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DOUGHTY: 'NO RUSH' TO SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH KINGS

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It appears that the pace has been slow in negotiations between the Los Angeles Kings and restricted free agent defenceman Drew Doughty.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Doughty and Kings management have not discussed a new contract since mid-July.

Doughty has been training during the off-season at his home in London, Ontario, and provided an update Wednesday about the state of negotiations.

"I guess there's really no rush," said Doughty. "Both sides, we're discussing things, and I'm sure that something is going to get done soon. I don't have a timeframe or anything like that. But I still want to be a King, and I can't wait to get something done just so it's over with."

Doughty completed his three-year entry-level contract this past season with Los Angeles. He scored 11 goals and 29 assists in 76 games on the Kings' blueline, one season after being nominated for the Norris Trophy.

The 21-year-old has compiled 126 points over his three NHL seasons, and has helped the Kings qualify for the playoffs twice in a row after they missed the post-season six straight times before that.

Training camp opens for the Kings on September 17.

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LOS ANGELES -- Veteran forward Ethan Moreau has agreed to a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

The club confirmed the deal Saturday, pending the completion of Moreau's physical on Monday.

Moreau has played parts of 15 NHL seasons with Chicago, Edmonton and Columbus. The former Oilers captain spent more than 10 years in Edmonton before joining the Blue Jackets last season, scoring six points in 37 games.

Moreau is a standout defensive forward who could ease the loss of Michal Handzus and Ryan Smyth while providing leadership for the Kings.

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KINGS REACH VERBAL AGREEMENT ON MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH DOUGHTY

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The Los Angeles Kings have reached a verbal agreement on a multi-year contract with prized defenceman Drew Doughty.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the deal is an eight year contract worth $56 million.

"The Kings had been very public and very emphatic that they were not going to pay any more than $6.8 million a year," McKenzie said. "They obviously came off of that and went to $7 million. They got the deal done and got the extra year for their troubles - from seven to eight years - and they're content with that."

The agreement brings to a close what was believed to be a difficult negotiation between Doughty and Kings that had dragged through the summer and into September with very little progress. Doughty missed all five of Los Angeles' pre-season games as negotiations dragged on.

"The two sides have been at an impasse since the beginning of training camp and it was only today that general manager Dean Lombardi reached out to Don Meehan, the agent for Doughty, and got things re-established," McKenzie said.

"This is a big year for the LA Kings," McKenzie continued. "They feel like they need Doughty in the lineup and if they don't, it's a huge hole."

Doughty, will reportedly fly to Los Angeles on Friday and will take his physical before signing the deal.

"I definitely didn't want to miss that (trip to Europe)," Doughty told LAKingsinsider.com. "This was never in mind, even being out for this long at all, but I knew I had to be there for the start of the season.

"I missed the boys a lot, and missed being in L.A., and this just felt like time to get it done and I'm really happy and really excited."

The 21-year-old has built a strong resume after three NHL seasons. The native of London, Ontario has 126 points in 239 contests while quarterbacking the Kings' power play, and was a finalist for the Norris Trophy after the 2009-10 season. He was also named the Kings Outstanding Defenceman for three straight seasons and he was voted as the clubs best newcomer following his first year with the Kings. He was also on the gold medal-winning Canadian team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Doughty statistically ranks among the best defencemen to ever play for the Kings. His nine career game-winning goals ranks fourth all-time among Kings defencemen and his 17 career power-play goals ranks ninth all-time. He also ranks 12th on the all-time list in career goals (33), 13th on the all-time list in both career assists (93) and career points (126), and tied for 15th on the all-time list in career plus/minus rating (plus-16).

The 6-foot, 211-pound defenceman was the Kings' first-round choice, second overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Los Angeles played all but the first 1:34 of the game without top defenseman Drew Doughty, who suffered an upper-body injury. He was rocked by Flyers rookie forward Zac Rinaldo just 24 seconds into the game, and played just one more shift later in the first period. The Kings say Doughty will miss 7 to 10 days, but that he does not have a head injury.

