Kings agree to terms on a four-season deal with defenseman Matt Greene

The Kings and defenseman Matt Greene agreed Tuesday on a new four-season contract worth a reported $10.5 million. Greene, 31, was due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but the Kings moved quickly to keep him off the open market. It also could mean veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell, who also can become a UFA next week, does not return to the Kings.

Greene has been with the Kings since arriving in a 2008 trade with the Edmonton Oilers, helping the team win Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and ’14. The defensive-minded defenseman had six points, including two goals, in 38 games this past season. He also had four assists in 20 playoff games.

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Kings center Anze Kopitar finishes second in voting for the Selke Trophy

Anze Kopitar, the Kings’ top-line center, finished second in voting to Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the forward who excels at the defensive aspects of the game. Bergeron received 1,283 points, including 112 first-place votes. Kopitar had 840 points, including 20 first-place votes. Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks was third with 624 points, including two first-place votes. Full disclosure: I voted Kopitar first and Bergeron second.

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Pre-NHL Awards Show reading: my ballot

Here’s my ballot, cast in the middle of April:

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, PIT, Ryan Getzlaf, ANA, Claude Giroux, PHI, Semyon Varlamov, COL, Jonathan Toews, CHI.

Norris Trophy: Drew Doughty, LAK, Shea Weber, NSH. Duncan Keith, CHI, Ryan Suter, MIN, Zdeno Chara, BOS.

Calder Torphy: Nathan MacKinnon, COL, Jacob Trouba, WPG, Hampus Lindholm, ANA, Ondrej Palat, TBL, Frederik Andersen, ANA.

Byng Trophy: Ryan O’Reilly, COL, Matt Duchene, COL, Patrick Marleau, SJS, Tyler Seguin, DAL, David Krejci, BOS.

Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar, LAK, Patrice Bergeron, BOS, David Backes, STL, Jonathan Toews, CHI, Andrew Cogliano, ANA.

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Stanley Cup moments (part 8: Alec Martinez scores the Cup winner in overtime)

Alec Martinez’s OT goal in Game 5 vs. New York, June 13. Some moments are frozen in time and Martinez’s leaping image after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal at 14:43 of the second OT will be one of them for Kings fans. Martinez jumped for joy, tossing his stick into the air. He jumped again, throwing away his gloves. That’s what winning the Stanley Cup championship looked like in 2013-14.

Here’s a link to my Game 5 recap: http://www.dailynews.com/events/20140613/alec-martinez-works-ot-to-give-los-angeles-kings-their-second-stanley-cup-championshiphttp://

 

 

 

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Stanley Cup moments (part 7: Justin Williams scores the winner in Game 1)

Justin Williams’ OT goal in Game 1 vs. New York, June 4. Only three days after Alec Martinez’s goal in overtime beat Chicago in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, Williams supplied the winner off a turnover only 4:36 into OT in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. “Mr. Game 7,” as Williams came to be known for his heroics in winner-take-all games, was instantly dubbed “Mr. Game 1,” by teammates and reporters after setting the Kings on course for a 1-0 series lead with another huge goal.

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Las Vegas odds-makers don’t like Anze Kopitar’s chances of winning Selke

Las Vegas bookmakers Bovada don’t like the chances of Kings center Anze Kopitar winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward when the league announces its awards Tuesday. Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins is a 2/7 favorite to win the award, with Kopitar next at 11/4 and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks third at 15/1.

 

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Kings announce their exhibition schedule

Here’s the Kings’ exhibition schedule:

Sept. 22, vs. Arizona, at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. (split squad)

Sept. 22, at Arizona, 7 p.m. (split squad)

Sept. 25, vs. Ducks, at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28, at Ducks, 5 p.m.

Sept. 30, at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2, vs. Colorado, at Colorado Springs, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4, vs. Colorado, at Las Vegas, 7 p.m.

FYI: The Phoenix Coyotes are now known as the Arizona Coyotes.

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Stanley Cup moments (part 6: Alec Martinez beats the Blackhawks in overtime)

Alec Martinez’s overtime goal in Game 7 vs. Chicago, June 1. The Kings would win three consecutive Game 7s on the road, a first in NHL history, with this clearly the closest and most nerve-jangling of the three series-deciders. Martinez’s goal 5 minutes, 47 seconds into sudden-death OT propelled the Kings to their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons, a shot heard around the hockey universe.

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Stanley Cup moments (part 5: Jeff Carter’s third-period hat trick against Chicago)

Jeff Carter’s hat trick in Game 2 vs. Chicago, May 21: The defending champion Blackhawks won Game 1 handily, turning misplays into goals and then built a 2-0 lead in the early moments of the second period of Game 2. Carter led the Kings’ comeback with three third-period goals in a 6-2 victory that changed the course of the series and put the Kings on a path to the Stanley Cup Final.

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