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Jonathan Quick returns to Kings after disappointing World Cup tournament

Jonathan Quick is typically short and succinct with his comments, and his sentiment about his World Cup experience left no ambiguity. “Disappointing,” Quick said. “We went 0 and 3.” Quick sounded ready to put the tournament behind him and get on with his ninth season as Kings goalie. He rejoined...

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  • Canada-Russia semifinal has World Cup players eager to go

    Canada-Russia semifinal has World Cup players eager to go

    Greetings from Toronto, where most of the downtown area seems to be under construction and every corner seems to have a road detour sign. Team Canada was the first World Cup of Hockey semifinalist to practice at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday morning in advance of its match against Russia in...

  • Kings give Devin Setoguchi a chance at a fresh start

    Kings give Devin Setoguchi a chance at a fresh start

    Devin Setoguchi hit rock bottom in an airport bar in St. Louis. Hours earlier he had sworn off alcohol, which had derailed his once-promising hockey career. But then his stomach started to burn and he began coughing up blood, the result of problems brought on by his drinking. His livelihood, his...

  • They're getting in NHL shape while playing for trophies at World Cup of Hockey

    They're getting in NHL shape while playing for trophies at World Cup of Hockey

    Reaching the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey has many benefits for the NHL players who are representing their homelands (or the collective Team Europe) in the tournament’s final stages. They’re testing themselves daily, vying for a major championship in a hockey-mad city, and — perhaps best...

  • Randy Carlyle has a 'pretty seamless' return to Ducks

    Randy Carlyle has a 'pretty seamless' return to Ducks

    The first sign that Randy Carlyle was officially back as Ducks coach came when he had his players skate laps toward the end of practice. Carlyle is known for such conditioning work, even though he’s not quite up to it himself on the first day of training camp. “Sore feet,” Carlyle said of taking...

  • Canada-Russia semifinal in World Cup of Hockey is a marquee event

    Canada-Russia semifinal in World Cup of Hockey is a marquee event

    The reborn World Cup of Hockey has produced one semifinal matchup of traditional superpowers — Canada vs. Russia on Saturday — and another on Sunday pitting  Sweden against Team Europe, which didn’t exist until a few weeks ago and appeared destined for a short lifespan after two ugly exhibition...

  • Big questions heading into Kings training camp

    Big questions heading into Kings training camp

    The adage keeps ringing true for the Kings: It’s hard to reach the top, but it’s even harder to stay on top.  The Kings followed up a non-playoff season with a disconcerting first-round exit, a five-game loss to the San Jose Sharks last spring. That means no playoff series victories since their...

  • Big questions for the Anaheim Ducks heading into training camp

    Big questions for the Anaheim Ducks heading into training camp

    History will be tinged with irony as the Ducks kick off the 2016-17 season. It’s the 10th anniversary of their 2007 Stanley Cup-winning season under Coach Randy Carlyle, who returns in an attempt to guide the franchise back to that pinnacle. The coach who was fired by the Ducks in 2011 is tabbed...

  • World Cup of Hockey: Sweden beats Finland, 2-0

    World Cup of Hockey: Sweden beats Finland, 2-0

    The old Henrik Lundqvist was back in net for Sweden.  The 34-year-old Lundqvist made 36 saves to help Sweden beat Finland 2-0 in the World Cup of Hockey on Tuesday.  “We were confident with him coming in today, even after Jacob (Markstrom) played such a good game like he did (on Sunday),” Swedish...

  • Bob Miller, television voice of the Los Angeles Kings, will return with a reduced schedule

    Bob Miller, television voice of the Los Angeles Kings, will return with a reduced schedule

    Bob Miller had resisted the notion of trimming his broadcast schedule, fearing he’d lose the continuity of calling Kings games throughout the season. But the combination of quadruple-bypass surgery last Feb. 2 and the approach of his 78th birthday — on Oct. 12, the Kings’ season opener — persuaded...

  • Team Europe stuns U.S. at World Cup of Hockey

    Team Europe stuns U.S. at World Cup of Hockey

    Marian Gaborik, Leon Draisaitl and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored, Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves and Team Europe upset the United States, 3-0, on Saturday in a stunning opening game at the World Cup of Hockey.  Playing his first game since March 8 because of a groin injury, Halak was up to the...

  • The revived World Cup of Hockey could give the NHL leverage over the Olympics

    The revived World Cup of Hockey could give the NHL leverage over the Olympics

    And now, the traditional Team Europe fight song ... That’s one announcement we won’t be hearing during the World Cup of Hockey, which begins Saturday with Team Europe — an amalgam of standouts from countries that lack the depth to ice competitive squads — facing Team USA. Team Europe, led by Kings...

