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June 28, 2016 10:32 am - JonRosen

Audio: LAKI, The Royal Half join Kings Men Podcast

A good morning to you, Insiders. Jesse Cohen, The Royal Half and I recorded a podcast last night, and after calling to attention the Jaden, Braden and Kaedens of Western North America, actually got down to business and discussed recent and near-future topics such as the NHL Draft, the Kings’ approach to free agency and how it may differ from previous seasons, and Trevor Lewis’ new contract. Odds and ends: -As noted on the podcast, there wasn’t anything going on with UFA forward Kris Versteeg as of Saturday afternoon, so expect the 30 year old to hit the open market. […]

June 27, 2016 6:23 pm - JonRosen

After silence, a Hall of Fame call for Vachon

There had been one question asked, two ways, prior to Monday’s Hockey Hall of Fame announcement. “Will Eric Lindros get a Hall of fame nod?” “Might Rogie Vachon ever draw Hall of Fame consideration again?” The questions were answered “yes,” and, surprisingly, “yes.” In a televised announcement, the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class was revealed, and In addition to Lindros and former Kings superstar Vachon, included Sergei Makarov and the late Pat Quinn, the latter of whom was honored in the Builders category and coached Los Angeles from 1984-87. The group will be honored in Toronto November 11-14. Vachon, […]

June 27, 2016 1:17 pm - JonRosen

Rogie Vachon named to 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class

A hearty congratulations to Rogie Vachon, who was named to the 2016 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is an overdue honor for the first superstar in the history of the Los Angeles Kings organization and the first player to have his jersey retired by the club. Meet the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Pat Quinn and Rogie Vachon. #HHOF — Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 27, 2016 Vachon, who appeared in net in Los Angeles from 1971-78, ranks second in franchise history in games played (389), wins (171) and […]

June 27, 2016 11:57 am - JonRosen

Kings won’t qualify Roach, Kitsyn, Bartosak

A Kings hockey operations source informed LA Kings Insider this morning that the team will not qualify defenseman Alex Roach, forward Maxim Kitsyn or goaltender Patrik Bartosak. The deadline to qualify restricted free agents is 2:00 p.m. PT. It is expected that remaining RFAs Nic Dowd, Derek Forbort, Jack Campbell and Andrew Crescenzi will receive qualifying offers. By qualifying a player, a team indicates its intention to maintain their rights and open up negotiations. Absent of a qualifying offer, players are eligible to become free agents on July 1. There are no enormous surprises here. The one player that may […]

June 25, 2016 5:05 pm - JonRosen

Futa, Yannetti share insight on the draft, LA’s picks

There’s a heavily used observation by scouting and hockey operations staffs of players who’ve been selected by their teams at the NHL Draft. We Can’t Believe This Guy Was Available Where We Were Drafting. It may be true, because no two lists are alike, and there will always be players who fall in the draft every single year. But it is used frequently after the draft by virtually every team in the league. “Once again, ‘just happy to help the ball club,’ ‘we’re just going to put our pants on one leg at a time.’” Los Angeles Kings Director of […]

June 25, 2016 3:29 pm - JonRosen

Trevor Lewis signs four-year, $8M extension

Buy stock in American Flag Emoji, Inc. Trevor Lewis has re-upped with Los Angeles for four years at an AAV of $2M per year. Though Milan Lucic was the highest priority for the Kings, the team and player were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract, opening the door for Los Angeles to explore other options with its capital. Three days after it was reported that Lucic would not sign with the club in advance of free agency, the Kings quickly came to an agreement on a new contract that, according to a hockey operations source and […]

June 25, 2016 12:49 pm - JonRosen

Introducing: Jacob Friend

Seventh Round, 202nd overall: Jacob Friend Position: Defense Shoots: Left DOB: 7/28/97 Height: 6’1 Weight: 182 NHL Central Scouting final ranking: NR NHL Central Scouting midterm ranking: NR Stats (OHL – Owen Sound): 54 GP, 4 G, 17 A, 21 Pts, 106 PIM, +14 VP of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel Michael Futa, on Jacob Friend: Just an old, throwback-type defenseman. Real hard-nosed guy. Competes. … Got to work on his feet. He’s not a bad skater – just got to get a little bit quicker – but he’s a kid that’s not afraid to muck it up, […]

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