July 15, 2013 |
The Kings announced Monday that they have retained defenseman Alec Martinez, agreeing on a two-year contract and avoiding arbitration with the player, who turns 26 later this month. The announcement was made by Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. Martinez played in 27 games last season, with a goal, four assists and 10 penalty minutes. He also played in seven of the team's 18 post-season games, contributing two assists. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound former 2007 fourth-round pick has appeared in 142 regular-season and 33 post-season games.
May 8, 2012 |
Canada's Team stood between the Kings and a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals nearly two decades ago. Now, it's merely the NHL's team. The NHL has owned the Coyotes since 2009 when it pulled the franchise out of bankruptcy for about $140 million. A warning to the Kings' lively Twitter feed: Mocking the Coyotes is like tweaking the NHL. Do it at your own peril. (But primers on bankruptcy, debt ratings and the power of the Arizona watchdog group the Goldwater Institute are best saved for another time.)
November 25, 2009
Kings tonight AT EDMONTON When: 6:30 PST. Where: Rexall Place. On the air: Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 13-9-2, Oilers 10-11-3. Record vs. Oilers (2008-09): 2-0-2. Update: Andrei Loktionov, promoted from Manchester (N.H.), will make his NHL debut at center with Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown. Teddy Purcell, who hasn't scored a goal since the second game of the season, was moved up to the first line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.
September 11, 2012 |
Eleven years ago today, Kings scouts Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis were flying to Los Angeles for the start of training camp. They never made it: Both were aboard United Flight 175 , one of two planes hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bailey, who played in the NHL and scouted for the Edmonton Oilers during their dynasty years, had been with the Kings for eight years. I always looked forward to training camp because Bailey would sit in the stands and tell stories and entertain writers, broadcasters and fans with his tales.
May 18, 2011 |
The aftermath of a soured business partnership between Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille and jailed financier William "Boots" Del Biaggio III that left Robitaille responsible for a $2-million line of credit has led a bank to foreclose on the Santa Monica home owned by Robitaille, a longtime favorite of Kings fans and president of the club's business operations. Robitaille, however, isn't expected to lose the home and won't lose his job while he settles his financial obligations.
October 28, 2010
Kings tonight AT DALLAS When: 5:30 PDT. Where: American Airlines Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 6-3-0,Stars 5-3-0. Record vs. Stars (2009-10): 5-1-0. Update: Jonathan Quick is scheduled to start in goal for the Kings after serving as Jonathan Bernier's backup Wednesday at Chicago. He has won his last two starts and overall is 5-1-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in six starts.
June 13, 2012 |
Fans at Dodger Stadium were treated to a special moment Wednesday evening before the first pitch of the Dodgers-Angels game when the Kings brought the Stanley Cup onto the field. The Kings players trotted the Stanley Cup - the first in the franchise's 45-year history - to the pitcher's mound and the Dodgers and Angels joined them on the field for a photo opportunity. Each member of the Cup champions threw out a first pitch to a member of the Dodgers. Captain Dustin Brown carried the 35-pound Stanley Cup to home plate following the ceremonial first pitches, where even the umpires took in a photo with the trophy.
July 16, 2013 |
The Ducks brought back free agent Dustin Penner with a one-year contract Tuesday. The left wing has won a Stanley Cup both with Anaheim, where he began his NHL career in 2005, and with his most recent team, the Kings. Penner, 30, had two goals and 12 assists for the Kings last season and scored just 11 regular-season goals total in his three seasons with the team after averaging 24-plus in five seasons before that with Edmonton and the Ducks combined. He scored three goals for the Kings in the playoffs this year, and has 35 points (22 assists)