Player News - Kings

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Look for Jack Campbell to be the Kings' backup goalie this upcoming season.

The Kings re-acquired Peter Budaj from the Lightning for Andy Andreoff this week, however Budaj seems to be ticketed for Ontario of the AHL. In five games with LA last season, Campbell had a 2.48 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
Jun 16 - 11:23 AM

It seems safe to assume that the Los Angeles Kings will not re-sign Scott Wedgewood.

The Kings acquired Wedgewood from the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 21, but they promptly placed him on waivers and sent him to the AHL once he cleared. After the Kings acquired Peter Budaj on Wednesday, there doesn't seem to be any opening left for Wedgewood going forward. Budaj and Cal Petersen are the projected AHL goaltenders while Jack Campbell and Jonathan Quick play for Los Angeles.
Jun 14 - 8:25 AM

The expectation is that the recently reacquired Peter Budaj will start the 2018-19 campaign in the AHL.

Budaj should serve as a mentor for the 23-year-old Cal Petersen while they are both projected to play at that level. Meanwhile, Jack Campbell is expected to serve as Jonathan Quick's backup goalie.
Jun 14 - 8:22 AM

The Los Angeles Kings acquired Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Andy Andreoff.

Budaj is returning to Los Angeles, where he excelled in 2016-17 while Jonathan Quick was injured. He wasn't particularly effective with Tampa Bay though, posting a 3.76 GAA and .876 save percentage in eight games last season. For the Lightning, this clears up his $1,025,000 cap hit for 2018-19 and for Los Angeles, this adds a potential alternative backup goaltender to Jack Campbell to the mix.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 13 - 1:57 PM

Assistant coach Pierre Turgeon has decided not to return to the Kings for the 2018-19 season.

The former scoring star took the job last summer as offensive coordinator under bench boss John Stevens, but for family reasons has decided to step down. "Pierre has informed us that he has decided not to return to his coaching position due to family reasons and we have accepted his resignation," said GM Rob Blake. "We thank him for his efforts with the Kings this past season and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors." Turgeon scored 515 goals and registered 1,327 points over 1,294 NHL games with six teams.
Jun 9 - 11:33 AM

The Los Angeles Kings made a series of front office changes.

Glen Murray has been promoted to the role of Director of Player Development while the previous holder of that job, Nelson Emerson, is now the Director of Player Personnel. Los Angeles has also promoted Richard Seeley, who is going from being the head coach of ECHL Manchester to the GM of AHL Ontario. Finally, Craig Johnson, who played in 557 NHL games, has joined the Kings' development department. His primary task will be to help Kings prospects improve their skating.
Jun 6 - 9:18 AM

Los Angeles is reportedly making some progress in contract talks with Drew Doughty.

"Talks are going well but not to the point where I think he's going to reset the bar as many expected with Erik Karlsson also coming up in 2019," said Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos. Doughty mentioned in November that he wanted to talk numbers with Karlsson. He also said he would prefer to get more than P.K. Subban's $9 million annual salary. "They understand in LA that Kopitar is the highest paid at $10 million but he will not get much higher than that, [maybe] 10-and-a-half, 11," Kypreos added. "But if they're going to compete ... it can't go past a Connor McDavid contract." Doughty can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season and he can sign an extension with the Kings as early as July 1.
Jun 4 - 11:11 AM

Adrian Kempe made significant contributions in Sweden's run to a gold medal in the 2018 World Championships.

Kempe finished the tournament with two goals and eight points in 10 games despite averaging a modest 12:11 minutes per contest. He's coming off a campaign where he scored 16 goals and 37 points in 81 games with Los Angeles. The 21-year-old will be looking to build upon those numbers next season and hopefully the experience from this gold medal run will help him accomplish that.
May 23 - 7:38 AM

Oscar Fantenberg will no longer be waiver-exempt for the 2018-19 campaign.

Fantenberg re-signed with the Kings at the league minimum $650,000 cap hit, so it's possible that he would be claimed on waivers if he fails to make the Kings' opening game roster. That might make Los Angeles a bit more inclined to keep him if he has a good training camp. Fantenberg wouldn't be a big piece of the puzzle, but he could fit in as the team's sixth or seventh defenseman. He can certainly chip in offensively as he had two goals and nine points in 27 games with Los Angeles in 2017-18.
May 18 - 8:47 AM

Oscar Fantenberg has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

If Fantenberg spends the 2018-19 campaign in the NHL, then he will earn $650,000. He had two goals and nine points in 27 contests with the Kings this season.
Source: NHL.com
May 17 - 3:32 PM

Jake Muzzin had a great comeback season for the Los Angeles Kings.

Muzzin had a very disappointing 2016-17 season with nine goals and 28 points after a couple of 40 point seasons for the Kings. But the defenseman returned to the 40-plus point mark as he had eight goals and 42 points in 74 games. The only real bad news on Muzzin this past season was the separated shoulder he suffered near the end of the season but he should be 100 percent come training camp. He is worth taking as your third defenseman in most pools.
May 13 - 7:58 AM

Adrian Kempe has a goal and four points in four games for Team Sweden in the 2018 World Championships.

Sweden has excelled thus far with a 19-2 goal differential and Kempe has been far from their most productive player. Even still, this has been a great showing for him so far and it's a nice addition to a season where he scored 16 goals and 37 points in 81 contests with Los Angeles.
May 10 - 5:46 AM

Los Angeles has signed Brad Morrison to a three-year entry-level contract.

Morrison produced 27 goals and 75 points in 74 games for the WHL's Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes this past season. He also amassed 16 goals and 37 points in 16 postseason matches for the Hurricanes. Morrison was originally taken in the fourth-round (113th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.
Source: LAKings.com
May 1 - 2:50 PM

Anze Kopitar has been nominated for the Hart Trophy.

Kopitar is also a finalist for the Selke Trophy. The Kings forward had a remarkable bounce-back season, as he went from 52-point season last year to a 92-point campaign in 2017-18. He probably won't win the award, but that still doesn't diminish everything he accomplished. New Jersey's Taylor Hall and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon are the other two nominees.
Apr 27 - 7:53 PM

Matt Villalta has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Villalta had a 2.58 GAA and .908 save percentage in 49 OHL games this season. Los Angeles took him with the 72nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 27 - 4:26 PM


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