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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Keaton Ellerby from Florida in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft and assigned defenseman Andrew Campbell to Manchester (AHL), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Ellerby, 24, has played in 125 career NHL games (all with the Panthers), recording 17 points (2-15=17) and 70 penalty minutes. The 6-5, 217-pound native of Strathmore, Alberta was drafted by the Panthers in the first-round (10th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
This season, Ellerby has appeared in nine games with the Panthers, recording zero points and 36 penalty minutes. Ellerby is expected to join the team in Nashville and his jersey number has not been determined at this time.
The fifth-round selection traded to Florida is the same fifth-round selection acquired by the Kings from New Jersey in exchange for forward Andrei Loktionov on Wednesday, February 6.
Campbell, 25, was recalled by the Kings on February 6. The 6-4, 207-pound native of Caledonia, Ontario did not appear in a game.
The Kings continue their road trip with a practice on Saturday in Nashville before flying to Detroit for a game on Sunday against the Red Wings, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast on NBC and KTLK AM 1150.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated center Anze Kopitar from the non-roster list and have assigned forward Anthony Stewart to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Kopitar did not participate in training camp with the Kings. He was placed on the non-roster list on January 18 when the Kings officially set their player roster for the start of this season.
Stewart was acquired by the Kings from Carolina on January 13. He did not play in the Kings’ season opener at STAPLES Center against Chicago this past Saturday.
The Kings begin a three-game road trip in Colorado tonight beginning at 6 p.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports West – including pre and post-game shows -- and KTLK AM 1150.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and have placed defenseman Matt Greene on the injured reserve list (retroactive to January 19), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Bodnarchuk participated in training camp with the Kings before he was assigned to Manchester on January 18 when the Kings officially set their player roster for the start of this season. The 5-11, 190-pound native of Drumheller, Alberta, has played in 39 games with Manchester this season and has 12 points (3-9=12).
Bodnarchuk, who wears No. 47, has played in five NHL games (with Boston in 2009-10). He is expected to meet the Kings in Denver.
Greene has been placed on IR due to a mid-body injury. In one game with the Kings this season he has one point (an assist).
The Kings begin a three-game road trip in Colorado tomorrow beginning at 6 p.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports West and KTLK AM 1150.
Thursday afternoon, Kings Captain Dustin Brown and Kings President Luc Robitaille stepped Inside The Locker Room with the Petros and Money to give us some details on how their off-season went and what we can expect from the champions in 2013.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will finally begin defense of their Stanley Cup title on Saturday and will do so after rewarding head coach Darryl Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi with contract extensions.
Terms of the multi-year deals were not disclosed. President of business operations Luc Robitaille was also given an extension.
The Kings captured their first Stanley Cup championship last spring, winning a six-game series over the New Jersey Devils in the final.
"We are ecstatic that we have kept our leadership team in place both on the hockey side with Dean and Darryl and on the business side with Luc and remain in a position to continue competing for the Stanley Cup for many more years," said Kings governor Tim Leiweke in a statement Friday. "They have all done a fantastic job in their respective areas and they have put together outstanding leadership teams. They collectively are a huge reason our franchise is enjoying the success we are enjoying. Now the challenge is to stay on top of that mountain."
Sutter will start his first full season, albeit a 48-game campaign because of the lockout, as Kings head coach. He was hired in December 2011 after Terry Murray was fired earlier in the month and guided the club to a 25-13-11 mark in the final 49 games before the Kings made a stirring run from the eighth seed in the Western Conference to the title.
Lombardi joined the Kings as GM on April 21, 2006 and has built the franchise through the draft and trades. The Kings have compiled 294 points over the past three seasons -- a franchise-record for a three-year stretch.
Robitaille, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 2009, is the highest- scoring left wing in NHL history and the all-time Kings leader in goals scored. He is in his sixth season as president of business operations.
By Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
(Sports Network) - Like the Atlantic Division in the East, the Pacific Division filled up both conference final spots during last year's playoffs.
In the end, the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings not only ousted Phoenix in five games for the Western Conference title but also lifted the franchise's first Stanley Cup by defeating the New Jersey Devils in the final stage.
