Player News - Kings

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Jarrett Stoll hopes to play in at least one game during the preseason.

Stoll had surgery during the off-season to repair a chip and labrum tear in his hip. The 32-year-old believes he suffered the injury during last year’s Western Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sep 21 - 9:14 PM

Jarret Stoll, who is coming off hip surgery, should get a fair amount of ice time in the preseason.

"Yeah, he'll get three or four, for sure," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Stoll. "That's kind of what we want to do with everybody. We're just sticking right to the program that we had for him. We wanted him to skate two days, take the third day off and start ramping again from there. Get into more contact, and by the time we get into that Game 4 or 5 in there, we should be ready." Stoll had eight goals and 27 points in 78 games in 2013-14. Those numbers might not be impressive, but he's known more for his physical play and success on the draw.
Sep 21 - 6:55 PM

Mike Richards was "a little bit" worried the Kings would buy out his contract this offseason.

Richards had 41 points last season, and six more seasons left on a deal that carries a $5.75 million cap hit. "A little bit," Richards said. "I like it here, my family likes it here, my girlfriend likes it here, and I want to be here. Obviously, on the ice speaks for itself with the team that we have. You know, just everything about it, I wanted to be here. Whether I thought [a buyout] would happen or not, I don’t know if I ever did; but there’s always that possibility that makes you nervous." It wouldn’t be a shock to see Richards return to the 20-goal mark and reach at least 50 points next season.
Sep 20 - 7:52 PM

Jonathan Quick (wrist) practiced with his teammates on Friday.

However, his surgically-repaired wrist isn't quite 100 percent. Quick should be ready to go soon, as he's three days past 12 weeks from the surgery. The initial timetable for his recovery following the procedure was set at 10-12 weeks.
Sep 20 - 4:40 PM

Jeff Deslauriers will see some action during the pre-season due to the off-season surgery for Jonathan Quick.

Deslauriers is in camp on a professional tryout and could see some action if Quick is not ready to go once the season gets underway but right now, Quick is locked in as the number one netminder when healthy and Martin Jones will be his backup, leaving no room for the former Oiler on the roster.
Sep 20 - 9:15 AM

Kyle Clifford was on the ice for the first day of training camp after undergoing off-season wrist surgery in the middle of July.

Clifford had a small fracture in his wrist but surgery was still recommended. He had three goals and eight points in 71 games during the regular season so we really cannot recommend him at this time. He did surprise in the playoffs with seven points in 24 games however.
Sep 20 - 9:10 AM

Jarret Stoll is on the ice at training camp after off-season hip surgery.

Stoll is a solid third line center for the Kings but not a point-getter as he had only eight goals and 27 points during the regular season before picking up three goals and six points in 26 playoff contests en route to the Stanley Cup. He is proficient at the faceoff dot as he won 678 of 1239 draws. Draft him only in pools where faceoffs are a category.
Sep 20 - 9:07 AM

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter believes that Anze Kopitar doesn’t get enough recognition for his offensive game.

"He’s one of the best players in the league. I mean he’s led the playoffs in scoring," said Sutter. "It tells you what kind of player he is, and he doesn’t get much recognition for that." Kopitar registered 29 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season. The 27-year-old is an elite center and should be drafted fairly early in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 19 - 9:40 PM

Drew Doughty (upper body) is being described as day-to-day.

Doughty wasn't on the ice with his teammates on Friday. There's still plenty of time left before the start of the season, so we're not too concerned at this time.
Sep 19 - 2:37 PM

Drew Doughty sustained an upper-body injury over the summer.

Doughty consequently didn't skate with the rest of the Kings on Friday. It's not clear how serious the injury is, but obviously he still has weeks to recover before he's in danger of missing any playing time.
Sep 19 - 1:09 PM

It sounds like Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards worked hard during the offseason, possibly in part to silence those who believe he should have been bought out.

"Obviously winning cures all, and you’re happy about winning, but I don’t picture myself as a fourth-line player," Richards told ESPN. The once-proud two-way forward is at least worth monitoring in leagues if he does find his old form once again, but for now take a wait-and-see approach.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 2:09 PM

Kings GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged that his team does take analytics into account when making decisions, but attributes a lot of L.A.'s success to incalculable intangibles such as character, expectations and compete level.

"There’s a big difference between data and knowledge, and how you use it," said Lombardi. "You’ll never convince me that emotion isn’t a huge part of this game, more than any other (sport)." Lombardi revealed that he has spoken on the phone "a number of times" with former Boston Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein about the use of analytics, but would not explain how the Kings apply advanced stats information. "You can get my book when I’m done," he joked.
Sep 14 - 6:29 PM

After undergoing offseason surgery, it appears that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is just now facing shots in practice environments.

In other words, he might not get much/any time in the preseason and could conceivably even start the 2014-15 season a bit slow. Martin Jones may be in line for extra early appearances. Quick is still a valuable pick, particularly considering the team in front of him, but keep an eye out for setbacks.
Sep 13 - 3:11 PM

Jeff Deslauriers will attend the Kings' training camp on a tryout basis.

Deslauriers will compete with Martin Jones for the backup job, but he's a long shot to win it. In the likely event that Deslauriers isn't able to secure a roster spot, he might still sign with the Kings to serve in the AHL.
Sep 2 - 5:36 PM

Derek Forbort will take another crack at making the Kings' lineup this autumn as the 22 year-old defenseman hopes to thrive off of his successful rookie campaign in Manchester in 2013-14.

The giant 6'4, 218 pound blueliner is rock solid in his own zone and possesses excellent decision making abilities. He had 17 points in 74 games in his rookie AHL year, maintaining a +19 rating. The Duluth, Minn native is in tough making a Cup winning roster, but is likely to warrant a call-up at some point this season and could stick around if he impresses.
Aug 31 - 7:21 PM

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