Player News - Kings

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Dustin Brown spoke to the press on Thursday for the first time since the Kings' management stripped him of the captaincy.

"It was a tough pill to swallow. There are a lot of emotions that go through it, but at the end of the day, it was really out of my control because this is a management decision," Brown said."Quite honest, it would’ve been a lot harder had it been my teammates doing this." Brown's production on the ice has slipped and stayed poor for the past three seasons, while new captain Anze Kopitar has proven to be one of the top centers in the league. Brown said that though he wishes he still wore the C, he thinks Kopitar will do a great job.
Source: LA Kings
Jun 30 - 7:05 PM

The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly not in the running for Milan Lucic anymore.

At this point Edmonton could be considered the favorites for Lucic's services, especially after they traded Taylor Hall. The idea of Lucic playing for the Canucks was one of considerable interest given that Vancouver is his hometown.
Jun 30 - 6:48 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have waived Matt Greene.

That sets the stage for Matt Greene to be bought out. It will save the Kings about $1.7 million for each of the next two seasons, but then cost Los Angeles about $833K in the two campaigns that follow. Greene was limited to just three games in 2016-17.
Jun 30 - 12:52 PM

Milan Lucic didn't verify reports that he will sign with the Edmonton Oilers once free agency begins on Friday.

"I didn't. Not allowed to," he said. "And I haven't made decision." Sources are reporting that Lucic has agreed to a tentative deal with the Oilers, but we probably won't get confirmation on this until free agency opens on July 1.
Jun 28 - 6:28 PM

Milan Lucic will reportedly sign with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, according to sources.

One source said it was 100 percent and another said it was 95 percent that Lucic ends up in Edmonton. Lucic must have been very impressed with his recent visit with the Oilers. He has attracted plenty of interest leading up to the free agency on Friday. If he ends up agreeing to terms with Edmonton then a trade for a defenseman may not be far around the corner.
Jun 28 - 5:42 PM

Milan Lucic is slated to visit Edmonton on Tuesday.

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli knows Lucic well from their time in Boston together and there is plenty of interest in adding him to Edmonton's forward group. 10 teams have reportedly contacted Lucic and he was in Vancouver on Monday. There will be plenty of competition for his services when free agency opens.
Jun 28 - 3:29 PM

Maxim Kitsyn won't get a qualifying offer from Los Angeles.

Patrik Bartosak and Alex Roach won't receive qualifying offers either, so all three of them are unrestricted free agents. Kitsyn will play for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL next year after he compiled 55 points in 65 ECHL games with Manchester in 2015-16.
Jun 27 - 1:49 PM

Boston GM Don Sweeney would be happy to get pending unrestricted free agent Milan Lucic.

"The city would embrace [Lucic], the organization has great respect for him," said Sweeney. "There is no question we would explore all players." The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames are believed to be interested in Lucic as well.
Jun 27 - 8:58 AM

Stars GM Jim Nill felt that goalie Jack Campbell needed a change of scenery.

"Sometimes, a change of pace in the best thing," said Nill. "Jack needs to go somewhere to get playing and get his confidence back." Campbell was selected 11th overall back in 2010, but he's failed to develop into an NHL goalie at this point. He'll likely never develop into the franchise player he was supposed to be, but he could turn out to be a decent backup goalie to Jonathan Quick.
Jun 26 - 9:15 AM

Trevor Lewis has inked a four-year deal with Los Angeles worth $8 million.

The Kings were not able to come to terms with Milan Lucic, so they turned their attention to another pending UFA in Lewis. He notched just eight goals and 16 points in 75 games last season.
Jun 25 - 2:33 PM

Kale Clague has been chosen by Los Angeles with the 51st overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Kale Clague comes into the NHL draft with far less fanfare than he entered the WHL draft, in which he was taken sixth overall. The wiry 18-year-old, 6'0" and 180 lbs has some tantalizing skills. His raw offensive skills rate nearly at elite levels, which are coupled well with his superior skating ability. Clague posted six goals and 43 points in 73 games for Brandon, with 27 points in his last 26 games. He then scored six goals and 15 points in 18 games during the playoffs as Brandon took home the WHL Cup. With an Ivan Hlinka gold to his name as well, one realizes that if his defensive game comes around and his frame fills out, Clague may end up as one of the steals of the draft as the Kings may have gotten a good one.
Jun 25 - 12:57 PM

Jack Campbell is a member of the Los Angeles Kings' organization now.

He was traded by Dallas to the Kings on Saturday for defenseman Nick Ebert. Campbell split time between the AHL and the ECHL last season. The Stars chose him 11th overall back in 2010 and he still hasn't seen any NHL playing time.
Jun 25 - 11:40 AM

Canucks GM Jim Benning has confirmed that Vancouver is interested in Milan Lucic.

Lucic won't officially be a free agent until July 1, but it's already been revealed that he won't re-sign with the Kings before that date. Los Angeles has also stated that Lucic has been given permission to talk with all 29 other clubs ahead of time. The fact that Vancouver is interested in Lucic isn't surprising as it's his hometown and regarded as one of the most likely destinations for him.
Jun 23 - 6:37 PM

Anze Kopitar is the 2016 Lady Byng Trophy winner.

The award goes to the player who "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." What that typically translates to is a player that does very well while still being charged with very few penalties. Kopitar certainly fit that mold with his 74 points and 16 PIM in 2015-16. He's also claimed the Selke Trophy tonight.
Jun 22 - 8:51 PM

Anze Kopitar has been selected as the 2016 Selke Trophy winner.

The Selke Trophy goes to the league's best defensive forward. This is an award that Selke has been in the running for several times before, but just kept coming up short. Kopitar finished fourth in the Selke Trophy voting in 2013, second in 2014, and third in 2015. Kopitar had a plus-34 rating, 53.5 faceoff winning percentage, and 56.6% Corsi For in even strength play.
Jun 22 - 8:14 PM


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