Dustin Brown to have No. 23 retired by Kings
Former Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown will have his No. 23 jersey retired on Feb. 11 before the team hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins.Brown, 37, retired after the Kings were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs this past spring. A statue also will be unveiled in his honor at Crypto.com Arena."Having my number retired is something I never imagined and is a humbling honor," Brown said. "I am incredibly proud that I played for the LA Kings my entire career. With my number going to the rafters, I am honored to be amongst the King Greats, but it makes me think of the two (Stanley Cup) banners already in the rafters, of which I am most proud. It took numerous people to raise those two banners; the same is true for this one. Thank you to all who have helped me achieve my dreams."Brown totaled 712 points (325 goals, 387 assists) in a franchise-record 1,296 regular-season games.He was named the team's captain on Oct. 8, 2008, and held that distinction until Anze Kopitar assumed the role on June 16, 2016.Brown was the captain of two Stanley Cup championship teams (2012, 2014) and had 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) in 92 postseason contests. He scored 14 of his postseason goals during the two Stanley Cup-winning campaigns and tied for most goals (eight) and points (20) during the 2012 postseason.
Kings sign Gabriel Vilardi, Jaret Anderson-Dolan
The Los Angeles Kings signed centers Gabriel Vilardi and Jaret Anderson-Dolan to one-year contract extensions on Saturday.Vilardi's one-way deal is worth $825,000 through the 2022-23 season, while Anderson-Dolan's two-way contract is worth $750,000.Vilardi, 22, recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in 25 games this past season with the Kings.He has 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) in 89 career games since being selected by Los Angeles with the 11th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Kings elect not to qualify F Brendan Lemieux
Brendan Lemieux will become an unrestricted free agent this week after the Los Angeles Kings decided not to make the forward a qualifying offer by Monday's deadline.Lemieux, 26, recorded 13 points (eight goals, five assists) over 50 games for the Kings in 2021-22. He also led the team in penalty minutes with 97.Los Angeles acquired Lemieux during the 2020-21 season in a deal with the New York Rangers, in exchange for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.
Kings re-sign forwards Carl Grundstrom, Lias Andersson
The Los Angeles Kings re-signed forwards Carl Grundstrom and Lias Andersson on Monday.Grundstrom's is a two-year deal worth $2.6 million and Andersson's is a one-year deal worth $750,000, the team announced.Grundstrom, 24, registered career highs in goals (nine), assists (six) and points (15) in 54 games this season. He also appeared in six Stanley Cup Playoff games, tying for the team lead with three goals.
Kings F Adrian Kempe signs 4-year, $22 million extension
Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe on Sunday signed a four-year contract extension worth $22 million through the 2025-26 season.Kempe recorded career-high totals in goals (35), points (54), power-play goals (six) and game-winning goals (seven) over 78 games last season. He also was voted to his first NHL All-Star Game.The 25-year-old Swede is coming off a three-year, $6 million contract.
Kings hire Manon Rheaume as ops, prospect advisor
The Los Angeles Kings named Manon Rheaume as their hockey operations and prospect advisor on Thursday.Rheaume will work with executives in multiple areas with the Kings and focus on prospect development.She became the first female athlete to play in any of the major North American professional sports leagues when she suited up as a goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason contest against the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 23, 1992."I'm excited to join the Kings and look forward to working with our young players as they go through their individual development process," Rheaume said. "There are so many elements that factor into a player's journey once they join an organization, and my focus will be on helping to provide them with the tools and guidance they need to ease that transition as the strive to reach their ultimate goal of playing in the NHL."
Kings acquire Kevin Fiala from Wild
The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in exchange for defenseman Brock Faber and a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.Fiala can become a restricted free agent on July 13.TSN reported Fiala will sign a seven-year contract with an average annual value of just under $8 million. He played last season on a one-year deal worth $5.1 million.Fiala, 25, recorded career-high totals in goals (33), assists (52), points (85) and penalty minutes (52) in 82 games last season.
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