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Anze Kopitar Named Captain Of The Los Angeles Kings

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. 

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A Two-Year Contract For Brayden McNabb With The Kings

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.


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Captain Talk For The Los Angeles Kings

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.


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Looks As If The Los Angeles Kings Will Have A New Captain


And I believe Brown's agent...


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It Is Official- Darryl Sutter Returning As Head Coach For The Los Angeles Kings

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.

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Looks Like Darryl Sutter Has A New Deal With The Kings

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

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Afternoon Line- Damien Cox Wondering If Darryl Sutter Would Return To The Calgary Flames

...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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Dean Lombardi On Darryl Sutter, Milan Lucic And More

from Elliott Teaford of the LA Daily News,

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said Friday he made a “very fair” offer to Darryl Sutter to return as the team’s coach for next season and beyond, but no agreement has been reached.

Lombardi said money is not the issue, but the direction of the team is.

“Darryl has an offer on the table,” Lombardi said. “I think there’s an offer that’s certainly respectable. I don’t think this is about money. It’s, are we ready to do this? That issue of where we’re going and where we are is always out there. It’s a different challenge.

“You want to hear what our game plan is. It’s not different than when I first hired him.”

Lombardi broke his two-week silence following the Kings’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff exit April 22, holding a conference call with reporters that lasted about 30 minutes before the line abruptly went dead. A team spokesman emailed later to say technical difficulties were to blame.

Sutter’s return to the Kings was one of several topics Lombardi covered in a series of lengthy responses that involved streams of thought that had no real beginning or end, but were wrapped in layers that took a good bit of unraveling before their meaning became clear.

Lombardi said he was farther along in talks on a new contract with left wing Milan Lucic than with the Kings’ other free agents. He called Lucic “a great kid” and said there was “no question he’s a great fit” before adding “that’s all I can say right now.”


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The Difference Between The Chicago Blackhawks And Los Angeles Kings

via Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times since 2010, the Kings twice since 2012. Neither were able to repeat as champions. But the Blackhawks claim to the word "dynasty" remains strong, while the Kings seem suddenly adrift.

In Chicago, there's a great deal of faith in GM Stan Bowman, who is able to remake his team each year around his core. The master of the salary cap world. He may have a couple of issues to deal with: the ages of Brent Seabrook, who has a lot of miles for a 31-year-old, and Marian Hossa, who at 37 may not be around much longer.

In Los Angeles, there is less faith in GM Dean Lombardi, who squandered his chance to make Mike Richards a compliance buyout a few years ago -- i.e., get him off the salary cap altogether. Instead, by waiting, Richards will cost the Kings $1.32 million in cap space until 2020. The Kings are a cap team with an aging core. Their time may have past.

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Milan Lucic Wants To Stay In LA While Vinny Lecavalier Confirms Retirement Plans

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

“To be honest, I really don't have much interest into hitting the open market, or even hearing what's out there -- because in my mind, this is where I want to be,” said Lucic. “Why flirt with something when you know what you want?”

Lucic's willingness to stay, at what would almost certainly be at a discount compared to what he could potentially earn as a free agent, might make negotiations on a contract extension easier for Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. Lucic, whose salary-cap hit to the Kings was $3.25 million this last year, said he didn't think the sides were too far apart.

“Just a little bit more work to do to bridge the gap here,” said Lucic. “It's something I definitely want moving forward and it's something they want too. Hopefully, we can make it work out here.”...

As expected, Vinny Lecavalier, who joined the Kings in January from the Philadelphia Flyers, made it official - he will be retiring. Lecavalier made that promise to the Kings so that his $4.5-million salary-cap charge wouldn't linger on the books.

“I've had a lot of good moments,” said a reflective Lecavalier. “One of the best was winning the Cup [in 2004, with the Tampa Bay Lightning] but to get a second chance at playing when you think you might not play again was great. This was just a really good experience for me, the last three or four months.

“I always had that confidence deep down I could still do well. It was great, and this is a great team. I know they're going to win again, just by the way they act, and the leadership group and the talent they have. It's been great.”


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