Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

The Los Angeles Kings have begun to negotiate a contract extension with Anze Kopitar.

The talks are reportedly still in the early stages. Kopitar is going into the final season of his seven-year, $47.6 million contract. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sign another lengthy deal with the Kings.
Jul 6 - 11:00 AM

Slava Voynov is still trying to recover from Achilles tendon surgery in addition to going to jail.

Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse and received 90 days in jail as well as three years probation. He tore his Achilles tendon near the end of the season and underwent surgery in April so there is no guarantee that he will be healthy enough to return if the NHL lifts his suspension for the domestic violence. Voynov is suspended by both the NHL and the Kings and is due to be released from prison in early October unless he gets time off for good behavior. Stay tuned.
Jul 5 - 5:31 AM

Jamie McBain has signed a new one-year, two-way contract worth $600K with the LA Kings.

The 27-year-old defender will make $300K should he be demoted to the AHL. McBain saw just 26 games with the Kings last season, but managed to put home three goals and nine points. With that kind of production, McBain probably shouldn't be on your radar even in a deep league.
Jul 3 - 8:26 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have issued a statement regarding Slava Voynov.

Voynov plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse. He will spend 90 days in jail and serve three years probation. "We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just," the Kings said per the statement. "Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment." Currently Voynov is still suspended by the league and Kings.
Jul 2 - 5:28 PM

Slava Voynov has accepted a plea deal on his domestic assault charges and will spend 90 days in jail and serve three years probation.

Voynov plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse. A violation of his probation would increase his sentence to 364 days. It's not clear what will happen after that for Voynov. He might face deportation and the Kings might also attempt to void his contract, as they recently did with Mike Richards. Currently, Voynov is suspended by both the team and the league.
Jul 2 - 3:07 PM

There have been no on-going talks between Jamie McBain and the Los Angeles Kings.

McBain is a UFA and there may not be a spot available for him in Los Angeles. Stay tuned as McBain had three goals and nine points in 26 games with the Kings last season.
Source: LAKings.com
Jul 2 - 7:41 AM

Los Angeles has signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.

He posted an 18-26-2 record with a .904 save percentage and a 3.07 goals-against average in 50 games with Buffalo and Dallas last season. Enroth will back up Jonathan Quick in 2015-16.
Jul 1 - 1:40 PM

Mike Richards is officially listed as an unrestricted free agent.

Just an FYI because he originally wasn't on the list for whatever reason. His contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings for a "material breach."
Jul 1 - 12:24 PM

Mike Richards isn't listed as a free agent on the NHL's official list.

It's hard to read too much into that, but it's certainly interesting. The Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract for a "material breach" and while it wouldn't be surprising if the NHLPA challenges that action, it hasn't yet. Meanwhile, Richards is reportedly being investigated over an incident on the US-Canadian border involving oxycodone.
Jul 1 - 11:56 AM

According to a report by TMZ, Mike Richards was found with the prescription drug oxycodone by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the US-Canadian border.

Thus could be the "material breach" LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi referenced when the story originally broke. Neither the police, the Kings, nor the Players Association have commented further but it appears that this ordeal may be about to get messy. Richards, mind you, has not yet been charged with a crime.
Source: TMZ
Jun 30 - 8:52 PM

A source told ESPN.com that Mike Richards is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident.

A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba said that no charges have been brought so far, but mentioned that the Canadian Border Services is also involved in the investigation. Richards had his contract terminated by the Kings on Monday for "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract." Several sources told ESPN.com that the Kings were made aware of the investigation on Friday, which halted trade talks for the center at the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 12:52 PM

Los Angeles has terminated Mike Richards' contract.

"The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract," said the team in a statement. "We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time." It's being widely speculated that there will be a battle between the NHL, Los Angeles, the NHLPA and Newport over Richards' deal. His contract is off the books for the Kings for now, but it will likely be subject to a grievance.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 3:49 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have placed center Mike Richards on waivers.

Once Richards clears, the Kings will then buy him out. It will be an expensive buyout as Richards will make $14.67 million over the next 10 years. Even though his play has been declining for a while now, the 30-year-old should drum up some interest on the free-agent market because his cap hit will be more affordable. Richards had five goals and 16 points in 53 games with Los Angeles in 2014-15.
Jun 28 - 12:17 PM

The Los Angeles Kings drafted defenseman Erik Cernak 43rd overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The Slovak native brings considerable size to the mix for Los Angeles. He's a right-handed shot.
Jun 27 - 11:47 AM

The Los Angeles Kings could move Marian Gaborik to the right wing next season.

The Kings dealt for Milan Lucic on Friday and he could be on the top line with Gaborik and Anze Kopitar necessitating the move of Gaborik to the right side to accommodate Lucic. All this should get resolved during training camp but the Kings have certainly found their power forward to play with Gaborik and Kopitar.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 27 - 7:36 AM


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