Player News - Kings

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It's still not clear how Mike Richards' situation with the Los Angeles Kings will play out, but we should know much more by the end of August.

That's because the NHLPA has an Aug. 29 deadline if they want to file grievances over the Kings' decision to terminate Richards' contract for a "material breach." It also remains to be seen if Richards will face charges for an alleged US-Canadian border incident involving the prescription drug oxycodone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has confirmed that there is an active investigation, but if there are any charges laid at all, they might not be made before the NHLPA's deadline.
Jul 31 - 1:35 PM

Slava Voynov has been serving his 90-day jail sentence at the Seal Beach Police Detention Center.

Voynov is paying $100 a day to stay at what was once described as a "luxury" jail. It has advertised in the past amenities like flat screen TVs. He began serving his sentence on July 7 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.
Jul 30 - 10:07 AM

Sean Backman has signed a one-year contract with the AHL Ontario Reign.

Ontario is affiliated primarily with the Los Angeles Kings. Backman had 19 goals and 44 points in 76 contests with the AHL Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 3:35 PM

With all of the Kings' restricted free agents re-signed, they're expected to shift their focus to negotiating a contract extension with Anze Kopitar.

Kopitar has one season left on his seven-year, $47.6 million contract. He's been one of the most consistent players in the league, recording over 60 points in every season since his debut in 2006-07, with the exception of the lockout shortened 2013 campaign. He's also received two Selke Trophy nominations, which highlights the high-end two-way aspect of his game.
Jul 17 - 6:35 PM

Andrew Crescenzi has inked a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Crescenzi recorded 15 points and 60 penalty minutes in 54 AHL contests in 2014-15. He's not expected to have any fantasy value next season.
Jul 16 - 10:09 PM

Vincent LoVerde has signed a two-year, two-way contract.

LoVerde had nine goals and 20 points in 63 AHL games in 2014-15. He should be regarded as an organizational depth defenseman.
Jul 16 - 10:08 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Nic Dowd to a two-way contract.

If Dowd spends the season with the Kings, then he will earn $600,000. He had 41 points and 44 penalty minutes in 75 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 16 - 9:44 PM

Jordan Weal signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Weal can earn $632,500 at the NHL level. It's also worth noting that he would need to clear waivers in order to be sent to the AHL, so there's a chance he'll end up on a team's opening game roster even if it's not the Kings. He had 20 goals and 69 points in 73 AHL contests last season.
Jul 16 - 9:43 PM

Nick Shore has signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Shore will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level, but the first season of his deal is two ways. He had a goal and seven points in 34 games last season. He was averaging just 11:05 minutes per game with the Kings, but he recorded 42 points in 38 contests when playing with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs.
Jul 16 - 9:40 PM

Andy Andreoff has inked a two-year, $1,175,000 contract with Los Angeles.

Andreoff had two goals and three points in 18 games with the Kings last season. He'll be competing for a bottom-six forward spot during training camp and it certainly won't hurt that he'll be coming with an affordable $587,500 annual cap hit.
Jul 16 - 10:16 AM

Erik Cernak has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Cernak had 13 points and 16 penalty minutes in 45 games with Kosice HC of the Slovak Extraliga. He was selected with the 43rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft
Jul 15 - 10:19 AM

Milan Lucic "couldn't be happier" to end up with the Los Angeles Kings.

Lucic was dealt by the Boston Bruins on June 26 and he was surprised to find out it was the Kings that got him. "Just looking at the salary cap and all the great players here ... I mean, I'm not a cheap cap hit, so that's why I didn't really expect it," Lucic said. "But when it happened I was more than thrilled." The Bruins are reportedly retaining $2.75 million of his $6 million cap hit to make the deal work for Los Angeles. Lucic sees the Kings as a top five team without him, so it seems fair to say that he has high expectations for Los Angeles going forward.
Jul 13 - 9:42 AM

Milan Lucic has turned the page on his chapter with the Bruins.

He was traded from the Bruins to the Kings at the end of June and toured their practice facility for the first time Saturday. He struggled for much of last season, recording 18 goals and 44 points, partly because center David Krejci was limited to 47 games because of a knee injury. "I guess I kind of took it for granted playing with such a great player like that," Lucic said. "When he was out of the lineup, I didn't adjust real well off the start. But I finished the season real well the last couple of months and I was able to kind of get my confidence back, and that's what I'm building off this summer, physically and mentally."
Jul 11 - 9:10 PM

Milan Lucic took a full-page ad out of the Boston Globe to thank the Bruins organization and fans.

"I was 19 when I joined the Boston Bruins, a very young man," wrote Lucic. "Now at 27, I must say goodbye to this special city. I lived my dream when we won the Stanley Cup. I married my wife here. Both my children were born here. Boston will always be a key part of who I am. I played in front of a group of fans I will never forget, especially my pals in the North End." It wouldn't be surprising to see Lucic improve on his 18 goals and 44 points from last season.
Jul 11 - 8:46 AM

Paul Bissonnette has agreed to terms with the AHL's Ontario Reign.

The Reign are affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings. Bissonnette had seven points and 167 penalty minutes in 56 games last season. The 30-year-old is a veteran of 202 career NHL games.
Jul 8 - 5:01 PM

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