Winger Tomas Fleischmann is on his way to Anaheim, giving the Ducks an added offensive piece before Saturday’s trade deadline.
Headed back to the Panthers are the rights to Dany Heatley and a third-round draft pick in this June’s draft.
Fleischmann, 30, played for Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau with the Capitals during 2009-10, where he scored 23 goals and put up 28 assists. He is due for free agency and wasn’t going to be re-signed by the Panthers as the team seeks to rebuild with younger players.
Heatley, 34, has played most of his season in the AHL after being sent down from the Ducks earlier this season. His $1 million salary was included to alleviate Fleischmann’s $4.5 million.
The 29-year-old was waived on Tuesday by the Kings. He is in the midst of a 12-year, $69 million contract, and is owed a bit more than $20 million for the remainder of the contract, which has a $5.75 million cap hit that expires after the 2019-20 season. This season he is making $7 million.
Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi called Richards hockey’s version of a .200 hitter in baseball, but also gave an interview with ESPN that hinted of the demotion being short term.
Rumors had also sparked that the Flames could be interested in Richards’ services.
Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; after defeating the New York Rangers game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES — The longest postseason for the Los Angeles Kings led into the longest game they had ever played. After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrik Lundqvist’s pads came straight to his stick.
“After it went in, I think I blacked out,” Martinez said. “I’m just so happy for these guys.”
From their first elimination game seven weeks ago to Martinez’s championship-winning goal, these Kings were resilient, relentless and remarkable.
And now they have the Stanley Cup. Again.
Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night.
Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal in the third period for the Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the finals’ third overtime game at Staples Center.
Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams scored an early goal as Los Angeles added a second title to its 2012 championship, the first in the franchise’s 47-year history.
Long an NHL afterthought in their warm-weather city, the Kings have turned into a burgeoning dynasty — and they’ve turned Hollywood into a hockey town with two titles, capped by this glamorous finish.
“We have a team that simply will not be denied,” said Williams, a three-time Cup champion after scoring 25 points. “Every Cup is special. What we went through in 2012 (versus) what we went through this year, huge difference, and we really earned it.”
After innumerable chances for both teams in two nail-biting extra periods, Martinez started the final rush with a pass to Kyle Clifford, who dropped it to Tyler Toffoli for a shot. The rebound went straight to Martinez, and the depth defenseman buried it for his fifth goal of the postseason.
Martinez is becoming a late-game playoff legend after also scoring in overtime in Game 7 against Chicago in the Western Conference finals, but the Kings all see themselves as part of something bigger.
“I don’t know if we’re part of (a dynasty) yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that,” defenseman Drew Doughty said. “I believe this group could be at that point, but it’s going to take a lot of work.”
The Kings rocketed off the bench and gathered for a huge group hug near the Rangers’ net before the handshake line and the Stanley Cup ceremony featuring captain Dustin Brown’s second chance to take the 35-pound silver trophy from Commissioner Gary Bettman.
While his players went crazy, coach Darryl Sutter nonchalantly walked onto the ice with almost no celebration of his second title. He wore a broad grin when he raised the Cup above his head several minutes later.
Brown swiftly handed the Cup to Robyn Regehr, the veteran defenseman and first-time NHL champion who never got back in the Kings’ lineup after his May 3 knee injury. Regehr handed it to Gaborik, the goal-scoring dynamo and late-season acquisition who led the playoffs with 14 goals to win the first title of his 13-season NHL career.
The trophy soon went to Doughty and Jeff Carter, who became the seventh and eighth players to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year. Leading scorer Anze Kopitarraised it for the second time, and Quick gave a triumphant shout after his turn.
Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal and Brian Boyle added a tiebreaking short-handed goal late in the second period for the Rangers, who showed no nerves while facing elimination for the sixth time this spring.
Both teams had tantalizing chances in overtime, from shots off posts by Ryan McDonagh and Toffoli to Kreider’s failed breakaway late in the first OT. Rick Nash had an open net in the second OT, but Slava Voynov deflected the shot just high with the shaft of his stick.
Lundqvist stopped 48 shots in another standout performance for the Eastern Conference champions, but the Rangers repeatedly came up one goal short against the Kings despite their goalie’s brilliance.
“You go into this hoping that you don’t regret anything,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We put it out there. We gave our best shot, best effort. Three games here all went to OT. What can I say?”
Los Angeles’ 2012 title run was defined by that raw, eighth-seeded team’s improbable dominance, but the second crown was all about resilience for the third-place team in the Pacific Division.
