Player News - Kings

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Marian Gaborik suffered a foot injury while representing Team Europe.

Gaborik is done for the rest of the World Cup and will probably miss the start of the regular season as well. He had two goals in four World Cup games. Injuries have been a big issue for Gaborik throughout his career. It used to be that he was at least very effective when healthy, but in 2015-16 he was limited to 12 goals and 22 points in 54 contests.
Sep 26 - 2:33 PM

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff is excited to be back as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

Zatkoff was originally drafted by the Kings in the 2006 and spent four seasons in their farm system before being dealt to Pittsburgh. He won a Stanley Cup ring last season with the Penguins and contributed by playing two playoff games but is now back in LA. "It’s exciting for me," Zatkoff said after the third day of Kings camp on Saturday. "You leave, you don’t think that you’re probably going to end back up in that organization. I went to Pittsburgh and they gave me an opportunity to play and then just kind of the way that things shaked out I had an opportunity to come back. I was excited. Just a chance to work with Billy [Ranford] again. I know a lot of guys in this room so it makes the transition a little easier, but definitely being able to work with someone that you feel is a big part of the reason you are in the NHL. To be able to come back and work with him really was a huge selling point for me." Look for Zatkoff to play in 20-25 games this season.
Sep 26 - 7:56 AM

Anze Kopitar notched two big assists on Sunday to help send Team Europe to the World Cup of Hockey finals versus Team Canada.

Kopitar had just one point in the preliminary round, but was still doing lots of positive things without the puck to help Team Europe earn a spot in the semifinals. In the semis, Kopitar took on an offensive role, setting up Marian Gaborik in the second period, then Tomas Tatar for the overtime winner.
Sep 25 - 7:28 PM

Marian Gaborik scored his second goal of the world Cup during Team Europe's 3-2 semi-final victory over Team Sweden.

Gaborik created the goal all on his own, scoring from a sharp angle near the goal line to surprise Henrik Lundqvist. He collected four shots in nearly 18 minutes of work in the game. He has two goals and points in the tournament.
Sep 25 - 4:23 PM

Adrian Kempe will likely play another season in the AHL.

The Kings first pick in 2014, Kempe made the trek from Sweden last season and played for the Ontario Reign of the AHL. He struggled at times and went 17 straight games without a goal before he suffered an upper body injury in late February. Kempe ended the season with 11 goals and 28 points in 55 games but had 16 points in his first 20 games in the league. Kempe will likely be a call up at some point in the season but it is still too early to tell if he is worth a pickup this season in fantasy pools.
Sep 25 - 7:19 AM

Jake Muzzin will be scratched against Russia in Saturday's semi-final.

Kings fans may not appreciate coach Mike Babcock's decision to sit their best defender not named Drew Doughty, but it's tough to change a winning lineup in an elimination game.
Sep 24 - 6:27 PM

Dustin Brown is going forward after losing the captaincy over the summer.

The Kings' hope is that without the pressure of the captaincy, Brown will be a more productive player. "It’s not really a fun thing to go through, but you try to learn from it and take the positives from it," Brown said. "The only other option is an option I’m not interested in. Adversity, both individually and teamwide, if you take the right attitude, can make you better. That’s my approach." The other option he referred to would be to demand a trade, which is something he hasn't done. Brown had just 11 goals and 28 points in 82 contests in 2015-16.
Sep 24 - 6:20 AM

Devin Setoguchi said he's gone 19 months without having a drink.

That dates back to when he entered a rehab center. Now he's looking to restart his NHL career and has been given a PTO with Los Angeles to help him do that. "I’ve been out of the league for a year. It’s not like I can go two years out of the league and have a chance to make it next year," he said. "So yeah, this is a chance. Is it my last chance? Probably." While Setoguchi didn't play in the NHL last season, he did play hockey in Switzerland where he scored 11 goals and 24 points in 30 games.
Sep 24 - 6:17 AM

Matt Luff has been assigned to the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Los Angeles inked Luff to a three-year, entry-level contract after he participated in their rookie camp. He had 27 goals and 57 points in 61 OHL games last season.
Sep 23 - 6:27 PM

Jeff Carter (lower body) is expected to be fine for the start of the Kings' training camp.

Carter sustained the injury while training and didn't represent Canada in the World Cup as a result. He had 24 goals and 62 points in 77 games last season.
Sep 23 - 11:00 AM

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

Luff had 27 goals and 57 points in 61 OHL contests last season. He was an undrafted free agent who impressed the Kings during their rookie camp.
Sep 23 - 10:57 AM

Alec Martinez has completely recovered from his offseason shoulder surgery.

Martinez had 10 goals and 31 points in 78 contests last season. It's worth noting that Martinez's most common partner last season was Jake Muzzin, but Muzzin is now expected to start the season on a pairing with Drew Doughty, so we'll have to see who Martinez ends up working with.
Sep 22 - 10:27 AM

The plan is for Jake Muzzin to open the season on the top pairing with Drew Doughty.

Muzzin and Doughty spend part of the 2015-16 campaign together, but Muzzin logged far more time with Alec Martinez. For now Doughty and Muzzin are both serving Team Canada in the World Cup and they've been paired together there as well.
Sep 22 - 10:24 AM

Especially with Milan Lucic gone, the Los Angeles Kings need Marian Gaborik to bounce back this season.

"We’re going to need guys in our lineup to raise their expectations and elevate their game in terms of production, and that pretty much goes right through your lineup on the wing position," Kings coach Darryl Sutter, though Gaborik was one of the players he cited specifically. Gaborik was limited to just 12 goals and 22 points in 54 contests in 2015-16. He's been getting a head start on the season by serving with Team Europe in the World Cup. Gaborik had two goals and three points in three pre-tournament contests and then had a goal in three preliminary games.
Sep 22 - 10:20 AM

Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Team Canada.

This is not the result the Americans were hoping for. Team USA left some good players (like Phil Kessel) at home for this tournament in hopes of having a "tougher" team. With that in mind, it's evident that their experiment failed badly. Even though he gave up four goals, the blame can't solely be placed on Quick, as Canada was the better side throughout most of the game. Team USA will have one game remaining against the Czech Republic, but regardless of the outcome, they'll be headed home.
Sep 20 - 11:15 PM


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