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Kings sign three of their restricted free agents to two-year contracts

The Kings on Monday signed a trio of their restricted free agents: goaltender Jack Campbell, defenseman Derek Forbort and center Nic Dowd. All three players reached two-year contract agreements with the Kings. Forbort and Dowd spent most of last season with the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate...

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  • Kings put veteran Matt Greene on buyout waivers

    Kings put veteran Matt Greene on buyout waivers

    The Kings positioned themselves to clear more salary cap space in anticipation of the upcoming free-agency period by putting veteran defenseman Matt Greene on buyout waivers Thursday. NHL free agency opens Friday, and the Kings were among several teams to use the buyout waiver mechanism. The move...

  • Former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon gets call from Hockey Hall of Fame

    Former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon gets call from Hockey Hall of Fame

    If only Rogie Vachon’s election to the Hockey Hall of Fame had happened a year or two ago, when he and wife Nicole could have enjoyed the good news together. Cruelly, she couldn’t share his joy Monday when the former Kings goaltender got the news that he had told himself would never come. For Vachon,...

  • Optimism is the order of the day at NHL draft

    Optimism is the order of the day at NHL draft

    Other than the Chicago Cubs’ past 100 opening days, few events trigger more optimism than the NHL entry draft. By the time more than 200 players’ names have been called, they’ve been scrutinized by scouts in rinks from Southern California to Siberia and have undergone tests of their physical and...

  • Kings, Ducks each claim four as draft ends; Kings trade for goalie Campbell

    Kings, Ducks each claim four as draft ends; Kings trade for goalie Campbell

    The NHL draft concluded Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y., with the second through seventh rounds, with the Ducks and Kings each choosing four players. In addition, the Kings acquired goaltending depth by getting restricted free agent Jack Campbell from Dallas for minor-league defenseman Nick Ebert, and...

  • Auston Matthews is first of 12 Americans chosen in NHL first round

    Auston Matthews is first of 12 Americans chosen in NHL first round

    The Ducks reached back to their identity as a bruising team when they chose left wing Max Jones Friday as the 24th pick in the NHL draft. But the physicality they prize has its downside: Jones was suspended 12 games last season for a blindside hit he delivered while playing for London of the Ontario...

  • Ducks take Max Jones with 24th pick in NHL entry draft

    Ducks take Max Jones with 24th pick in NHL entry draft

    The Ducks chose left wing Max Jones from the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League with the 24th pick in the NHL draft Friday, the first of two selections they held in the first round. They also have the 30th pick in the draft, which began Friday at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center and will...

  • NHL draft live updates: Auston Matthews chosen No. 1

    NHL draft live updates: Auston Matthews chosen No. 1

    Auston Matthews, who was born and raised in Scottsdale, Ariz., and refined his game by playing against much older competitors in Switzerland last season, on Friday was chosen first overall in the NHL entry draft. He now becomes the hope of the long-downtrodden Toronto Maple Leafs, who next year...

  • Arizona teen Auston Mathews is expected to be the first pick in NHL draft

    Arizona teen Auston Mathews is expected to be the first pick in NHL draft

    A few days after the NHL expanded to the non-traditional hockey city of Las Vegas, a player from the non-traditional hockey city of Scottsdale, Ariz., is expected to be chosen No. 1 in the league’s annual entry draft. Creative and powerful center Auston Matthews, whose career was inspired by the...

  • On a day Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar win major awards, biggest news for Kings is Milan Lucic's likely departure

    On a day Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar win major awards, biggest news for Kings is Milan Lucic's likely departure

    The Kings’ likely loss of left wing Milan Lucic to free agency overshadowed their triumphs Wednesday at the NHL awards show, where Drew Doughty won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and center Anze Kopitar won the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward and the Lady Byng for sportsmanship...

  • Jackpot! Las Vegas is awarded an NHL expansion team

    Jackpot! Las Vegas is awarded an NHL expansion team

    Coming soon to the NHL: The Las Vegas Holy Rollers. Or Aces. Maybe the Royal Flushes? The NHL on Wednesday became the first major professional sports league to succumb to the temptations of Las Vegas, with Commissioner Gary Bettman announcing the league’s Board of Governors had unanimously approved...

  • NHL approves Las Vegas expansion for 2017-18

    NHL approves Las Vegas expansion for 2017-18

    The NHL will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season, becoming the first major league to place a franchise in the city.  The team is expected to be called the Black Knights, will be placed in the Pacific Division and will be the NHL’s 31st team. The expansion application was approved Wednesday...

  • Kings and Ducks schedules released

    Kings and Ducks schedules released

    The Kings will open their 50th anniversary season on Oct. 12 at San Jose, make their Staples Center debut Oct. 14, and will take a season-long nine-game trip in December, according to the 2016-17 schedule released Tuesday by the NHL. The Ducks will open on the road for the seventh straight season,...

  • Anaheim Ducks trade goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for draft picks

    Anaheim Ducks trade goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for draft picks

    The Ducks officially transitioned into the John Gibson era Monday when they traded goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for draft picks: a first-rounder, the 30th pick, in this weekend’s draft and a second-rounder in 2017. The Ducks have two first-round picks, including the 24th,...

  • Ducks sign Sami Vatanen to four-year, $19.5-million deal

    Ducks sign Sami Vatanen to four-year, $19.5-million deal

    The Ducks on Saturday announced they had signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a four-year contract worth $19.5 million, a reasonable price for the 25-year-old Finn after he hit career-best marks in assists (29) and points (38) last season. Vatanen had been eligible to become a restricted free agent...

