Free agency open - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Insiders. Because the calendar has flipped to July 1, Jarret Stoll, Justin Williams and Andrej Sekera are no longer under contract to the Kings. With the uncertainty over the cap situation, today may not be known for Los Angeles’ key free agent signings, but rather for the names of players who leave the organization. As the signings begin to roll in at 9:00 a.m., use this as your open thread.

UPDATE, 10:00 a.m.: Another backup goalie is off the market, but there are better options available elsewhere.

UPDATE, 10:00 a.m.: An alumni update:

UPDATE, 9:55 a.m.: Another back-up goaltender is off the market. Michael Neuvirth gets to work with Kim Dillabaugh this season.

UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.:

UPDATE, 9:34 a.m.: Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers are closing in on a contract with Andrej Sekera, and it’s expected to be long-term.

UPDATE, 9:30 a.m.: There’s quite a bit of competition for that back-up spot:

UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: One back-up goalie is off the market.

LeBrun also said that the Flyers may have the lead on Michal Neuvirth, who ended the season as the Islanders’ back-up.

UPDATE; 8:58 a.m.: You’re already aware of who’s on it, but the NHL has released its free agent list. Los Angeles RFAs include Andy Andreoff, Andrew Crescenzi, Nic Dowd, Vincent Loverde, Nick Shore and Jordan Weal; unrestricted free agents are Justin Azevedo, Bud Holloway, Jamie McBain, Robyn Regehr, Andrej Sekera, Jarret Stoll, David Van Der Gulik, Justin Williams and Andrew Bodnarchuk. Here’s why Mike Richards isn’t included on the UFA list.

UPDATE, 8:30 a.m.: Karri Ramo has re-signed for one year in Calgary.

The Kings are in the market for a “clear cut number two” goalie, so it’s unlikely they did much more than kick the tires on Ramo, who’s a bit more of a 1B-type. At $3.9-million, he wouldn’t have generated much more than a casual look. Still, one UFA goalie is off the market.

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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.