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The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenceman Denis Gauthier and a second-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two prospects.
Gauthier, 31, spent all of last season in the American Hockey League, playing with the Philadelphia Phantoms, putting up 18 points and a plus-16 rating in 78 games.
Update 2:23 pm ET: More on Gauthier from Rich Hammond.
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jarret Stoll and defenceman Matt Greene.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
Question: Of course it’ll be up to the new coach, but does Lombardi REALLY see this team moving forward with LaBarbara in goal? And who would be the backup? Knowing DL, I highly doubt he expects Bernier to make the lineup next year, so what do the Kings intend to do? And are they planning on re-signing Ersberg? I could live with him starting in goal over LaBarbara.
Answer: The plan, at the moment, is to go with LaBarbera and Ersberg. That’s not to say that one of the young guys couldn’t surprise them in training camp, but the Kings don’t go into training camp counting on that to happen.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Dan Cloutier may not be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Cloutier was expected to be bought out over the weekend after being put on waivers but, according to CKNW radio in Vancouver, there are questions regarding a team’s ability to buy out a player with an injury.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Burke could find out about Niedermayer’s status today, as to whether he will play next season or retire. “His wife had a baby yesterday,” Burke said. “I’m pretty sure talking to me is not high on his list of things to do.”
Then there’s the other veteran defenseman in Southern California, captain Rob Blake. Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi says he already has met with the 38-year-old Blake and will have additional discussions with him this week.
Blake will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, as will another former Kings’ defenseman, Brad Stuart, who was sent to the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings at the trade deadline in February.
The Kings can’t say whether they would make a run at Stuart yet because of tampering rules, but he was considered a good fit in the dressing room.
It appears as though the NHL buyout season has begun, meaning two underachieving goaltenders will be looking for new homes.
Goaltenders Ray Emery and Dan Cloutier have been put on waivers, the first step that must be taken to buy them out.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Penguins are trying to make a blockbuster move before tomorrow night’s NHL draft at Scotiabank Place.
League sources say Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero offered all-star centre Evgeni Malkin to the Kings for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and a player, possibly centre Mike Cammalleri….
Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Sun Media yesterday that he’s had two solid offers for the No. 2 pick, but after meeting with his ownership group decided to stay the course by building with young players.
Also from Garrioch,
There’s a lot of talk the Leafs are going to make a Group II offer to Flyers restricted free-agent C Jeff Carter on July 1. Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher tried to deal for Carter at the trade deadline in February, but couldn’t when Leafs D Tomas Kaberle refused to waive his no-trade clause
more rumor talk…
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
They were slow to realize Crawford lacked the patience to help kids make the huge leap from junior or college hockey to playing defense in the NHL. Decent coaches are plentiful. Gifted, puck-moving defensemen are rare, but every Stanley Cup-winning team in recent memory has had one or more.
Lombardi will keep the pick, though his phone will ring until the Kings’ turn comes up. He can see the rationale for trading it for immediate help and letting someone else take Drew Doughty or Zach Bogosian, but he can’t take that chance now.
“In the end there’s no right or wrong answer,” he said. “But it would be a change of course, and that’s not the orders I was given.”
From Adrian Dater at All Things Avs in the Denver Post,
Christa [Deadmarsh] was telling me that Peter Forsberg recently paid a visit to their house. Forsberg and Deadmarsh were inseperable in their playing days with the Avs, always competing against one another in some kind of game.
Their latest grudge match involves golf, where the winner of a round gets a green jacket to wear and lord over the other. I guess Peter won by one stroke in their latest match, shooting an 80. When he got back to Sweden, he texted Deadmarsh asking what the temperature was in Idaho that day - “80 perhaps?”
The two reminisced some over their playing days, particularly the Kings-Avs playoff series of 2001. Christa and Adam joked to Peter that if only his spleen had burst a couple games earlier, the Kings would have had a better chance.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
Cammalleri’s name is being thrown around a lot, and I don’t think anyone is surprised by that. From talking to people involved, I would say that if a trade happens with him, it will happen at or before the draft. It’s significantly less likely to happen after the draft. The Pitkanen rumors have been around. They have legs, as they say. The only problem with that is, they’ll had ``legs’’ for a while and there hasn’t been a trade. General rule…the longer something is out there, the less likely it is to get done….
—The Kings are still not interested in Ray Emery. That much I can say for certain.
more Kings talk…
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