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After signing with a Swiss team this summer, Torrey Mitchell realizes he might have played in his last NHL game, but he's happy with what he accomplished.

Mitchell, 33, had a few NHL teams that reached out to him, but none ended up offering him a contract. Lausanne HC approached him though and after looking into the possibility, Mitchell became excited about the chance to continue his career in Switzerland. "I’m proud of the last 11 years," Mitchell said. "I feel like I’ve done well for myself, I’ve overachieved. I just hold my head up high. I was lucky that I was able to play 11 years in the NHL. From those 11 years, I guess the reputation that I built in the NHL gave me this opportunity now. The Lausanne GM (Sacha Weibel) obviously did his homework and told me he heard nothing but great things about me. There’s nothing not to be excited about as I continue my hockey career out of the NHL now. It’s the next chapter in my life and I’m super excited about it." Mitchell had 67 goals and 152 points in 666 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, and Los Angeles Kin
Jul 19 - 9:08 AM

Alex Lintuniemi has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Lintuniemi can earn $650,000 at the NHL level next season. He had four goals and 24 points in 64 AHL contests in 2017-18.
Jul 19 - 9:00 AM

Torrey Mitchell will play in Switzerland next season.

Mitchell had six goals and 11 points in 60 games with Montreal and Los Angeles last season. The 33-year-old forward has appeared in 666 career NHL contests.
Jul 17 - 11:53 PM

Kurtis MacDermid has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

MacDermid's contract comes with a $675,000 cap hit at the NHL level. He had four points and 57 penalty minutes in 34 contests with Los Angeles in 2017-18.
Source: LAKings.com
Jul 15 - 6:59 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk has shied away from making predictions about how much he might produce in the NHL this season.

Kovalchuk has 10 seasons of more than 30 goals under his belt in the NHL, but he's spent the last five seasons in the KHL and is 35-years-old now. That makes him a big X-Factor, but while he's reluctant to make prediction, Jonathon Blum, who is a veteran of 110-NHL games and has spent the last three seasons in the KHL, did offer his take. "I have no doubts he can score 25 goals this season. He is in great shape and still can skate really well," said Blum. "Playing for a team like L.A. that is always a playoff team and contending for a Stanley Cup will only motivate him more to win."
Jul 15 - 3:29 AM

Zack Mitchell has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Mitchell can earn $650,000 at the NHL level or $150,000 in the minors next season. He scored three goals and five points in 23 games with the Wild in 2017-18. He also recorded 16 goals and 33 points in 42 AHL contests.
Jul 14 - 1:38 PM

Rasmus Kupari has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Kupari was taken with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He's solid defensively and has offensive upside, but his best asset is his speed. Kupari’s skill set greatly appeals to the Kings amidst their ongoing efforts to draft, develop and cultivate speed and skill. "As a player, we always knew he was a first round talent," Head European Scout Christian Ruuttu said. "He’s got the speed, he’s got the skill, he’s playing with men in the pro league. We’ve seen him a lot, and we knew what the new game is going towards. Rasmus is part of that game – the speed, the skill and the playmaking, all that. What he really does have, he’s got a good shot on the fly."
Jul 14 - 3:48 AM

Paul LaDue has agreed to a two-year, $1.65 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

LaDue had three goals and four points with Los Angeles last season. At the AHL level, he scored eight goals and 18 points in 36 contests.
Source: LAKings.com
Jul 13 - 5:29 PM

Damir Sharipzyanov has been placed on unconditional waivers.

Sharipzyanov will be released from the final season of his entry-level contract if he goes unclaimed. He was loaned to the KHL for the 2017-18 campaign and had five goals and 16 points in 54 games.
Jul 4 - 3:13 PM

Dustin Brown is recovering from a shoulder issue.

Fortunately, Brown's rehab isn't expected to interfere significantly with his summer training. "Brownie’s where we thought he’d be at this point," Kings coach John Stevens said. "He’s back east now. I talked to him the other day, he felt things were going well. You don’t like to see a guy in a rehab situation. You want him to be training. But we feel like he can be fully rehabbed, fully trained, ready to go." Brown excelled last season with 28 goals and 61 points in 81 games. There's some risk of regression here, but he shouldn't dip back to the sub-30 point performances that plagued him from 2013-14 through 2016-17.
Jul 4 - 8:54 AM

Trevor Lewis underwent hand surgery over the offseason.

Kings coach John Stevens reported that Lewis' hand is "doing great" now and the 31-year-old forward is moving on. We take that to mean that Lewis should be fine for training camp.
Jul 4 - 8:50 AM

Sean Walker has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Walker had seven goals and 28 points in 64 AHL games in 2017-18. Before that AHL campaign, Walker spent four seasons at Bowling Green State University. He scored 10 goals and 24 points in 41 contests in his senior season.
Source: LAKings.com
Jul 3 - 8:54 PM

Drew Doughty confirmed that he negotiated his eight-year, $88 million contract without the use of an agent.

Doughty had previously worked with Don Meehan and Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management, but he saved a lot of money by handling the negotiations himself. "My agent did an amazing job for me forever and I’ll be friends with him until the day I die, but in the end, if you punch the numbers in and they’re taking 3%, the amount of money I saved doing the deal myself is ridiculous," Doughty said. "Maybe they could’ve gone out there and got me more money and then that payment wouldn’t matter, but I was proud to do it on my own and [Blake] was unbelievable to work with." In addition to getting $11 million per season, Doughty also secured a no-trade clause for the first four seasons of the deal and a limited no-trade clause for the final four campaigns.
Jul 2 - 6:25 AM

Drew Doughty has signed an eight-year, $88 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

That's the biggest contract of the day as John Tavares was limited to signing to seven-years with Toronto because he was going to a new team. Doughty's $11 million annual cap hit is the highest among defensemen, but it's hard to argue with it given what he's done with the Kings. He had 10 goals and 60 points in 82 contests while averaging 26:50 minutes last season. He finished second in Norris Trophy voting in 2018 after winning the award in 2016.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 2:22 PM

Although the Los Angeles Kings have already added Ilya Kovalchuk and re-signed Drew Doughty they are still looking to improve their offense.

The Kings were 16th in the league averaging a mere 2.89 goals scored per game and could use another scoring winger. The problem is that they only have approximately $3 million in cap space and would need to make some moves in order to ink any winger of substance. It will be interesting to see if the Kings make a trade to allow them some more flexibility.
Jun 30 - 12:16 PM


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