After fighting through three straight seven-game series to emerge from the tough Western Conference, the Kings won the first three games of the finals, starting with consecutive OT wins on goals by Williams and Brown.
Game 5 was the Kings’ 26th playoff game of the spring, matching the NHL record for the longest postseason run. Los Angeles has played 64 playoff games over the last three years, setting another league record.
“This time around, we didn’t have time to think about `My God, we’ve been playing elimination games so many times,” defenseman Willie Mitchell said. “I guess that’s probably the difference, that we were on the brink so many times playing really good teams. So that’s pretty cool.”
The Kings raised the Stanley Cup just over seven weeks after they faced a 3-0 first-round series deficit against San Jose. Los Angeles confidently won four straight elimination games to become the fourth team in NHL history to rally from that deficit, and then won two more elimination games in a second-round series against Anaheim.
The defending champion Blackhawks forced Los Angeles to a seventh game in Chicago, but Martinez’s deflected overtime goal sent the Kings into the franchise’s third Stanley Cup finals.
After three straight wins, New York staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.
Staples Center was packed well before the opening faceoff with fans eager for another celebration, rocking the arena with chants of “Go Kings Go!” while both teams were still in their dressing rooms.
Los Angeles started out with yet another big-game score from Williams. He got his ninth goal of the postseason on a loose puck after linemates Dwight King and Jarret Stoll applied pressure on Lundqvist.
The Rangers finally equalized when McDonagh found Kreider in front. Boyle then got a stunner after Carl Hagelin got the puck away from Voynov, skating around Doughty and wiring a pinpoint shot into the far top corner.
But the Kings showed the same determination that has characterized their entire spring run, and they finally equalized with Mats Zuccarello in the box.
Doughty’s long shot hit Lundqvist in the chest and dropped in front of him before Gaborik alertly poked it between his legs for the Slovak star’s latest goal in a spectacular postseason with his new club.
That’s when the nail-biting hockey started — and roughly 46 minutes later, Martinez drove in the final nail.
The Kings are the only team in the last seven seasons to win the Cup at home, and they’ve done it twice. … Both teams kept the same lineups from Game 4. Sutter never put Regehr back in the lineup, unwilling to break up a successful lineup. … The Kings never led in their two overtime victories at home earlier in the series. … The 1987 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2004 Calgary Flames also played 26 postseason games, but neither won the Cup.
Henrik Lundqvistmade 40 saves and had the Madison Square Garden crowd chanting his name in the Rangers’ 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night that kept the Kings from a sweep.
Benoit PouliotandMartin St. Louiseach scored for the Rangers. Los Angeles leads the series 3-1 and will get its second shot to claim the Cup for the second time in three years Friday night at home.
“We wanted to close it out tonight and we weren’t able to do it,” Kings forwardAnze Kopitarsaid. “Now we have a desperate team coming into our building.”
Los Angeles hoped to become the first team since 1998 to complete a sweep in the finals. The Rangers will try to be the second team to erase a 3-0 hole in the finals and go on to win the Cup.
The Kings had that kind of comeback in the first round against San Jose.
“It’s not impossible,” Lundqvist said.
Twice Los Angeles put the puck on the goal line but couldn’t get it all the way across. The last came with 1:11 left when Rangers forwardDerek Stepanpushed the puck out of danger in the crease after it got behind Lundqvist.
“I was just holding my breath,” Rangers defensemanDan Girardisaid. “All those guys in the crease did a great job to keep it out.”
Pouliot scored 7:25 into the first period, and St. Louis added a goal in the second. New York squandered multiple two-goal advantages in losing the first two games in overtime in Los Angeles.
Not this time.
Lundqvist and the Rangers continued their mastery of extending their seasons. New York is 11-2 in the past 13 games when facing elimination, and Lundqvist was in goal for all of them.
“When everything is on the line, you just have to challenge yourself the right way,” Lundqvist said. “You have to be focused. One mistake and the season is over. You’re definitely aware of that.”
The Rangers also have won an NHL-record eight consecutive home games when facing elimination, dating to 2008, behind Lundqvist.
“We got our first one,” St. Louis said, “and I’m sure that’s going to help our mood.”
The Kings were quick to the puck all night and pressed for the tying goal in the third. They outshot the Rangers 15-1 in the frame and 41-19 overall.
“I think we sat back a little too much in the third period, but we didn’t blow the lead this time,” Stepan said.
