Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

The Los Angeles Kings have officially sent Mike Richards to AHL Manchester.

That was anticipated after Richards cleared waivers. There was a time when Richards could average around a point per game, but he's declined severely over the last few years. Even before he was put on waivers, he didn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues. That being said, he's still just 29 years old, so he might be able to turn his career around.
Jan 27 - 5:10 PM

Tanner Pearson (fibula) might not be available for the start of the first round, should the Kings qualify.

"Basically, after the injury, we just looked at it like he was done for the year," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. Keep that in mind if you've been holding onto Pearson. If you're in a single season league, then you should be exploring your alternatives.
Jan 27 - 4:40 PM

Tyler Toffoli (mono) was able to participate in battle drills on Tuesday.

Toffoli is targeting Wednesday for his return. If he's able to play, he'll likely be on a line with Jeff Carter and Dwight King. That would be bad news for Trevor Lewis, who would lose his top-six spot.
Jan 27 - 4:38 PM

Mike Richards went unclaimed on waivers.

No real surprise there. Richards might intrigue some teams, but not to the point where they're willing to take on his $5.75 million annual cap hit through 2019-20. He'll get a chance to find his game in the minors. We wouldn't dismiss the possibility of him bouncing back.
Jan 27 - 12:25 PM

Tyler Toffoli (mono) hopes to return on Wednesday.

Toffoli hasn't played since Jan. 8 and it usually takes three weeks to a month for an athlete to bounce back from mono. So if he comes back on Wednesday, his recovery period would have been shorter than most. He took part in Monday's practice and participated in contact drills.
Jan 27 - 11:07 AM

Nick Shore has been promoted from the minors.

The Kings put Mike Richards on waivers Monday, so Shore has a roster spot ready for him. He has one assist in three games with Los Angeles this year.
Jan 26 - 5:51 PM

Los Angeles has placed Mike Richards on waivers.

According to reports, the Kings had been trying to move Richards, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts. He has $5.75 million cap hit until 2019-2020 season and he's earning $7 million this year.
Jan 26 - 12:43 PM

Anze Kopitar made the mini net passing look easy in Saturday's NHL Skills Challenge Relay, helping Team Foligno to an easy win over Team Toews.

Kopitar needed just a few attempts more than the minimum to hit all four of the mini nets in the passing accuracy event, hitting two of them on the first try. Each team won an overall heat, but Team Foligno won more individual events and had the overall lowest time, giving them a commanding 12-2 lead.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 24 - 9:02 PM

Drew Doughty thinks that this season is his best to date.

"I think my production, I’ve finally been getting some points, which I haven’t been getting since my second year in the league, but I’m playing well both ways," Doughty said. "I’m put in all situations, I’m more physical, I’m better defensively, just having more experience I just feel better on the ice. I’m making better plays with the puck, and without it. I feel like I’ve been playing my best." Doughty has four goals and 28 points and while he won't approach the 59 points he had in his second NHL season, this could be his second best offensive display.
Source: LAKings.com
Jan 24 - 7:38 AM

Team Foligno assembled a pretty good group of defensemen during Friday's NHL All-Star game player draft.

Drew Doughty and Patrick Kane were Foligno's assistants, and they helped Nick Foligno make the draft selections. Joining Doughty on the blue line are Duncan Keith (CHI), Dustin Byfuglien (WPG), Brent Burns (SJ), Kevin Shattenkirk (STL), and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARZ) round out the top six. The NHL's skills competition will take place on Saturday night.
Jan 23 - 9:53 PM

The Kings have sent down Jean-Francois Berube to the minors.

He is still waiting to play in his first NHL game. Berube has been excellent in the AHL this year with Manchester. He owns a 19-4-3 record to go with a .920 save percentage and a 2.05 GAA.
Jan 22 - 6:27 PM

Nick Shore has been reassigned to the minors.

He picked up an assist in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to San Jose for his first NHL point. Shore has skated in three games with the Kings this year.
Jan 22 - 6:24 PM

Jeff Carter scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Carter found the back of the net with 23 seconds left in regulation time to make the game 3-2 San Jose. That gave the Kings a fighting chance, but they couldn't build on it and ultimately the Sharks finished the contest with an empty-net goal. Carter has 12 markers and 33 points in 47 games this season.
Jan 22 - 9:04 AM

Nick Shore got his first NHL point on Wednesday.

Shore assisted on Jeff Carter's goal in a 4-2 loss to San Jose. It was Shore's third career NHL game. Although we can't recommend picking him up in standard leagues at this time, he did excel in the AHL and is worth keeping an eye on as long as he's with Los Angeles.
Jan 22 - 9:02 AM

Jonathan Quick was solid but not spectacular as he made 21-of-24 saves in a 4-2 loss to San Jose on Wednesday.

Quick did have a few amazing saves in this game but with the way the Kings' are scoring goals right now, he needs to be better. Quick hasn't earned a win since January 1st and while it has not been all his fault, he hasn't exactly been lights out either. The Kings always seem to go on a run at the end of the season so he may be a buy low candidate at the moment. He carries a 16-11-10 record with a 2.47 GAA and .912 save percentage into the All-Star break.
Jan 22 - 3:21 AM


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