Kings open training camp Friday in El Segundo

Here’s the Kings’ schedule for the first three days of training camp:

Friday: Group A practice begins at 10 a.m. at the Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo (555 North Nash Street). Group B practice beings at 2 p.m.

Saturday: Group B practice begins at 10 a.m.; Group A starts at 2 p.m.

Sunday: Kings vs. Kings, Citizens Business Bank Arena, 3 p.m.

There are 64 players expected to attend camp, although some will be delayed because of their participation in the World Cup in Toronto (Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin for Canada, Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik for Team Europe and Jonathan Quick for Team USA). The breakdown of the groups wasn’t announced.

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Kings’ announcer Bob Miller will be back, but with a reduced schedule for 2016-17

Tomorrow’s story tonight …

Bob Miller, the Kings’ Hall of Fame television play-by-play announcer, said Monday he would return to the broadcast booth to call his 44th season as the club celebrates its 50th campaign in the NHL, but would cut back on his travel for 2016-17.

Miller said he would call a 58-game schedule. He was sidelined for the final three months of 2015-16 after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. He plans to work all of the Kings’ home games in 2016-17 as well as selected road games, including an Oct. 7 exhibition game in Las Vegas.

The Kings open the regular season Oct. 12 against the Sharks in San Jose, when Miller celebrates his 78th birthday. Their home-opening game is two nights later against the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center.

Miller’s exact schedule will be announced at a later date, the Kings said.

“After 43 seasons of doing a full schedule of home and road games, and considering I’ll be 78 years old on opening night this season, I have decide the time has come to cub back on the rigors of travel,” Miller said in a statement released by the Kings. “I am pleased and thankful that I have the complete cooperation and blessing of Kings management in this decision.”

Nick Nickson, the Kings’ Hall of Fame radio voice, moved into Miller’s chair to work the TV side, joining analyst Jim Fox, after Miller underwent a heart procedure last February. Jon Rosen, who works on the Kings’ website as their in-house reporter, handled play-by-play duties on the radio.

The Kings said they would announce their replacement teams for 2016-17 at a later date.

Miller was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2000; Nickson joined him last year.


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Kings training camp next stop on Devin Setoguchi’s NHL comeback attempt

The Kings haven’t made a formal announcement yet, but they’re expected to sign veteran Devin Setoguchi to a pro tryout in time for the start of training camp next week. Here’s a terrific background piece from The Hockey News on Setoguchi:

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LA Kings open training camp for rookies Friday in El Segundo

The Kings’ rookie camp begins Friday at their El Segundo training facility. The first practice is scheduled for 10 a.m., and 25 players are expected to participate. The Kings said they will have the roster later in the week, but you can expect to see many of their top draft picks from the last few seasons. The Kings’ rookies play their Coyotes counterparts in exhibition games Sept. 20 and 21 in Glendale, Ariz.

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Kings center Anze Kopitar named Team Europe captain for World Cup of Hockey

Kings center Anze Kopitar was named Tuesday as Team Europe’s captain for the World Cup of Hockey, which begins Sept. 17 in Toronto. Kopitar, of Slovenia, was joined in the team’s leadership group by alternate captains Zdeno Chara of Slovakia and the Boston Bruins and Mark Streit of Switzerland and the Philadelphia Flyers. Chara and Streit are defensemen.

Kopitar was named the Kings’ captain in June, replacing Dustin Brown in a shakeup in the wake of last season’s first-round playoff exit at the hands of the San Jose Sharks and their failure to make the postseason in 2015. The 29-year-old Kopitar won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward and was honored with the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play this past season.



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World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament TV schedule

Here is the TV schedule for the World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament games:

Thursday: North America vs. Europe (Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik), 5 p.m., ESPN2

Friday: Canada (Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin) vs. USA, (Jonathan Quick) 4 p m., ESPNU

Sept. 13: Finland vs. USA, 4 p.m., ESPN

Sept. 14: Canada vs. Russia, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2

The eight-team tournament begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.


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Read the Kings statement on Slava Voynov’s no-contest plea

Here’s what the Kings said in a news release about defenseman Slava Voynov’s no-contest plea Thursday on misdemeanor domestic violence that will result in 90 days in jail plus three years probation:

“We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment.”

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L.A. Kings’ Slava Voynov pleads no contest to misdemeanor, will serve 90 days in jail

Kings defenseman Slava Voynov entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance and will serve 90 days in jail plus three years probation. He waived his right to a trial in accepting the deal with the District Attorney.

Voynov’s trial on felony domestic violence was to begin next week.

District Attorney Frank Dunnick told the court that a conviction means Voynov would be deported from the United States. Voynov’s defense team objected and Judge Taylor says that it’s a matter for immigration to determine.

In addition, Voynov must complete a 52-week domestic violence course, perform eight hours of community service and pay fines totally roughly $700.

Check back for updates.

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Justin Williams on leaving the Kings for the Caps: This was the best fit for me

Justin Williams signed a two-season, $6.5-million contract with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, leaving the Kings behind after helping them to two Stanley Cup championships and earning one of the great nicknames in NHL history. Here’s some of what he had to say during a conference call Thursday:

“Obviously, we enjoyed it (playing with the Kings). Except for my first year when I got traded in the middle of it we made the playoffs every time except for last year. We enjoyed a pretty good stretch. Two Stanley Cups and a trip to the Western Conference finals.

“Things got derailed this year with appearances and things beyond individuals’ control. There are going to be changes in L.A. because of that. Everyone’s looking to get better. I spent … the best seasons I had were in Los Angeles year in and year out. The team and individual success was great there. I made a lot of friends.

“It’s a business. It’s about winning, but now it’s time for me to move on. I spoke to L.A. yesterday. There’s this thing now called the salary cap. I’m going to move on, but I’m going to remember my time there. … I don’t think that’s fair (to talk about other offers). There were offers out there I pondered. … This is the best fit for me. Listen, I’m going to play as long as I can. My head is upset we didn’t make the playoffs, but my body is saying, ‘Thank you.’”

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Justin Williams, the Kings’ Mr. Game 7, signs a two-year, $6.5-million deal with Capitals

Unrestricted free agent Justin Williams signed a two-season, $6.5-million contract Wednesday and jumped to the Washington Capitals from the Kings. The departure of the man known as Mr. Game 7 because of his heroics during the Kings’ march to the Stanley Cup in 2014 was not unexpected. The Kings did create some salary-cap flexibility by terminating the contract of Mike Richards on Monday, but in the end Richards decided to move elsewhere late on the first day of free agency.

Williams, 33, scored 41 points in 81 games last season with the Kings.

The Capitals are 3-6 in Game 7s since 2008.

The Kings were 3-0 in Game 7s in 2014, all on the road.

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