Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

The Buffalo Sabres have been granted permission to interview to Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Mike Futa about their vacant general manager position.

Futa was only recently promoted to the role of assistant general manager. His previous role with the Kings was as a vice president of hockey operations and their director of player personnel. He's spent 11 campaigns within the Los Angeles organization.
Apr 28 - 1:56 PM

Darryl Sutter intends to take another NHL job, but he plans to wait for what he feels is the right fit.

That doesn't mean that he'll only be taking a job with a team in a certain situation though as Sutter expressed an interest in both being part of a rebuild or serving on a team already in a position to compete. It's not clear what he would consider to be the right fit, but regardless it sounds like we're going to be seeing more of Sutter. He has a career 634-467-101-83 record as a head coach and won the Stanley Cup twice with Los Angeles.
Apr 28 - 10:30 AM

Marian Gaborik's surgical procedure was for a chronic issue related to his left knee.

He is considered to be questionable for the start of training camp. Gaborik's procedure was described as being "more in-depth" by the Kings.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:20 PM

Derek Forbort had a minor surgical procedure on his left knee.

He is slated to be available for the start of training camp in the fall. Forbort appeared in all 82 games with the Kings during the regular season and he contributed 18 points, with 54 penalty minutes.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:16 PM

Alec Martinez had a minor procedure on his groin.

The surgery repaired what was described as a chronic issue. Martinez is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:13 PM

Tyler Toffoli has undergone a minor surgical procedure on his left knee.

He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Toffoli had 16 goals and 34 points in 63 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:08 PM

Anze Kopitar will still be the Kings' captain in 2017-18.

In Kopitar's first season as captain he had 12 goals and 52 points in 76 games, down from 74 points in 2015-16. Kings GM Rob Blake suggested that Kopitar's offseason training will play a big roll in a bounce back. "I’ve had a conversation with Kopi the last couple weeks and a lot of it revolves around his off-season training and to look at the top players – the Toews’, the Crosby’s – and see what they’re doing off ice because there has to be an element, when you get to a certain age, to be able to play at a high level, the off-season becomes such an important factor," Blake said. "So I know our strength guys have met with Kopi and he’s got a real good attitude and understanding of what he needs to accomplish to get back to that high level." Kopitar also had to start the 2016-17 campaign early between playing for Slovenia in their efforts to qualify for the 2018 Olympics and then Europe in the World Cup. He won't have to deal with that this time around.
Apr 25 - 10:39 AM

Marian Gaborik has undergone an unspecified procedure that will prevent him from being ready for training camp.

Gaborik will be entering the fourth season of his seven-year, $34,125,000 contract. The Kings were gambling when they signed Gaborik to a lengthy contract given his injury history and unfortunately it hasn't paid off for them. Gaborik has been limited to just 54 and 56 games in each of the last two campaigns and hasn't been productive offensively when he has played. Nevertheless Kings GM Rob Blake said Gaborik will get a clean slate when he's ready to return.
Apr 24 - 6:05 PM

The Los Angeles Kings could be interested in hiring Denver University coach Jim Montgomery as an assistant coach.

Montgomery won the NCAA title this season and was the one head coach that the Kings looked at besides John Stevens who they hired on Sunday. Montgomery may or may not be interested in the job if offered but we shall soon find out.
Apr 24 - 8:52 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have formally announced that John Stevens will serve as the team's head coach.

Kings GM Rob Blake opted to promote from within as Stevens was previously serving as an associate coach with Los Angeles. That said, Steven does have 267 games worth of NHL experience as a head coach and he led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final in 2008. "John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," said Blake. "I am confident that we are both in agreement on how that can be executed. With that said, we believe John has the ideal qualities to lead our hockey club. His wide array of coaching experience, including success as an NHL head coach and his inherent knowledge of our players and those in our development system, is very appealing to us. We are confident he is the best person to lead our hockey club forward."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 12:35 PM

John Stevens will become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings haven't issued their formal announcement yet, but Kings GM Rob Blake has already confirmed the decision, so consider it official. Stevens spent parts of four seasons as the Philadelphia Flyers' bench boss from 2006-2009 and posted a 120-109-34 record in that role. Under his leadership Philadelphia made it to the Eastern Conference Final in 2008. After his tenure with the Flyers ended, he joined the Los Angeles Kings where he's been serving as an assistant and more recently associate coach. He also briefly served as the Kings' interim head coach in 2011-12 during the period between the firing of Terry Murray and hiring of Darryl Sutter.
Apr 23 - 11:31 AM

Devin Setoguchi has signed with Adler Mannheim of the German League.

Setoguchi attempted an NHL comeback this season after spending the 2015-16 campaign in Switzerland. He had four goals and 12 points in 45 games with Los Angeles before being sent to the minors on Feb. 13.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 2:00 PM

Alex Iafallo has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

The 23-year-old forward broke out in his senior season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Iafallo accounted for 21 goals and 51 points in 42 games in 2016-17.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 18 - 1:40 PM

Chaz Reddekopp has agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Reddekopp had 10 goals and 43 points in 51 WHL games in 2016-17. He was selected by the Kings with the 187th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 13 - 6:30 PM

Jarome Iginla would like to return for another NHL season.

He would welcome the chance to return to Los Angeles, but he isn't sure if the team's new management group wants him back. Iginla tallied six goals and nine points in 19 games with the Kings after he was acquired from Colorado. He will turn 40 on July 1 when he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Apr 12 - 5:35 PM


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