during Game 5 against San Jose on Friday night.

The Kings however would go on to lose 6-3, ending their season. Muzzin finishes his postseason with four assists and five points in five games.
Apr 23 - 1:56 AM

Jonathan Quick got eaten up by the Sharks in Friday's Game 5 series finale.

Quick spotted the Sharks a 3-0 cushion through the first 24:05 of the game, and though his Kings would battle back to tie it heading into the third, it wasn't enough. Two softies later and it was all over. Quick turned away just 22 of 27 shots in the 6-3 defeat.
Apr 23 - 1:55 AM


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