Player News - Kings

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Kevin Gravel being waiver exempt might end up costing him in the battle for a roster spot.

At the end of the day Gravel could make the Kings' opening game roster anyways, but it would be easier to move him to the AHL than it would Christian Folin and Kurtis MacDermid, who would need to go through waivers. On the plus side, Gravel can serve as either a left or right defenseman, which is an added bit of versatility that the Kings don't have a lot of. He also brings a blend of skill and size, though he isn't a major offensive force. Gravel had a goal and seven points in 49 contests last season while being limited to 14:09 minutes per game.
Sep 22 - 10:22 AM

Drake Rymsha has been cut from the Los Angeles Kings' training camp roster.

Rymsha had 35 goals and 62 points in 65 OHL contests last season. The Kings selected him with the 138th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 21 - 2:59 PM

Markus Phillips has been sent to the OHL's Owen Sound Attack.

Phillips was attending the Kings' training camp. He had 13 goals and 43 points in 66 OHL contests in 2016-17.
Sep 21 - 2:49 PM

Marian Gaborik (knee) is making progress, but there's still no timetable for his return to game action.

Gaborik took part in line rushes and participated in most of the drills on Wednesday at practice. He also took some contact, but he isn't sure if he'll play in the preseason.
Sep 20 - 3:15 PM

Tanner Pearson picked up a couple of assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Pearson's second assist came on a nice move behind the net to set up Brown at the top of slot to tie up the game late into the second period for the Kings. Pearson's offensive output has increased every year and he will look to continue that trend this season. His 24 goals last season were a career high. Jake Muzzin and Oscar Fantenberg also scored for the Kings in the loss.
Sep 16 - 8:04 PM

Anze Kopitar is ready to bounce back this season.

"Our last year definitely wasn't the year I wanted to have and needed to have for the team to be successful, so this year, coming back here, I feel good," Kopitar said. "I'm ready to go again and obviously have a better year than last year." He recorded just 12 goals and 52 points 76 games, but he racked up 25 points in 33 matches after the All-Star break. Coach John Stevens wants to shorten Kopitar's shift length a bit this year to get his pace up and his new system could help the Kings' transition game.
Sep 14 - 8:42 AM

Marian Gaborik is making progress in his recovery from a chronic issue related to his left knee.

"He's been skating, he's been integrated into some practices non-contact, and they're moving along. He is getting stronger," coach John Stevens said. "He's not going to China with us. He's going to stay here and continue his rehab here and keep progressing along. We're going to meet with Matt Price and John Meyer and Chris Kingsley before we go just to see at what point he can be integrated into practices. We're hoping that's a little bit when we're gone. But we're going to take it each day. He skated today early by himself. He was on the ice at 7:00 this morning. He's going to continue to skate, and he's close to a point where he can get his timing back on top of his hockey conditioning." Gaborik only played in 56 games last year after he skated in 54 contests in 2015-16.
Sep 13 - 5:12 PM

Drew Doughty wants to spend his entire NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings.

Doughty, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, raised some eyebrows when he indicated he would consider playing elsewhere for a chance to win the Stanley Cup again. "My one comment, 'I don't care where I play. I just want to win [Stanley] Cups.' That is true. I just want to win Cups," he said. "When I said that, it didn't mean I didn't want to do it in L.A. The bottom line is all I care about is Cups. I don't want to win a Cup anywhere else but L.A. That's the bottom line."
Sep 13 - 10:16 AM

Drew Doughty, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, says the most important thing for him is winning.

Doughty has won two Stanley Cups with the Kings, but he's obviously looking to add more rings to his collection. "I’d love to re-sign in L.A. But if our team isn’t going in the right direction… I want to win Cups. I don’t give a s— where I play. I just want to win Cups, and that’s the bottom line." That's an interesting statement coming from Doughty. He certainly mentioned the part about enjoying being in Los Angeles, but also hinted at a possible divorce if they don't get their act together. It'll be interesting to see how this all unfolds over the next months/years.
Sep 9 - 6:21 PM

Gabriel Vilardi suffered a back sprain while working out this summer.

Vilardi has started to rehab the injury, but the Kings aren't sure when he'll be able to resume skating. Los Angeles took him with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and it was a bit of a surprise to see him fall that low. As you might have guessed, he has a lot of upside and at 6-foot-3 he's also got size on his side, but he probably won't be playing for Los Angeles in 2017-18.
Sep 7 - 7:49 PM

Brooks Laich will reportedly join the Los Angeles Kings' training camp on a tryout basis.

Laich is a veteran of 764 NHL games, but the 34-year-old split the 2016-17 campaign between the NHL and AHL. If he does make the Kings it would be as a bottom-six forward as his potential offensive contributions at this stage of his career are minimal.
Sep 6 - 6:16 PM

Chris Lee will reportedly attend Los Angeles Kings training camp on a professional tryout.

Lee has never played in an NHL game, but he's put up some impressive numbers at the KHL level. The 36-year-old has some offensive ability, as he put up 14 goals and 65 points in 60 games with Magnitogorsk last season. As good as those numbers are, he's still not a lock to earn an NHL contract with the Kings out of training camp.
Aug 27 - 7:28 PM

Marian Gaborik won't be ready for the start of training camp, per GM Rob Blake.

Gaborik underwent a non-surgical procedure to repair a tendon and a ligament during the off-season, according to "He’s progressing pretty well from the summer," Blake said. "He still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength. We’re probably not sure if we’ll see him in training camp right away, but again, he’s a guy that trains at a very high level and he’s made a commitment to stay in L.A. after he got married, get the rehab back on course. We’re hopeful he can get back to the level that he started last season and the World Cup at." Injuries have always been an issue with Gaborik. Even if he does return to full health from this particular one, it's far from guaranteed that he'll be able to stay on the ice all season.
Aug 21 - 10:35 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have hired Matt Greene as a pro scout.

The 34-year-old spent the last nine years with the Kings as a player, but they decided to buy out his contract this summer. He played just 29 total games in his final two years as a King. Greene won a pair of Stanley Cups with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.
Aug 14 - 2:59 PM

Kings head coach John Stevens has been working on building relationships with his players.

Stevens had been serving as an assistant coach with Los Angeles, but he was promoted to head coach this summer. Even though he knows most of the players on the roster, he was still looking to continue building a relationship with them. "One of the first things I did was sit down with each guy and anybody who hadn't left (for the summer) to make sure I had a chance to have a good conversation about where they were at with their game, what our expectations were, and what we were doing moving forward," Stevens said. "Obviously having a relationship in place already is helpful. But I think if you are a new coach, you look forward to those opportunities to sit and really hear each player talk and hear what they have to say." It'll be interesting to see how the Kings respond to the coaching change.
Aug 14 - 8:51 AM

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