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Kings’ Drew Doughty Wants To Stay With Team

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Norris Trophy finalist Drew Doughty is looking to land a new, long-term deal with the Los Angeles Kings, and has affirmed his commitment to staying in Los Angeles.

“I always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King,” Doughty said on Friday, according to NHL.com’s Dan Greenspan. “I can’t remember what day we can start talking, but I’m sure we will when the time comes.”

Doughty will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, and while the Kings can sign him to a new deal at that time, Doughty has made it clear that he looking for more money that Nashville Predators’ P.K Subban makes.

Despite an early exit from the playoffs, Doughty sees big things for the Kings.

“(General manager) Rob Blake and (president of business operations) Luc Robitaille, they took this job because they want to win and they want to transform this team into their winning ways again,” Doughty said. “Whether or not they do a lot in the offseason, I don’t know, but we have these young guys coming up that I think are going to make a difference. I think that shows me how much potential we have in the future and I’m good with it and I’m happy to hopefully re-sign here.”

 

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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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