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Anze Kopitar Expects An Improved LA Kings Team

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

Anze Kopitar said he expects better things from himself and the Los Angeles Kings this season after they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

"The way [last season] went, nobody was happy about it from top to bottom, so we have something to prove right now," the center said at the NHL Player Media Tour on Friday. "If that's not motivation enough, I don't know what is."

Kopitar said he expects new coach Todd McLellan to make a difference. McLellan was hired on April 16 to replace Willie Desjardins, who took over after John Stevens was fired after a 4-8-1 start.

"Everybody had a good summer," Kopitar said. "Todd coming in is going to be somewhat of a fresh start, a new voice that we needed. And then it's the same thing: You have to have a good start to the season. That's what it is. Come Thursday, we have to start preparing toward the first game and making sure that the chemistry is there and the energy level and obviously the character is still there. I know that. But we have to put it all together."

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LA Kings Sign Jack Campbell To A Two-Year Extension

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have signed goaltender Jack Campbell to a two-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. His contract will go into effect at the start of the 2020-21 season and carries an AAV of $1.65 million.

The 27-year-old Campbell (born Jan. 9, 1992) appeared in 31 games last season with the Kings, where he posted a 10-14-1 record in a career-high 25 starts, a .928 save percentage, 2.30 goals-against average and two shutouts. Among goalies who appeared in at least 25 games last season, the Port Huron, Mich. native ranked third in save percentage and fifth in goals-against average.

Acquired by the Kings from the Dallas Stars on June 25, 2016 in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert, Campbell has appeared in 38 career NHL games, where he holds a 12-15-3 record, .925 save percentage, 2.41 goals-against average and two shutouts. The Stars initially drafted Campbell in the first-round (11th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Adrian Kempe Signs A Three-Year Extension With The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have signed restricted free agent forward Adrian Kempe to a three-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. His contract carries an AAV of $2 million.

The 22-year-old Kempe (born Sept. 13, 1996) appeared in 81 games last season with the Kings, where he posted 28 points (12-16=28) and 50 penalty minutes. It marked the second consecutive season that the forward played in 81 games. During the 2018-19 season, he posted a career-long point streak (five games) and a career-high TOI (20:29).

Selected by the Kings in the first-round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Kramfors, Sweden native has appeared in 187 regular-season games for the Kings, posting 71 points (30-41=71) and 105 penalty minutes. Earlier this summer, his brother Mario Kempe was signed by the Kings. They are just the third set of brothers to play in the Kings organization, and should they appear in a game together, would be just the second set that overlapped and played together. Jan and Roman Vopat played together, while Brayden and Luke Schenn played for the Kings at different points in their career.

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The Rebuild Is On For The LA Kings

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

A crumb of good news drifted down from the border Friday night.

The Kings wasted no time grabbing it.

“Thirty minutes ago, Alex Turcotte got his first point of the season,” announced Glen Murray, the Kings’ director of player development.

The gathering of season-ticket holders at The Novo applauded, even though it knew Turcotte, the Kings’ first-round draft choice, is playing for Wisconsin....

Murray showed slides of the young Kings sharpening themselves, for such instructors as Mike Donnelly, Jarret Stoll, Sean O’Donnell and Mike O’Connell.

The Double Stanley core of the Kings, names like Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown, was barely mentioned, and there wasn’t one word about Jonathan Quick.

This is what happens when your 71 points are the fewest in the West and when you add no significant players from outside.

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Video- Season Preview For The Los Angeles Kings

from Brett Amadon of NHL.com,

The Los Angeles Kings are out to prove last season was an aberration.

After finishing next to last in the NHL with 71 points, their fewest in a full season since they had 68 in 2006-07, the Kings hired Todd McLellan as coach April 16 to replace Willie Desjardins, who took over after John Stevens was fired following a 4-8-1 start in his second season.

"I thought our team was not used to losing," Kings assistant Marco Sturm said. "I think last year, it caught them maybe a little bit off guard … and that's why we just couldn't get out of the hole and all of a sudden, the season was over. So I think it's going to be a totally different mindset this season for sure."

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Below, watch the season preview on the Kings...

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LA Kings Select Alex Turcotte At #5

Updates end at #5 for me, will do a recap later.

 

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The LA Kings Have Bought Out Dion Phaneuf

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have bought out the contract of defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Phaneuf, acquired by the Kings during the 2017-18 season, appeared in 93 games with the Kings over the past two seasons, posting 16 points (4-12=16) and 68 penalty minutes. He appeared in his 1,000th NHL game this past season.

Originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the first-round (9th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Phaneuf has appeared in 1,048 career NHL games over his 14-year NHL career with the Kings, Flames, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, posting 494 points (137-357=494) and 1,345 penalty minutes.

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The Decision On Slava Voynov’s Suspension

NEW YORK/TORONTO (May 23, 2019) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that Arbitrator Shyam Das has issued his decision with respect to the appeal of defenseman Vyacheslav Voynov’s one-season suspension issued pursuant to Article 18-A of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Arbitrator Das upheld the Commissioner's determination that Voynov be suspended for the equivalent of one NHL season, but found that he is to be credited with having already served 41 games of such suspension during the 2018-19 regular season.  Accordingly, the suspension will remain in effect until the mid-point of the 2019-20 regular season.

added 5:22pm, NHL statement below.

added 5:51pm, NHLPA statement below.

added 6:16pm, Statement from the LA Kings below.

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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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