Player News - Kings

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Anze Kopitar could be the next captain of the Los Angeles Kings.

Dustin Brown has reportedly has been told that he won't be the captain of the Kings anymore. The Kings would not confirm if the new captain would be Kopitar, who will start his eight-year contract worth $80 million in 2016-17, and they did not dispute the report on Brown.
May 28 - 6:11 PM

Jake Muzzin has been named to Canada's World Cup roster.

Brent Burns and Alex Pietrangelo were also added to the team's defense corps on Friday, while Claude Giroux, Matt Duchene, Brad Marchand and Joe Thornton were selected to join the forward group.

Marian Gaborik has been added to Team Europe for the World Cup of Hockey.

Thomas Greiss, Christian Ehrhoff, Luca Sbisa, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nino Niederreiter and Tobias Rieder were also put on the team Friday. Team Europe is made up of players who weren't born in the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.

Slava Voynov has been named to Russia's World Cup team, but he may not be eligible to take part in the tournament.

He played in the KHL during the 2015-16 season after his contract was voided by the Kings. Voynov served two months in jail on domestic violence charges. He was detained by immigration officials and faced deportation. "We will obviously have to review his status with the Players' Association prior to the start of the tournament in September," said the NHL's deputy commissioner, Bill Daly. "It is not my current expectation that this player will be deemed eligible to play in the World Cup of Hockey."
May 27 - 3:38 PM

Dustin Brown has reportedly been told that he won't be the captain of the Los Angeles Kings anymore.

Brown still has six years left on his eight-year contract worth $5.875 million per season. According to TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli, Los Angeles wants to go in a different direction with the captaincy. Brown was named the captain of the Kings in 2008. He was also the youngest and first American-born captain in Kings history.
Source: TSN.ca
May 27 - 2:55 PM

Justin Auger scored the game winner as the Ontario Reign defeated the San Diego Gulls 2-1 to win their best-of-seven quarter-final series 4-1.

Auger was a fourth round pick of the Kings in 2013 and had 19 goals and 36 points in the regular season and scored the winning goal on his 22nd birthday. He has come on a bit more in the playoffs with three goals and five points in nine games. The behemoth is 6'7" and 229 pounds so the Kings have to like the potential of Auger to play as a bottom six forward in the NHL.
Source: LAKings.com
May 15 - 6:35 AM

Alex Martinez (shoulder surgery) should be ready to "participating in everything" according to coach Darryl Sutter.

Martinez had been bothered most of the season with a shoulder problem and this should allow him to easily be ready for the start of training camp which begins on September 22. Martinez had 10 goals and 31 points in 78 games this season, by far his best offensively in his NHL career. He played in only one playoff game as he missed the remainder of the San Jose series with a groin injury. Look for Martinez to get 30-35 points next season so draft him in deeper pools in the late rounds.
Source: LAKings.com
May 14 - 6:10 AM

Darryl Sutter has officially agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

Los Angeles didn't reveal any of the terms of Sutter's deal, but it's reportedly worth more than $3 million annually and it's a two-year deal with an optional third season. This signing was already previously reported, but now it's official. Under Sutter's leadership, the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. However, their last two seasons have ended on a sour note. In the regular season, the Kings have gone 186-112-45 under Sutter.
May 13 - 12:15 PM

Darryl Sutter's new contract with the Los Angeles Kings is reportedly worth more than $3 million annually.

Sutter's contract will run for two seasons with an option for a third. The deal hasn't been formally announced yet, but a Kings spokesman said that Sutter's re-signing will be officially announced on Friday.
May 13 - 10:38 AM

Dustin Brown had a minor procedure done on his wrist after the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs.

The Kings don't expect the surgery to affect his off-season training. He's expected to be fine for the start of training camp. The 31-year-old had 11 goals and 28 points in 82 games. Those are disappointing numbers for a player who has a $5.875 million cap hit.
May 12 - 9:37 PM

Alec Martinez underwent shoulder surgery during the off-season.

Martinez suffered a groin injury during the postseason, but this procedure was done to correct a problem with his shoulder. According to beat reporter Jon Rosen, the shoulder injury bothered Martinez for most of the season. It seems like he'll be able to fully recover before the start of training camp.
May 12 - 9:33 PM

Kings coach Darryl Sutter has reportedly agreed to a contract extension.

That's not official yet, but Lisa Dillman went on to say that an announcement is expected as early as Friday, so we might not have to wait much longer. The Kings revealed less than a week ago that they had presented Sutter with a multi-year contract. The last two seasons have been largely disappointing for Los Angeles, but Sutter led them to championships in 2012 and 2014. He has a career 595-432-101-75 record.
May 12 - 5:12 PM

GM Dean Lombardi stated that the Los Angeles Kings are expecting more from Dustin Brown next season.

No kidding. The forward will make $7 million next season with a $5.875 million cap hit and has had seasons of 28, 27 and 27 points in his last three seasons. While he does bring leadership and other intangibles to the lineup, 82 points in 243 games is not worth the money and is absolutely valueless in fantasy hockey.
Source: LAKings.com
May 8 - 7:53 AM

Darryl Sutter said that he is "still undecided" about coaching the Kings next season, according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman talked to Sutter via text message. He said that he wants to see what the Kings look like after free agency, the cap and prospects. That his family has enjoyed Los Angeles "has weight," but "a big factor" is the chance to win a Stanley Cup. He has gone 186-112-45 as the bench boss in L.A., winning two Cups.
May 7 - 11:34 PM

The Los Angeles Kings and Milan Lucic are continuing to talk about a new long-term contract.

Lucic is eligible to become a UFA on July 1 but has no real interest in free agency and would like to come back as he enjoyed his first season with the Kings. The talented power forward is coming off a three-year/$18 million contract and with a 20 goal and 55 point campaign this past season, his contract should be in the neighborhood.
May 7 - 7:42 AM


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