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Kings president Luc Robitaille was very happy with what he saw out of head coach John Stevens and GM Rob Blake in 2017-18.

While the Kings were swept by Vegas in the first round, the fact that they made the playoffs was a step in the right direction. Los Angeles went from getting 86 points in 2016-17 to 98 points this season. "I thought they did a great job," Robitaille said of Stevens and Blake. "We always talk about being a premier organization and treating the people the right way and be fair. These guys are very, very competitive, but also they’re great people. And it’s important that if you want to have longevity and be a great organization for a long time, everyone’s going to compete, but you want to treat people the right way. And I know that’s what they’re doing every day and strive on."
Apr 24 - 5:08 AM

Slava Voynov has completed his three year deal in the KHL and could attempt to return to the NHL next season.

Voynov is still suspended indefinitely by the NHL after he was charged with domestic violence and self-departed back to Russia in 2015 after pleading no-contest to the charge stemming from an October 2014 arrest. Voynov would need to apply to commissioner Gary Bettman for reinstatement and there is some question as to whether the Kings would want him back or not. "It’s so premature at this point, because those hurdles that he has to go through to be reinstated by the NHL don’t have anything to do with us," General Manager Rob Blake said. "To be honest with you, it’s so far away from our play right now that we haven’t had those discussions. Like I said, that’s going to be between him and his agent and his people representing him to be able to get back into that position before we could even get involved." Stay tuned.
Apr 22 - 7:46 AM

Adrian Kempe will suit up for Sweden at the World Championships in May.

Kempe had 16 goals and 37 points in 81 games but was unable to find the back of the net in his last 29 contests. The Swedes will hope for more than that in Denmark where the championships are being held.
Apr 22 - 7:40 AM

The Kings' number one priority this off-season will be signing Drew Doughty to a contract extension.

Doughty has one more year on his current contract for $7 million per season but will be in line for a significant raise based on his performance this and past seasons. For his part, Doughty would like to remain a King. "I'm a big part of that team and I've got to try to bring us into that winning ways again," Doughty said. "I take the responsibility for that, along with some of our other leaders. It's not that they have to show me or prove to me anything for me to sign here. I've always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King." It will be interesting to see if the Kings and Doughty can come to an arrangement come July 1st when negotiations can start.
Apr 21 - 12:43 PM

Drew Doughty has been selected as one of the nominees for the Norris Trophy.

Doughty won the Norris in the 2015-16 season. The 28-year-old had 10 goals and 50 assists in 82 games during the regular season. He also averaged 26:50 of ice time with the Kings in 2017-18. Nashville's P.K. Subban and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman are the other two nominees for the award.
Apr 19 - 7:05 PM

Anze Kopitar has been chosen as one of the nominees for the Selke Trophy.

The 30-year-old had a terrific season, as he posted 35 goals and 92 points in 82 games with the Kings. He's also been one of the better two-way players in the game for quite some time, so it's not surprising to see him receive a nomination for this award. Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Philadelphia's Sean Couturier are the other two nominees. Kopitar is likely the favorite to win the award in 2018.
Apr 18 - 6:47 PM

Paul LaDue will wrap up 2017-18 with AHL Ontario.

LaDue is heading to the minors following the Kings' elimination from the playoffs. He had a goal in two games with Los Angeles during the postseason.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 6:18 PM

Oscar Fantenberg will report to AHL Ontario.

With the Kings out of the playoffs, they're sending their AHL-affiliate some reinforcements. Fantenberg had an assist in four playoff games with Los Angeles this year.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 6:17 PM

Jonny Brodzinski has been assigned to AHL Ontario.

That makes sense given that the Kings have been eliminated from the playoffs. Brodzinski didn't appear in a postseason game for Los Angeles, but he did score four goals and six points in 35 regular season contests.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 6:16 PM

Michael Amadio has been sent to the minors.

The Kings' playoff run is over, so Amadio will join AHL Ontario for its postseason instead. Amadio appeared in one playoff game and registered an assist.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 6:14 PM

Anze Kopitar wasn't able to save the Kings in their 1-0 loss to Vegas in Game 4.

With that, the Kings have been eliminated from the playoffs. Kopitar had two shots and a minus-one rating in the deciding game of the series. He had a goal and an assist in the four-game series, which is certainly less than what you would hope for out of Kopitar, but he was far from the coldest forward for the Kings. Los Angeles managed just three goals over the four games.
Apr 18 - 4:53 AM

Jonathan Quick stopped 20 of 21 shots in Los Angeles' 1-0 loss in Game 4 Tuesday night.

With that, the Kings have been swept in the first round of the playoffs, though this series certainly what you would imagine when you think of a sweep. Los Angeles lost each game by just a goal and Quick was brilliant throughout the series. He posted a 1.55 GAA and .947 save percentage in the four contests. Quick certainly wasn't to blame for the Kings' fast elimination.
Apr 18 - 4:50 AM

Jonathan Quick will be between the pipes for Game 4 against Vegas on Tuesday night.

This is it for the Kings. If they don't win, their season will be over. Quick has an 0-3 record with a 1.69 goals-against-average and a .945 save percentage this playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 17 - 6:17 PM

Derek Forbort (lower body) has not gotten back on the ice yet.

Forbort has not played since Apr. 2 because of a lower-body injury. "He's just progressing along with his rehab and therapy," coach John Stevens said. "He's nowhere near the ice yet or anything. ... He's got to get healthy before he gets back on the ice, and then once he gets back on the ice, you take it from there. But he's nowhere near that yet."
Apr 17 - 2:25 PM

Tyler Toffoli has more shots in the playoffs than any other player without a goal.

Toffoli has launched 14 shots on goal over three games, but his efforts haven't been rewarded. It has to be particularly frustrating for him given that the Kings have lost each of the first three games by just a single goal. "Ty had three great chances last night," Kings coach John Stevens said in reference to Game 3. "The one, I told him 99 times out of 100 he makes that shot, so he owes me 99 more." Keep an eye on Toffoli on Tuesday, because he might finally break through.
Apr 17 - 5:02 AM


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