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Marc Bergevin Joins The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 9, 2022) – The LA Kings announced today that Marc Bergevin has joined the organization in a consulting capacity as Senior Advisor to the General Manager.

“Marc brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our hockey operations staff and will be a valuable addition to our group,” said Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. “We look forward to his contributions.”

Entering the 2021-22 season, Bergevin was in his 10th year as General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons as an executive in the Chicago Blackhawks organization, including Assistant General Manager in 2011-12.

“I’ve enjoyed my time away, but I’m excited to join the LA Kings and become an active part of helping the team reach its objectives,” said Bergevin. “I have a great amount of respect for Luc (Robitaille), Rob, and the staff they have in place and it’s an honor to provide my input to this highly-regarded group.”

Bergevin enjoyed a 20-season career as a defenseman, collecting 181 points (36-145=181) in 1,191 regular-season games with the Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Hartford Whalers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks.

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Video- Alex Edler Out Long-Term


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Video- Brendan Lemieux Suspended Five Games



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Video- Did Brendan Lemieux Bite Brady Tkachuk?

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Brady Tkachuk and Brendan Lemieux got into a tussle and fell to the ground, and Lemieux appeared to bite Tkachuk.



added 10:35pm, below, Tkachuk on the bite.

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Video- Jani Hakanpaa Gets Five And A Game For Kneeing Drew Doughty


added 10:20pm, longer video is below...

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Quinton Byfield Has A Fractured Ankle

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 6, 2021) – LA Kings forward Quinton Byfield suffered a left-ankle fracture in last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes and will be out indefinitely. He has been placed on injured reserve and will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.

Byfield, 19, was chosen second overall by the Kings in the 2020 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut last season on April 28 against the Anaheim Ducks. The 6-4, 215-pound center played six NHL games with the Kings, registering one assist – his first NHL point – on May 5 against the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to his NHL debut, the Newmarket, Ontario native made his professional debut with the Ontario Reign (AHL), where he compiled 20 points (8-12=20) in 32 contests.

Watch how the injury occurred.

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Quinton Byfield And Linesman Ryan Gibbons Injured Last Night

via ESPN News Services,

Quinton Byfield, the second overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft, suffered a lower body injury during the third period of the Los Angeles Kings' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes in a preseason game Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old center hit the corner boards awkwardly during a collision with Arizona right wing Christian Fischer. Byfield was unable to put any weight on his left leg and was helped off the ice.

Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Byfield will be further evaluated Wednesday.

"It was a clean hit. It was unfortunate," McLellan said of the play. "He went into the boards. One skate went one way and one the other. It's in a corner. If it is in a straightaway, he would have got away with rolling off but there was nowhere to go. Not a dirty hit."

Linesman Ryan Gibbons also was injured at Tuesday night's game. Gibbons collided with Arizona center Liam O'Brien following the national anthem, and the start of the game was delayed as Gibbons was taken off the ice on a stretcher. His condition was not immediately known.

Below, watch the incident with the linesman, replay starts at the :58 second mark and the Byfield injury is below too.

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Phillip Danault Has More To His Game

from Ethan Sears of th LA Times,

“I still think I have lots and lots to give and L.A. was seeing that in myself as well,” Danault said. “That’s what I liked too. They were seeing me the way I see me.”

Danault’s agent, Don Meehan, told him and Marie to have someone watch their child during the early hours of free agency. Indeed, the phone started to ring. The Kings called him first and were aggressive in their pursuit. Soon enough, a Zoom meeting was set up with Danault, team President Luc Robitaille, general manager Rob Blake, coach Todd McLellan and Jake Goldberg, senior director of hockey operations .

“Not about gaining a more offensive game, it’s just they were seeing the offense that I didn’t have the chance to use in Montreal as much, I think,” Danault said. “Cause they were putting me in that certain role — which was OK, we went to the Cup. But I feel like I had another gear.”...

The atmosphere here, where Danault can be a leader without the world falling on his shoulders, seems to fit him.

“I don’t think I can have more pressure than I had in Montreal,” Danault said. “… Montreal is pressure, which I love, but it’s gonna be a different pressure (in Los Angeles). I put enough pressure on myself.”


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Phillip Danault Signs With The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES (July 28, 2021) – The LA Kings have signed unrestricted free agent forward Phillip Danault to a six-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5,500,000 according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

Danault, 28, helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final last season with 24 points (5-19=24) and a plus-9 rating during 53 regular season games and four points (1-3=4) in 22 games during the postseason. He led all Montreal forwards during the regular-season in shorthanded time on ice and shorthanded time on ice per game. In addition, he led all NHL forwards in shorthanded time on ice and faceoff wins during the playoffs.

The 6-1, 200-pound center has appeared in 392 career regular-season NHL games with the Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, totaling 199 points (55-144=199) and a plus-44 rating while also adding nine points (2-7=9) in 28 postseason appearances. Since being acquired by Montreal from Chicago during the 2015-16 season, Danault led all Montreal players in plus/minus (+47), faceoff wins (3,083) and faceoff win percentage (53.8%). He also ranked third in shorthanded time on ice (first among forwards, 711:25) and 12th in shorthanded time on ice per game (second among forwards).

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LA Kings Acquire Viktor Arvidsson From The Nashville Predators

LOS ANGELES (July 1, 2021) – The LA Kings have acquired forward Viktor Arvidsson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for their second-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft and third-round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

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