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Kings’ John Stevens Upset Vegas’ Erik Haula Got Away With Head-Butt

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Los Angeles Kings’ head coach John Stevens is upset that Vegas Golden Knights’ Erik Haula appeared to have gotten away with a head-butt on Kings’ center Anze Kopitar.

“We get a guy [Drew Doughty ] suspended for making a hockey play, and he [Haula] butt-ends one of the best players in the world in the face with the butt end of his stick,” Stevens said, according to TSN. “So, if I was confused before, I’m bewildered now. That’s an intent-to-injure play … you guys make the judgment, because it’s a bunch of BS, to be honest with you.”

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety could take another look at this play, but the refs sure missed one with this non-call.

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Kings’ Tobias Rieder Drawing Interest From Four Teams

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Los Angeles Kings pending free agent Tobias Rieder has engaged with four of the seven Canadian teams, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Rieder didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Kings, which would have made him a restricted free agent.

 

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Kings Trade Andy Andreoff To Lightning For Peter Budaj

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The Los Angeles Kings have traded forward Andy Andreoff to the Tampa Bay Lightning for veteran backup netminder Peter Budaj on Wednesday.

Budaj spent the majority of two seasons with the Kings before being dealt to Tampa Bay back in February 2017. He worked 8 games last season for the Lightning earning a 3-3-1 record to along with a .876 save percentage and 3.76 goals-against average.

Andreoff  registered 13 goals and 11 assists across 159 regular-season games.

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Kings, Sharks Trade Barbs On Twitter

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Two of the playoff teams that the Vegas Golden Knights eliminated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs traded some verbal jabs after Vegas eliminated the Sharks to advance to the conference finals.

It all began when the Kings reminded the Sharks about a tweet that was sent during Game 2 of the second-round series. In that tweet, the Sharks mocked the Kings’ lack of scoring in their first round playoff series against the Golden Knights.

Then it took on a life of it’s own:

 

It will be interesting to see if things are more intense when these two teams take the ice again. But both will have to wait until next season to do so.

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