Two nights afterJonathan Quickstopped 32 shots in a 3-0 victory that put the Kings on the brink of another championship, Pouliot got a puck past him.
St. Louis then put in a rebound at the left post 6:27 into the second, giving the Rangers their fifth two-goal lead of the series. But just like in Games 1 and 2, a two-goal deficit sparked the Kings.
At the tail end of a Rangers power play, Girardi broke his stick and lost the puck to Kings captain Dustin Brownfor a breakaway.
Brown made several moves in front of Lundqvist before tucking a forehand inside the right post to make it 2-1 with 11:13 left in the second.
The Kings had a chance to get even, but the Rangers killedDominic Moore‘s cross-checking penalty late in the period.Jeff Carterthen got behind Girardi before being stopped on a breakaway by Lundqvist.
Pouliot broke Quick’s shutout streak at 123 minutes, 1 second. New York hadn’t scored since Derick Brassard‘s second-period goal in Game 2. Pouliot’s fifth goal of the playoffs came 2 seconds after Kings defensemanWillie Mitchellfinished serving a high-sticking penalty.
John Moorefired a drive from the center of the blue line that Pouliot deflected high with his stick blade into the top right corner behind Quick.
The Kings almost tied it at 1-all with 8:11 left in the first period — seconds into a power play — when defensemanAlec Martinez‘s shot got behind Lundqvist and slid along the red goal line without crossing it. Rangers defensemanAnton Stralmancleared the puck as Carter andMarian Gaborikpressured in the crease.
Video replay clearly showed the puck didn’t go over the line.
The Garden had a different feel than the optimistic atmosphere of Game 3 when the Rangers returned home. There were no T-shirts draped over the seats, and some of the seats in prime-viewing areas were empty. But as the Rangers started to score, the crowd slowly came alive, roaring in approval.
Four NHL teams have overcome a 3-0 hole to win a series. … Kings RWJustin Williamshad a six-game assist streak snapped. … This was the 92nd game played in this year’s postseason, tying an NHL record that will be broken with Game 5. … The Kings have led for only 40:01 in the series. … Rangers forwardDaniel Carcillowas eligible to return following a six-game suspension but was scratched.
The Kings have been struggling as of late, with their (2-8-0) record in their last 10 games which leaves a lot of speculation. Will the Kings pick up a goal scorer or defenceman before fridays 3pm EST roster freeze ? Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers has been on GM/President of the Kings Dean Lombardi’s radar. If the trade was reality the Kings would have to make some moves to open up room for Gagner in their heavy salary cap. The Kings need a left winger and Gagner a C, RW might not be a fit in LA. P.A. Parenteau, Nail Yakupov, Chris Stewart are among some of the other top ranking forwards on the market. The Kings have also been looking to add another top 4 defenceman. PK Subban, Dustin Byfuglien, Nikolai Kulemin , are some top ranking defenceman that can log heavy minutes and their respective teams have been rumored to make moves for them. So will the Kings make some changes to get them back in contention for the Stanley Cup ?
The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks unveiled jerseys Tuesday for their Stadium Series matchup that will take place Jan. 27 at Dodger Stadium, featuring a silver-and-black look for the Kings and an orange-dominant one for the Ducks.
Here’s the video with the official announcement of the new threads:
Certainly the Ducks are looking to make an impact with their jersey statement while the Kings take on a bit more of a traditional look.
Rest assured the rivalry will be in full effect at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles Kings president/general manager Dean Lombardi announced that the team has activated forward Kyle Clifford from the injured reserve list Saturday and placed forward Trevor Lewis on the injured list, retroactive to Nov. 21.
Clifford missed the last six games with an upper-body injury, and has played in 16 games this season, scoring a goal.
Lewis was placed on the IR because of a lower-body injury. He has no points in 23 games.
In other news, forward Jeff Carter is inching closer to a return, skating a full practice Friday, and is now day-to-day rather than week-to-week according to coach Darryl Sutter.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that the league’s general managers would discuss Tuesday in Toronto the banning of goalie fights during games.
A fight between Ray Emery of the Philadelphia Flyers and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals turned ugly and sparked the thought of the conversation as Emery skated across the ice to engage with Holtby, who appeared uninterested in the altercation.
But there is nothing in the rulebook that prohibits it from happening.
A rule change is not expected Tuesday. Stiffer penalties are expected to be called for upon goalies seeking a fight.