Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Dwight King's arbitration date in scheduled for August 1.

That gives the Kings and King some breathing room as his arbitration date is one of the latest possible. He became a restricted free agent after completing a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:22 PM

The Los Angeles Kings are pleased with the progress Valentin Zykov has made over the last season.

Zykov went from scoring 40 goals and 75 points in 67 games as a QMJHL rookie to 23 goals and 63 points in 53 contests in 2013-14. That might not seem like a step in the right direction, but Zykov has been improving defensively. He signed an entry-level contract with the Kings in May, but he's not expected to make their opening game roster in 2014.
Jul 9 - 9:47 AM

Kyle Clifford underwent wrist surgery.

The procedure was advised because of a small fracture in Clifford's wrist. This is just an FYI as Clifford is expected to make a full recovery by mid-August at the latest.
Jul 7 - 7:45 PM

Dwight King could be heading for salary arbitration with the Los Angeles Kings if the two sides cannot reach an agreement before his hearing.

Hearings will take place in Toronto from July 20 to August 4. King played for $750,000 over the past two seasons. He had 15 goals and 30 points in 77 games last year. He chipped in another 11 points in 26 playoff contests.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 5:51 PM

Adam Cracknell has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

He plays a "heavy" game which will fit in nicely with the Kings if he can earn a spot on their roster. He skated in 19 games with the Blues last season, while recording 33 hits and two assists.
Jul 1 - 4:33 PM

David Van der Gulik has inked a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Van der Gulik had two goals and 13 points in 48 career NHL games. The 31-year-old is likely to spend the vast majority of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.
Jul 1 - 4:26 PM

Jeff Schultz's two-year deal with the Kings is worth $1.7 million.

It's a one-way deal, although so was Schultz's last contract and that didn't stop Los Angeles from burying him in the minors for most of the 2013-14 campaign. At best, Schultz will be a seventh defenseman with the Kings at the start of the season.
Jul 1 - 10:13 AM

The Kings have re-signed defenseman Jeff Schultz to a two-year contract.

Schultz got some action with the Kings due to injuries in the postseason, but he spent the better part of the year with Manchester of the AHL. He carries no fantasy value and is nothing more than a depth player for Los Angeles.
Jun 30 - 9:27 PM

The Los Angeles Kings will not bring their first round pick Adrian Kempe over from Sweden this season.

We are talking about during the regular season as Kempe will likely be over for training camp. Kempe played in the Swedish Elite League last season and he will gain a lot of experience doing the same in 2014-15. He is more of a two-way player than a scorer so his fantasy value may never be high in the NHL.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 30 - 8:12 AM

Roland McKeown was chosen by the Los Angeles Kings with the 50th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The Kings traded Linden Vey to Vancouver to acquire the selection. McKeown is considered the best pure skater among blueliners, and he is blessed with an exceptional hockey IQ. He has an NHL-ready body with the hockey smarts and anticipation to allow him to be effective in all areas of the game, including the power play and penalty kill. He understands his responsibilities and makes the simple play. While he is athletic with great tools, he hasn’t yet asserted himself as an offensive force. His speed enables him to break up plays on the defensive side, an area he’s improved in. Although McKeown isn’t overly physical, he isn’t afraid to push guys away. He does need to work on his pinching reads, which should come with experience. He is among the safer bets to become a steady NHL defenseman, which probably contributed to the Kings' willingness to move up to get him.
Jun 28 - 12:16 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have taken Adrian Kempe with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Kempe is an aggressive power forward who fiercely forechecks, engages in puck battles and plays a strong defensive game. The 6'1", 178 pound Swede is an excellent skater who plays a physical, north-south game and handles the puck well under pressure. Kempe has a heavy shot and well-rounded skillset, making him an impact player at all ends of the ice. Kempe plays a similar style to Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, and once he fills his big frame he can become a solid depth player with offensive upside in the NHL. The Kings weren't expected to get a gem with the late first rounder and they didn't, but that's what comes with winning the Stanley Cup.
Jun 27 - 10:07 PM

Kings captain Dustin Brown said that Jonathan Quick's teammates were aware that he was playing through a wrist injury during the second half of the playoffs.

Quick had surgery and will need 10-12 weeks to recover as a result. That will eat into his summer training program, but he should be fine by the start of the season.
Jun 25 - 5:14 PM

Marian Gaborik's new contract is reportedly worth about $34.3 million over seven years.

In other words, Gaborik will come with a $4.9 million annual cap hit. Although the length of his contract has to be concerning from the Kings' perspective, they did a good job keeping his cap hit down. Gaborik could have likely gotten a meaningfully higher annual salary on the open market, but he likely settle for less for a longer contract and the knowledge that he'll be playing for a competitive squad.
Jun 25 - 1:59 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have inked Marian Gaborik to a seven-year extension.

The financial terms weren't immediately available. Gaborik has a lengthy injury history, so signing him to a seven-year deal is a huge risk for the Kings. Still, he sparked the Kings' offense after they acquired him from Columbus at the trade deadline and is one of the main reasons they won the Stanley Cup. They might end up regretting this move in a few years, but there's no question that they're a better team going into the 2014-15 campaign with him on board.
Jun 25 - 1:37 PM

Mike Richards' ability to perform in the clutch is one of the reasons they decided to pass on the opportunity to use a compliance buyout on him.

"No question," said Kings GM Dean Lombardi. "That's what you'd rather have, if you have a choice you'll always take the playoff big-game player over the regular-season guy. But you still need to get both particularly when you have a financial commitment under the cap; you can't just write it off." Lombardi also took into account that Richards played a key role in them winning the Cup in 2011 and liked what he heard from Richards during his exit meeting. Richards is coming off a down season where he recorded just 41 points in 82 games. He comes with a $5.75 million cap hit annually through 2019-20.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 12:37 PM


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