Player News - Kings

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Mike Richards has been charged for possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada, according to RCMP Manitoba's Twitter account.

He will appear in court on September 10th. Richards had his contract terminated by Los Angeles because of "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract" before the start of free agency. The NHLPA has filed a grievance on Richards' behalf, but a hearing date hasn't been set yet.
Aug 27 - 10:29 AM

The Los Angeles Kings' upcoming salary cap challenge leaves re-signing Milan Lucic as a lower priority.

Most obviously, Anze Kopitar is also entering the final season of his current contract. This situation could be gold for fantasy owners, as Lucic is motivated and also happens to generate an unusual mix of grit stats and goals. Perhaps he'll even shoot more often in 2015-16?
Aug 23 - 4:34 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

Injuries limited the German defenseman to just 49 games played in 2014-15, his only season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That hurt his value, but he could be an interesting deeper option on the Kings.
Aug 23 - 1:46 PM

Jordan Weal is hoping to crack the Kings opening day roster and get a chance for a full-time role in the 2015-2016 season.

Weal has yet to play at the NHL level but has been quite the productive player in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs. Last season, he registered 23 goals and 70 points with a plus 28 rating in 76 games played after totaling 33 points in 63 games in the 2012-2013 season, showing signs of growth at just 23-years-old. With the Kings now very thin at the center position, Weal should be given a chance to center either the third or fourth line. If he wins the battle for third line center, he could have some sneaky fantasy value.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 3:30 PM

Christian Ehrhoff remains an unrestricted free agent.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that nothing is imminent, but Ehrhoff is listening to offers from other NHL clubs. He doesn't intend to play in Europe or the KHL at this time.
Aug 14 - 11:15 AM

Joel Lowry signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on Monday.

He underwent back surgery just 11 games into his fourth season with Cornell University in 2014-15 and he isn't expected to participate in training camp. "I don't think he'll be ready, he's still a ways away. He has to get healthy first," Director of Player Development Nelson Emerson said. "That was the big question of why it took so long to sign him, because we wanted to make sure that he was going to be OK." Lowry, who is the son of former NHL player Dave Lowry and the older brother of Winnipeg's Adam Lowry, is slated to play in the AHL with the Ontario Reign this year when he recovers.
Aug 11 - 10:49 AM

The NHLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of Mike Richards.

The Players' Association is contesting the termination of his contract by the Los Angeles Kings. They have requested an expedited hearing for Richards. The Kings terminated his deal because of "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract" just prior to the start of free agency.
Aug 10 - 12:18 PM

Los Angeles' Dean Lombardi has been tabbed as the GM for the United States for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Philadelphia's Paul Holmgren will serve as the assistant GM, while Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke will work as Senior Advisor. USA Hockey Assistant Executive Director Jim Johannson will be the Director of Hockey Operations. The tournament will take place in Toronto between September 17 and October 1.
Aug 6 - 6:54 PM

It's still not clear how Mike Richards' situation with the Los Angeles Kings will play out, but we should know much more by the end of August.

That's because the NHLPA has an Aug. 29 deadline if they want to file grievances over the Kings' decision to terminate Richards' contract for a "material breach." It also remains to be seen if Richards will face charges for an alleged US-Canadian border incident involving the prescription drug oxycodone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has confirmed that there is an active investigation, but if there are any charges laid at all, they might not be made before the NHLPA's deadline.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 31 - 1:35 PM

Slava Voynov has been serving his 90-day jail sentence at the Seal Beach Police Detention Center.

Voynov is paying $100 a day to stay at what was once described as a "luxury" jail. It has advertised in the past amenities like flat screen TVs. He began serving his sentence on July 7 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.
Jul 30 - 10:07 AM

Sean Backman has signed a one-year contract with the AHL Ontario Reign.

Ontario is affiliated primarily with the Los Angeles Kings. Backman had 19 goals and 44 points in 76 contests with the AHL Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 3:35 PM

It appears that all's quiet on the Christian Ehrhoff front when it comes to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina has been cited as a potential destination for Ehrhoff, but only if the Hurricanes can fit him in under the cap. With that in mind, it's possible that Ehrhoff is waiting to see if a better offer presents itself. Carolina might similarly be waiting to find out if he'll lower his demands.
Jul 24 - 4:51 PM

The Blue Jackets have had discussions with free agent Christian Ehrhoff, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

However, the Blue Jackets will wait until his price comes down, which is very possible as he lingers on the market. Columbus has $3.7 million in cap space, according to generalfanager.com. Ehrhoff made $4 million last season with the Penguins, where he had 14 points in 49 games.
Jul 19 - 7:42 PM

With all of the Kings' restricted free agents re-signed, they're expected to shift their focus to negotiating a contract extension with Anze Kopitar.

Kopitar has one season left on his seven-year, $47.6 million contract. He's been one of the most consistent players in the league, recording over 60 points in every season since his debut in 2006-07, with the exception of the lockout shortened 2013 campaign. He's also received two Selke Trophy nominations, which highlights the high-end two-way aspect of his game.
Jul 17 - 6:35 PM

Andrew Crescenzi has inked a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Crescenzi recorded 15 points and 60 penalty minutes in 54 AHL contests in 2014-15. He's not expected to have any fantasy value next season.
Jul 16 - 10:09 PM


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