Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

The Los Angeles Kings are coming up against the deadline to sign Matt Schmalz.

If the Kings don't ink Schmalz to an entry-level contract by June 1 then they'll lose his exclusive rights. He had 16 goals and 31 points in 62 OHL contests in 2016-17. The Kings took him with the 134th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 26 - 10:08 AM

There is "nothing really going on" in terms of contract talks with Tyler Toffoli at this time.

However, that will probably change soon, as agent Pat Brisson expects talks to pick up again. "Tyler this year played on one leg. He was hurt," Brisson told Steve Kouleas on SiriusXM's NHL Network Tuesday. "He missed 21 games, and I would say, honestly, I think he played probably another 20 on one leg, so, yeah, he had a little drop in his production as well as other players on the team, but he's a true offensive threat out there. He's a 25-to-35 goal scorer and still young, so he’s in a great position. You've got to identify your core. I think he’s a core player on the LA Kings. He's a top-six forward, so we'll be talking here shortly. His deal is up about [and we'll talk about] what we could potentially do."
May 10 - 4:31 PM

Tyler Toffoli will be a restricted free agent this summer.

He is coming off a two-year pact worth $6.5 million. The Kings just announced a two-year contract with an annual average of value of $3.75 million for Tanner Pearson on Tuesday. A team source said recently that "they want to be here and we want them to be here," and that the team was "actively working diligently" to get them signed.
May 10 - 4:02 PM

Tanner Pearson has signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

His new deal will have an annual average value of $3.75 million. Pearson had 24 goals and 44 points in 80 games with the Kings in 2016-17.
Source: LAKings.com
May 9 - 6:47 PM

It looks like Kings assistant GM Mike Futa will not be the Buffalo Sabres' new general manager.

For now it seems that Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill might be the front runner for the position. Futa was recently promoted to the role of assistant general manager with Los Angeles, but has spent 11 seasons with Los Angeles and was previously a vice president of hockey operations and their director of player personnel.
May 5 - 5:38 PM

Los Angeles has announced the signing of Oscar Fantenberg to a one-year, entry-level contract.

The 25-year-old blueliner had 23 points in 44 games KHL games this past season.
Source: LAKings.com
May 3 - 5:16 PM

Oscar Fantenberg has reportedly agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Kings.

He notched three goals and 23 points in 44 games for HC Sochi of the KHL in 2016-17. The 25-year-old is viewed as a mobile, all-around defender.
May 1 - 6:40 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have been granted permission to interview to Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Mike Futa about their vacant general manager position.

Futa was only recently promoted to the role of assistant general manager. His previous role with the Kings was as a vice president of hockey operations and their director of player personnel. He's spent 11 campaigns within the Los Angeles organization.
Apr 28 - 1:56 PM

Darryl Sutter intends to take another NHL job, but he plans to wait for what he feels is the right fit.

That doesn't mean that he'll only be taking a job with a team in a certain situation though as Sutter expressed an interest in both being part of a rebuild or serving on a team already in a position to compete. It's not clear what he would consider to be the right fit, but regardless it sounds like we're going to be seeing more of Sutter. He has a career 634-467-101-83 record as a head coach and won the Stanley Cup twice with Los Angeles.
Apr 28 - 10:30 AM

Marian Gaborik's surgical procedure was for a chronic issue related to his left knee.

He is considered to be questionable for the start of training camp. Gaborik's procedure was described as being "more in-depth" by the Kings.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:20 PM

Derek Forbort had a minor surgical procedure on his left knee.

He is slated to be available for the start of training camp in the fall. Forbort appeared in all 82 games with the Kings during the regular season and he contributed 18 points, with 54 penalty minutes.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:16 PM

Alec Martinez had a minor procedure on his groin.

The surgery repaired what was described as a chronic issue. Martinez is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:13 PM

Tyler Toffoli has undergone a minor surgical procedure on his left knee.

He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Toffoli had 16 goals and 34 points in 63 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 25 - 3:08 PM

Anze Kopitar will still be the Kings' captain in 2017-18.

In Kopitar's first season as captain he had 12 goals and 52 points in 76 games, down from 74 points in 2015-16. Kings GM Rob Blake suggested that Kopitar's offseason training will play a big roll in a bounce back. "I’ve had a conversation with Kopi the last couple weeks and a lot of it revolves around his off-season training and to look at the top players – the Toews’, the Crosby’s – and see what they’re doing off ice because there has to be an element, when you get to a certain age, to be able to play at a high level, the off-season becomes such an important factor," Blake said. "So I know our strength guys have met with Kopi and he’s got a real good attitude and understanding of what he needs to accomplish to get back to that high level." Kopitar also had to start the 2016-17 campaign early between playing for Slovenia in their efforts to qualify for the 2018 Olympics and then Europe in the World Cup. He won't have to deal with that this time around.
Apr 25 - 10:39 AM

Marian Gaborik has undergone an unspecified procedure that will prevent him from being ready for training camp.

Gaborik will be entering the fourth season of his seven-year, $34,125,000 contract. The Kings were gambling when they signed Gaborik to a lengthy contract given his injury history and unfortunately it hasn't paid off for them. Gaborik has been limited to just 54 and 56 games in each of the last two campaigns and hasn't been productive offensively when he has played. Nevertheless Kings GM Rob Blake said Gaborik will get a clean slate when he's ready to return.
Apr 24 - 6:05 PM


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