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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Anze Kopitar replaces Dustin Brown as Kings' captain

    Anze Kopitar replaces Dustin Brown as Kings' captain

    Center Anze Kopitar replaced right wing Dustin Brown as captain of the Kings on Thursday, an acknowledgement of Brown’s diminished role on a team that has stumbled the past two seasons after winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. Kopitar will be the 14th captain in the club’s history. Brown...

  • The Sharks and Penguins can thank former Southern California players for getting them to the Stanley Cup final

    The Sharks and Penguins can thank former Southern California players for getting them to the Stanley Cup final

    The Kings and the Ducks exited the playoffs in the first round this spring, but several of their recent alumni have played key roles in getting the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks to the Stanley Cup final, which starts Monday at Consol Energy Center. The Kings’ main contribution to...

  • Stanley Cup preview: How the Penguins and Sharks match up

    Stanley Cup preview: How the Penguins and Sharks match up

    PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 48-26-8, 104 points SAN JOSE SHARKS 46-30-6, 98 points. How they got here: The Penguins defeated the New York Rangers in five games, the Washington Capitals in six, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven. The Sharks defeated the Kings in five games, the Nashville Predators in...

  • 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,...

  • Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    There were smiles and polite words about group leadership, and the coach said the captain had been asked to relinquish his position to a teammate and, as “a gentleman,” he had agreed to do so. Was this all about Kings captain Dustin Brown stepping aside for his friend and teammate, $80-million...

  • L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    L.A. sports teams' Class of 2015-16 gets a failing grade

    Spring is waning, summer is coming, nine grueling months in a classroom are ending, and the annual questions have arrived. So, how was your school year? Pass some big tests? Take some cool field trips? Make some new friends? Learn anything? See the most-read stories in Sports this hour>> For Los...

  • Darryl Sutter on signing a three-year extension with the Kings: 'It was a clear and easy decision'

    Darryl Sutter on signing a three-year extension with the Kings: 'It was a clear and easy decision'

    Darryl Sutter’s contract extension was made official on Friday, and the Kings coach doesn’t see his career wrapping up any time soon. In other words, this won’t be his last rodeo. “I have lots of coaching left. I don’t look at it in that light,” Sutter said on Friday via a conference call. The...

  • Darryl Sutter and Kings agree to terms on new contract

    Darryl Sutter and Kings agree to terms on new contract

    Weeks of rumors, gossip and speculation about his future will officially end Friday when the Kings announce a contract extension for Coach Darryl Sutter. Sutter and the Kings agreed to terms on a new deal Thursday, according to individuals familiar with the situation. Specific financial details...

  • Retaining Coach Darryl Sutter and forward Milan Lucic tops Kings GM Dean Lombardi's off-season agenda

    Retaining Coach Darryl Sutter and forward Milan Lucic tops Kings GM Dean Lombardi's off-season agenda

    The Kings are waiting for a response after having made what was described as a "very fair" contract offer to their two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach, Darryl Sutter, and continue to work toward signing forward Milan Lucic to an agreement before he hits free agency on July 1. The offer to Sutter...

  • 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 in the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 4

    Three keys in the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 4

    The Sharks took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series Wednesday night, beating the Kings, 3-2, at the SAP Center. Here are three keys from the Sharks win over the Kings: 1. Sharks power play: San Jose adjusted after going 0 for 5 on the power play in Game 3. The Sharks were a force on the power...

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