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Slava Voynov Case May End in a Deal

July 1st, 2015 at 5:35 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

After a long meeting with a prosecutor and attorneys for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, a Torrance judge handling the alleged domestic violence case suggested Tuesday that a deal might be in the works. The trial is slated to start July 8.

Judge Eric Taylor met with defense attorneys Pamela Mackey and Blair Berk for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon in closed chambers, per Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze.

What was said was not revealed but Taylor asked everyone to return to court Thursday.

“You all are talking now, which is good,” Taylor said. “Come back Thursday.”

The attorneys responded “yes” when Taylor asked the attorneys if he should keep the trial start date.

Voynov, 25, sat in the court as an audience member as the attorneys met.

The defenseman faces a domestic violence charge resulting from an incident that allegedly occurred in his Redondo Beach home October 19 that resulted in a trip to a hospital emergency room with his wife, Marta Varlamova.

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Jhonas Enroth to the Los Angeles Kings

July 1st, 2015 at 11:01 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms with goaltender Jhonas Enroth on a one-year, $1.25 million contract, on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Enroth (born on June 25, 1988) is a 5-10, 166-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, who appeared in 50 regular-season games last season between the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres, posting a combined record of 18-26-2, a .904 SV%, 3.07 GAA and two shutouts.

A second-round (46th overall) selection by Buffalo at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Enroth has appeared in 131 career NHL regular-season games with a record of 43-61-14, a .909 SV%, 2.88 GAA and five shutouts.

The Kings traded its previous backup goaltender, Martin Jones, to the Boston Bruins on June 26 as part of a package for forward Milan Lucic. Jones was later traded to the San Jose Sharks for a three year $9 million deal.

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Los Angeles Kings: Unrestricted and Restricted Free Agents

July 1st, 2015 at 10:23 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The following information is courtesy of the NHL Network as we follow NHL free agency day.

The players listed below have been tendered a qualifying offer by their respective Clubs and are subject to draft-choice compensation and right to match. The draft choice compensation scale is based on compensation offered by the new Club:

OFFER COMPENSATION

$1,205,377 or below None
Over $1,205,377 to $1,826,328 Third-round choice
Over $1,826,328 to $3,652,659 Second-round choice
Over $3,652,659 to $5,478,986 First-round and third-round choice
Over $5,478,986 to $7,305,316 First-round, second-round and third-round choice
Over $7,305,316 to $9,131,645 Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice
Over $9,131,645 Four first-round choices

For the Kings:

Andy Andreoff, Andrew Crescenzi, Nic Dowd, Vincent Loverde, Jordan Weal.

The following players have qualified for Group 3 Free Agency (age 27 or older or with at least seven Accrued Seasons) and are Unrestricted Free Agents.
For the Kings:

Justin Azevedo, Bud Holloway, Jamie McBain, Robyn Regehr, Andrej Sekera (reportedly signed with Edmonton), Jarret Stoll, David Van Der Gulik, Justin Williams.

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Andrej Sekera to the Edmonton Oilers

July 1st, 2015 at 10:11 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Los Angeles Kings unrestricted free agent Andrej Sekera to a six-year, $33 million deal according to multiple reports.

The Kings acquired Sekera before the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline for a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and defense prospect Roland McKeown.

Sekera, who turned 29 in June, was traded to the Kings to help the defense who suffered injuries and a suspension. His season ended early by a lower-body injury after being traded.

He had 23 points in 73 games last season between Los Angeles and the Carolina Hurricanes.

It's a big raise for Sekera who just finished a four-year deal that paid him an annual average of $2.75 million.

A veteran of 486 NHL games, Sekera has 159 points, a plus-7 rating, and has averaged just under 21 minutes a game.

Sekera has played in eight postseason games, all with the Buffalo Sabres.

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Martin Jones to the San Jose Sharks

June 30th, 2015 at 10:48 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The San Jose Sharks acquired goaltender Martin Jones from the Boston Bruins on Tuesday for forward prospect Sean Kuraly and the a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The deal is for $9 million, three years.

"Martin was at the top of our list of players that we had targeted," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson in a statement. "We're extremely excited to have him on board."

For the second time in five days Jones has been traded. The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Milan Lucic from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Jones, defenseman Colin Miller and the 13th overall selection in on Friday.

The Sharks had an open spot in goal when goaltender Antti Niemi's negotiating rights were traded to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Jones will compete with Alex Stalock, Niemi's backup this season, for the starting job.

Jones, 25, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on October 2, 2008.

Per Jon Roisen of lakingsinsider.com, "he was due to become a restricted free agent on July 1; according to my contacts within hockey operations, negotiations did not exactly go expeditiously, which led to his name surfacing in trade talks."

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