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July 22, 2016 12:06 pm - JonRosen

Versteeg Switzerland-bound, via report; bonus audio

Via Darren Dreger, Kris Versteeg is expected to sign with Bern in Switzerland’s NLA this weekend. The forward totaled four goals and five points in 14 regular season games and one goal and two points in five playoff games with Los Angeles after he was acquired from Carolina in exchange for prospect Valentin Zykov. A conditional draft pick was also included in the trade, though the conditions of the draft pick were not met. It’s curious that Versteeg would sign with a European team when there was likely significant interest in his services in the NHL. HERO charts aren’t necessarily […]

July 21, 2016 4:04 pm - JonRosen

Nine Kings games to be broadcast nationally

The Los Angeles Kings will appear on NBC or NBCSN nine times in the 2016-17 season, the league announced in a Thursday press release. Wednesday, October 12: KINGS at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) Wednesday, November 30: San Jose at KINGS, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) Friday, December 16: KINGS at Pittsburgh, 4:00 p.m. (NBCSN) Tuesday, January 3: KINGS at San Jose, 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN) Wednesday, January 18: San Jose at KINGS, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) Wednesday, February 1: Colorado at KINGS, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) Sunday, February 5: KINGS at Washington, 9:00 a.m. (NBC) Tuesday, February 7: KINGS at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m. […]

July 21, 2016 11:25 am - Lindsay Czarnecki

Reign president excited about arena deal, Kings vs. Kings

The Reign will be calling Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario home for the next five years. The team recently reached a lease deal with new building owner SMG, as first reported by The Press-Enterprise. The five-year lease has an option for another five. “I can tell you it was a matter of months, not weeks,” said team president Darren Abbott via phone on Wednesday in regards to how long it took to get the deal done. “We went back and forth on a lot of things and it’s a relief to have it done, to know that we have […]

July 20, 2016 2:35 pm - JonRosen

Odds and ends: Armstrong, LaBarbera, radio appearance

Good afternoon, Insiders. Some news and stories of note from the shallow depths of July, 2016: TALKIN’ PROSPECTS. I joined Guy Flaming and Dean Millard on The Pipeline Show last night to reflect on development camp and share a few impressions of those coming through Los Angeles’ system. It’s an Edmonton show, and there’s some good Western-centric conversation on players such as Kale Clague and Austin Wagner. ARMY HOMECOMING. A hearty welcome-home to Derek Armstrong, who has rejoined the Kings as the team’s Director, Hockey Programming & Curriculum. His position ties in with Hockey Development and the club’s youth hockey […]

July 20, 2016 11:10 am - Lindsay Czarnecki

Reign officially announce signing of F Hensick

The Ontario Reign have signed forward T.J. Hensick, the team officially announced on Wednesday although the news was previously reported earlier this month. The 30-year-old Hensick split time last season in the AHL with Charlotte and Utica and registered 40 points (9-31=40) in 65 games. He’s a former MODO teammate of Reign forward Adrian Kempe from the 2013-14 season. Extremely excited to join the @LAKings organization and play for the @ontarioreign next season! #headedwest #theahl #tenthyearpro — TJ Hensick (@TJHensick) July 3, 2016 Hensick, a native of Howell, Michigan, adds to the Reign’s veteran presence. The team has already re-signed […]

July 19, 2016 5:29 pm - JonRosen

Player evaluation: King

DWIGHT KING This season: 47 games, 7 goals, 6 assists, 13 points, 24 penalty minutes, -6 rating, -3.9 CF%Rel, 14:26 time on ice The good: Dwight King, who had been among the team’s models of health over the first 238 games of his career, suffered a broken foot in the final preseason game that threw off a preseason trajectory that would have seen him open the year alongside Trevor Lewis and Dustin Brown but instead presented an alternate reality after a rehab process he deemed “difficult mentally” as he showed life out of his mid-season gate but sharply segued into […]

July 19, 2016 11:49 am - JonRosen

Audio, photos: Rogie Vachon on 50 Kings series

Rogie Vachon recently joined public address announcer Dave Joseph and Kings Men Podcast curator Jesse Cohen to discuss his Hall of Fame nomination, his first NHL game and the legacy of his career between his tenure as a player, an executive and an ambassador of the team. It’s a very interesting 26-minute conversation that Joseph and Cohen nail with well-articulated questions that elicit interesting stories and candor. In addition to Vachon, Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and the late Pat Quinn will be honored in Toronto November 11-14. Via Dave Stubbs of NHL.com: Hall of Fame wait worth it to Vachon […]

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