Kings extend qualifying offers to eight players - LA Kings Insider

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reported on Twitter this afternoon that the Los Angeles Kings have extended qualifying offers eight restricted free agents, which allows the team to retain their rights as they continue to negotiate contract extensions with them. Interestingly, Keaton Ellerby was not extended a qualifying offer and will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday.

Stefan Legein and David Kolomats also did not receive qualifying offers.

Ellerby, a 24-year-old left-handed shot who often played on the right side to accommodate an injury-affected Los Angeles blue line, recorded three assists and a plus-5 rating in 35 games after joining the Kings in a February 8 trade with the Florida Panthers. The 10th overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft was acquired for a fifth round draft pick after appearing in 125 games with Florida from 2009-12.

Legein, 24, was acquired along with a sixth round pick from Philadelphia in October, 2011 as the Flyers attempted to clear space under the 50-contract limit. A second round pick by Columbus in 2007, the right wing had 42 points (19-23=42) in 114 games over the last two seasons with Manchester.

Kolomatis, 24, was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 draft by the Kings. The right-shooting defenseman who previously played for the U.S. National Team Development Program appeared in 250 games with Manchester over the last four seasons, totaling 110 points (29-81=110).

By submitting a qualifying offer to Alec Martinez, the Kings have the opportunity to continue to negotiate with the puck-moving defenseman who won a Cup with the team in 2012 but had been the recipient of some pointed Darryl Sutter observations in 2012-13. The left-handed shooter has recorded 33 points (12-21=33) in his 142 games in Los Angeles, while the Kings are 22-5 in playoff games in which he has dressed over the last two years.

In other news, the Edmonton Oilers did not extend a qualifying offer to defenseman Colton Teubert, a 2008 first round pick by Los Angeles who was traded to Edmonton along with a 2011 first round draft pick and a 2012 conditional pick that turned out to be a third round pick in exchange for Dustin Penner.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.