  • Ducks name Randy Carlyle as their coach once again

    Ducks name Randy Carlyle as their coach once again

    The Ducks officially named Randy Carlyle as their coach Tuesday in a move that both parties hope will rekindle past success from Carlyle’s first stint with Anaheim. The length of the contract was not immediately known. A press conference is scheduled after it was leaked late Monday by multiple...

  • Ducks expected to name Randy Carlyle as head coach

    Ducks expected to name Randy Carlyle as head coach

    It’s been nearly a decade since Randy Carlyle guided the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup title, apparently long enough for them to tap back into that glorious past. Carlyle is expected to be named Ducks coach again. An announcement could be made Tuesday, barring issues negotiating a contract, if...

  • Midseason changes sparked run that carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship

    Midseason changes sparked run that carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship

    The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup triumph is good news for teams  built around speed and youth but it might be bad news for coaches who have been entrenched in one place for a while. When things were looking dim for the Penguins around mid-season, General Manager Jim Rutherford changed coaches...

  • Penguins win Stanley Cup Final with 3-1 win over Sharks

    Penguins win Stanley Cup Final with 3-1 win over Sharks

    At 21, Sidney Crosby believed anything was possible for him and the Pittsburgh Penguins, that he would have a chance to end every NHL season by lifting the Stanley Cup in sweaty, joyful triumph, as he did in 2009. Hockey and life took him on unexpected detours. He lost time to concussions that...

  • Sharks hope they don't tank in Game 6 against the Penguins

    Sharks hope they don't tank in Game 6 against the Penguins

    With every step forward the San Jose Sharks have taken during the playoffs, with each extraordinary performance by a member of their surprisingly resilient cast, they’ve chipped away at their reputation of being the biggest postseason underachievers in recent NHL history. The Sharks might shatter...

  • Gordie Howe tributes continue; funeral to be Wednesday in Detroit

    Gordie Howe tributes continue; funeral to be Wednesday in Detroit

    Prominent citizens of the hockey world on Saturday continued to pay tribute to “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, who died Friday at 88. “When you think of hockey, that’s who you think of,” Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby said Saturday after his team practiced in advance of Game 6 of the Stanley...

  • Hockey world pays homage to Gordie Howe

    Hockey world pays homage to Gordie Howe

    The bond between Red Kelly and Gordie Howe goes well beyond winning the Stanley Cup four times as teammates with the Detroit Red Wings. Kelly brought it up in the first few minutes of a conversation about his former roommate and teammate, the legendary Howe, who died Friday at 88. “He was the reason...

  • Gordie Howe was larger than hockey

    Gordie Howe was larger than hockey

    It’s comforting to think a spectacular game of celestial shinny has just begun, now that Gordie Howe has joined Rocket Richard and Jean Beliveau on a perfect sheet of ice where they can swap stories and elbows and can skate forever on again-youthful legs. Howe’s death Friday at 88 was not a shock...

  • 'Mr. Hockey' Gordie Howe, 'the best of all time,' dies at 88

    'Mr. Hockey' Gordie Howe, 'the best of all time,' dies at 88

    Gordie Howe was 44 and had recently retired from the NHL when he was invited to a Kiwanis Great Men of Sports dinner in the Canadian town of Brantford, Canada. One guest of honor was only 11 years old but was already being touted as a future hockey superstar. Howe, always personable and patient...

  • Sharks avoid elimination with 4-2 victory over Penguins

    Sharks avoid elimination with 4-2 victory over Penguins

    Goaltender Martin Jones has always preferred to be a man of few words and many saves, and keeping the San Jose Sharks’ season alive by making 44 stops Thursday in a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t change that. A crazy, high-scoring first period followed by barrages of 17 shots in...

  • Penguins need to capitalize on their speed to regain Stanley Cup Final momentum

    Penguins need to capitalize on their speed to regain Stanley Cup Final momentum

    No defeat has to be a total loss unless the team that fell short doesn’t learn from what went wrong. The Pittsburgh Penguins, stung by a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, said Sunday they had much to gain by dissecting the defeat that trimmed their lead...

  • Sharks take the Penguins to overtime for 3-2 win in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

    Sharks take the Penguins to overtime for 3-2 win in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

    Finnish forward Joonas Donskoi is a rookie, so he can’t be blamed for any of the San Jose Sharks’ playoff shortcomings in recent years.  Maybe it’s because he bears none of the burden of those failures that he has been able to lead the Sharks to their greatest postseason success in their 25-year...

  • California Dreamin': Sharks end long wait as Stanley Cup Final returns to the Golden State

    California Dreamin': Sharks end long wait as Stanley Cup Final returns to the Golden State

    The San Jose Sharks completed a hat trick of sorts when they won the Western Conference championship and became the last of the NHL’s three California-based teams to earn the right to play for the Stanley Cup. This year’s Cup Final, which resumes Saturday night when the Sharks, facing a 2-0 deficit, play...

  • Sharks winger Tomas Hertl to miss Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

    Sharks winger Tomas Hertl to miss Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

    After losing the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, the San Jose Sharks didn’t need any more bad news Saturday as they prepared for Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center. They got more bad news, anyway, with the announcement from Coach Peter DeBoer that first-line left wing...

  • Defensemen are key figures for Penguins and Sharks

    Defensemen are key figures for Penguins and Sharks

    Maybe the NHL should establish a separate category and award to distinguish traditional, stay-back-and-defend defenseman from their more adventurous peers, the ones who jump so far up into the play that they sometimes lead it. For now, all defensemen are judged together, an impossible task. If...

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