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The Kings signed Drew Doughty to an eight-year, $88M ($11M AAV) extension.

Doughty, who will turn 29 in December, is signed through the 2026-27 season. Doughty has played in all 82 games for four straight seasons, ranking eighth among defensemen in points (201) and tied for 16th in goals (43) over that span. Doughty will become the highest-paid blueliner when his extension kicks in.

Source: Curtis Zupke 06/30/18, 8:53 am EST

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The Kings have agreed to terms with Ilya Kovalchuk on a three-year, $18.75M ($6.25M AAV) contract.

After five years in the KHL, Kovalchuk will return to the NHL in 2019 with the Kings. Kovalchuk scored 31 goals with 32 assists (63 points) in 53 KHL games last season and carried a 1.1 points-per-game and averaged 50 games played, 23-goals and 32 assists in his six seasons in Russia. The Kings’ first line left-winger ranks 92nd at the position, so Kovalchuk is a huge upgrade, even at 35-years-old. He had 11 goals and 20 assists (31 points) in 37 games during his last NHL season.

Source: Jon Rosen 06/24/18, 2:41 pm EST

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The Kings select Rasmus Kupari with the No.20 overall pick.

Kupari bounced around to different teams this year but played the majority of the year in Finland’s top league. Kupari had six goals and eight assists (14 points) in 39 games with Karpat. Kupari is one of the best skating forwards in this draft class and uses that speed to create offence.

Source: Eric Stephens 06/22/18, 9:47 pm EST

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The Kings have acquired Peter Budaj from the Lightning for Andy Andreoff.

Budaj, who was acquired from the Kings back in February of 2017, appeared in just 15 games over a season and a half in Tampa Bay. Budaj was limited to just eight starts due to injury and poor play last season and was ultimately passed on the depth chart by Louis Domingue, who projects as Andrei Vaslievskiy’s backup next season. Budaj returns to Los Angeles, where he will be Jonathan Quick’s backup and where he was 27-20-3 with a 2.12 GAA, .917 SV% and seven shutouts while Quick was hurt in 2017.

Source: @TBLightning 06/13/18, 4:11 pm EST

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Quick will start Game 1 in Vegas.

Quick finished the 2018 season with a SV% above .920 for the first time since 2012 and helped the Kings post the league’s best GAA in the NHL this year. Unsurprisingly, Quick was a much better goalie on home-ice and could struggle in what figures to be a madhouse in Vegas in Game 1. He didn’t face the Golden Knights this season, so this will be his first look at the Pacific Division’s top team.

Source: Curtis Zupke 04/11/18, 8:11 am EST

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Muzzin (upper-body) is questionable for Game 1 vs. Vegas.

Muzzin, who missed the final five games of the regular season was on the ice for Monday’s practice in a no-contact sweater and is a big question mark for Game 1. Muzzin is the Kings’ clear No.2 defenseman behind Drew Doughty and his availability during the first round will be crucial to the Kings’ success.

Source: Curtis Zupke 04/9/18, 10:02 pm EST

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Iafallo (upper-body) could be ready-to-go for Game 1.

Iafallo missed the final four games of the regular season with an upper-body injury, but was back in a familiar spot in Monday’s practice. Iafallo, who tallied 25 points (9G / 16A) in 75 games this season, skated on the top-line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Iafallo seemed confident that he will play Game 1, but head coach John Stevens was not as sure.

Source: Jon Rosen 04/9/18, 9:59 pm EST

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Forbort is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Forbort left Monday’s win over the Avalanche with a lower-body injury and did not return. It was later determined to be serious enough to keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks, which is a huge blow to a Kings team headed to the postseason. Forbort has picked up 18 points (1G / 18A) and a plus-18 rating while logging over 20 minutes per night on the Kings blueline this season.

Source: Jon Rosen 04/5/18, 8:27 am EST

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