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Mike Richards and Los Angeles Kings Agree to Settlement

October 9th, 2015 at 2:54 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The NHL Players’ Association announced Friday that them and the NHL have reached a settlement agreement regarding Mike Richards’ contract with the Los Angeles Kings, which was terminated in June.

“The settlement amicably resolves the grievance filed by the NHLPA on August 10, 2015 in response to the Los Angeles Kings’ termination of Richards’ contract. Richards is an Unrestricted Free Agent,” the NHLPA said in a statement.

Richards, 30, still faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. He is reportedly due in court on Dec. 8.

The Kings terminated Richards’ contract June 29, for a “material breach of the requirements of his contract.”

“The terms are agreeable to all parties,” the Kings said in a statement. “We will not be commenting further on the terms.”

There are several reports stating he will count against the Kings cap for quite sometime and that he will be paid out long term, nothing confirmed as of now.

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Goaltender Peter Budaj Signs One Year Contract

October 9th, 2015 at 2:48 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Per the Kings:

The 30-year-old Budaj (born Sept. 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 192-pound native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia who appeared in 19 regular-season games last season with St. John’s (AHL) where he compiled an 0-9-6 record with a .888 SV% and a 3.55 GAA.

Budaj has appeared in 296 regular-season games in nine seasons in the NHL with Colorado and Montreal registering a 124-107-36 record with a .903 SV% and a 2.76 GAA. In seven career postseason games he has recorded an 0-2 record with a .843 SV% and a 5.13 GAA.

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Rivalry Boils Between the Kings and Sharks

October 8th, 2015 at 6:18 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks rivalry picked up in full swing during the season opener on Wednesday night, where the Kings fell 5-1.

The game had four fighting majors, four roughing minors and a match penalty assessed on Milan Lucic of the Kings who hit the Sharks’ Logan Couture, near the Sharks’ bench, after Couture had laid a big hit on Lucic upon exiting the penalty box. It’s not something that happens a lot, where a player is coming down the ice as another is leaving the box stated Lucic.

“I didn’t like it, so I reacted to it,” Lucic said about going after Couture. “I don’t know why I got a match penalty. I didn’t cross any line, so obviously I deserved a penalty, but I don’t know why it was called a match penalty. At the end of the day, I don’t care who it is on the other side. If you’re going to hit someone like that, you could easily injure someone, it doesn’t matter what the situation is. I’m definitely going to react to it.”

Lucic added that Couture went straight to the bench because he knew he did something wrong.

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Los Angeles Kings Fall 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks

October 8th, 2015 at 12:08 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings lost 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks in their season opener at the STAPLES Center on Wednesday night.

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves out of 32 shots. Former King, Martin Jones made 19 out of 20 saves in between the pipes for the Sharks.

“I was just trying to approach it like every other game,” said Jones on facing the Kings for the first time since he was traded on June 26. “It was exciting. I waited a long time for that game and we got a good result.”

Nick Shore tipped-in a shot from Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty at 1:49 in the first period.

Shore’s goal scored at the 1:49 mark of the first period marked the second fastest goal in Kings home opener history (fastest was :30 seconds by Pat Conacher, Oct. 7, 1995 vs. COL).

“I’ve been scored on before,” added Jones about Shore's goal. “It’s obviously not the way you want to start a game but I thought we showed a lot of character as a group by not letting that spiral. It could have easily done that, but I thought we did a great job coming back from that.”

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Martin Jones Returns to Los Angeles

October 7th, 2015 at 5:56 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

On June 26, goaltender Martin Jones was traded to the Boston Bruins, and three days later he was sent to the San Jose Sharks.

Tonight, the 25-year old returns to the STAPLES Center and will be the starting goaltender, facing the team he won the Stanley Cup with in 2014.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Jones said of opening the season in Los Angeles. “Those are the fun games to play in. Obviously our goal is to go in there and get two points, but I’ll try and have a little bit of fun when I’m there, for sure.”

Kings forward Tyler Toffoli, also known as one of Jones’ best friends stated that he wants to score against his buddy.

“I want to score every night, but it’d be nice to score on Joner, too.”

“I’ll do what I can,” Jones said in reference to what Toffoli. “Obviously it’s going to be fun to play the old team. Those guys will be trying to score on me, but it’s going to be fun to play against them, for sure.”

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