Player News - Kings

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Adrian Kempe is adjusting well to North American hockey while helping the AHL Manchester Monarchs in the playoffs.

Manchester has advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. Kempe has two goals and three points in eight playoff games after recording 17 points in 50 contests with MODO of the Swedish league. "I think he's not understating the adjustment – a kid like that, coming over at this stage of the year when you're really getting into the grind of it," Kings director of player personnel Michael Futa said. "He's being tested. People have gone after him, but he just keeps working. There are the nights where he sat out, but he hasn't complained. He just keeps working."
May 20 - 11:05 AM

Marian Gaborik scored his third goal for Team Slovakia during their 3-2 overtime loss to Team Russia on Sunday.

Gaborik now has three goals and four points along with six PIMs and 23 shots on goal while averaging 13:04 through six games.
May 10 - 6:45 PM

Trevor Lewis collected an assist on all three of Team USA's goals in their 3-1 win over Slovenia on Sunday at the World Hockey Championship.

Lewis, who is enjoying playing along with the NY Islanders' Brock Nelson and expected second overall pick in June's Entry Draft Jack Eichel, now ranks second on the team in points with seven. His five assists however, do lead the Americans through six games.
May 10 - 6:14 PM

A California judge has ruled that the police and two hospital workers can testify against Slava Voynov.

Voynov has been charged with domestic violence and has been suspended from the NHL since October 19, a span of 76 games. It is the longest suspension in NHL history. While Voynov's wife is refusing to testify against her husband, what she said to the police and the two workers will be allowed in court. The trial should start in July.
May 9 - 6:56 AM

Slava Voynov's wife, Marta Varlamova, is refusing to testify against her husband.

Voynov is facing domestic violence charges and if Varlamova doesn't testify, she could be found in contempt. To avoid that, she's agreed to accept domestic violence counseling to determine if she'll change her mind. Voynov hasn't played since Oct. 19 as he's been suspended indefinitely because of this incident.
May 5 - 9:30 AM

Michael Mersch has carried his scoring ways over to the Calder Cup playoffs for the Manchester Monarchs, as he sits atop the scoring table with six through five games.

Mersch has had a quality rookie season as a professional, scoring 22 goals and 45 points in 76 games. The former 110th overall draft pick by the LA Kings in 2011 has four goals to go along with two helpers thus far for Manchester. He now has four goals and seven points in nine career Calder Cup games.
May 2 - 8:30 PM

Through four games for the Manchester Monarchs, LA Kings prospect Jordan Weal sits tied atop the Calder Cup scoring with six points.

Weal maintains his status as an intriguing prospect through his third Calder Cup playoffs. Through 12 career playoff games he has just four goals (all this time around) and 11 points. Weal has also scored 58 goals and 136 points for Manchester over the last three seasons. Now 23 years old, keep the young center in mind when he finally makes the jump to the NHL.
May 2 - 8:24 PM

Trevor Lewis helped lift Team USA past Team Norway 2-1 during the preliminary rounds on Saturday with a goal and an assist.

Lewis, who is seeing just his second career bout of international play, saw 16:54 of ice time to go along with his team-leading (tied with Nick Bonino) four shots on goal. Lewis has now tied his previous highs of a goal and an assist in seven games during the World Junior Championships as a 20 year old in 2006-07.
May 2 - 7:28 PM

The Los Angeles Kings haven't started to discussion a contract extension with Anze Kopitar yet.

Kopitar still has a year left on his contract, so there's no urgency to get something done, but both sides will probably want to avoid letting the situation drag into the 2015-16 campaign if it can be helped. Kopitar had 16 goals and 64 points in 79 contests and is also a finalist for the Selke Trophy. He currently comes with a $6.8 million annual cap hit.
Apr 29 - 5:30 AM

The Los Angeles Kings and Andrej Sekera have engaged in preliminary contract talks.

Sekera is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and there's mutual interest about finding a common ground for an extension. That being said, the Kings already have $64.15 million tied to 17 players for the 2015-16 campaign, so cap considerations might stand in the way of a new contract. Sekera had three goals and 23 points in 73 contests between Carolina and Los Angeles last season.
Apr 29 - 5:27 AM

Drew Doughty has been announced as a finalist for the Norris Trophy.

He averaged 28:59 of ice time per game in 2014-15, while posting seven goals and 46 points in 82 games. Doughty posted 219 shots and he led the NHL with a SAT of 410. He was a finalist for the award in 2009-10, but that was the year Duncan Keith won his first Norris Trophy. P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson are the other finalists for this season.
Apr 27 - 6:56 PM

Anze Kopitar has been selected as a finalist for the Selke Trophy.

Kopitar has also been nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. He had a good season from an analytics perspective, but he also had a minus-two rating. His faceoff percentage of 52.6 is good, but pales in comparison to what fellow nominees Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews accomplished on the draw. Kopitar had a great season defensively, but he probably won't win the Selke.
Apr 22 - 7:22 PM

Anze Kopitar is one of the three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The award honors a combination of sportsmanship and great play, which typically translates to a lot of points and few penalty minutes. Kopitar had 16 goals and 64 points while recording just 10 penalty minutes. He's up against Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler for the award.
Apr 21 - 7:18 PM

Jarret Stoll has been released from jail on a $5,000 bond.

Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for a felony drug charge. More specifically, he's being accused of having possessed cocaine. He's expected to appear in court in a matter of weeks, although the exact date isn't known yet. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Apr 20 - 9:38 AM

The LA Kings have sent Nick Shore back to the AHL to join the Manchester Monarchs.

Shore was only able to put up seven points during the first 34 games of his NHL career with the Kings. However he's posted 34 goals and 80 points over 117 games with the Monarchs the last two regular season, including a career best of 20 goals and 42 points in just 38 games.
Apr 19 - 7:16 PM

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