Former Kings blueliner Slava Voynov officially signs three-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg

Jared Clinton
Slava Voynov (via SKA St. Petersburg)

Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has officially inked a three-year deal with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg.

Voynov’s signing was announced Thursday, and says that Voynov, who hasn’t played in a professional game since Oct. 19, 2014, will begin skating with the team on Saturday. Without question, Voynov will be able to get into the lineup in time for SKA’s next game, as the KHL will hit a seven-day break come Nov. 3.

The 25-year-old blueliner hasn’t played in a professional contest since he suited up for the Kings on Oct. 19, 2014, the day before he was arrested and subsequently charged with domestic violence. The NHL suspended Voynov on Oct. 20, 2014, and he remains under suspension by the league. Voynov did practice with the Kings once, which was called an optional skate by the league. It led to a $100,000 fine for Los Angeles. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Contract negotiations betweens Kings, Kopitar hit a snag

Lyle Richardson
Anze Kopitar

Earlier this month, it seemed progress was being made in contract negotiations between the Los Angeles Kings and pending free-agent center Anze Kopitar. TSN’s Darren Dreger claimed the two sides were “inching closer” toward an eight-year contract extension.

Kopitar, 27, is in the final season of a seven-year, $47.6 million contract. It’s rumored his new annual salary could be around $10 million. With Mike Richards’ finally bought out and Slava Voynov now off their books, it was believed the Kings had freed up sufficient long-term cap space for Kopitar’s new deal.

However, Sportnet’s Damien Cox reports there’s a “definite sense” negotiations have stalled, leaving some observers puzzled by the delay. That’s likely because the Kings, while apparently willing to re-up Kopitar to a long-term extension, still wish to make the dollars work in their favor.

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Watch Jeremy Roenick sneak up on, attempt to catch live alligator

Jeremy Roenick approaches an alligator (via Twitter)

Whether you’re a fan of Jeremy Roenick’s or not, it’s hard to deny that he has always been entertaining. Part of that entertainment comes from Roenick’s antics, which have included on-ice dance breaks and his outspokenness. His latest attempt at crowd-pleasing, though, was equal parts dangerous and crazy.

In a video posted by Philadelphia sports radio host Rhea Hughes, Roenick, a nine-time NHL all-star, sneaks up behind a sunbathing alligator on the golf course. As Roenick approaches the alligator, he asks fellow broadcaster Keith Jones, who is behind the camera, to make sure he’s getting both Roenick and the alligator in the frame. Then, in one move, Roenick turns and dives at the alligator: Read more

The Kings haven’t had to change to turn around early struggles

Jared Clinton
Drew Doughty celebrates with Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Three games into the season, the Los Angeles Kings hadn’t come close to winning a game. The Kings had mustered just two goals for, allowed 12 against and there was some talk that coach Darryl Sutter could be on the hot seat. Fast forward nearly two weeks and the Kings are looking like the team many considered a Cup contender before the season began.

Since dropping their third straight game to start the year — a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks — the Kings have rattled off five straight victories and they’ve won in every way imaginable. They scraped out a 2-1 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild, beat down the San Jose Sharks 4-1 and shutout the Carolina Hurricanes. They’ve had close calls, big saves and timely scoring. Now, all of a sudden, the Kings are atop the Pacific Division after eight games.

There’s still a lot of hockey to be played, but Los Angeles is looking every bit the powerhouse they were expected to be. And after their Stanley Cup hangover that saw them miss the post-season in 2014-15, it’s hard to imagine this Kings team isn’t bound for big things this season. Read more

Goal or no goal? Connor McDavid denied in dying seconds vs. Kings

Ryan Kennedy
Did it go in? (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Connor McDavid can do a lot of wonderful things with the puck. The Edmonton center not only sits in a tie for first-place among rookie scorers with Arizona’s Max Domi, but he also leads the Oilers in offense with nine points through nine games.

What he couldn’t do, is beat Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick with a last-second backhand Sunday night in a 3-2 Kings victory.

Or could he?

Check out the play – did McDavid’s shot cross the line, or did Quick glove the biscuit in time?

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Top five 2014-15 AHL scorers that made NHL rosters to start 2015-16

Teemu Pulkkinen (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Player development in the AHL seems to have a more important impact on the NHL each year. According to the AHL’s Guide & Record Book, 88 percent of current NHL players are AHL alumni.

This season is no exception, with 24 AHL players having made their NHL debuts already, less than two weeks into the new campaign.

Here, we feature the top five AHL scorers from 2014-15 that made NHL rosters to start 2015-16.

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Rumor Roundup: Contract, decline in play biggest obstacles to Mike Richards returning to NHL

Lyle Richardson
Mike Richards. (Getty Images)

With the Los Angeles Kings reaching a contract settlement with center Mike Richards, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports his future remains unclear. He faces a court date on Dec. 8 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, alleged to be an undisclosed amount of the powerful painkiller oxycodone.

Friedman states there’s interest in the 30-year-old Richards, who’s now an unrestricted free agent. He claims the Kings attempted to package him with two or three prospects to the Edmonton Oilers and/or Calgary Flames before his arrest last June.

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