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Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in recognition of “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Kopitar, who finished second in Selke voting in 2014 and third in 2015, becomes the first Kings player in franchise history to capture the award.
Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings has won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the defenseman demonstrating “the greatest all-around ability in the position,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
LOS ANGELES – Vincent Lecavalier, a 17-year veteran of the National Hockey League and a Stanley Cup Champion, officially announced his retirement from the game today.
Lecavalier’s announcement: As I publicly announced at the time I was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, the 2015/16 season would be my last in the NHL. I recently informed the Kings that I am stepping away from the game and will no longer play professional hockey. It is my desire and intention to retire.
Hockey has provided me so much in my lifetime but requires an incredible commitment. It is now time for me to devote more time to my family.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the people who have helped me along the way and shared this journey with me. First and foremost, I would like to thank my parents, my wife, Caroline, my brother Philippe, sister Genevieve and my entire family. I could not have accomplished anything without your love and support. Thank you to the Tampa Bay Lightning for drafting me and providing me the opportunity to embark on my NHL career. I will never forget winning the Cup together in 2004, and the incredible support from Lightning fans. To the LA Kings, thank you for providing me the opportunity to finish my career on a positive note. To the coaches who have developed me and challenged me - you made me a better player and person. To my agent, Kent Hughes, thank you for all your efforts and support throughout my career.
Hockey is the greatest team sport in the world. There is nothing like sharing a locker room with your teammates and competing together day in and day out. I have made lifelong friends and I’d like to thank them for making this an unforgettable journey…. Thank you.
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has assumed the role as the team’s new captain, Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Kopitar inherits the role from Dustin Brown, who has served as the club’s captain since 2008. He becomes the 14th different captain in Kings history.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to a two-year contract, Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
McNabb, 25, has played the past two seasons with the Kings, totaling 189 regular season games and recording 46 points (5-41=46) and 92 penalty minutes. He has also played in five NHL playoff games during that time.
This past season the 6-4, 216-pounder from Davidson, Saskatchewan, played in 81 regular season games. He also posted a plus-11 rating for the second consecutive season.
from Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times,
Senior reporter Frank Seravalli of The Sports Network in Canada tweeted on Friday morning that he heard Brown had been told he would no longer be captain of the Kings, adding that the team wanted to go in a different direction.
Brown could not be reached for comment. A front office executive did not dispute the item but objected to an interpretation of the news, stating, via text, that Brown had not been “stripped” of anything.
The Kings, also, would not confirm if the new captain would be Kopitar, who would be starting an eight-year contract worth $80 million this upcoming season.
The change in captaincy, if it takes place, would be the first for the Kings since 2008, when Brown took over after Rob Blake signed with the Sharks as a free agent. Blake, now the Kings’ assistant general manager, finished his playing career in San Jose and took over the captaincy from Marleau with the Sharks in the 2009-10 season.
Brown’s leadership style during the Kings’ two Stanley Cup winning runs, in 2012 and 2014, was collaborative in nature. He had plenty of assistance from more vocal types such as Matt Greene, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams, plus behind-the-scenes help from quieter leaders such as Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.
But with the Kings winning one playoff game the last two seasons, changes are inevitable, even cosmetic ones. Brown, 31, has been a bottom-six forward making top-six money: He has six years left on what was an eight-year, $47-million deal signed in 2013.
And I believe Brown's agent...
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and Head Coach Darryl Sutter have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract, Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The contract begins in the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
More on Sutter:
via Lisa Dillman tweets,
Another Darryl Sutter update. Hearing he has agreed to terms with the Kings
Expect an official announcement as early as tomorrow.
Money per yr is more than Todd M in Edmonton
...this is just an observation, an attempt to connect some dots. L.A. could re-sign Sutter tomorrow, and maybe he doesn’t really want to leave, and perhaps this is just a salary negotiation.
But the Sutter clan is still based out of Viking, Alta., and Sutter has gone back to his hometown roots for personal reasons once before, stepping down as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks way back in 1995 to tend to the special needs of his son, Christopher.
It just seems to make so much sense, Sutter back to the Flames.
Too much sense, right?
-Damien Cox of Sportsnet where you can reade more on this.
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