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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...

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Penguins, Sharks survive to reach Stanley Cup final

    Penguins, Sharks survive to reach Stanley Cup final

    Two teams that appeared to be in disarray not so long ago have emerged from the harsh wilderness of the Stanley Cup playoffs to reach the final, and who doesn’t like a story about redemption, regrouping and bushy playoff beards? The San Jose Sharks, who have accomplished more than ever when the...

  • Kings' Jake Muzzin added to Team Canada for World Cup

    Kings' Jake Muzzin added to Team Canada for World Cup

    Final additions to rosters for the World Cup of Hockey, announced Friday by the eight participating teams, gave the Kings and the Ducks six representatives each in the tournament, which will be played Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.  Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin was a surprise addition to Team Canada,...

  • NHL Western Conference semifinal preview

    NHL Western Conference semifinal preview

    WESTERN CONFERENCE DALLAS STARS: 50-23-9, 109 pointsST LOUIS BLUES: 49-24-9, 107 points How they got here: Dallas defeated Minnesota, 4-2. St. Louis defeated Chicago, 4-3; Power play: Season — Stars 22.1% (5th); Blues 21.5% (6th). Playoffs —Stars 31.1% (9th); Blues 27.8% (4th).Penalty killing:...

  • Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is finalist for the Vezina Trophy

    Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is finalist for the Vezina Trophy

    Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop, Washington's Braden Holtby and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. The league's general managers submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated finalists Wednesday. The...

  • Milan Lucic says it again: He wants to return to the Kings

    Milan Lucic says it again: He wants to return to the Kings

    There’s some good news for Kings fans, who came to appreciate Milan Lucic’s upfront personality and hard-hitting style during the past season. The big-bodied winger, who came to the Kings from the Boston Bruins in a trade last summer, reiterated Sunday a point that he made Friday night: His choice...

  • Shaky defense was Kings' undoing in the playoffs, and fixing it could prove difficult for GM Dean Lombardi

    Shaky defense was Kings' undoing in the playoffs, and fixing it could prove difficult for GM Dean Lombardi

    The presence of defenseman Alec Martinez was a big reason why the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup. Martinez scored the overtime winner to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals and then scored the second-overtime game-winner in the Cup-clinching Game 5 of the Final against...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 6-3 loss to the Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 6-3 loss to the Sharks

    A few more takeaways before the Kings move on -- not to the second round, but to a long spring and summer of off-season issues after a first-round loss to San Jose. Inability to establish a lead Too often in the series, the Kings gave up goals early. In five games, they ended up leading for just...

  • Three keys to the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Three keys to the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Here are three keys from the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks: 1.) Another slow start: San Jose scored the first goal in the final four games of the series. The Sharks took the crowd out of this one, quickly, by scoring 68 seconds into it. 2.) Regaining momentum: The Sharks’ Patrick Marleau...

  • Nothing the Kings did was quite good enough this season

    Nothing the Kings did was quite good enough this season

    A handshake instead of another Stanley Cup championship. A season ended with a beautiful but brief tease and a first-round playoff exit. What had the makings of another epic rally against a familiar foe ended Friday with the Kings' 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks, pushing them into an off-season...

  • Kings eliminated from playoffs by San Jose Sharks in 6-3 loss

    Kings eliminated from playoffs by San Jose Sharks in 6-3 loss

    The year started off so promisingly for the Kings. They were motivated, healthy and rested after a 2014-15 season in which they uncharacteristically missed the playoffs. All of the summer's main distractions — starting with Slava Voynov's departure to Russia — were well behind them by the start...

  • With Los Angeles Kings on brink of playoff elimination, Coach Darryl Sutter criticizes officiating

    With Los Angeles Kings on brink of playoff elimination, Coach Darryl Sutter criticizes officiating

    The many personalities of Kings Coach Darryl Sutter generally surface at some point in a playoff series, and Thursday a new one popped up. It was "Send-A-Message Darryl." In addressing the larger issue of special teams play in the first-round series against the San Jose Sharks, Sutter argued tha...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    A few more takeaways before the Kings prepare for an elimination Game 5 on Friday in Los Angeles. The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one. The Kings’ best players need to step it up So far, the Sharks’ Big Three -- Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Brent Burns -- have been the...

  • Three keys to Kings' 2-1 victory over Sharks in Game 3

    Three keys to Kings' 2-1 victory over Sharks in Game 3

    The Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks, 2-1, on Tanner Pearson's overtime goal at the SAP Arena in Game 3 of their first-round playoff matchup. Here are three keys to the Kings victory: 1. Special teams: The Kings' penalty killers were busy throughout and tired by the end. San Jose, which was ranked...

  • Kings hope to find shooting accuracy after falling behind, 2-0, to Sharks

    Kings hope to find shooting accuracy after falling behind, 2-0, to Sharks

    A sign of just how seriously the Kings are taking their 2-0 deficit in their series against the San Jose Sharks: On Sunday, a day off in the series, the Kings met for 45 minutes at their practice facility and then went on the ice for a brisk 20-minute skate to shake out the cobwebs. Normally, in...

  • What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Sharks

    What we learned from the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Sharks

    A few more takeaways before the playoff series moves north, to San Jose, for Game 3 on Monday. The Kings trail, 2-0, in the best-of-seven series. Gaborik should make an impact  It all seemed there for the skilled winger, except for the finishing touch. Marian Gaborik played his first game since...

  • Sharks again outplay Kings, who vow to push back while facing 2-0 series deficit

    Sharks again outplay Kings, who vow to push back while facing 2-0 series deficit

    Sharks goaltender Martin Jones had finished a long round of interviews and was headed back to his stall in the visitors' locker room after San Jose's 2-1 playoff victory over the Kings on Saturday at Staples Center when he found one last person waiting for him, someone he couldn't ignore. Chris...

  • Three keys to the Kings' 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Three keys to the Kings' 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks

    Taking a look at three keys to the Kings' 2-1 loss to the Sharks in Game 2 on Saturday: 1. After saying they took too many penalties in Game 1 and couldn’t repeat that, the Kings took too many penalties and paid for it. Milan Lucic was penalized for charging and Tyler Toffoli for roughing at 8:14...

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