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Todd McLellan Is The New Head Coach Of The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract for Todd McLellan to serve as the club's new head coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

McLellan, 51 (born October 3, 1967), born in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the 29th head coach in club history, and he comes with a wealth of experience as a head coach in the NHL, having already logged 11 seasons of head coaching experience in both Edmonton (three-plus seasons with the Oilers) and San Jose (seven seasons with the Sharks). He has also won at the highest levels in the game (Stanley Cup Champion as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008).

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Report- Todd McLellan Could Be The Next Coach For The LA Kings

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Evening Line- Rob Blake On Ilya Kovalchuk

I’m going to sit with Kovy in the next few weeks. So, basically the process is I want to get what he wants out of this and what I want out of it. It’s different than what we talked about last summer, no doubt about that. I need buy-in from Kovy though, structural-wise, for sure. And I think a lot of that will be around the new staff and the communication with them, and exactly what the role is going to be, and we’ll go forward from there. But did it end well? No, not at all. There’s a process to get keep that going in the right direction.

-Rob Blake, GM of the LA Kings.  Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider has much more on this topic.

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Willie Desjardins Will Not Be Retained By The LA Kings

via the LA Kings,

LA Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake released the following statement today:

"Today we thanked Willie Desjardins for his effort and dedication while serving as our interim head coach. We wish Willie and his family nothing but the best going forward. The process for hiring our next head coach is underway and we look forward to conducting a thorough search for the right person to lead our team."

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Can The LA Kings Be Fixed?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

How old are the Los Angeles Kings? Well, they have eight players in their 30’s, and a 29-year-old in Drew Doughty who next season will unwrap his eight-year, $88 million deal.

But, that’s not really the problem. This is: Of those eight 30-year-olds, seven have at least two years remaining on their contracts.

Like any team near the bottom of a 31-team National Hockey League, general manager Rob Blake is looking at his roster and plotting on how he can inject some youth and speed. And he’d better hurry — the Kings were statuesque in an 8-4 loss to Edmonton Tuesday night, outskated by an Oilers team that is at best middle-of-the-pack fast, and buried by dueling hat tricks by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl.

So, as Blake took a stern look at his club Tuesday, we did as well, looking for ways this Kings team can crawl out of the Pacific cellar. Here’s what we found:

• Anze Kopitar — Keep him. Six years remaining at $10 million per, and the question here is, are the Kings paying him for something he used to be? Or something he is?

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Video- Chippy In Calgary

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

The boo-birds were loud and committed to the cause.

Trouble is, the home team didn’t give them any other reason to clear their throats.

Los Angeles Kings defence stalwart Drew Doughty was greeted with boos nearly every time he touched the puck in Monday’s matchup at the Saddledome — a response to his rip-job earlier in the day on local fan favourite Matthew Tkachuk — but the Flames didn’t exactly make him eat his words.

On the strength of a 42-save shutout by Jack Campbell, the cellar-dwelling Kings notched a 3-0 victory.

“I don’t think they’re booing because of the comments,” Tkachuk said in a post-game media scrum. “I know I get booed when I’m in L.A. He gets booed when he’s here … Stuff just boils over time.”

Indeed, Monday’s focal points have been feuding since Tkachuk’s rookie campaign, when the rising-star left-winger was suspended for an elbow to Doughty’s chops and later blasted the Norris Trophy winner for characterizing him as a dirty player, saying “I expected more from him, honestly, than to go right to the media and start complaining after a loss.”

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Below, watch Doughty and Tkachuk with some stick work and the game highlights.

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Ilya Kovalchuk Left Behind

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Ilya Kovalchuk didn’t travel with the Kings this week. Per Rob Blake, he remained back in Southern California, where he’ll get additional on-ice work with the team’s development and skills staff at Toyota Sports Center. That often happens when a player is coming back from an injury and isn’t quite ready to travel, and Brendan Leipsic (lower-body) will also skate with the on-ice group. That doesn’t apply to Kovalchuk, who is healthy but has been held out of the lineup for three of the last four games.

On the surface, the timing seemed particularly questionable because of Kovalchuk’s comments to The Athletic and the LA Times last week disparaging the opportunity afforded by Desjardins since the coach’s November arrival, but Blake didn’t give any indication that there were ulterior motives behind the decision to keep the forward home and forcefully shot down the suggestion that it was based on any sort of punitive measure, saying, “he wants to get better.”

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Afternoon Line- Drew Doughty

added 6:53pm, May as well give him the Evening Line too,

 

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LA Kings Trade Oscar Fantenberg To Calgary

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Oscar Fantenberg, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Fantenberg, signed by the Kings May 3, 2017 has appeared in 73 regular-season games over two seasons with the Kings, posting 12 points (4-8=12) and 21 penalty minutes.

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LAK Trade Carl Hagelin To The Washington Capitals

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from Washington in exchange for forward Carl Hagelin, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The Kings now have 10 draft picks in the 2019 draft, including all of their own picks, Toronto’s first-round pick, Washington’s third-round pick and Calgary’s fourth-round pick.

Hagelin, acquired from Pittsburgh earlier this season, has appeared in 22 games with the Kings this season, posting five points (1-4=5) and eight penalty minutes. Overall this season, Hagelin has eight points (2-6=8) and 20 penalty minutes in 38 games.

added 12:35pm, Washington release is below.

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