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Bill Daly On Slava Voynov And Austin Watson

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday the league has started a formal investigation into former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 2015 domestic-abuse conviction to determine whether he should be allowed to return to the NHL.

“There were discussions over the course of the summer, including an in-person meeting the player had with Gary (Bettman) where the process started, but not in a formal way,” Daly told USA TODAY Sports. “There were some discussions over the parameters by which he could potentially return, but they didn’t prove fruitful. So we are now engaged in an investigation.”

Daly also said the NHL has completed its investigation into Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson’s no-contest plea to misdemeanor assault for reportedly swatting his girlfriend. He said an announcement of the league's ruling will come before training camp.

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Video- Drew Doughty On Old Photos

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

In the latest installment of his Photographic Memories series, Sportsnet's Donnovan Bennett caught up with Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty to look at old photos from some of his most memorable career moments.

 

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Evening Line- Ilya Kovalchuk

“I was following the NHL last year actually more than four years ago when I was there but I saw the playoffs this past playoffs – it’s good. Obviously, it’s changed – the time’s running, and I’m not getting younger, but like I said before, we’ll see. I can’t predict the future. I feel good. I’m a young 35, and we’ll see.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk of the LA Kings at a press conference today.  Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider has more from Kovalchuk.

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Videos- It’s Summertime Boys

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Should Slava Voynov Be Allowed To Play In The NHL Again?

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was granted dismissal of his misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction Monday in a move that could clear a path for his return to the NHL.

The motion was granted the day Voynov’s three years of probation ended following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse in 2015. Voynov served almost two months in jail and returned to his native Russia rather than face deportation.

He remains suspended by the NHL but, with his criminal record expunged, can request a hearing with Commissioner Gary Bettman and apply for reinstatement. The Kings terminated Voynov’s six-year, $25-million contract in 2015 but retain his rights and could trade him for assets if he were reinstated.

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For more on Voynov, read this recently unlocked article from Katie Strang of The Athletic.

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Los Angeles Kings Extend Drew Doughty And Announce Ilya Kovachuk Signing

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Drew Doughty have agreed to terms on an eight-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Doughty’s contract carries an AAV of $11,000,000.

The 28-year-old Doughty (born Dec. 8, 1989) is a 6-1, 200-pound native of London, Ontario who has played every game of his NHL career with the Kings, since being drafted second overall by the team in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Last season he posted a career-high 60 points (10-50=60), a plus-20 rating and 54 penalty minutes, while skating in all 82 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season (328 consecutive games played, just two games shy of tying Anze Kopitar’s record for most consecutive games played by a King). Along with his career-high in points, he also tallied a career-high in assists last season and led the NHL in TOI/Gm (26:50).

During his 10-year NHL career, Doughty has appeared in 770 regular season games, and tallied 422 points (102-320=422), a plus-93 rating and 555 penalty minutes. He currently ranks second on the Kings all-time list among defensemen in goals, assists and points (trailing only Blake in all three categories), and third in games played. He is also the second Kings player (Blake won in 1998) to win the Norris Trophy (league’s best defenseman), as he took home the award in 2016. He has been named to four consecutive NHL All-Star Games as well and is a three-time NHL First Team All Star (2017-18, 2015-16 and 2008-09) and a two-time NHL Second Team All Star (2014-15 and 2009-10).

Doughty has also appeared in 84 postseason games with the Kings, and is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2012 and 2014). In those 84 games, he has 51 points (16-35=51) and 66 penalty minutes. He leads the Kings all-time among defensemen in games played, goals, assist, points, and is tied for first in power play goals (6) during the playoffs.

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Los Angeles Kings Face Risk And Reward With Ilya Kovalchuk

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

The Kings cannot sign Kovalchuk until free agency begins July 1. But securing him sets off a chain reaction on the market and represents a bold move by the Kings in beating out reported suitors the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins.

It also requires the Kings to adjust their offseason strategy as they intend to extend Drew Doughty’s contract. A significant raise in Doughty’s salary likely would force the Kings to free salary-cap space. Kovalchuk would be the second-highest paid forward on the Kings, behind Anze Kopitar, and they’re wishing for at least 20 goals from Kovalchuk after they scored three total in a playoff series loss to the Vegas Golden Knights....

Kings assistant general manager Michael Futa has said “there’s obviously a bit of a risk factor,” but he has scouted Kovalchuk and said the Russian still can shoot the puck from anywhere on the ice.

Kovalchuk is not known as a defensive player, which runs in heavy contrast to the Kings’ philosophy of two-way play. But his hands and shot mentality, alongside Kopitar and Jeff Carter, warrant the risk.

“He’s very explosive,” Robitaille said. “We watched him enough last year and we feel he can [produce] in this league. The way our guys [play] — whether it’s Carts or it’s Kopi — they can hold the puck for him. He’s a great fit.”

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Ilya Kovalchuk Will Sign With The Los Angeles Kings

from the Los Angeles Kings,

The LA Kings and forward Ilya Kovalchuk have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

"We are excited to add Ilya to the LA Kings organization. He gives us an added element of skill and scoring along with a desire to win. We will withhold further comment until July 1," said Blake.

The 35-year-old Kovalchuk (born April 15, 1983) is a 6-3, 230-pound native of Tver, Russia who appeared in 53 regular-season games this past season with SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), recording 63 points (31-32=63), 26 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating.

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Anze Kopitar Wins The Selke Trophy

via NHL PR,

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has won his second career Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Kopitar garnered 1,152 voting points, including 70 first-place votes, to edge second-place center Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers (976 voting points). Center Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, a Selke finalist for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year and with a record-tying four Selke wins, finished third with 817 points.

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LA Kings Will “Do What It Takes” To Sign Drew Doughty

from Dan Greenspan at NHL.com,

The Los Angeles Kings expect to sign defenseman Drew Doughty to a contract extension during the offseason, general manager Rob Blake said Tuesday.

"We're under the understanding we're going to do what it takes to get Drew signed," Blake said. "That's our understanding here."

Blake said he has spoken to Doughty about the timing of negotiations. The 28-year-old defenseman and the Kings can begin discussing an extension July 1.

Doughty's eight-year contract, which he signed Sept. 29, 2011, expires after next season, when he can become an unrestricted free agent. If Doughty does sign an extension, it would start in the 2019-20 season.

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