Important dates, salary cap, 2017-18 odds, preseason - LA Kings Insider

Important off-season dates:

Keep in mind there that there will also be a trade freeze for all teams other than Vegas beginning the afternoon of Saturday, June 17, and continuing through the morning of Thursday, June 22. While there could be some movement this week, I’m under the impression that the more heavy movement around the league is expected to take place beginning on June 22-23. For more particular dates, the Buffalo News has a pretty good list. Expansion draft lists will be made public at 7:00 a.m. PT this Sunday. Also, the NHL schedule is expected to be released June 20.

Salary cap update: First, there’s interesting NHLPA discussion from both Larry Brooks and Elliotte Friedman. Though Brooks reported it’s expected “that the union will decline to trigger the escalator for next season,” Bob McKenzie noted some nuance being weighed internally by the NHLPA.

There was enough of a possibility of this two years ago that the Kings had one of several off-season models tailored toward a 2.5% escalation of the salary cap. There appears to be some leeway in Article 50.5 of the CBA (bolded by LAKI):

all references to the “Midpoint” thereafter shall mean the “Adjusted Midpoint”), which shall be adjusted upward by a factor of five (5) percent in each League Year (yielding the \ Adjusted Midpoint, which shall then become the Midpoint of the Payroll Range) unless or until either party to this Agreement proposes a different growth factor based on actual revenue experience and/or projections, in which case the parties shall discuss and agree upon a new factor.

Odds and ends: The Kings were assigned 9-to-1 odds shortly after their 2014 triumph, for what it’s worth. Then we introduced the Everything’s OK Alarm and The Royal Half created the #IsItMidAprilYet hashtag. And Then What Happened?

Pittsburgh Penguins: 9/1
Chicago Blackhawks: 12/1
Edmonton Oilers: 12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning: 12/1
Washington Capitals: 12/1
Anaheim Ducks: 14/1
Nashville Predators: 14/1
Dallas Stars: 16/1
Minnesota Wild: 16/1
Montreal Canadiens: 16/1
New York Rangers: 16/1
Toronto Maple Leafs: 16/1
Los Angeles Kings: 18/1
Columbus Blue Jackets: 20/1
San Jose Sharks: 22/1
St. Louis Blues: 28/1
Boston Bruins: 33/1
Calgary Flames: 33/1
Ottawa Senators: 33/1
Florida Panthers: 40/1
New York Islander: 40/1
Philadelphia Flyers: 40/1
Winnipeg Jets: 40/1
Arizona Coyotes: 66/1
Buffalo Sabres: 66/1
Carolina Hurricanes: 66/1
Detroit Red Wings: 66/1
Colorado Avalanche: 75/1
New Jersey Devils: 75/1
Vancouver Canucks: 75/1
Vegas Golden Knights: 150/1

Notes on dates and schedules: Development camp will be pushed up by a week this year. Expect camp happenings to take place from June 26-30 at TSC. Busy days ahead! Also, the preseason schedule is expected to be released on either Wednesday or Thursday. Three dates have already been confirmed: Thursday September 21 (vs Vancouver in Shanghai), Saturday, September 23 (vs Vancouver in Beijing), and Tuesday, September 26 at Vegas. From what I’ve heard and seen, there will also be split-squad games while the team is overseas; expect those who don’t travel to China to play at Anaheim during the week the team is away. Games at Staples Center will take place against Anaheim and Arizona, and there may also be one game against Vancouver on Saturday, September 16 before the teams leave for China. I don’t believe Los Angeles is traveling to Colorado this preseason.

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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.