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Sabres granted permission to speak with Futa

Via multiple contacts within the Kings organization, The Fourth Period, The Buffalo News and WKBW-Buffalo, the Buffalo Sabres asked for and have been granted permission to speak with Michael Futa, who was recently promoted to the Kings' Assistant General Manager position. Buffalo had previously considered Futa for the open GM position that went to Tim …

Odds and ends: Pionk, Sutter, Vegas

DOWN TO TWO? I shared on Twitter yesterday that Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Neal Pionk, the 21-year-old college free agent who decided to turn pro after his sophomore season, was down to a small handful of teams he was considering signing with, and one of them was the Kings.

After they “butted heads” early, Stevens, Doughty formed beneficial relationship

As part of the coverage of John Stevens ascending to the head coaching position in Los Angeles, there have been LAKI stories this week on systems play and how it could affect the ability to play with pace, working with Anze Kopitar and team centers, the timeline of when assistants could be hired, his relationships …

Quiet power play looks for breakthrough

Ontario's power play finished the regular season third-best in the AHL, operating at 22.9 percent. Through two games in their tied best-of-5 first round series against San Diego, they're 0-for-6 with three missed opportunities each contest. "I think they were better on the special teams than us," said forward Michael Mersch fairly bluntly when asked …

How might the use of analytics evolve under Blake and Stevens?

Darryl Sutter's gruff exterior, his English pocked by uneven grammar, and even his unique agricultural background led many to place labels on him that weren't necessarily accurate. While there may have been the outside assumption that he was resistant to change in hockey, he still understood the importance and means of interpreting advanced stats, and …

Audio: LAKI, Josh Cooper join Kings Men Podcast

A good morning to you, Kings fans. I'll have some news up on Swedish defenseman Oscar Fantenberg shortly - it is expected to be announced that the puckmoving defenseman has signed an ELC with the club, and I spoke yesterday with Mark Yannetti about him - but first, here's some reflection of this week's Kings …

Reign know better start is a must in pivotal Game 3

There's no surprise element. The Reign know they need a better start in Friday's pivotal Game 3 to gain an edge in this tied first-round best-of-5 with San Diego.

Audio, video: Stevens interviews

John Stevens joined The Power Play on SiriusXM NHL earlier today and shared several interesting notes on coaching philosophies and what he'll expect from his team. He expressed confidence that Anze Kopitar will have a bounce-back season, and for the second straight day, cited analytics (more on that tomorrow) and referenced zone entries and higher-percentage …

Toffoli, Martinez, Forbort, Gaborik undergo medical procedures; financials?

After it was hinted yesterday that Marian Gaborik had undergone a medical procedure and that it would be announced that others had also undergone some repair work, the Kings announced the following medical updates on Tuesday: Tyler Toffoli - Minor surgical procedure on his left knee. Toffoli is expected to be ready for the start …

Notebook: Stevens’ relationships; Lombardi/Sutter respect; Blake on RFA, UFA

COACHING. While Rob Blake was speaking with John Stevens for the better part of the last two weeks, the conversations didn't really take the form of a job interview, according to the Los Angeles Kings' new general manager. "I've heard the word 'search' for a long time.

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