Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Paul Bissonnette has reportedly signed a PTO with the Los Angeles Kings.

Bissonnette attended training camp with the Kings last year, but was cut in late September. The 31-year-old has been in the AHL for the last two seasons. He scored two goals and three points in 35 games with the Ontario Reign in 2015-16. There's a good chance he won't get a contract from the Kings this fall.
Aug 22 - 9:16 PM

Thomas McCollum will attend Los Angeles Kings training camp on a professional tryout.

McCollum is a former first-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. The 26-year-old put together a number of solid seasons in the minors, but was never able to stick with the Wings. "Obviously, I was hoping for a contract, but that didn't work out, so out of all the teams I talked to the Kings seemed most interested in me being at their camp," said McCollum. "They were very persistent and I looked at it and decided it was a really good fit." McCollum will battle Jeff Zatkoff and Peter Budaj for the backup job in Los Angeles.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 16 - 7:24 PM

Tyler Toffoli can be a restricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season.

He is eager to prove himself and for the Kings to bounce back after the team's elimination in Round 1 of the playoffs by San Jose. "I think this year, especially, we all have to come in and earn our spots," Toffoli said. "After the past two seasons, it's a disappointment for us. We know what we had, especially last year. We let ourselves down." He played alongside Jeff Carter and Milan Lucic, who left for Edmonton as a free agent, for most of the 2015-16 campaign. Toffoli said he was sorry to see Lucic leave, but he remains confident that Los Angeles has the pieces to be a top contender.
Aug 9 - 5:21 PM

Derek Forbort is expected to be ready for training camp after he underwent successful surgery to his abdomen area shortly after the NHL Draft in June.

He is waiver eligible for the first time, but it won't be easy for him to claim a roster spot with the Kings. Outside of the top-four group, Forbort has to compete with Rob Scuderi, Matt Greene, Zach Trotman, Tom Gilbert and Kevin Gravel. Forbort recorded one goal, two points and 17 shots in 14 outings with Los Angeles last season.
Aug 9 - 8:35 AM

Kris Versteeg's move to Europe for next season appears to be final.

SC Bern of the National League A has announced that he will join the team on a one-year contract. It's surprising that Versteeg won't be playing in North America in 2016-17. In 550 career NHL contests, the 30-year-old forward has generated 131 goals and 313 points.
Jul 25 - 9:32 AM

Kris Versteeg will reportedly sign with Switzerland’s Bern in the near future.

It will be interesting if that does happen given that Versteeg is a pretty established player in the NHL. He might not have been in line for a particularly lucrative deal, but it would be surprising if it turned out that he didn't have any NHL offers on the table. He scored 15 goals and 38 points in 77 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings in 2015-16.
Jul 23 - 4:26 AM

Andrew Crescenzi has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Crescenzi had 21 points and 56 penalty minutes in 67 AHL contests. He'll probably end up spending the full 2016-17 campaign in the minors as well.
Jul 18 - 3:07 PM

Jacob Moverare will likely play for OHL Mississauga in 2016-17.

Moverare played primarily for HV71's Under-20 team last season. He's making the shift to North American hockey after agreeing to a three-year, entry-level contract with Los Angeles.
Jul 15 - 4:46 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Jacob Moverare to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Moverare played in four games with HV71 Jonkoping of the Swedish league last season, but didn't record a point during that stretch. However, he did have five goals and 21 points in 41 contests with HV71's Under-20 team. He was taken with the 112th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Jul 15 - 12:06 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Patrick Bjorkstrand to a one-year, entry-level contract.

Bjorkstrand can earn a $575,000 base salary in the NHL and he's getting a $92,500 signing bonus. He had 13 goals and 22 points in 57 KHL contests in 2015-16.
Jul 14 - 9:23 AM

Jack Campbell's recently signed contract with the Kings comes with a $612,500 cap hit if he plays in the NHL.

Campbell's two-year deal is two-ways though. He can earn $575,000 in the NHL or $100,000 in the minors in 2016-17. The following season his potential NHL salary increases to $650,000, but his AHL salary remains at $100,000.
Jul 13 - 4:11 PM

Nic Dowd's recently signed two-year contract with Los Angeles comes with a $640,000 annual cap hit.

The first season of Dowd's contract is two-ways with him earning $630,000 at the NHL level or $300,000 in the minors. The deal becomes a one-way contract in 2017-18 with him making $650,000 regardless of which level he plays at.
Jul 13 - 12:11 PM

Nic Dowd has inked a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Dowd had 14 goals and 48 points in 58 OHL games last season. He also appeared in five contests with Los Angeles, but didn't record a point over that span.
Jul 12 - 5:13 PM

Jack Campbell has signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Dallas dealt Campbell to Los Angeles in June in exchange for Nick Ebert. Though Campbell was the 11th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he struggled to establish himself in the Stars' organization and even spent some time in the ECHL in each of the last two campaigns. A fresh start might be what the 24-year-old needs to turn his career around.
Jul 12 - 5:11 PM

It sounds like Steven Johnson is returning to the University of Minnesota for the 2016-17 campaign.

Johnson was taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. It's worth noting that the Kings only control his negotiating rights through August 15, 2017, so if the two sides don't find a common ground by then, Johnson will enter the UFA pool. That makes this upcoming season particularly important for him. "In the back of my mind, obviously I want to play in the NHL," Johnson said. "With that being said, it’s obviously in the back of your mind, but it’s really important to just take it day-by-day and not think too far out and just play every day and play every game, play every practice just like another day. Work hard and get better every day." He had three goals and 10 points in 33 NCAA games last season.
Jul 11 - 9:34 AM


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