New Kings coach Jim Hiller’s challenge: ‘We have to do better’
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by Andrew Knoll
2d ago
For Jim Hiller, being named head coach of the Kings completed an odyssey over ice, with the team that drafted him as a player also giving him his first shot as an NHL bench boss after stops in Berlin, Milan and about a dozen other cities between his stretches in Los Angeles. “Just shy of 35 years ago, I was drafted by the L.A. Kings, so to be sitting here today is an honor,” Hiller said. “To have that long and winding path to end up here is something that I don’t take lightly.” “The team that drafts you, you’re forever tied to them, that’s your team. To be sitting here today after all these ye ..read more
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Kings sign Aatu Jämsen to a 2-year, entry-level deal
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by Andrew Knoll
2d ago
The Kings have signed winger Aatu Jämsen to a two-year, entry-level contract worth up to $852,500 per season, the team announced in a news release. Jämsen was originally a seventh-round draft selection of the Kings (No. 190 overall) in 2020. He remained in his native Finland with the pro club Pelicans, for which he competed at various junior levels and at the senior level for the past three campaigns. Last season, he had 25 points in 36 games, including 14 goals against the country’s top competition. Like the Kings, he had a decidedly quieter showing in the playoffs, where he scored two points ..read more
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Alexander: Ontario’s season is over, but what about Kings’ future?
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by Jim Alexander
5d ago
Ontario Reign’s Tyler Madden react after losing to Coachella Valley Firebirds in Game 3 of the AHL Calder Cup playoff series at Toyota Arena on Sunday May 19, 2024. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer) LA Kings mascot, Bailey, waves a towel during Game 3 of the AHL Calder Cup playoff series between Ontario Reign and Coachella Valley Firebird at Toyota Arena on Sunday May 19, 2024. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer) Coachella Valley Firebirds fans celebrate after defeating Ontario Reign in Game 3 of the AHL Calder Cup playoff series at Toyota Arena on Sunda ..read more
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Kings and assistant Trent Yawney agree to part ways
LA Daily News » Los Angeles Kings
by Andrew Knoll
1w ago
The Kings announced Thursday that they and assistant coach Trent Yawney mutually agreed to part ways. That leaves at least one assistant coaching vacancy for a staff that currently has an interim head coach, Jim Hiller, and an assistant whom the Kings brought into the fold in February, D.J. Smith, whose status may also be uncertain. “We appreciate all that Trent has contributed over the past five seasons and thank him for his dedication to the organization,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said. Yawney joined the Kings in 2019, arriving with Todd McLellan. He had worked under McLellan previous ..read more
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Kings, David Rittich agree to 1-year contract extension
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by Andrew Knoll
1w ago
The Kings have re-signed goalie David Rittich to a one-year contract extension worth $1 million, the team announced in a news release Wednesday. Rittich, also known as “Big Save Dave,” burst onto the netminding scene with the Calgary Flames at the tail end of the last decade, but found himself declining from journeyman status to that of a marginal NHL goalie before signing a one-year pact with the Kings last season that saw him start the campaign in the minors. But like Pheonix Copley the season prior, Rittich resuscitated his pro career, first in the American Hockey League and then at the top ..read more
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Kings face the prospect of losing Matt Roy and Viktor Arvidsson to free agency
LA Daily News » Los Angeles Kings
by Andrew Knoll
1w ago
The past three Kings seasons were defined by additions, but they might now be facing a pair of vital subtractions. Defenseman Matt Roy and winger Viktor Arvidsson will be eligible to become unrestricted free agents on July 1 if agreements aren’t reached before then. Roy proved his worth through steadiness and consistency, missing just one game in the past two seasons, for the birth of his child. Arvidsson might have better established his value through absences: in the 2022 playoffs against Edmonton when the Kings lost in seven games and across most of last season, when the Kings sorely missed ..read more
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Should the Kings dump their 1-3-1 neutral-zone trap?
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by Andrew Knoll
2w ago
EL SEGUNDO — The Kings’ 1-3-1 trap had drawn criticisms from opposing players, like Vancouver’s Nikita Zadorov, who said it was the Kings’ goal to not play hockey, and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, who once implored the Kings to “get up and hunt,” among other more profane commands. Those comments were considered encouraging signs for the Kings – limiting, stifling and consternating the opposition would be the ideal progression of a neutral-zone trap that attempts to dictate exactly what the other team does with the puck – but lately, it’s been the Kings’ own players expressing frustration with ..read more
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Alexander: What can your favorite team’s ownership do better?
LA Daily News » Los Angeles Kings
by Jim Alexander
2w ago
What, as a fan, do you want to see from the owner(s) of your favorite team(s)? Is it enough to have a decent hot dog, a reasonably priced seat with good sightlines, a stadium or venue that’s relatively easy to get into and out of? Is concessions variety important to you? What about the in-game experience? Do you want a high-energy atmosphere, or would you prefer that the speakers be turned down a bit – even if it’s only once in a while – so you can hear yourself think or actually, you know, talk to the person next to you without having to scream? Or is it all about winning and nothing else? Do ..read more
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Kings’ Rob Blake, Luc Robitaille point to ‘progress’ despite another early exit
LA Daily News » Los Angeles Kings
by Andrew Knoll
2w ago
EL SEGUNDO — The Kings’ brain trust addressed the media on Monday, although some of their statements about the disappointing season that just concluded seemed difficult to reconcile with the views of the public and, to some degree, their own players. The Kings, a team that in seven campaigns under General Manager Rob Blake and team president Luc Robitaille has won fewer postseason games than all but three of the NHL’s 31 other franchises, endured rather than experienced this past season from December onward. This duo of former on-ice stars whose numbers hang in the rafters of Crypto.com Arena ..read more
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Alexander: Kings apparently will keep GM Rob Blake, but at what cost?
LA Daily News » Los Angeles Kings
by Jim Alexander
3w ago
Here’s one problematic aspect of promoting a great player to a key management position with the team for which he starred: When he screws up, his retired number suddenly looks awfully dingy. Right now, Rob Blake’s No. 4 in the Crypto.com Arena rafters is a reminder less of his days as the Kings’ rock-solid defenseman than of a flurry of executive mistakes – including one big whopper – that has set his franchise back significantly and for a while appeared to put his own job as general manager in jeopardy. For a few days this week, it seemed a matter of time before Blake and interim head coach J ..read more
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