Player News - Kings

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Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis will be in Manchester, NH on Friday night, which has led to plenty of speculation that he's scouting Mike Richards.

While Nonis could certainly be looking at anyone on the Monarchs and/or Portland Pirates, indications seem clear that he's interested in possibly acquiring the 29-year-old, two-time Cup Champion. He'll ding the cap at $5.75 million through the end of the decade.
Jan 30 - 7:35 PM

Marian Gaborik skated on the third line during Thursday's practice.

We wouldn't be overly concerned as Gaborik shouldn't stay separated from Anze Kopitar for long. Still, this hurts Gaborik's fantasy value in the short term. Kyle Clifford took Gaborik's spot on the top unit.
Jan 30 - 10:54 AM

Kyle Clifford was bumped up to the Kings' top line during Thursday's practice.

Marian Gaborik was moved to the third line as a result. It's hard to see Gaborik being kept off the top-six for long, so Clifford's position is likely temporary. Still, it makes Clifford a player worth keeping an eye on when Los Angeles faces Boston on Saturday.
Jan 30 - 10:52 AM

Tyler Toffoli notched a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup from mononucleosis on Wednesday.

Chicago netminder felt he was interfered with by Jeff Carter on Toffoli's 13th marker of the season, but goal wasn't disallowed and the Kings tied the game at 3-3 before Jake Muzzin scored winner shortly afterward. Toffoli had been out of action since Jan. 8.
Jan 29 - 11:53 AM

Anze Kopitar had two assists in a 4-3 win against Chicago on Wednesday.

Kopitar has five points in his last four contests. That's brought him up to 11 goals and 39 points in 45 contests in 2014-15. With Los Angeles fighting for a playoff spot, it wouldn't be shocking if he picked up the pace a touch so that he finishes the season with around a point-per-game.
Jan 29 - 9:28 AM

Jake Muzzin scored a goal in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Muzzin has six goals and 17 assists in 42 contests in 2014-15. That puts him just one point shy of his previous career high of 24. Los Angeles still has 34 games remaining in its schedule.
Jan 29 - 9:26 AM

Jonathan Quick stopped 26-of-29 shots to help the Kings beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Wednesday.

It was just his second win in 2015 but was an impressive one as the Kings came from behind to beat rival Chicago. He hasn't been great this month but still holds a solid 17-10 record with a 2.48 GAA and .911 save percentage. Hopefully this galvanizing win jump starts his game as LA goes into the stretch drive and you try to win your fantasy pools.
Jan 29 - 1:57 AM

Jeff Carter scored twice and added an assist to lead to the LA Kings to a 4-3 win over Chicago on Wednesday.

Carter sniped two shots past Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford for his 13th and 14th goals of the campaign. He now has three goals in two games after going six straight without finding the back of the net. Carter has 36 points in 48 games this season. Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli were credited with the other two goals while Anze Kopitar picked up two helpers.
Jan 29 - 1:44 AM

Jamie McBain and Andy Andreoff will both be healthy scratches Wednesday against Chicago.

McBain has recorded two goals and five assists in 16 games for the Kings this season from the blue line, while Andreoff has yet to get on the score sheet in 11 games this year. Neither player carry any fantasy value.
Jan 28 - 9:05 PM

Tyler Toffoli (mono) has been activated off injured reserve and is in the lineup Wednesday versus the Blackhawks.

Toffoli will be lining up on the wing alongside Jeff Carter and Dwight King on the King’s second line. He has 12 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played this season but just two goals in his past 16 games. He does, however, lead the Kings with a plus 16 rating on the year. He should be a valuable fantasy commodity for the remainder of the year so get him back in your lineup.
Jan 28 - 9:00 PM

Tyler Toffoli (mono) is probable for Wednesday's game.

Toffoli has missed six straight games due to the disease. If he's in the lineup, then he'll probably skate alongside Dwight King on Jeff Carter. That would in turn cause Trevor Lewis to lose his top-six forward spot.
Jan 28 - 4:20 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have officially sent Mike Richards to AHL Manchester.

That was anticipated after Richards cleared waivers. There was a time when Richards could average around a point per game, but he's declined severely over the last few years. Even before he was put on waivers, he didn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues. That being said, he's still just 29 years old, so he might be able to turn his career around.
Jan 27 - 5:10 PM

Tanner Pearson (fibula) might not be available for the start of the first round, should the Kings qualify.

"Basically, after the injury, we just looked at it like he was done for the year," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. Keep that in mind if you've been holding onto Pearson. If you're in a single season league, then you should be exploring your alternatives.
Jan 27 - 4:40 PM

Tyler Toffoli (mono) was able to participate in battle drills on Tuesday.

Toffoli is targeting Wednesday for his return. If he's able to play, he'll likely be on a line with Jeff Carter and Dwight King. That would be bad news for Trevor Lewis, who would lose his top-six spot.
Jan 27 - 4:38 PM

Mike Richards went unclaimed on waivers.

No real surprise there. Richards might intrigue some teams, but not to the point where they're willing to take on his $5.75 million annual cap hit through 2019-20. He'll get a chance to find his game in the minors. We wouldn't dismiss the possibility of him bouncing back.
Jan 27 - 12:25 PM

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