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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, the club announced today.
The club has issued the following statement and will not comment any further at this time:
“The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
- The Kings still have interest in re-signing UFA blueliner Andrej Sekera and perhaps with the Mike Richards buyout they can find enough cap space to do so. But if not, it’s believed 10 teams have shown interest.
- Drew Stafford's agent Steve Bartlett said Monday morning that he continues to talk with the Winnipeg Jets but doesn’t have a deal done. Stafford was a good fit there as a trade deadline pickup but finding the right parameters to stay put is always a challenge. Still, I hope this one gets done, sometimes the fit is more important than just making as much money as possible. Stafford looks good on that roster.
many more updates during this busy time...
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi's big moment came away from the draft floor with the Lucic trade.
"I do think every player on our team just grew three inches and put on 10 pounds of muscle," Lombardi said Friday on a conference call. "So that don't hurt."
The Bruins also will pick up $2.75 million of Lucic's $6-million salary for next season, no small issue in a world constrained by salary caps. Boston drafted Lucic, and he won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 but realized his days with the rebuilding organization were numbered when he started hearing trade rumors.
"I had a lot of mixed emotions in the last 48 hours," Lucic said in a telephone call from Kelowna, British Columbia. "I kind of had that nervous, anxious, excited, sad, all-in-one feeling, going on in my stomach this morning. Like something big was going to happen."
Lombardi, whose team missed the playoffs this past season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2014, looked at his organizational charts and boxes and seized the chance to check the power-forward/left wing box.
"It's the Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy-type trio that most people think is the ultimate-type line," Lombardi said of the Islanders icons. "We also wondered whether Gabby [Marian Gaborik] was better on the right [wing].
"To get a player like Clark Gillies, there's not many like this in the league, that can play with top players and bring that element."
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via Katie Strang of ESPN,
The felony cocaine charge filed against NHL forward Jarret Stoll has been dismissed, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com.
Instead, Stoll will be charged with two misdemeanors stemming from his arrest in Las Vegas in April. Stoll was arrested on April 17 for possession of cocaine and MDMA while at a pool party on an unofficial end-of-season trip with his Los Angeles Kings teammates.
Stoll, 33, is not expected to return to the Kings. He will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Neither of the two misdemeanors are drug-related charges, however, so any potential immigration issues for the Canadian-born Stoll should no longer be an impediment should a team want to sign the veteran center.
via Katie Strang of ESPN,
Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who was arrested for possession of cocaine and Ecstasy in Las Vegas in April, has been charged with a felony drug possession.
According to the Clark County District Attorney's office, Stoll has been charged with one count of Possession of Controlled Substance.
Stoll, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, could face anywhere from probation up to four years in prison if convicted.
The 32-year-old Stoll was arrested at a pool party after undergoing a routine pat-down while in Las Vegas on an unofficial end-of-season trip with his Kings teammates. He is not expected to return to the Kings organization.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
A team that crashes out of the playoffs the year after winning the Stanley Cup should look more broken than the Los Angeles Kings do.
The Kings still have a strong core featuring an elite two-way centre and one of the finest defencemen in the sport. They have superb goaltending. They have an appealing blend of youth and experience. What they lack in footspeed they more than make up for in players ready to play a “heavy” game, and they are the apple of the analytics fraternity’s eye for their strong possession game.
Throw in stability and experience at ownership, the managerial level and coaching, and what’s not to like?
Problem is, 95 points wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs this year, which constituted a disaster for a team that has two Cups, one from 2012 and one from 2014. L.A. had walked this regular season highwire before, however, and this time the Kings took a tumble.
GM Dean Lombardi, one of the best in the game, has said he’s not expecting “major moves” this off-season, which seems sensible. Lombardi says he’s more concerned with players using this extended off-season to enhance their conditioning and be prepared to deliver more for 82 games next season and make sure this early vacation doesn’t re-occur.
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