Player News - Kings

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The Los Angeles Kings have hired Matt Greene as a pro scout.

The 34-year-old spent the last nine years with the Kings as a player, but they decided to buy out his contract this summer. He played just 29 total games in his final two years as a King. Greene won a pair of Stanley Cups with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.
Aug 14 - 2:59 PM

Kings head coach John Stevens has been working on building relationships with his players.

Stevens had been serving as an assistant coach with Los Angeles, but he was promoted to head coach this summer. Even though he knows most of the players on the roster, he was still looking to continue building a relationship with them. "One of the first things I did was sit down with each guy and anybody who hadn't left (for the summer) to make sure I had a chance to have a good conversation about where they were at with their game, what our expectations were, and what we were doing moving forward," Stevens said. "Obviously having a relationship in place already is helpful. But I think if you are a new coach, you look forward to those opportunities to sit and really hear each player talk and hear what they have to say." It'll be interesting to see how the Kings respond to the coaching change.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 14 - 8:51 AM

Brandon Prust could return to Europe if he doesn't get an NHL contract for the 2017-18 campaign.

Prust will report to training camp with Los Angeles on a professional tryout and his main focus will be earning a spot with the Kings. "I'll take the same approach to L.A. that I had in Toronto" he said. "It just didn't end up working out last fall, even though I thought I'd played pretty well. I'll try to do that again." Prust ended up playing for the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2016-17. He has 486 NHL contests under his belt and would like to hit 500. Prust has collected 115 points and 1,036 penalty minutes over his career.
Aug 12 - 5:08 PM

Brandon Prust will attend training camp with the Los Angeles Kings.

Prust will try to earn an NHL contract on a professional tryout. He took part in training camp with Toronto last season before agreeing to terms with a team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Prust accounted for three goals, eight points and 67 penalty minutes in 29 games last season with Nurnberg Ice Tigers of the DEL. Prust also added six points and 51 minutes in the sin bin in 11 playoff outings.
Aug 4 - 2:47 PM

Kale Clague hopes to make a positive impression at training camp with the Kings.

Clague would like to make the jump to the NHL, but a roster spot in 2017-18 may be difficult for him even though Los Angeles lost Brayden McNabb to Vegas in the expansion draft. "That opens up another [defenseman's] spot," Clague said. "There's a lot of great [defensemen] in the organization too. I realize nothing is going to get given, so I've got to make sure I come ready for [training] camp." He was excellent for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, while posting six assists and a plus-6 rating in seven games, and he collected 40 points in 48 matches for Brandon of the WHL last season. Clague looks like he will have a bright future in the NHL, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was back at the junior level in 2017-18.
Aug 2 - 9:03 AM

Hockey Canada has reached out to veterans Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and Mike Fisher regarding the 2018 Winter Olympics.

They are all unrestricted free agents and they are considering retirement, but they could also find NHL homes for the 2017-18 season if the right situation comes along. "As Hockey Canada we have tremendous respect for all of those players," said Hockey Canada's vice-president of hockey operations Scott Salmond. "There's no question that their leadership and their experience could be invaluable to our team."
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 28 - 9:00 AM

Spencer Watson is an intriguing prospect for the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings drafted Watson in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft which means he isn't a can't-miss prospect, but he certainly appears to have some offensive upside. He produced four consecutive point-per-game seasons in the OHL including 53 points in 41 games with Mississauga in 2016-17. "He’s not afraid of going to the net, but he’s got tremendous hands," said Mississauga head coach James Richmond. I’m aware I’m always testing him about having the best lob shot that I’ve ever seen, but all of his shots go on the net and they miss the goalie. He’s got a great set of hands, great vision in the offensive zone, so that makes for a real high, high-end scorer, for sure." If Watson does make it to the NHL, he'll likely need a few years of development in the minors first.
Jul 23 - 3:36 PM

Brett Sutter has signed with the AHL's Ontario Reign.

Ontario is the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Sutter had 18 goals and 36 points in 66 AHL contests in 2016-17. The 30-year-old has two goals and 10 points in 60 NHL games over his career.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 22 - 3:22 PM

Jarome Iginla has spoken to some teams this summer, but he might retire if he doesn't find a team that works well for his family.

"It’s not as cut and dry as when I was young and we didn’t have any kids," Iginla said. "There is a point where we don’t want to keep moving them. If I keep playing, I look forward to that. I’ll be ready. If I don’t, I’ve had a great run and I’m very thankful for that." The 40-year-old forward is coming off a rough season where he was limited to 14 goals and 27 points in 80 contests. He believes that he can bounce back in 2017-18 though if he does extend his career. Iginla, who hasn't won the Stanley Cup, added that at this stage he'd want to be on a contending team.
Jul 17 - 4:25 AM

Jonny Brodzinski has agreed to a two-year, $1.3 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The contract is two-ways for the first season, but one-way in 2018-19. Brodzinski registered two assists in six games with Los Angeles last season. At the AHL level he scored 27 goals and 49 points in 59 games.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 15 - 1:40 PM

Kurtis MacDermid inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

MacDermid had 20 points and 135 penalty minutes in 58 AHL games in 2016-17. If he plays in the NHL next season then he'd come with a $650,000 cap hit.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 15 - 10:29 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Zachary Leslie to a one-year, two-way contract.

Leslie scored five goals and 23 points in 65 AHL contests in 2016-17. He was taken with the 178th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 15 - 10:27 AM

Andrew Crescenzi has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Crescenzi had 15 points and 57 penalty minutes in 56 AHL games last season. At the NHL level he'd come with a $650,000 cap hit, but he'll probably spend the campaign in the minors.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 15 - 10:25 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Michael Mersch to a one-year, two-way contract.

Mersch scored 16 goals and 33 points in 48 AHL contests last season. In 2015-16 he appeared in 17 games with the Los Angeles Kings and recorded a goal and three points over that span. If he does play in the NHL next season then he'll come with a $650,000 cap hit.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 14 - 8:17 PM

Kevin Gravel has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Gravel can earn $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. He had a goal and seven points in 49 contests last season. He had filed for salary arbitration, but won't need to have his hearing now.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 14 - 5:39 PM


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