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Lance Lysowski: Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill said that the Sabres will be looking for a third goaltender for the organization. They don't want to rush prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.<strong>LA Kings and Leipsic talks continue</strong>
Curtis Zupke: Los Angeles Kings GM Rob Blake said that contract "discussions will go on" continue with Brendan Leipsic.<strong>Could the Capitals fit in Johansson?</strong>
Tom Gulitti: Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on the reports that they would be interested in bringing pending free agent Marcus Johansson.
LA Times: NHL expansion team in Seattle begins to form its foundation
Tod Leiweke, president and chief executive officer of Seattle, and Jerry Bruckheimer, film producer and principal owner, were brimming with optimism when they spoke publicly before the NHL draft at Rogers Arena.
Seattle will join the NHL in the 2021-22 season and is taking baby steps toward its identity, starting with the nickname, which occupies most fans' interest.
"It's something people ask a lot about," Leiweke said. "We're deliberate about it, but again, there's not a sense of urgency. We want to get it right.
"Part of it is, the longer we're going as an enterprise, the more we know what we stand for, and the more we know what we don't stand for.
Frozen Royalty: LA Kings 2019 NHL Draft Wrap-Up with Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti - Part 1
LOS ANGELES -- The 2019 National Hockey League Draft has come and gone with the Los Angeles Kings adding nine young prospects to their system while achieving a rather suprising balance.
"We ended with four defensemen, four forwards and a goalie, which is a rare split," Kings Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti said during a media conference call on June 22, after the conclusion of the draft. "[General manager Rob Blake] was actually hoping to come out with a split like that and I couldn't promise that we would be able to deliver that.
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.@Arthur_Kaliyev scored 51 goals in 67 games for the @BulldogsOHL https://t.co/ZXJ3NnKcND
LA Times: Kings select center Alex Turcotte with fifth pick of NHL draft
Why Kings picked him: Their success is typically center-driven and Turcotte fits the mold as one of the best two-way forwards in the draft. He models his game after future teammate Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks. The No.2 center behind Jack Hughes with the U.S. national development team, Turcotte was injured for part of last season but had 27 goals and 35 assists in 37 games. Turcotte, 18, is headed to Wisconsin to play under former Kings forward Tony Granato.
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Tobias Bjornfot lookin' GOOD in an LA Kings jersey https://t.co/xkQmwMLDzv
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Frozen Royalty: LA Kings 2019 NHL Draft: Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Yanetti Looks At Potential 1st Round Picks
LOS ANGELES -- With the first round of the 2019 National Hockey League Draft just hours away, unless something rather unexpected has happened, the amateur scouting staff of the Los Angeles Kings has wrapped up their pre-draft meetings and has finalized their "list," not to mention the four players they have targeted for the fifth overall pick (as reported in this space on June 19).
The Kings have seven picks in the first four rounds, ten picks overall and perhaps most important, they have three selections in the first two rounds, all within the first 33 picks.
Frozen Royalty: Significance and Expectations Are Sky High for the LA Kings and the 2019 NHL Draft
LOS ANGELES -- It's only Wednesday, two days before the first round of the 2019 National Hockey League Draft, on June 21, 2019, in Vancouver. But the amateur scouting staff of the Los Angeles Kings, and very likely, much of their hockey operations and front office staff, have been in Vancouver since the beginning of the week, buried under many hours of meetings each day, refining their draft list and most notably, narrowing down who their prime targets will be for the fifth overall selection.
"Our pick is going to be one of four guys," said Mark Yanetti, Kings Director of Amateur Scouting.
LA Times: Kings buy out final two years of Dion Phaneuf's contract
The team is intent on moving out older players with high salaries as it rebuilds, and Phaneuf, 34, was a prime candidate for a buyout. He was set to make $5.25 million annually for the next two seasons.
The Kings will buy out Phaneuf through 2022-23, starting with a $2.1-million salary cap hit next season and $4 million in 2020-21, according to capfriendly.com.
Phaneuf gave the Kings an initial boost when he was acquired from the Ottawa Senators with Nate Thompson on Feb.13, 2018. The Kings got rid of injury-riddled Marian Gaborik in the trade and finished that regular season 15-7-3 with Phaneuf, a big-bodied, third-pairing veteran who was once a Norris Trophy finalist.
Happy 5th Anniversary to @AMartinez_27 and LA Kings fans everywhere https://t.co/RL7UsYWgyU
On this day 7 years ago: A moment that LA Kings fans will never forget. https://t.co/t328BBvDMV