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from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Amidst a bottomed-out-and-perhaps-rebounding Canadian dollar, a $74M cap would be on the most positive end of the spectrum for the Kings, who are among the teams that spend directly up to the cap and will be dinged $10M for Anze Kopitar’s services next season. According to figures available at General Fanager, Los Angeles has allocated $63.48M to 17 players for the 2016-17 season, dollar figures that include Mike Richards’ cap recapture and settlement but not the retention-affected $2.25M cap hit for Vincent Lecavalier, who has indicated his intention to retire. Milan Lucic, Trevor Lewis, Luke Schenn, Jamie McBain and Jhonas Enroth will become unrestricted free agents if they do not sign a new contract with the club in advance of July 1, while Brayden McNabb, Derek Forbort and Nic Dowd are due to become restricted free agents. Preliminary contract discussions have already begun with Lucic and Schenn, amongst others.
Were the Kings to reach an agreement with Lucic on a new contract, they would need to shed salary currently on their books to remain cap compliant and competitive next season.
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via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
The call came with 4:10 remaining in the third period as the Rangers (40-23-8) were holding onto a 3-2 lead and looking to back up their encouraging 2-1 win in Anaheim on Wednesday, which kicked off this three-game California swing. But the Kings (43-22-5) sent Anze Kopitar to the front of the net as they did so many times two summers ago, and that’s when Kopitar made a masterful deflection of a Milan Lucic shot, beating Lundqvist above his left shoulder to tie it 3-3.
Right there in Lundqvist’s crease was Tyler Toffoli, who didn’t exactly make an effort to move, prompting coach Alain Vigneault to use his challenge. After review, the goal was upheld, and Lundqvist still was steaming about it after another artful tip from Kopitar in front beat him 1:34 into the 3-on-3 extra frame for the win.
“I’m so frustrated right now I don’t know where to begin,” Lundqvist said. “The way we battled all game, and I think you just have to play by the rules. The rule is you can’t have a guy in the crease. I can’t come out to play the shot, and as a goalie, when you try to make a save, you have a forward motion. And he doesn’t make any effort to get out.
“And I can’t believe the ref, after watching it, not getting it right,” the King continued. “That means that you can pretty much put a guy in the crease, and as long as the goalie doesn’t get run over, it’s a good goal. That’s the way I look at this call.”
Watch the goal below...
Doughty has won two Stanley Cups with the Kings, plus two Olympic gold medals playing for Canada – and was a key contributor on every one of those teams. As Sutter consistently notes, at age 26, in a 30-team era, for Doughty to have won so much so soon speaks volumes for the impact he can have on a team. The Norris? It’s past time for him to win one.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on Drew Doughty.
On several players saying that the energy wasn’t there:
You know, when you give guys that much time off, it’s their responsibility to prepare properly to compete. So we’ve tried to give guys time off so they stay fresh for games, and obviously we have some guys that have to learn how to manage their time better. It cost us a point.
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings after a 2-1 home OT loss to the New Jersey Devils.
More from Sutter by Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
When the pending unrestricted free agent was asked about his desire to remain in southern California, he didn’t hesitate.
“Yes,” he said. And then he added a second “yes” for emphasis.
It’s been a tough year of transition for Lucic, but he’s in a good place. His father committed suicide last April and then came a trade from the only NHL club the second-round 2006 draft pick played for over his previous eight seasons.
But he looks comfortable and sounds content.
“It’s been great,” stressed Lucic. “I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Great place to play. Great place to live. And a first-class organization in how they treat their players and that’s why I would love nothing more than to definitely remain a King.
“It just seemed because of my style that coming here was going to be a really good fit because we play that straight ahead power game. And playing for Darryl (Sutter), you obviously have a lot of respect for a good western guy and that was something I was really looking forward to — playing for a guy who’s hard-nosed and expects his guys to play a certain way.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
How can these teams possibly survive a playoff series against each other? And will anyone be able to walk? For the second time in less than a week, the Ducks beat the Kings in another compelling, hard-fought contest and grabbed possession of first place in the Pacific Division, having won a franchise-record 11 straight games.
Anaheim won, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, sparked by power-plays goals by David Perron and Jakob Silfverberg and an even-strength offering from Ryan Kesler. The official switch at the top of the Pacific Division also coincided with the 400th NHL victory for Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau.
First place in the division had belonged to the Kings since Nov. 23. They entered this game tied with the Ducks in points but were still ahead on the first tiebreaker.
The Ducks climbed over the Kings with a two-pronged attack: continued special-team excellence and an ability to adapt tactically, going toe-to-toe in a fight-filled first period as the teams combined for 68 penalty minutes in that period.
“It was a men’s game out there today,” said Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, who faced 34 shots.
Watch the game highligths below...
06:58 Anaheim Rickard Rakell - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Kris Versteeg - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Kevin Bieksa - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Andy Andreoff - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Corey Perry - Roughing - 2 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Corey Perry - Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 minutes, Served by Mike Santorelli
06:58 Los Angeles Kyle Clifford - Roughing - 2 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Kevin Bieksa - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Jamie McGinn - Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Luke Schenn - Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Andy Andreoff - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 33-year-old Budaj (born on Aug. 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 192-pound native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, has appeared in 43 regular-season games this year with Ontario (AHL), posting a record of 30-10-3 with a .934 SV%, a 1.60 GAA and 8 shutouts. This season Budaj leads the AHL in wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts.
A second-round (63rd overall) selection of the Colorado Avalanche at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj appeared in one game this season with the Kings, posting the win, Feb. 12 at NYR. He has appeared in 297 career NHL games with Colorado, Montreal Canadiens and the Kings, posting a record of 125-107-36, with a .903 SV% and 2.76 GAA.
asked NHL why clock was not reset after apparent Kings goal was disallowed after review. awaiting answer. will pass along when i hear.
Mistake by the timekeepers in not resetting clock to time of offside, NHL exec told me.
Darryl Sutter via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On the officials failing to put time on the clock after the disallowed goal:
Well, there should have been. Were you watching the game? … So should there have been time? … So if you thought there should and they didn’t, then they made a mistake, didn’t they? Ask the question in full so I can know what you’re talking about.
The Ducks defeated the Kings 4-2 and you can watch the offside challenge below...
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