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July 19, 2010 | Helene Elliott
Starved for scoring, the Kings were willing to give Ilya Kovalchuk $80 million over 15 years and keep him on the payroll until he's 42 and playing in a beer league. Make that a champagne league, given his future paydays. They were as stunned as the rest of the hockey world Monday when the Russian winger agreed to a 17-year, $102-million contract to stay in New Jersey, a deal that averages "only" $6 million per season but is heavily front-loaded and beyond all estimates of what even a two-time 50-goal scorer would command in a queasy free-agent market.
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July 6, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Smart money The divorce of Dwight Howard and the Lakers might be the biggest story in town, and NBA legend Magic Johnson is an owner of the Dodgers. So the L.A. sports fan ought to appreciate that the best moves the Dodgers made last week included trading for cap space. There is no salary cap for major league players, but the new collective bargaining agreement caps what teams can spend on amateurs. After Bob Engle , the Dodgers' vice president of international scouting, determined the team needed more cap space to pursue players around the world, the Dodgers traded reliever Matt Guerrier to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol . Dodgers fans vented about why their team would want the erratic Marmol, but what the Dodgers really wanted was the additional $200,000 in international cap space the Cubs included in the trade.
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April 4, 2009
If it's late March/early April, it must be time for the latest "sure, they missed the playoffs, but things are looking up for the Kings" article. This annual piece, reappearing with the consistency of a weather-forecasting Pennsylvania groundhog, usually contains a similar prophecy: More clouds on the horizon, for a lengthy period of time. Given the cutbacks at The Times, I thought I'd help the editors out, and provide the next six years' worth of headlines for this perennial sports section fave.
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July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- The Dodgers will attempt to revive the career of another floundering former All-Star closer, as they acquired Carlos Marmol, cash and cap space from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Matt Guerrier. They got Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners under similar circumstances last year and League pitched well enough to convince the Dodgers to re-sign him for $22.5 million. As was the case with League last year, Marmol has lost his job as the closer on a non-contending team.
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March 7, 2009
Dean Lombardi has officially waved the white flag on this season. I agreed with most of the moves Lombardi has made since becoming the GM, until now. I was shocked to read that he said it was a possibility that Patrick O'Sullivan might be further along as a player if he hadn't held out at the beginning of the season. Then to say Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Gaborik had too steep of a price tag! Dean, how much cap space do we have? The Kings are so close to becoming a playoff team. This trade was a step backward.
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October 10, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
+ Welcome back, Winnipeg Jets. Their second incarnation began Sunday … but the Montreal Canadiens spoiled their party by inflicting a 5-1 loss. Fans, Jets put on a great show. + Congratulations to Jaromir Jagr. Back in the NHL after three seasons in Russia, he recorded his 1,600th point with an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' opener. + The New York Rangers waived Sean Avery and no one else claimed him. His act has grown old. He was to report to the Rangers' American Hockey League farm team.
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July 7, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings have again said no to signing free agent Ilya Kovalchuk, this time appearing to close the door and lock it behind them. General Manager Dean Lombardi ended his initial pursuit of the two-time 50-goal scorer Sunday but was "re-engaged" by Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman. After crunching the numbers of a proposal sent Wednesday by Grossman, the Kings calculated they couldn't sign Kovalchuk and have salary cap space to retain the young players who are becoming the franchise's cornerstones.
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July 11, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Ilya Kovalchuk will meet with Kings executives for the first time Monday, a chance for the Kings to sell him on the merits of living and playing here — and on compromising at the bargaining table. Kovalchuk's arrival in Los Angeles on Sunday added a new twist to a saga that began when the NHL's free-agent period opened on July 1. The Kings had two previous rounds of talks with his agent, Jay Grossman, but walked away each time after Grossman refused to relax his client's 10-year, $100-million price.
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June 25, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings hit a snag while trying to grant Ryan Smyth's wish to return home to Western Canada when a tentative trade with the Oilers was derailed by concerns related to the post-concussion status of Edmonton forward Gilbert Brule. The Kings, surprised when Smyth asked out for family reasons, agreed to take a late draft pick and Brule's $1.85-million salary-cap hit to offset the Oilers' accepting Smyth's $6.25-million cap hit. The Kings planned to quickly trade, waive or buy out Brule to regain cap space to acquire a replacement for Smyth, who scored 23 goals last season.
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January 28, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings are a prime contender to acquire high-scoring left wing Ilya Kovalchuk from Atlanta, but they're competing with Vancouver, Boston and another Eastern team for the two-time 50-goal scorer, according to hockey sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The Bruins could offer one of the first-round draft picks they got from Toronto for Phil Kessel, while the Canucks and Kings have youngsters whose salaries would suit the cash-pinched Thrashers. The Kings' depth on defense gives them bargaining chips, though they're unlikely to part with core defensemen Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty, Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi.