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KINGS PLACE PENNER ON INJURED RESERVE WITH HAND INJURY

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The Los Angeles Kings placed forward Dustin Penner on the injured reserve list on Sunday, retroactive to Thursday, due to a hand injury.

Penner missed Saturday night's 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild after suffering the injury during the Kings-Vancouver game on Thursday.

In 14 games this season, the 29-year-old has two assists and 25 penalty minutes.

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- The Los Angeles Kings have placed Mike Richards on injured reserve after the star centre sustained a hit to the head. The Kings also activated left-winger Dustin Penner from injured reserve on Friday.

Coach Terry Murray said Richards will be out for at least a few games after getting hurt late in the second period of Los Angeles' 2-1 win over Florida on Thursday night in a collision with Sean Bergenheim. The NHL won't pursue supplemental discipline against Bergenheim.

Richards is the Kings' second-leading scorer with 20 points in his first season with Los Angeles.

Los Angeles didn't place Willie Mitchell on injured reserve Friday, but Murray expects the defenceman to miss several games with a lower-body injury after playing just one first-period shift against the Panthers.

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Kings place Ethan Moreau on waivers

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Following a string of disappointing performances including their fourth straight loss on Saturday, the low-scoring Los Angeles Kings fired head coach Terry Murray on Monday. Kings assistant coach John Stevens has been named the team's interim head coach.

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The Los Angeles Kings have made it official and named Darryl Sutter as their new head coach. Today's announcement ended a week of speculation that Sutter would take over for interim coach John Stevens, who replaced fired coach Terry Murray on Dec. 12.

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NHL INVESTIGATING SCOREBOARD ERROR IN KINGS' VICTORY

The National Hockey League is looking into a scoreboard error at the Staples Center on Wednesday night that gave the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"We're looking at it from all aspects," NHL executive vice-president Colin Campbell told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Thursday. "We're sending two people out there. Is it possible for the clock to stop like that? We're going to look at everything."

Kings blueliner Drew Doughty scored the winning goal with less than a second to play in regulation to secure the win. But when the Blue Jackets looked at video after the game, they saw that the clock froze for about a second before the goal - meaning time should have expired.

Campbell also confirmed that regardless of the league's findings, the result of the game can't be changed. "No you can't," he told TSN. "Once the game is over, it's over."

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson explained in his team blog on Thursday morning that the incident could have an 'enormous impact' on the standings.

"It's easy to say that this doesn't matter," he wrote. "We, the Blue Jackets, are in last place and it is likely not going to affect our place in the standings. However, in my opinion, this matters in many respects. It matters to our players, to our coaches, every person in our organization and our fans."

The Kings are seventh in the Western Conference - five points up on eighth-place Minnesota and six points ahead of Dallas and Calgary.

"Those clocks are sophisticated instruments that calculate time by measuring electrical charges called coulombs, explained Kings general manager Dean Lombardi in an email to TSN. "Given the rapidity and volume of electrons that move through the measuring device the calibrator must adjust at certain points which was the delay you see – the delay is just recalibrating for the clock moving too quickly during the 10 - 10ths of a second before the delay - this insures that the actual playing time during a period is exactly 20 minutes. That is not an opinion - that is science - amazing devise quite frankly."

The Calgary Flames - another team trying to make its mark down the stretch - said there's little the league could do to correct such a mistake.

"It is our understanding the NHL is already investigating this matter," said general manager Jay Feaster in a team statement. "Moreover, as Colin Campbell was quoted as saying, once the game is over it is over. There is nothing the NHL is going to do, or can do, to correct the situation if, indeed, there was a mistake made in that game. Rather than crying over what happened in a game in which we did not take part, our time and energies are devoted to our own team and doing everything we can to win the games we play and in so doing qualify for the post-season. We sincerely believe that is a much better and more efficient use of our time and effort."

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The Los Angeles Kings are staying busy. A day after acquiring Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Kings re-signed defenceman Willie Mitchell to a two-year, $7 million contract extension on Friday.

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NHL.com. Jeff Carter will miss at least one game due to an ankle injury suffered againt Calgary.

saying now that he'll be ready for game 1...playoffs.....after missing 5 games.

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