Player News - Kings

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The Los Angeles Kings could be interested in hiring Denver University coach Jim Montgomery as an assistant coach.

Montgomery won the NCAA title this season and was the one head coach that the Kings looked at besides John Stevens who they hired on Sunday. Montgomery may or may not be interested in the job if offered but we shall soon find out.
Apr 24 - 8:52 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have formally announced that John Stevens will serve as the team's head coach.

Kings GM Rob Blake opted to promote from within as Stevens was previously serving as an associate coach with Los Angeles. That said, Steven does have 267 games worth of NHL experience as a head coach and he led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final in 2008. "John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," said Blake. "I am confident that we are both in agreement on how that can be executed. With that said, we believe John has the ideal qualities to lead our hockey club. His wide array of coaching experience, including success as an NHL head coach and his inherent knowledge of our players and those in our development system, is very appealing to us. We are confident he is the best person to lead our hockey club forward."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 12:35 PM

John Stevens will become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings haven't issued their formal announcement yet, but Kings GM Rob Blake has already confirmed the decision, so consider it official. Stevens spent parts of four seasons as the Philadelphia Flyers' bench boss from 2006-2009 and posted a 120-109-34 record in that role. Under his leadership Philadelphia made it to the Eastern Conference Final in 2008. After his tenure with the Flyers ended, he joined the Los Angeles Kings where he's been serving as an assistant and more recently associate coach. He also briefly served as the Kings' interim head coach in 2011-12 during the period between the firing of Terry Murray and hiring of Darryl Sutter.
Apr 23 - 11:31 AM

Devin Setoguchi has signed with Adler Mannheim of the German League.

Setoguchi attempted an NHL comeback this season after spending the 2015-16 campaign in Switzerland. He had four goals and 12 points in 45 games with Los Angeles before being sent to the minors on Feb. 13.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 2:00 PM

Alex Iafallo has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

The 23-year-old forward broke out in his senior season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Iafallo accounted for 21 goals and 51 points in 42 games in 2016-17.
Source: LAKings.com
Apr 18 - 1:40 PM

Chaz Reddekopp has agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Reddekopp had 10 goals and 43 points in 51 WHL games in 2016-17. He was selected by the Kings with the 187th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 13 - 6:30 PM

Jarome Iginla would like to return for another NHL season.

He would welcome the chance to return to Los Angeles, but he isn't sure if the team's new management group wants him back. Iginla tallied six goals and nine points in 19 games with the Kings after he was acquired from Colorado. He will turn 40 on July 1 when he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Apr 12 - 5:35 PM

New Kings general manager Rob Blake will be looking to hire a head coach with past NHL experience.

"I think the position where our team is, I think a person with previous experience at the helm is an importance," Blake said. "Now, that being said, if we look elsewhere and there’s a guy who comes in and totally blows you away in an interview, yeah, you would look at him. I just think, based on where we are with our core and everything, a person with past NHL experience can help guide this team." There are certainly coaches with a ton of experience on the market, including Lindy Ruff and Michel Therrien. There might be other head coaches that get fired following the playoffs.
Apr 12 - 9:59 AM

Luc Robitaille has been named the president of the Los Angeles Kings.

After missing the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, the Kings decided to fire both head coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi. Robitaille had been serving as the club's president of business operations over the last decade. Now, he'll take care of all things regarding both business and hockey operations.
Apr 10 - 9:06 PM

Rob Blake has been named the vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings made sweeping changes to their front office on Monday night, as they fired head coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi. Blake becomes the ninth general manager in Kings history. He'd been serving as the team's vice president, assistant GM and GM of AHL Ontario. "This restructuring of the front-office will establish a single leader of the organization that will provide a unified vision, focus and alignment between the team side and the business side," said president and CEO of AEG (LA Kings parent company) Dan Beckerman. "It mirrors the same structure we recently implemented with the LA Galaxy and it will not only enable the integration of these two sides of the club into a single organization but will bring symmetry between the Kings and Galaxy."
Apr 10 - 9:02 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi.

"This was an extremely difficult decision and was made with an enormous amount of consideration for what we have accomplished in our past. But the present and future of our organization is the highest priority," said president and CEO of AEG (parent company of the Kings) Dan Beckerman. "Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for what Dean and Darryl have accomplished for the Kings franchise. They built this team and helped lead us to two Stanley Cup Championships and will forever be remembered as all-time greats in Kings history." Sutter had been with the Kings since 2011 and he ends his tenure with a 225-147-53 record. He and Lombardi also won two Stanley Cups together. Former Kings forward Luc Robitaille has been promoted to president and he'll be responsible for hockey and business operations. Rob Blake has now been named vice president and general manager of the team.
Apr 10 - 8:45 PM

Paul LaDue will report to AHL Ontario.

That will allow LaDue to continue playing as the Kings failed to make the playoffs. LaDue had eight assists in 22 games with Los Angeles.
Apr 10 - 5:38 PM

Adrian Kempe has been reassigned to AHL Ontario.

Kempe scored two goals and six points in 24 games with Los Angeles. At the AHL level he's recorded 11 goals and 19 points in 43 contests.
Apr 10 - 5:37 PM

Jonny Brodzinski has been sent to the minors.

Brodzinski had two assists in six games with Los Angeles. He has 25 goals and 47 points in 56 AHL contests.
Apr 10 - 5:36 PM

Jarome Iginla hasn't decided if he'll try to extend his career to the 2017-18 campaign, but he's leaning towards doing so.

"It’s been actually a lot of fun being back and the race and meaningful games and things so I would say I’m leaning more towards believing I’ll come back," Iginla said. "It’s fun and I want it to be but at the same time I’ve got to go and talk with the family and see what is." Iginla spent most of the season with the Colorado Avalanche, but he was acquired by Los Angeles. Although he recorded just 27 points this season, he had nine points in 19 contests with the Kings. He'll turn 40 in July and it's no surprise that he's declined since his prime, but there still might be some interest in his services if he decides to play another season.
Apr 10 - 10:18 AM


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