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February 26, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
If the goals were to clear cap space and continue to stockpile draft picks, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi accomplished both with one move Tuesday. Lombardi traded left wing Simon Gagne to Gagne's former team, the Philadelphia Flyers, in exchange for a conditional draft choice in 2013. The Kings receive a third-round pick from Philadelphia if the Flyers make the playoffs or a fourth-round pick if the Flyers do not. Gagne, a healthy scratch the last four games, had five assists in 11 games and had not played since Feb. 17 at Chicago, seemingly an ill fit in Kings Coach Darryl Sutter's system.
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October 10, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
+ Welcome back, Winnipeg Jets. Their second incarnation began Sunday … but the Montreal Canadiens spoiled their party by inflicting a 5-1 loss. Fans, Jets put on a great show. + Congratulations to Jaromir Jagr. Back in the NHL after three seasons in Russia, he recorded his 1,600th point with an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' opener. + The New York Rangers waived Sean Avery and no one else claimed him. His act has grown old. He was to report to the Rangers' American Hockey League farm team.
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September 26, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
As a fervent fan, Tim Leiweke is eager to see Drew Doughty wearing a Kings uniform again. As chief executive of AEG, their parent company, Leiweke said he supports General Manager Dean Lombardi in not exceeding an average annual salary of $6.8 million for the unsigned defenseman because the Kings must save salary cap space for upgrades and allocate money to retain the nucleus of a promising young group. Doughty's absence is becoming crucial as the Kings assemble their lineup and prepare for an exhibition game next week and regular-season contests in Germany and Sweden.
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June 25, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings hit a snag while trying to grant Ryan Smyth's wish to return home to Western Canada when a tentative trade with the Oilers was derailed by concerns related to the post-concussion status of Edmonton forward Gilbert Brule. The Kings, surprised when Smyth asked out for family reasons, agreed to take a late draft pick and Brule's $1.85-million salary-cap hit to offset the Oilers' accepting Smyth's $6.25-million cap hit. The Kings planned to quickly trade, waive or buy out Brule to regain cap space to acquire a replacement for Smyth, who scored 23 goals last season.
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February 27, 2011 | Helene Elliott
The flurry of deals completed in recent weeks could make the final hours before Monday's noon PST NHL trade deadline relatively tame, with the Dallas Stars apparently intent on keeping center Brad Richards and most Stanley Cup contenders too close to the salary cap to take on big contracts. Two NHL team officials said Sunday that the Stars will not trade Richards and want to re-sign the prolific forward before he reaches unrestricted free agency July 1. Richards has a no-trade clause and likes Dallas, but the Stars are for sale and there is no guarantee that a new owner will want to assume a big contract and a plump payroll.
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July 19, 2010 | Helene Elliott
Starved for scoring, the Kings were willing to give Ilya Kovalchuk $80 million over 15 years and keep him on the payroll until he's 42 and playing in a beer league. Make that a champagne league, given his future paydays. They were as stunned as the rest of the hockey world Monday when the Russian winger agreed to a 17-year, $102-million contract to stay in New Jersey, a deal that averages "only" $6 million per season but is heavily front-loaded and beyond all estimates of what even a two-time 50-goal scorer would command in a queasy free-agent market.
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January 17, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
LeBron James, having a bit of extra time on his hands just before tipoff, kept drifting down the court and ended up in front of the Clippers' bench Saturday night. The mystery regarding his destination became clear. James was there to talk to a guy in a sharp suit and tie, one Blake Griffin, power forward turned medical patient needing knee surgery. James gave him a man-hug and they shared a nice bonding moment. So, what did James say to Griffin? Better yet, what did Griffin have to say to James.
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July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- The Dodgers will attempt to revive the career of another floundering former All-Star closer, as they acquired Carlos Marmol, cash and cap space from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Matt Guerrier. They got Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners under similar circumstances last year and League pitched well enough to convince the Dodgers to re-sign him for $22.5 million. As was the case with League last year, Marmol has lost his job as the closer on a non-contending team.
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July 11, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Ilya Kovalchuk will meet with Kings executives for the first time Monday, a chance for the Kings to sell him on the merits of living and playing here — and on compromising at the bargaining table. Kovalchuk's arrival in Los Angeles on Sunday added a new twist to a saga that began when the NHL's free-agent period opened on July 1. The Kings had two previous rounds of talks with his agent, Jay Grossman, but walked away each time after Grossman refused to relax his client's 10-year, $100-million price.
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July 7, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings have again said no to signing free agent Ilya Kovalchuk, this time appearing to close the door and lock it behind them. General Manager Dean Lombardi ended his initial pursuit of the two-time 50-goal scorer Sunday but was "re-engaged" by Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman. After crunching the numbers of a proposal sent Wednesday by Grossman, the Kings calculated they couldn't sign Kovalchuk and have salary cap space to retain the young players who are becoming the franchise's cornerstones.
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