Player News - Kings

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Justin Auger scored the game winner as the Ontario Reign defeated the San Diego Gulls 2-1 to win their best-of-seven quarter-final series 4-1.

Auger was a fourth round pick of the Kings in 2013 and had 19 goals and 36 points in the regular season and scored the winning goal on his 22nd birthday. He has come on a bit more in the playoffs with three goals and five points in nine games. The behemoth is 6'7" and 229 pounds so the Kings have to like the potential of Auger to play as a bottom six forward in the NHL.
Source: LAKings.com
May 15 - 6:35 AM

Alex Martinez (shoulder surgery) should be ready to "participating in everything" according to coach Darryl Sutter.

Martinez had been bothered most of the season with a shoulder problem and this should allow him to easily be ready for the start of training camp which begins on September 22. Martinez had 10 goals and 31 points in 78 games this season, by far his best offensively in his NHL career. He played in only one playoff game as he missed the remainder of the San Jose series with a groin injury. Look for Martinez to get 30-35 points next season so draft him in deeper pools in the late rounds.
Source: LAKings.com
May 14 - 6:10 AM

Darryl Sutter has officially agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

Los Angeles didn't reveal any of the terms of Sutter's deal, but it's reportedly worth more than $3 million annually and it's a two-year deal with an optional third season. This signing was already previously reported, but now it's official. Under Sutter's leadership, the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. However, their last two seasons have ended on a sour note. In the regular season, the Kings have gone 186-112-45 under Sutter.
May 13 - 12:15 PM

Darryl Sutter's new contract with the Los Angeles Kings is reportedly worth more than $3 million annually.

Sutter's contract will run for two seasons with an option for a third. The deal hasn't been formally announced yet, but a Kings spokesman said that Sutter's re-signing will be officially announced on Friday.
May 13 - 10:38 AM

Dustin Brown had a minor procedure done on his wrist after the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs.

The Kings don't expect the surgery to affect his off-season training. He's expected to be fine for the start of training camp. The 31-year-old had 11 goals and 28 points in 82 games. Those are disappointing numbers for a player who has a $5.875 million cap hit.
May 12 - 9:37 PM

Alec Martinez underwent shoulder surgery during the off-season.

Martinez suffered a groin injury during the postseason, but this procedure was done to correct a problem with his shoulder. According to beat reporter Jon Rosen, the shoulder injury bothered Martinez for most of the season. It seems like he'll be able to fully recover before the start of training camp.
May 12 - 9:33 PM

Kings coach Darryl Sutter has reportedly agreed to a contract extension.

That's not official yet, but Lisa Dillman went on to say that an announcement is expected as early as Friday, so we might not have to wait much longer. The Kings revealed less than a week ago that they had presented Sutter with a multi-year contract. The last two seasons have been largely disappointing for Los Angeles, but Sutter led them to championships in 2012 and 2014. He has a career 595-432-101-75 record.
May 12 - 5:12 PM

GM Dean Lombardi stated that the Los Angeles Kings are expecting more from Dustin Brown next season.

No kidding. The forward will make $7 million next season with a $5.875 million cap hit and has had seasons of 28, 27 and 27 points in his last three seasons. While he does bring leadership and other intangibles to the lineup, 82 points in 243 games is not worth the money and is absolutely valueless in fantasy hockey.
Source: LAKings.com
May 8 - 7:53 AM

Darryl Sutter said that he is "still undecided" about coaching the Kings next season, according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman talked to Sutter via text message. He said that he wants to see what the Kings look like after free agency, the cap and prospects. That his family has enjoyed Los Angeles "has weight," but "a big factor" is the chance to win a Stanley Cup. He has gone 186-112-45 as the bench boss in L.A., winning two Cups.
May 7 - 11:34 PM

The Los Angeles Kings and Milan Lucic are continuing to talk about a new long-term contract.

Lucic is eligible to become a UFA on July 1 but has no real interest in free agency and would like to come back as he enjoyed his first season with the Kings. The talented power forward is coming off a three-year/$18 million contract and with a 20 goal and 55 point campaign this past season, his contract should be in the neighborhood.
May 7 - 7:42 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have offered a new multi-year contract to coach Darryl Sutter.

The Kings have won two Stanley Cups under the direction of Sutter and while money does not seem to be the stumbling block, the direction of the team may be. The Kings were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs this season after missing the post-season last year but still two Cups in five seasons is not something to sneeze at.
May 7 - 7:38 AM

Anze Kopitar has been nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The trophy is awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." This is the second time in his career that Kopitar has been nominated for the trophy, and he was also nominated for the Selke Trophy this season. Should Kopitar win, he'll join Wayne Gretzky (1994, '92, '91), Butch Goring ('78), and Marcel Dionne ('77).
Source: NHL.com
Apr 30 - 5:17 PM

Drew Doughty has been nominated for the Norris Trophy for the third time in his career, and for the second consecutive season.

The trophy is awarded to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability at the position. Doughty registered 14 goals and 51 points while skating an average of 28:01 per night (third most in the League), with 125 hits and 105 blocks across all 82 games this season. The Kings were a plus-537 in shot attempts with Doughty on the ice as well at full 5-on-5. Should Doughty take home the trophy, it'll be just the second time in Kings history (Rob Blake, 1997-98).
Apr 29 - 8:30 PM

Paul LaDue has inked a one-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

LaDue had five goals and 19 points in 41 contests with the University of North Dakota in 2015-16. He's a two-way defender that has the potential to be a valuable member of the Kings someday, but he'll likely start in the AHL.
Apr 29 - 4:33 PM

Anze Kopitar is a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

The award goes to the league's best defensive forward. This is the third year in a row that Kopitar has been nominated, but he finished second in the voting in 2014 and 2015.
Apr 29 - 10:37 AM


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