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Kyle Calder To The LA Kings

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.

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Los Angeles Sign Nagy and Handzus

From TSN via Spector,

TSN reports the Los Angeles Kings have signed Michal Handzus and Ladislav Nagy.

more soon…

Update 6:52pm ET:
From TSN,

Looking to add some much-needed scoring punch, the Los Angeles Kings today signed wingers Ladislav Nagy and Michal Handzus to multi-year deals.

continued…

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.

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Report- Preissing LA Bound

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.

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Possibilities with Ray Emery

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

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The SoCal Teams

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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Kings Plan To Pursue Top UFAs

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

I asked Lombardi about the fact that the Kings have been attached to many of the top free agents out there and asked him if it was safe to say that they would be aggressive when the signing period begins.
``When you use the word aggressive, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be persuing some of those (high-profile) names,’’ Lombardi said. ```That being said, it’s all about the right player for the right price when you get to free agency. Sometimes you get into talks and you throw a big (salary) figure out there and you end up saying, `What did I do?’ and you have buyer’s remorse. You have to take the emotion out of him. On the other hand, I’m certainly not going to sit here doing nothing.’‘

read on for more on the Kings…

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Thomas Who

from ADam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Just about every young hockey player fortunate enough to be selected in the NHL entry draft talks about realizing a lifelong dream that day.
But when Thomas Hickey was chosen fourth overall by the Los Angeles Kings, he literally needed to make sure the surreal scene wasn’t all in his head.
“I got to the stage and I didn’t want to do it there, but as soon as I got off, I pinched myself,” said Hickey, projected by The Hockey News’ Draft Preview as the 22nd best prospect in this year’s crop. “And I felt it, so I thought, ‘that must be good.’ ”

continued

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Thinking Souray Could Be A King

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There are those who believe the Los Angeles Kings already have a jersey made up for July 1 with the Sheldon Souray’s name on the back ... Daniel Alfredsson may have shot the puck at Scott Niedermayer and hit Henrik Tallinder from behind, but he is the one Ottawa player who has nothing to apologize for. His linemates disappeared in the final, he didn’t.

more NHL bits scattered throughout Simmon’s Sunday column…

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Kings Goaltending Situation

from Inside the Kings by Rich Hammond (Kings beatwrtier),

I know there’s a lot of support for bringing over Giguere, but I’ll be stunned if it happens. The fact that the Kings signed Ersberg out of Sweden tells me that they’re going with LaBarbera, Cloutier and Ersberg (if needed)....
Now, if we’re talking about Manny Fernandez, who has two years left, then I might be able to see that.

more on these topics…

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Hockey Is Alive In SoCal

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

But the Southern California media—perhaps self-conscious of all the prattle they are hearing from outsiders and feeling too insecure to question or challenge it, and even buying into it to try to justify decisions that give the Clippers more staffing on the road than the Kings or the Ducks—aren’t into challenging the urban myths.
The Ducks now have had 34 straight sellouts. A bandwagon? Of course it is. But that’s also a lot more consecutive sellouts than Detroit (factoring in the playoffs), Dallas and Colorado have had.
The Kings did some major league papering of the house last season, but come on, their official average of 16,859 was still over 90 percent of capacity, so it’s absurd to portray them as a colossal box-office failure, especially since they were the second-worst team in the Western Conference.

more

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