Kings Sign Kaleb Lawrence
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by Brian La Rose
3d ago
The June 1st deadline to sign many prospects across the league is fast approaching and in the coming days, several players should sign entry-level deals with their respective teams.  One of those is forward Kaleb Lawrence as CapFriendly reports (Twitter link) that the Kings have signed him to a three-year contract.  The deal carries an AAV of $852.5K and breaks down as follows: 2024-25: $775K base salary, $77.5K signing bonus, $82.5K AHL salary 2025-26: $775K base salary, $77.5K signing bonus, $82.5K AHL salary 2026-27: $775K base salary, $77.5K signing bonus, $82.5K AHL salary The 2 ..read more
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Evening Notes: Hiller, Smith, NCAA
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by Gabriel Foley
3d ago
Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake has revealed the details of Jim Hiller’s new head coaching contract, confirming to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta that the deal is a three-year contract with a fourth-year option (Twitter link). That’s a hardy deal for Hiller’s first NHL head coaching contract – made even more impressive when juxtaposed with fellow rookie head coach Drew Bannister’s two-year deal in St. Louis. Hiller has earned the confidence of the Kings organization after leading the team to a playoff berth on the back of a 21-12-1 record. His guidance brought the best out of m ..read more
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Kings Sign Aatu Jamsen To Entry-Level Deal
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by Josh Erickson
5d ago
The Kings signed forward prospect Aatu Jämsen to a two-year, entry-level contract last night, per CapFriendly. The deal carries an $852.5K cap hit and will pay him $775K in base salary, a $77.5K signing bonus and a minor-league salary of $80K each season. Notably, Jämsen’s contract does not have a European assignment clause. He was entering the final season of his contract with Liiga’s Pelicans, but it now appears he’ll come over and make his North American professional debut for AHL Ontario next season. Jämsen, 22 in July, has been on a solid development path since being drafted by ..read more
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Kings Sign Jim Hiller To Multi-Year Extension, Remove Interim Tag
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by Josh Erickson
5d ago
1:07 p.m.: Hiller has officially been named the team’s 30th head coach in franchise history. They did not disclose the length of the extension. 8:57 a.m.: The Kings have removed the interim tag from head coach Jim Hiller and signed him to a multi-year contract extension, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes reports Wednesday. He was widely expected to land the vacancy after Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said Monday that he was the “overwhelming favorite” to take over behind the bench full-time. Hiller assumed head coaching duties coming out of the All-Star break after Todd McLellan was fired following a J ..read more
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Kings “Likely” To Remove Interim Tag From Jim Hiller
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by Josh Erickson
1w ago
Kings interim head coach Jim Hiller is the “overwhelming favorite” to fill their vacancy behind the bench, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on Monday’s “32 Thoughts” podcast (audio link). The Kings went 21-12-1 (.632) with Hiller at the helm after the All-Star break but were dispatched quickly by the Oilers in five games in the first round. Hiller took over on an interim basis for Todd McLellan, who L.A. fired after four and a half seasons amid a 4-8-6 post-Christmas stretch. It would be the 55-year-old’s first shot as a full-time NHL head coach. The former Kings, Rangers and Red Win ..read more
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No Extension Talks Between Los Angeles Kings, Matt Roy
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by Brennan McClain
1w ago
After defeating the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the Los Angeles Kings have had to re-establish their footing in the Western Conference, setting forth on a multi-year re-tool while still holding on to veterans Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty. However, since the Kings’ Cup victory in 2014, even after the recent retooling of the roster, they have failed to make it beyond the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Already going through a coaching change during the regular season, Los Angeles has some major decisions to make during the upcoming offseason, decisions that will in ..read more
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Coaching Notes: Devils, Blues, Kings
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by Gabriel Foley
2w ago
The New Jersey Devils plan to solidify a new head coach within the next 7-to-10 days, per The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun (Twitter link). New Jersey just lost interim head coach Travis Green to a four-year contract with the Ottawa Senators, leaving their commanding spot vacant for the first time since firing Lindy Ruff in March. Green led the Devils to a 38-39-5 record, in his two months behind the helm, performing well enough to earn his first full-time head coaching role since leaving the Vancouver Canucks in the 2021-22 season. Ruff has also found a new home, returning to the Buffalo Sabres, w ..read more
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Kings Notes: Blake, Dubois, Hiller
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by Josh Cybulski
3w ago
Rob Blake will reportedly remain as the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings (according to Mayors Manor). Blake has been the Kings general manager since April 2017 and has steered the club through a lengthy rebuild that has resulted in three straight playoff appearances. While making the postseason out of rebuild is a good first step for a team, the Kings have lost in the first round to the Edmonton Oilers in all three playoff showings and have yet to take the next step to get into the upper echelon of Western Conference contenders. While Blake has built a talented core around older vetera ..read more
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Kings Reassign Aaron Dell
Pro Hockey Rumors » Los Angeles Kings
by Josh Erickson
3w ago
The Kings are trimming their roster after being eliminated in the first round in five games by the Oilers, returning depth goalie Aaron Dell to AHL Ontario today. Dell, 34, didn’t suit up for the Kings this season after they signed him to a one-year, two-way contract on March 4. The veteran of seven NHL seasons and 130 games last played in the NHL with the Sharks in February 2023. The Alberta native reached unrestricted free agency last summer after not being re-signed by San Jose but didn’t sign any NHL offers. He participated in training camp on a PTO with the Blue Jackets but fail ..read more
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11 Teams Face Cap Overage Penalties Next Season
Pro Hockey Rumors » Los Angeles Kings
by Brian La Rose
1M ago
With the salary cap largely being flat the last few years, more teams have had to dip into LTIR when injuries have come up.  Accordingly, the number of teams facing bonus overage penalties has also risen.  This year is no exception as Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reports in collaboration with CapFriendly that 11 teams are currently facing cap overage penalties for 2024-25 as a result of bonuses achieved this season. When a team finishes up the season using LTIR to stay cap-compliant, they don’t have any regular cap space to which bonuses can be applied against.  Accordingly ..read more
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