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Kings' Jacob Moverare: Extends loan stint
Moverare will spend the 2019-20 campaign on loan with Frolunda HC (Sweden), Johan Rylander of the Goteborgs-Posten reports.
Last season, Moverare notched four goals, three helpers and 10 PIM in 42 regular-season contests with Frolunda before adding another six points in 16 playoff appearances. The blueliner has two more seasons remaining on his entry-level deal with the Kings, so look for him to get a shot at making the roster in 2020-21, or at least playing with AHL Ontario in order to allow the club to get a closer look at him.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Nikolay Prokhorkin: Inks one-year ELC
Prokhorkin signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on Monday.
A 25-year-old center from Russia, Prokhorkin has plenty of experience playing in the KHL. His resume features 92 goals and 94 assists over 314 games within that competitive league, plus he's won the Gagarin Cup and an Olympic gold medal. It's worth keeping an eye on Prokhorkin in case the fourth-round, 21st overall draft pick (2012) makes a strong impression in training camp and starts out with the Kings right away.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Markus Phillips: Inks entry-level deal
Phillips signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on Tuesday.
Phillips posted decent numbers in major junior this year, notching five goals and 26 points in 62 appearances split between the Owen Sound Attack and the Guelph Storm of the OHL. The 2017 fourth-round pick will compete for a spot on AHL Ontario's roster next season, but he'll also be eligible to return to the OHL for his fourth and final season in the juniors.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Mikey Anderson: Inks deal with Kings
Anderson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings on Tuesday.
Anderson was selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft, and he'll now join the squad after winning a second straight national championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He's turned heads in two years of collegiate play, totaling 50 points in 79 games as a defenseman. Anderson also competed in the World Junior Championships in January, scoring two goals and adding three assists over seven games. Anderson will compete for a roster spot in the fall, but he'll likely begin the season in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Peter Budaj: Hangs it up
Budaj will call it a career following the end of AHL Ontario's 2018-19 campaign.
Budaj saw action in 368 NHL games over the course of his 13-year career, in which he posted a 158-132-40 record with 18 shutouts and a .904 save percentage. The veteran netminder saw his spot as the No. 2 in Los Angeles taken over by Jack Campbell and instead spent the bulk of his final year playing with AHL Ontario. Drafted by the Avalanche with the 63rd overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft, the Slovak spent six years in Colorado before playing for Montreal, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Ilya Kovalchuk: Future undetermined
Kovalchuk is expected to discuss his role for 2019-20 with Kings GM Rob Blake in the near future, with his defensive performance likely to be addressed.
Kovalchuk was never expected to be great on defense, but a minus-26 wasn't what he or the Kings had in mind, as that was his worst plus-minus finish in his NHL career. His season went south after the Kings fired John Stevens, and it's a concern as to how much he'll play in 2019-20, as it's unclear whether the Kings' new coach will be in the mold of Stevens or Willie Desjardins, with whom Kovalchuk clashed all year. What is clear is that he'll almost surely be with the Kings for the next two seasons; after paying his signing bonus in July, they'll only owe him $5 million total until the end of the 2021-22 campaign. In the right system, Kovalchuk is a great bounce-back candidate, but if he doesn't play within the team's system, he won't be of much use to fantasy owners.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Matt Villalta: Shutout extends OHL career
Villalta stopped all 25 shots in Sault Ste. Marie's 3-0 Game 4 win over Saginaw in OHL playoff action Thursday.
Down 3-0 in the series and on the verge of being swept, Villalta's strong effort allows the Greyhounds to see a Game 5. Although he was great Thursday, the 2017 third-round selection (72nd overall) is in the midst of his second straight poor (3.51 GAA, .878 save percentage) playoff run. Villalta has ideal size for a goaltender at 6-foot-4, but he had a wildly inconsistent season for Sault Ste. Marie. Already signed to an entry-level contract with Los Angeles, Villalta will turn pro for the 2019-20 season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Carl Grundstrom: Dealing with head injury
General Manager Rob Blake said Monday that Grundstrom is dealing with concussion-like symptoms following Saturday's game against Vegas, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The severity of the head injury isn't known, but with concussions, teams and players usually take a cautious approach. The 21-year-old filled in admirably for the Kings in 15 games, accumulating five goals and six points in that span. The hope is that the rookie will take the offseason to get healthy, and be ready to go for the 2019-20 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jeff Carter: Downplays retirement talk
Carter said Monday that he is not retiring this summer, Josh Cooper of The Athletic reports.
The 34-year old will be looking at his 15th NHL season next year and is still under contract through 2021. Carter had one of his worst seasons offensively, accumulating 33 points in 76 games. Expect Carter to be back with the Kings next year.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Matt Roy: Nets game-winner
Roy scored the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win over the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Roy's second career goal was his first victory-securing tally. He had three points in his last five games this season, ending with two scores and four helpers in 25 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jeff Carter: Scores in win
Carter netted a goal on four shots and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Carter ended the year with 33 points and a minus-20 rating in 76 games. He had 174 shots on goal and 13 of his points came on the power play. Playing mostly as a third-line center has diminished Carter's impact on the scoresheet, and a sudden return to 50-point form next season is unlikely for the 34-year-old.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Dustin Brown: Crosses 50-point threshold
Brown registered two assists, one on the power play, and three hits in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
The pair of helpers gave Brown 51 points (22 goals, 29 assists) in 72 contests this season. He added 180 shots and 150 hits. Brown didn't get to 50 points between the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign and 2016-17, but he has now reached that mark in consecutive years. At 34 years old, it's unclear how long Brown will remain fantasy relevant, especially given his physical style of play.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Anze Kopitar: Hits 60-point plateau
Kopitar scored a power-play goal and added a helper in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Kopitar's two-point effort got him to 60 points for the season, doing so in 81 appearances. The power-play tally prevented him from going empty on the man advantage this season, which would have been the first time since 2012-13 with no scores on the power play. While it's not the 92 points he had in 2017-18, Kopitar remains a valuable fantasy option heading into next year.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Ilya Kovalchuk: Tickles twine twice
Kovalchuk scored on both of his shots and went plus-3 in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Kovalchuk ended the year with 16 goals and 34 points in 64 appearances after a five-year hiatus in the KHL. He also had a minus-26 rating, matching his worst campaign in that category. Kovalchuk turns 36 years old on April 15, and it's questionable if he will have much of a fantasy impact outside of deeper formats in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Bests Golden Knights
Quick made 29 saves on 31 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Quick finished the year positively by taking out the playoff-bound squad from Vegas. He went 16-23-7 in 46 starts, posting a 3.38 GAA and an .888 save percentage. It's easily the worst year of the 33-year-old's career, but he's signed for four more years, which is quite good for job security even as Jack Campbell provided some electric starts down the stretch.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Michael Amadio: Bussed back to Ontario
Amadio was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Saturday, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Amadio -- who has 80 games' worth of NHL experience -- should be a key mentor for the Reign, but just like the Kings, the minor-league team is in last place within its division. The 22-year-old absolutely shredded junior-league competition with OHL North Bay, but he's met his match in the pros, and has just 21 points through 80 top-level contests.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Looking to end season on high note
Quick will start against the visiting Golden Knights on Saturday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Even though the Kings have long been out of the playoff picture, it would be bad optics for Quick's season to otherwise end with his performance Monday, when he surrendered a season-high seven goals on 25 shots to the Flames. His final opponent is a playoff-bound Vegas team averaging 3.01 goals per game this season -- 13th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
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