Former defenseman Sean O’Donnell rejoins the Kings in a new role

Sean O’Donnell, who spent eight of his 17 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, returned the club in a new role Wednesday. He was named the Kings’ manager of fan development and alumni relations. O’Donnell, 41, made his NHL debut in 1994-95 with the Kings. He also played with Anaheim, Minnesota, New Jersey, Boston, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Chicago before he retired after the 2011-12 season. He appeared in 1,224 regular-season games and was a member of the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup championship team and also played in the 2001 Final with the Devils. He is a long-time South Bay resident.

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Ex-Kings forward Ziggy Palffy announces his retirement from hockey

Ziggy Palffy, who helped the Kings pull off a memorable playoff upset of the Detroit Red Wings in 2001, announced his retirement from professional hockey Wednesday. He played from 1999 to 2004 with the Kings, one of his three NHL teams. He also played for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins and spent the last five seasons playing in his native Slovakia. He scored 713 points, including 329 goals, in 684 regular-season games in the NHL. Palffy, 41, played a total of 12 seasons in the NHL before sitting out the 2006-07 season. He returned to his homeland and played for HK 36 Skalica in Slovakia.

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Cup odds aren’t too shabby for Kings

Here are the latest odds to win the Stanley Cup, courtesy Bovada.com:

Chicago Blackhawks: 6-1
Pittsburgh Penguins: 13-2
Boston Bruins: 10-1
Los Angeles Kings: 12-1
St. Louis Blues: 12-1
Detroit Red Wings: 16-1
Vancouver Canucks: 16-1
San Jose Sharks: 18-1
Edmonton Oilers: 20-1
Minnesota Wild: 20-1
New York Rangers: 20-1
Anaheim Ducks: 22-1
Montreal Canadiens: 25-1
Toronto Maple Leafs: 25-1
Washington Capitals: 25-1
Philadelphia Flyers: 28-1
New York Islanders: 33-1
Ottawa Senators: 33-1
Carolina Hurricanes: 40-1
Colorado Avalanche: 40-1
Columbus Blue Jackets: 40-1
Dallas Stars: 40-1
New Jersey Devils: 40-1
Nashville Predators: 50-1
Tampa Bay Lightning: 50-1
Winnipeg Jets: 50-1
Phoenix Coyotes: 66-1
Buffalo Sabres: 100-1
Calgary Flames: 100-1
Florida Panthers: 150-1

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More information on Kings’ deals with Andrew Bodnarchuk and Colin Miller

Andrew Bodnarchuk’s new two-season contract with the Kings is worth $1.1 million if he makes the roster. He’ll get $105,000 this coming season if he plays for the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League, and $125,000 for 2014-15. Colin Miller’s three-season deal with the Kings is an entry-level contract worth $1,807,500 if he plays in the NHL. He’ll make $50,000 this season, $52,500 next season and $55,000 for 2015-16. The website capgeek.com first reported the salary figures for the two defensemen.

 

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Kings agree to terms with defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk and Colin Miller

Defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk and Colin MIller agreed to contracts with the Kings on Monday. Bodnarchuk’s contract is for two seasons and MIller’s is for three. Bodnarchuk, 25, played 69 games last season with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League and posted a career-high 20 points (five goals, 15 assists). Miller, 20, played 54 games for the junior-level Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and had a career-high 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists). Figure both players will be invited to training camp in September, with Bodnarchuk fighting for a roster slot with the Kings and Miller looking to advance to Manchester.

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Kings free agent tracker (updated 7/23)

There’s one name left on the Kings’ list of unsigned free agents and that’s Kyle Clifford’s. With a little more than $250,000 left under the salary cap, it would seem unlikely the Kings can re-sign him. So, it would seem they’re done for the off-season as far as signing and re-signing free agents. Here’s a closer look at what they’ve done:

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Trevor Lewis avoids arbitration, signs a new one-season deal with the Kings

Free agent forward Trevor Lewis agreed with the Kings on a one-season deal reportedly worth $1.325 million Tuesday, avoiding arbitration and more or less bringing an end to general manager Dean Lombardi’s summer to-do list. Lewis’ deal would bring the Kings’ salary cap space down to about $200,000, give or take a dime or two. Lewis’ signing gives the Kings a 24-man roster. He avoided an Aug. 2 arbitration hearing in Toronto.

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