  • Ducks center Rickard Rakell will miss World Cup of Hockey

    Ducks center Rickard Rakell will miss World Cup of Hockey

    Ducks center Rickard Rakell is undergoing tests for a stomach virus at a Swedish hospital, a team official said. The illness will force Rakell to miss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. The Swedish team announced Monday that Patrik Berglund will replace Rakell for the tournament that begins Saturday....

  • Ducks' Corey Perry replaces Kings' Jeff Carter on Team Canada for World Cup

    Ducks' Corey Perry replaces Kings' Jeff Carter on Team Canada for World Cup

    Kings center Jeff Carter was injured this week in training and will miss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Replacing Carter on the Team Canada roster is Ducks forward Corey Perry. Perry has significant international experience, having won two gold medals for Canada in the Olympics.  Carter's injury...

  • Arizona Coyotes hire skating coach believed to be first full-time female coach in NHL

    Arizona Coyotes hire skating coach believed to be first full-time female coach in NHL

    The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history.  Braid has a long association with the NHL.  She worked part-time for the Coyotes last year and served as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs,...

  • Canada takes on Europe in World Cup of Hockey final

    Canada takes on Europe in World Cup of Hockey final

    The hopes of two hockey teams took serious hits Monday with the news that Kings and Team Europe right wing Marian Gaborik suffered an injury to his right foot and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks. The immediate impact is that the Slovakian forward will miss the best-of-three World Cup...

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

    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...

  • Ducks trade for goalie Bernier

    Ducks trade for goalie Bernier

    Jonathan Bernier swept away the past couple of seasons as smoothly as he deflects pucks when he talked about returning to Southern California. It’s a fresh outlook for Bernier, who filled a major off-season need for the Ducks as backup goalie when they acquired him Friday from the Toronto Maple...

  • Ducks acquire goalie Jonathan Bernier from Maple Leafs

    Ducks acquire goalie Jonathan Bernier from Maple Leafs

    The Ducks filled a major off-season need Friday when they acquired goalie Jonathan Bernier from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional draft pick. The draft pick is in 2017, according to Sportsnet. Bernier becomes the backup to John Gibson, who was given the No. 1 role when the Ducks traded...

  • Ducks add depth with signings of Jared Boll, Mason Raymond and Jeff Schultz

    Ducks add depth with signings of Jared Boll, Mason Raymond and Jeff Schultz

    The Ducks signed free-agent forwards Jared Boll and Mason Raymond and defenseman Jeff Schultz. Boll signed a two-year, one-way contract, meaning he would have to clear waivers to be sent to the minors. Raymond and Schultz each have one-year contracts and can be reassigned without waivers. The signings...

  • Milan Lucic, as expected, signs with Edmonton

    Milan Lucic, as expected, signs with Edmonton

    All the talk about NHL belt tightening and cost containment turned out to be just that — talk. The action started early on the opening day of NHL free agency — think Black Friday at the mall — and by the time the first hour passed, teams had spent $335 million on free agents. As expected, free...

  • Milan Lucic leaving the Kings after signing 7-year, $42-million deal with Oilers

    Milan Lucic leaving the Kings after signing 7-year, $42-million deal with Oilers

    The Milan Lucic era in Los Angeles officially came to an end on Friday as the free agent signed a seven-year deal worth $42 million with the Edmonton Oilers. Other numbers to ponder: 81 games, 20 goals and 55 points in the regular season and a first-round playoff loss this past season for the King...

  • Power forward Milan Lucic figures to be a center of attention in free agency

    Power forward Milan Lucic figures to be a center of attention in free agency

    Unlike the Kings, who got pending unrestricted free agent Anze Kopitar signed to a contract extension back in mid-January, it took the Tampa Bay Lightning until 48 hours before the NHL free-agent season opened to sign their franchise center, Steven Stamkos. Not only did Stamkos’s massive deal (eight...

  • Dustin Brown says losing Kings captaincy is a 'bitter pill to swallow'

    Dustin Brown says losing Kings captaincy is a 'bitter pill to swallow'

    He could have resorted to empty words and clichés after losing his Kings captaincy following a long tenure that included two Stanley Cup championships. Instead Dustin Brown made it clear that the decision to replace him with Anze Kopitar following the Kings’ first-round playoff loss was “a bitter...

  • 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...

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