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Kings Name Assistant John Stevens New Head Coach

Apr 23, 2017 1:14 PM

The Kings named assistant John Stevens their new head coach on Sunday.

New GM Rob Blake announced the decision. Blake never expanded his search past Stevens, a source confirmed to ESPN, focusing his discussions only with Stevens in determining whether there was a fit.

"John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," Blake said in a statement. "I am confident that we are both in agreement on how that can be executed. With that said, we believe John has the ideal qualities to lead our hockey club. His wide array of coaching experience, including success as an NHL head coach and his inherent knowledge of our players and those in our development system, is very appealing to us. We are confident he is the best person to lead our hockey club forward."


Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Misc Rumor, Signing

Kings Focus On John Stevens As Next Coach

Apr 14, 2017 2:12 AM

The Kings' coaching search for now includes just one man: associate coach John Stevens.

New general manager Rob Blake wants to discuss things with the former Flyers coach and see if he's a fit, a Kings spokesman has told the Southern California News Group.


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Kings Fire GM Dean Lombardi, Coach Darryl Sutter

Apr 11, 2017 1:21 AM

The Los Angeles Kings announced sweeping changes to their front office Monday, firing longtime general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter in the process.

Assistant general manager Rob Blake was promoted to GM while longtime Kings business executive Luc Robitaille was named team president.


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Kings, Canucks Will Play In China Next Fall

Mar 24, 2017 5:55 PM

The NHL and the NHL Players' Association will announce next week that the league will travel to China for two preseason games between the Kings and Canucks next fall.

Officials from the league and players' association including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will formally announce the games, first reported by ESPN in early February, at the LeSports Center in Beijing on Thursday.

It's expected the teams will play two games in mid- to late September before the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. One game would be held in Beijing, the site of the 2022 Olympics, with the other likely in Shanghai.


Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor

Lightning Trade Bishop To Kings For Budaj, Cernak

Feb 27, 2017 12:52 AM

The Lightning have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2017 from the Kings in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round selection in 2017, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Budaj has played in 53 games with the Kings this season, posting a 27-20-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with seven shutouts. Budaj, 34, has appeared in 350 NHL games with Los Angeles, the Canadiens and Avalanche, with a 152-127-39 record with 18 shutouts.

Cernak has skated in 41 games with the OHL's Erie Otters this season, registering three goals and 17 points. The 19-year-old defenseman has played in 82 career OHL games with Erie, recording seven goals and 32 points.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Kings Send Tom Gilbert To Capitals For Draft Pick

Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Washington in exchange for defenseman Tom Gilbert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Gilbert, 34, appeared in 18 games this season with the Kings, recording five points and six penalty minutes. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent, July 1, 2016.

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Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Draft, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

NHL Names Aho, Granlund, Budaj 'Three Stars' For The Week

Feb 6, 2017 2:40 PM

Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho, Wild center Mikael Granlund and Kings goaltender Peter Budaj have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 5.

FIRST STAR – SEBASTIAN AHO, RW, HURRICANES Aho tied for the League lead with four goals (4-1—5) including two game-winning tallies as the Hurricanes (24-20-7, 55 points) won all three of their games. 

SECOND STAR – MIKAEL GRANLUND, C, WILD Granlund finished the week tied for first in points with 3-3—6 as the Western Conference-leading Wild (34-12-5, 73 points) won two of three contests. 

THIRD STAR – PETER BUDAJ, G, KINGS Budaj went 3-1-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts as the Kings, who hold the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, improved to 27-22-4 (58 points). 

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Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

NHL Eyeing Games In Sweden, China

Feb 3, 2017 6:41 PM

While the NHL's participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea remains very much in doubt, the league and its players are close to finalizing two international events next season -- one in Sweden and one in China.

The NHL is awaiting word from the NHLPA on whether they will approve two regular-season games between the Avalanche and the Senators, in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 10-11, as well as two preseason games between the Kings and the Canucks, in China, a source familiar with the discussions told ESPN.


Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor

Kings Place Matt Greene On IR

Jan 31, 2017 1:32 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Matt Greene on injured reserve.

Greene has been dealing with an accumulation of injuries for much of the season, including back problems and a strained groin, according to coach Darryl Sutter. The Kings didn't cite a specific injury.


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Kings Acquire Cam Schilling From Hawks

Jan 22, 2017 12:33 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Cam Schilling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Michael Latta, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Schilling is expected to be assigned to Ontario (AHL). Schilling, 28, has appeared in 40 games with Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, recording 17 points (7-10=17) and 18 penalty minutes. At the time of the trade, Schilling led IceHogs defensemen in goals and ranked second among defensemen in points and assists. 

Latta, 25, appeared in 29 games this season with Ontario (AHL), recording six points (2-4=6), a plus-4 rating and 67 penalty minutes. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent, July 1, 2016.

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NHL Names Jagr, Carter, Talbot 'Three Stars'
Jaromir Jagr led the League with five assists in three games to move into second place in all-time NHL scoring and power the Panthers to three out of a possible six standings points.


NHL Announces New 'John Scott Rule' For All-Star Voting
The NHL will disqualify players from being named All-Star captains if they are injured or sent to the AHL.


Kings Place Jeff Zatkoff On IR With Groin Injury
Jeff Zatkoff had just stepped into the starting role after Jonathan Quick was injured.


Jonathan Quick Expected To Miss Three Months
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has had a nonsurgical procedure to improve a groin injury.


Kings Place Goalie Jonathan Quick On IR
The Kings have described Jonathan Quick's absence from the line-up as "week-to-week."


Kings Place Marian Gaborik On IR With Broken Foot
Marian Gaborik will be out of the Kings' lineup until late November.


Marian Gaborik Out Eight Weeks With Foot Injury
Marian Gaborik will miss the World Cup Finals and the first part of the NHL season.


Team USA Names Jonathan Quick Starting Goaltender
Jonathan Quick led Team USA to a 3-2 win over Team Finland in the preseason finale on Tuesday night.


Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sells For $465K
A Wayne Gretzky rookie card sold for a hockey card record of $465,000 on Thursday night in Atlantic City.


Kings Agree To Terms With Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell appeared in 76 regular season games with the Panthers and Oilers last season.

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Milan Lucic Signs Seven-Year Deal With Oilers
Milan Lucic scored 20 goals in 81 games with the Kings last season.


Vincent Lecavalier Retires After 17 NHL Seasons
Vincent Lecavalier officially announced his retirement on Tuesday.


Kings, Darryl Sutter Agree To New Multiyear Deal
Darryl Sutter's deal is for two years, with an option for a third year, at more than $3M per season.


Kings Present Offer To Darryl Sutter For Next Season
GM Dean Lombardi says the Kings' deal is "very fair" to coach Darryl Sutter.


Bishop, Holtby, Quick Are Vezina Trophy Finalists
The NHL's top goalie will be announced June 22 during the NHL awards in Las Vegas.


Lecavalier Plans To Retire After 17-Year NHL Career
Vincent Lecavalier excelled as the Kings' third-line center, fitting in well with the team's defense-first mindset.


NHL Names Crosby, Quick, Monahan 'Three Stars'
Sidney Crosby helped the Penguins extend their winning streak to six games and move into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

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Kings Acquire Kris Versteeg From Hurricanes
The Hurricanes receive Valentin Zykov and a conditional 2016 fifth-round draft pick.

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Kings Trade Ehrhoff To Blackhawks For Scuderi
Rob Scuderi has played in 17 games with the Blackhawks this season, going scoreless.

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Kings Place Christian Ehrhoff On Waivers
Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed a one-year deal with the Kings last summer.