LOS ANGELES KINGS
2011-12 - (3rd, 95 pts); Projected Finish - 1st
REVIEW: Considering GM Dean Lombardi had been loading up on talent during a long rebuilding process in LA, it shouldn't have been that big of a surprise when the eighth-seeded Kings finally put it all together last spring. While Lombardi made key moves for former Philadelphia Flyers teammates Mike Richards and Jeff Carter over the last year and a half, the emergence of Jonathan Quick as one of the best goaltenders in the world in 2011-12 was the real missing piece.
KEY ADDITION: Considering how L.A. came on late last season to overcome a slow start, it makes sense that Lombardi opted to bring back every player from their Stanley Cup-winning roster. In lieu of adding a big free agent, having head coach Darryl Sutter back for his first full season behind the Kings' bench could be a big boost for L.A. Sutter was given the job in late December and the Kings went 23-13-11 under him before going on an amazing 16-4 run during the playoffs.
X-FACTOR: Even with Sutter changing the culture in the locker room last season, the Kings wouldn't have made the postseason if Quick hadn't kept the low-scoring club afloat for most of the season. Now at 26 years of age, Quick will need to turn in a repeat performance of 2011-12 if the Kings are expecting to win back-to-back titles, something that hasn't been done since Detroit won it all in 1997 and '98. Last spring's Conn Smythe winner has the added pressure that came with signing a 10-year, $58 million extension with the Kings over the summer and he's also coming off surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, an injury that didn't slow Quick down at all during his amazing playoff run. There's little doubt Quick is going to be a good goalie for a long time, but that doesn't mean turning in an encore performance this season won't be a tall order.
PROGNOSIS: The Kings came of age last season but as the old saying goes, "heavy is the head that wears the crown." A division title could be in the cards for the franchise this season, but more than likely L.A. will discover why repeating as Cup champions is so rare these days.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Anthony Stewart from the Carolina Hurricanes along with their fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft and their sixth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Kevin Westgarth, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Stewart, 28, has played in 262 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers and Florida Panthers. He has recorded 71 points (7-44=71) and 123 penalty minutes.
A 6-3, 230-pound native of La Salle, Quebec, Stewart last year played in 77 games for Carolina and he recorded 11 points (6-5=11). The previous season he recorded a career-high 14 goals with the Thrashers.
He was originally selected by the Panthers in the first-round (25th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Westgarth has played in 90 regular season games with the Kings dating back to the 2008-09 season. Last year he played in 25 regular season games and had two points (1-1=2).
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, will open the 48-game 2012-13 NHL season and raise their first Stanley Cup championship banner in franchise history on Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, with game-time set for a noon start.
All of the 48 regular season games will be played against Western Conference opponents. Of the 48 games, 18 will be played within the Pacific Division and 30 will be played within the Central and Northwest divisions. The Kings will play each divisional opponent either four or five times, and all other Western Conference opponents three times each.
In the Pacific Division the Kings will play Dallas (three home, two road) and Phoenix (two home, three road) five times each. The Kings will play Anaheim and San Jose four times each (two home, two road). The Kings will play all of the other Western Conference teams either once or twice at home or on the road.
The Kings will play 11 of their first 15 games on the road (Jan. 19 to Feb. 20) before then playing a stretch of 13-of-16 at home (Feb. 23 to March 23). Of the final 17 games, 10 will be on the road (March 25 to April 27).
The longest homestand of the season is five games (March 4-11 and March 16-23). The longest road trip of the season is also five games (Feb. 2-11 and March 25-April 2).
The Kings are slated to play eight sets of back-to-backs (Feb. 10-11, Feb. 19-20, March 4-5, March 11-12, March 18-19, March 30-31, April 6-7 and April 23-24).
Last season the Kings sold out STAPLES Center 37 of 39 regular season home dates – and all nine postseason home dates – in what was a record-setting year at the Box Office. The 37 regular season sellouts were the most in STAPLES Center history (1999-present) and the most sellouts overall for the team since the 1991-92 season. In addition, the Kings regular season average attendance of 18,119 last year was the highest in team history. The Kings have also sold out 26 straight regular season games (Dec. 3, 2011 to present) entering this season and 55 of their last 57 regular season games (Jan. 15, 2011 to present).
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Bob Miller hosts Tim Leiweke, Dean Lombardi, Luc Robitaille, Darryl Sutter and Jarret Stoll as they talk about the upcoming 2013 season.
Later, The President Luc Robitaille joined the Petros and Money Show to talk about what we can expect from the champs this season. Listen here
To see more highlights of the press conference, click here.