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from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
“I’m very happy that I’ll be staying with this organization for a long time,” said Visnovsky from his off-season home in Slovakia. “I love Los Angeles and I want to play in the playoffs with the Kings.”
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.
Defenceman Brad Stuart has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
The Los Angeles Kings continue to be major players in the free agent market. The Kings have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent defenceman Brad Stuart.
Update 7:50pm ET: TSN updates their story to include the financial terms - 1 year, $3.5 million.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
I’m told that the Kings are still shopping around for a defenseman, but I don’t get the sense that they MUST get one. It’s highly doubtful that it’s going to be Stuart and it’s certainly not going to be Souray. The Souray thing represents everything that’s wrong with Web site rumor-mongering. For days, the Kings were talked about as ``leaders’’ for Souray. The Kings aren’t interested in Souray and never have been, unless he wanted to sign some sort of one-year, bargain-basement deal, and that’s not going to happen.
Did you get that folks, “rumor-mongering” and Rich hits it right on the head…
from Inside the Kings,
That’s all tonight, folks. I guess there might be rumblings of talks with Stuart, but even if they’re serious I don’t think it will pick up again until the morning.
Here’s the transcript of Lombardi’s conference call…
(Can you take us through the last couple days, getting things done today after yesterday’s frustration?)
“I’m pretty happy with the guys we were able to sign and the prices we were able to get. It kind of all fit with where we’re trying to go.
per the LA Kings site, they have a jump page with his pic on it… but no story yet.
added 7:24pm, from LA Kings release,
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent left wing Kyle Calder to a two-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
From TSN via Spector,
TSN reports the Los Angeles Kings have signed Michal Handzus and Ladislav Nagy.
Update 6:52pm ET:
Looking to add some much-needed scoring punch, the Los Angeles Kings today signed wingers Ladislav Nagy and Michal Handzus to multi-year deals.
added 7:26pm, Kings press release,
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent center Michal Handzus to a four-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
added 7:35pm, from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent left wing Ladislav Nagy to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Tom Preissing is going to La La Land.
The Senators defenceman has agreed to a four-year, $11-million deal with the Los Angeles Kings which will pay him $2.75 million per season.
Preissing made $600,000 last season.
The deal still has to be finalized before it’s official.
Updated at 2:20pm ET
One line from the story was accidentally omitted. Now fixed.
update 4:09pm, CP has confirmed,
Preissing will earn $2.75 million a season, a huge over the $600,000 he made last season in Ottawa.
More from On Frozen Pond,
Confusing? Heck yeah. So, here’s an example that I’ve heard may go down: Ottawa goalie Ray Emery is a RFA, but could be tendered an offer by the L.A. Kings for a lot more money. If he signs the offer sheet and Ottawa decides to let Emery walk, L.A. owes Ottawa a number of draft picks commensurate to how much offered Emery.
If L.A. offers Emery between $3.52-$4.69, the price is a first, second and third-round pick. If the deal is for more, it’s two first rounders, a second and a third. If the contract is for more than $5.9 mil per season, the Kings owe four first round picks (and they need to see a phychiatrist pronto.)
more… *includes compensation list
from the LA Times,
The good news is that the Kings are a good fit for many of the top league’s top free agents, from forwards Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere to defensemen Sheldon Souray and Roman Hamrlik.
And the bad news? The Kings are not alone. The best players available are also right for a majority of teams in the league.
“When you have the number of holes that we’ve got we’re going to have some Wall Street moments, ‘Buy-Sell, Buy-Sell, Buy-Sell,’ ” Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said.
“Ideally, when you enter free agency,” he added, “you don’t have a lot of holes and you get free agents who can add to your core not build your core.”
Unfortunately for the Kings, their core remains a work in progress.
Burke on Niedermayer and Selanne…
“The only thing that would change that would be if one of them were to tell me something now and I don’t anticipate that happening.”
more (reg. req.) on the Kings, not much more on the Ducks…
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