Player News - Kings

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Stars GM Jim Nill felt that goalie Jack Campbell needed a change of scenery.

"Sometimes, a change of pace in the best thing," said Nill. "Jack needs to go somewhere to get playing and get his confidence back." Campbell was selected 11th overall back in 2010, but he's failed to develop into an NHL goalie at this point. He'll likely never develop into the franchise player he was supposed to be, but he could turn out to be a decent backup goalie to Jonathan Quick.
Jun 26 - 9:15 AM

Trevor Lewis has inked a four-year deal with Los Angeles worth $8 million.

The Kings were not able to come to terms with Milan Lucic, so they turned their attention to another pending UFA in Lewis. He notched just eight goals and 16 points in 75 games last season.
Jun 25 - 2:33 PM

Kale Clague has been chosen by Los Angeles with the 51st overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Kale Clague comes into the NHL draft with far less fanfare than he entered the WHL draft, in which he was taken sixth overall. The wiry 18-year-old, 6'0" and 180 lbs has some tantalizing skills. His raw offensive skills rate nearly at elite levels, which are coupled well with his superior skating ability. Clague posted six goals and 43 points in 73 games for Brandon, with 27 points in his last 26 games. He then scored six goals and 15 points in 18 games during the playoffs as Brandon took home the WHL Cup. With an Ivan Hlinka gold to his name as well, one realizes that if his defensive game comes around and his frame fills out, Clague may end up as one of the steals of the draft as the Kings may have gotten a good one.
Jun 25 - 12:57 PM

Jack Campbell is a member of the Los Angeles Kings' organization now.

He was traded by Dallas to the Kings on Saturday for defenseman Nick Ebert. Campbell split time between the AHL and the ECHL last season. The Stars chose him 11th overall back in 2010 and he still hasn't seen any NHL playing time.
Jun 25 - 11:40 AM

Canucks GM Jim Benning has confirmed that Vancouver is interested in Milan Lucic.

Lucic won't officially be a free agent until July 1, but it's already been revealed that he won't re-sign with the Kings before that date. Los Angeles has also stated that Lucic has been given permission to talk with all 29 other clubs ahead of time. The fact that Vancouver is interested in Lucic isn't surprising as it's his hometown and regarded as one of the most likely destinations for him.
Jun 23 - 6:37 PM

Anze Kopitar is the 2016 Lady Byng Trophy winner.

The award goes to the player who "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." What that typically translates to is a player that does very well while still being charged with very few penalties. Kopitar certainly fit that mold with his 74 points and 16 PIM in 2015-16. He's also claimed the Selke Trophy tonight.
Jun 22 - 8:51 PM

Anze Kopitar has been selected as the 2016 Selke Trophy winner.

The Selke Trophy goes to the league's best defensive forward. This is an award that Selke has been in the running for several times before, but just kept coming up short. Kopitar finished fourth in the Selke Trophy voting in 2013, second in 2014, and third in 2015. Kopitar had a plus-34 rating, 53.5 faceoff winning percentage, and 56.6% Corsi For in even strength play.
Jun 22 - 8:14 PM

Drew Doughty is the 2016 Norris Trophy winner.

This is the first time Doughty has claimed the Norris Trophy, but he's had a couple near misses in the past. He finished second in the Norris Trophy voting in 2015 and was third in 2010. He's coming off of a campaign where he recorded 14 goals and 51 points in 82 contests. He also had 125 hits and 105 blocked shots.
Jun 22 - 8:09 PM

Milan Lucic intends to become a UFA on July 1.

The Kings attempted to re-sign Lucic, but they couldn't make anything work. Los Angeles has even taken the step of allowing the 29 other teams to start talking to Lucic in advance. He'll attract plenty of interest, but Edmonton and Vancouver have often been cited as potential destinations for Lucic if he couldn't make things work with the Kings.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 3:14 PM

Vincent Lecavalier has announced his retirement.

He planned to call it a career after the 2015-16 season and now he has made it official. In 1,212 games, Lecavalier recorded 421 goals and 949 points over 17 NHL seasons. He spent most of his career with Tampa Bay, where he was drafted first overall in 1998, and he won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2004.
Jun 21 - 12:20 PM

The Los Angeles Kings are hoping that Dustin Brown is able to return to his old form without the weight of the captaincy on his shoulders.

Brown has had 82 points over the last three seasons with 28 coming last year after back-to-back 27 point seasons. "His focus so critically has to be on his game, and I think there is some merit to that," GM Dean Lombardi said. "The most important thing in our discussion, and having met with our assistant coaches, was that he’s ready to buy in, so to speak, to micromanaging his game, because there’s no question he works, there’s no question he shows up physically prepared. We’ve got that part down, and if that wasn’t there, then we’re wasting our time. So that could be a byproduct of it, but it didn’t drive the bus." We don't think that this will make a significant difference so assume Brown will get 30-35 points next season and not be a big factor in fantasy hockey.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 19 - 8:28 AM

Dustin Brown still factors into the Kings' future plans despite being stripped of the captaincy this week.

In a conference call with reporters, Kings GM Dean Lombardi said he was "certainly not" thinking about buying out the remaining six years of his eight-year $47 million contract. "It’s getting that focus on what he needs to get back to being one of the top five power forwards... there’s no physical hindrance for him not getting back to being that caliber player." Fantasy-wise, this could be a good sign for Brown, who proved to be worthless in all categories except for hits last season.
Jun 16 - 8:02 PM

The Los Angeles Kings plan to present Milan Lucic with a new offer next week.

Lucic can test the unrestricted free agent market on July 1 if he so chooses. His combination of grit and skill would certainly attract interest, especially seeing as he's coming off of a 20-goal, 55-point campaign.
Jun 16 - 3:50 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have officially named Anze Kopitar as the team's new captain.

Kopitar is replacing Dustin Brown, who hasn't reached the 30-point mark since the 2011-12 campaign. By contrast Kopitar is one of the team's offensive leaders and is entering the first season of an eight-year, $80 million contract. Brown held the position for roughly eight years.
Jun 16 - 1:28 PM

Trevor Lewis is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

He isn't expected to be back with the Los Angeles Kings because of their salary cap issues. Lewis is a bottom-six forward who can kill penalties, but he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 6:40 PM


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