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Michael Mersch has carried his scoring ways over to the Calder Cup playoffs for the Manchester Monarchs, as he sits atop the scoring table with six through five games.

Mersch has had a quality rookie season as a professional, scoring 22 goals and 45 points in 76 games. The former 110th overall draft pick by the LA Kings in 2011 has four goals to go along with two helpers thus far for Manchester. He now has four goals and seven points in nine career Calder Cup games.
May 2 - 8:30 PM

Through four games for the Manchester Monarchs, LA Kings prospect Jordan Weal sits tied atop the Calder Cup scoring with six points.

Weal maintains his status as an intriguing prospect through his third Calder Cup playoffs. Through 12 career playoff games he has just four goals (all this time around) and 11 points. Weal has also scored 58 goals and 136 points for Manchester over the last three seasons. Now 23 years old, keep the young center in mind when he finally makes the jump to the NHL.
Source: theahl.com/
May 2 - 8:24 PM

Trevor Lewis helped lift Team USA past Team Norway 2-1 during the preliminary rounds on Saturday with a goal and an assist.

Lewis, who is seeing just his second career bout of international play, saw 16:54 of ice time to go along with his team-leading (tied with Nick Bonino) four shots on goal. Lewis has now tied his previous highs of a goal and an assist in seven games during the World Junior Championships as a 20 year old in 2006-07.
May 2 - 7:28 PM

The Los Angeles Kings haven't started to discussion a contract extension with Anze Kopitar yet.

Kopitar still has a year left on his contract, so there's no urgency to get something done, but both sides will probably want to avoid letting the situation drag into the 2015-16 campaign if it can be helped. Kopitar had 16 goals and 64 points in 79 contests and is also a finalist for the Selke Trophy. He currently comes with a $6.8 million annual cap hit.
Apr 29 - 5:30 AM

The Los Angeles Kings and Andrej Sekera have engaged in preliminary contract talks.

Sekera is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and there's mutual interest about finding a common ground for an extension. That being said, the Kings already have $64.15 million tied to 17 players for the 2015-16 campaign, so cap considerations might stand in the way of a new contract. Sekera had three goals and 23 points in 73 contests between Carolina and Los Angeles last season.
Apr 29 - 5:27 AM

Drew Doughty has been announced as a finalist for the Norris Trophy.

He averaged 28:59 of ice time per game in 2014-15, while posting seven goals and 46 points in 82 games. Doughty posted 219 shots and he led the NHL with a SAT of 410. He was a finalist for the award in 2009-10, but that was the year Duncan Keith won his first Norris Trophy. P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson are the other finalists for this season.
Apr 27 - 6:56 PM

Anze Kopitar has been selected as a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

Kopitar has also been nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. He had a good season from an analytics perspective, but he also had a minus-two rating. His faceoff percentage of 52.6 is good, but pales in comparison to what fellow nominees Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews accomplished on the draw. Kopitar had a great season defensively, but he probably won't win the Selke.
Apr 22 - 7:22 PM

Anze Kopitar is one of the three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The award honors a combination of sportsmanship and great play, which typically translates to a lot of points and few penalty minutes. Kopitar had 16 goals and 64 points while recording just 10 penalty minutes. He's up against Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler for the award.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 7:18 PM

Jarret Stoll has been released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for a felony drug charge. More specifically, he's being accused of having possessed cocaine. He's expected to appear in court in a matter of weeks, although the exact date isn't known yet. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Apr 20 - 9:38 AM

The LA Kings have sent Nick Shore back to the AHL to join the Manchester Monarchs.

Shore was only able to put up seven points during the first 34 games of his NHL career with the Kings. However he's posted 34 goals and 80 points over 117 games with the Monarchs the last two regular season, including a career best of 20 goals and 42 points in just 38 games.
Apr 19 - 7:16 PM

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine.

TSN.ca is reporting that the Las Vegas police department confirmed the arrest to the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. Stoll is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and this will certainly put a damper on his attempt to sign back with the Kings or with a new NHL team. Stay tuned.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 18 - 1:11 AM

Brian O'Neill won the AHL's Les Cunningham Award, which goes to the league's most valuable player.

O'Neill has 22 goals and 78 points in 69 games with the AHL Manchester Monarchs this season. Although he was never drafted, O'Neill made the jump to the AHL in 2011-12 after a successful four-year run with Yale University. This was by far his best season in the minors, but given that he'll turn 27 in June, it's unlikely that he'll be able to establish himself as a regular in the NHL.
Source: AHL.com
Apr 17 - 5:15 PM

Adrian Kempe has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

In 95 games over the past two seasons with Modo of the SHL, he registered 10 goals and 28 points. Kempe was chosen with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Kings.
Apr 15 - 5:04 PM

Adrian Kempe will play for the AHL Manchester Monarchs on an amateur tryout agreement.

Kempe spent the 2014-15 campaign with the Swedish Hockey League's MODO, scoring five goals and 17 points in 50 contests. He was taken with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Look for the Kings to ink him to an entry-level contract over the summer and for Kempe to open up the 2015-16 campaign in the AHL.
Apr 15 - 9:28 AM

Anze Kopitar will play for his native Slovenia at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

Kopitar's options in this respect are somewhat limited considering his father coaches the team. The Kings forward will be seeking retribution for a dismal regular season.
Apr 14 - 9:39 PM


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