Understanding NHL Prospect Rules is a Sport in Itself

At times, hockey can feel like a riddle wrapped up in an enigma – especially when it comes to understanding rules related to where a team’s prospects can play and why.
Generally speaking, football is the easiest of pro sports to understand when it comes to roster eligibility. Nearly all players come up through the college […]

UFA and RFA Signings Done: Updated LA Kings Projections for 2019-20 Season

With the NHL off-season rolling right along, LA Kings GM Rob Blake has already completed the bulk of his heavy lifting. This opened with a pair of Unrestricted Free Agent signings (more on that in a minute), followed by recent news that several of the team’s Restricted Free Agents had inked new two-year deals. What’s […]

July 2019 – LA Kings Lineup Projection, Salary Cap Situation

In most NHL cities, July 1st is equivalent to Christmas morning. Fans across North America get to wake up and hear all about the players headed to their town, ready to put on the sweater of their local team, and bringing hope for the next season.
In Los Angeles, it’s a bit of a waiting game […]

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes on Phaneuf Buyout, Kings Draft, Ducks Coach

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Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to discuss a full range of topics, ranging from the 2012 Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles to the Anaheim Ducks current coaching search.
One of the key items covered was the future of […]

UPDATE: Two Major Changes Coming in Ontario, Including New Arena Name

For several months now, we’ve been talking about the new arena name in Ontario – and it appears things are finally ready to be announced. Look for the name to be officially revealed at a press conference on June 11, followed by another major addition to the building next month (more on that aspect of […]

10 Tidbits on Nikolai Prokhorkin – Finally Coming to America

We truly never thought we’d be typing these words… Welcome to Los Angeles, old friend.
Even casual hockey observers could likely note that nearly every NHL prospect has a fascinating backstory if you take the time to dig in a little. Yet, how many of those players have a tale including legal action regarding their […]

July 2018 – LA Kings Lineup, Salary Cap Situation and Possible Trade Scenarios

With some of the heated fervor surrounding Free Agent Frenzy starting to dissipate, we thought it best to circle back on the LA Kings salary cap situation. We continue to get inquires via social media regarding General Manager Rob Blake’s overall plan.
Well, his whiteboard in El Segundo looks something similar to this:
 

Kovalchuk
Kopitar
Brown

$6,250,000
10,000,000
5,875,000

 
 
 

Pearson
Carter
Toffoli

3,750,000
5,272,727
4,600,000

 
 
 

Iafallo
Kempe
Vilardi

925,000
894,167
925,000

 
 
 

Clifford
Lewis
Thompson

1,600,000
2,000,000
1,650,000

 
 
 

Brodzinski
Amadio
 

650,000
717,500
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Forbort
Doughty
 

2,525,000
7,000,000
 

 
 
 

Muzzin
Phaneuff
 

4,000,000
5,250,000
 

 
 

Brickley
Martinez
 

925,000
4,000,000
 

 
 
 

LaDue
 
 

917,831
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Quick
Campbell
 

5,800,000
675,000
 

 
This configuration of […]

July 2017: Update on LA Kings Salary Cap Situation and Roster Projection

Fresh on the heels of forward Nick Shore and the Kings agreeing to new one year contract, with an average annual value (AAV) of $925,000, we have updated our look at the team’s current salary cap situation.
2017-18 LA Kings Projected Opening Night Roster (with important notes at the end of the article)
 

Cammalleri
Kopitar
Brown

1,000,000
10,000,000
5,875,000

 
 
 

Pearson
Carter
Toffoli

3,750,000
5,272,727
4,550,000

 
 
 

Kempe
Dowd
Brodzinski

894,167
650,000
950,000

 
 
 

Clifford
Shore
Lewis

1,600,000
925,000
2,000,000

 
 
 

Nolan
Andreoff
 

950,000
677,500
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Muzzin
Doughty
 

4,000,000
7,000,000
 

 
 
 

Martinez
LaDue
 

4,000,000
1,500,000
 

 
 
 

Forbort
Gravel
 

650,000
950,000
 

 
 
 

Folin
 
 

850,000
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Quick
Kuemper
 

5,800,000
650,000
 

 
The above 23-man roster […]

Update on LA Kings 2017-18 Salary Cap Following NHL Expansion Draft

Last month, we brought you part-one of what will most likely be a summer-long process of re-evaluating where the LA Kings stand relative to the 2017-18 salary cap. New GM Rob Blake has plenty of work ahead of him, as he works to re-tool his roster and the fly and put the Kings back in […]

LA Kings 2016-17 Salary Cup Crunch: Where Things Stand Today

A few of the worst kept secrets in Los Angeles have been officially revealed over the past few days – Vinny Lecavalier is officially retiring, Milan Lucic wants to stay in Los Angeles, and the Kings’ still haven’t solved their problems on defense (largely caused by the departure of Slava Voynov).
Thus, it will be another […]