Player News - Kings

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Jonathan Quick is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

Quick posted a 40-23-5 record, 2.22 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 2015-16. Those are impressive numbers, but he should be considered an underdog in the Vezina Trophy race. Quick was previously nominated for the award in 2012 and finished second behind Henrik Lundqvist.
Apr 28 - 10:55 AM

Alec Martinez had a groin injury during the Kings' first-round series against San Jose.

He logged just 11:43 of ice time in the series. Martinez was a key loss for the Kings against the Sharks. He should recover during the off-season.
Apr 26 - 3:32 PM

Jhonas Enroth is open to re-signing with the Kings, but would hope for a larger role if he does come back.

Enroth played in just 16 games despite posting a 2.17 GAA and .922 save percentage in 2015-16. "I really thought they were going to play me more," Enroth said. "If you sign a guy for $1.2 million, you’re not going to play him 13 games, in my opinion. You should play him 20 or 25. I thought I earned more games, obviously. I played pretty solid in the games I got, but I got a lot of breaks in between games too, so it’s tough to get a groove going." He's now an unrestricted free agent and the odds are in favor of him signing elsewhere with a team that has a less firmly entrenched number one goaltender.
Apr 25 - 6:34 AM

Milan Lucic has no interest in becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Lucic was happy with the way his first year went in Los Angeles and he made it pretty clear that he wants to remain a King. Here's what Lucic had to say about getting a contract done: "The sooner the better. To be honest, I really don't have much interest into hitting the open market or hearing what's out there, because in my mind this is where I want to be."
Apr 24 - 5:21 PM

Vincent Lecavalier still plans on retiring.

Lecavalier's retirement was mentioned when the Kings acquired from from the Flyers earlier this season. His improved play after the trade left some people wondering if he'd change his mind. On Sunday, Lecavalier confirmed that he is indeed going to call it a career. The 36-year-old scored 421 goals and 949 points in 1212 games. Lecavalier is a four-time all-star, one-time Stanley Cup champion and one-time Maurice Richard Trophy (most goals in a season) winner.
Apr 24 - 1:52 PM

Kevin Gravel was reassigned back to AHL Ontario on Saturday.

Gravel has seen just five games worth of action in the NHL, however none have come in the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 5:12 PM

The Kings lost on Friday, eliminating them from the playoffs and beginning the speculation of what does and does not lie ahead for Vincent Lecavalier.

In short, Lecavalier verbally agreed with Kings GM Dean Lombardi to retire at the end of the season in order to come to LA. Legally speaking, Lecavalier has no obligation to do so and forfeit $6M in salary split evenly over the next two seasons. Things get interesting if he doesn't retire, but let's act as though he'll keep his word. Lecavalier's final season ends with 10 goals and 18 points in 49 games split between LA and Philadelphia during the regular season. He also scored a goal and two points during the playoffs. See the link below for perspective on where he sits on Tampa Bay's all-time lists. (Hint, at or near the top of almost everything.)
Apr 23 - 2:08 AM

Kris Versteeg scored a huge goal on Friday night, but it wasn't enough to stave off elimination.

Versteeg picked up the garbage to tie the game at three in the second period. Unfortunately the Kings would go on to fall 6-3 to the Sharks, eliminating them from the playoffs. Versteeg finishes his postseason with two points in five games.
Apr 23 - 2:02 AM

Anze Kopitar's season ended Friday night, but he was on yet another point streak.

Kopitar picked up his second goal of the postseason, extending his point streak to three games. Unfortunately, his Kings fell to the Sharks 6-3 on Friday night which ended their season. He finishes the postseason with four points.
Apr 23 - 2:00 AM

Jeff Carter scored his second goal of the series on Friday night against San Jose in style.

Carter fended off a Shark, spun around, paused, and went top shelf on Martin Jones to cut the Kings' deficit to 3-2 in the third. A true goal-scorer's goal. Unfortunately the Kings would go on to lose the game 6-3, ending their season. Carter finishes with just his two goals and points in the five games.
Apr 23 - 1:58 AM

Jake Muzzin collected a pair of helpers during Game 5 against San Jose on Friday night.

The Kings however would go on to lose 6-3, ending their season. Muzzin finishes his postseason with four assists and five points in five games.
Apr 23 - 1:56 AM

Jonathan Quick got eaten up by the Sharks in Friday's Game 5 series finale.

Quick spotted the Sharks a 3-0 cushion through the first 24:05 of the game, and though his Kings would battle back to tie it heading into the third, it wasn't enough. Two softies later and it was all over. Quick turned away just 22 of 27 shots in the 6-3 defeat.
Apr 23 - 1:55 AM

Andy Andreoff, Nick Shore, and Kevin Gravel will be scratched in Friday's Game 5 against San Jose.

Less than 20 minutes of ice time has been skated between the three of them, and without an impact on the stat sheet. We wouldn't expect anything else moving forward, unfortunately.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 8:01 PM

Dwight King will ascend back up to LA's first line in Friday's Game 5 against San Jose.

King will skate to the left of Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, just has he did in Game 3's victory. Despite playing on the top line and skating in each game, King is still without a point in the series.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 7:59 PM

Jonathan Quick will be in net Game 5 against the Sharks on Friday.

Through the first four games of the series, Quick has been able to turn away 95 of 105 combined shots. Unfortunately, many of those have come from the home-plate area of the ice or while he was out of position. For the Kings to keep going, he'll have to return to his premier form.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 7:50 PM


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