LA Kings make cuts, trim training camp roster to 34 players

The Kings made their first significant cuts Saturday, reducing their roster to 34 players the day before playing the Colorado Avalanche in an exhibition game Sunday in Denver. They assigned 14 players to the Reign of the AHL and released four from their pro tryouts. Here’s the list of players sent to the minors:

Forwards Justin Auger, Jonny Brodzinski, Nic Dowd, Adrian Kempe, Maxim Kitsyn, Scott Sabourin and Valentin Zykov, defensemen Nick Ebert, Kevin Gravel, Zachary Leslie, Alex Lintuniemi, Kurtis MacDermid and Alex Roach and goalie Patrik Bartosak were assigned to the Reign.

Forwards Sean Backman, Paul Bissonnette and Ryan Horvat and defenseman Kevin Raine were released from their pro tryouts.

Kings center Anze Kopitar not worried about contract talks

Anze Kopitar is entering the final year of his contract with the Kings, and if all goes as expected, he should receive a new deal sooner rather than later. The question is, when? Talks have produced nothing so far, with training camp underway Friday and the regular season set to begin Oct. 7. If he was feeling stressed about playing out the final year of his current deal, with a $6.8-million cap hit for 2015-16, Kopitar wasn’t showing it after his first practice with his teammates.

“You don’t think about it too much,” he said. “I’ve said it all along, it’d be nice if it was done before the season. But if it’s not, it’s really not that big of a deal. There’s still plenty of time left in that regard, too. So, we’ll see what happens.”

Asked if he’s open to continuing negotiations after the season begins, he said, “Actually, I haven’t thought about that yet. I don’t know.”

When asked whether he has an idea of what he would like in his new contract, he said, “We’ve got discussions, obviously. My agent (Pat Brisson) tells me everything that’s going on. There’s my input in there, too. It’s a two-way street.”

Kings training camp information

The Kings’ training camp begins Friday.

Here’s more information:

The Kings begin their training camp Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. The roster will be broken into three groups with Group A skating at 9:30 and Groups B and C practicing at 1 p.m. The schedule is essentially the same for Saturday and Sunday’s practices, which are free and open to the public.

The Toyota Sports Center is located at 555 N. Nash Street, El Segundo.

There is free parking available in the adjacent lot.

Ducks training camp practice information


The Ducks open training camp Friday at Anaheim Ice.

Here’s more information:

Friday’s practice begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public free of charge. Practices on Saturday, Sunday and Monday also begin at 9 a.m. and are free and open to the public. The roster will be broken into three groups and scrimmages will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday at noon.

Anaheim Ice is located at 300 W. Lincoln, Avenue, Anaheim

There is parking available in two adjacent structures. Remember to take your parking ticket with you and validate it inside the rink.