The NHL said Monday afternoon it wouldn’t suspend Kings forward Jordan Nolan for his hit on Rusty Klesla of the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period of Sunday’s exhibition game at Glendale, Ariz. The league’s department of player safety reviewed the play and announced it “has determined that no supplemental discipline is appropriate.”
Meanwhile, the league did impose a 10-game regular-season ban to the Coyotes’ Paul Bissonnette for leaving the bench to join an altercation during Sunday’s game. Bissonnette drew a game misconduct for his infraction, which happened at 12:09 of the first period. Bissonnette will forfeit $37,820.51. He’s eligible to return to the lineup for an Oct. 24 game against the Kings at Staples Center.
Late-breaking news from Bob McKenzie of TSN: Kings forward Jordan Nolan will not face an NHL suspension for his hit that knocked Rusty Klesla out of Sunday night’s exhibition game in Glendale, Ariz. Klesla was taken from the ice on a stretcher and later taken to a nearby hospital for tests. He was diagnosed with a concussion and a case of whiplash, according to a reporter for the Arizona Republic newspaper.
Well, that was some exhibition the Kings put on during a lackluster 5-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in a split-squad game Sunday night at Staples Center. The Kings gave up a pair of first-period power-play goals to the Coyotes and never were really in their first exhibition contest since 2011. There were no exhibitions last season because of the lockout.
Meanwhile in Glendale, Ariz., the news was worse. Kings forward Jordan Nolan could face a suspension for what eyewitnesses described as a shoulder-to-chin hit to the Coyotes’ Rusty Klesla in the first period of a split-squad game at Jobing.com Arena. Klesla was taken from the ice on a stretcher.
Phoenix’s Paul Bissonnette left the bench to join an ensuing scuffle with Nolan and others and could draw an automatic 10-game suspension.
At Staples Center, Brandon Yip scored twice and had an assist for the Coyotes. He extended the Coyotes’ lead to 4-0 in the opening minutes of the third period, beating Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon with a laser from the right faceoff circle while on the rush.
Defenseman Slava Voynov scored a third-period goal for the Kings.
Free agent forward Jordan Nolan avoided an arbitration hearing next month when he agreed to a new two-season, $1.4-million contract with the Kings on Friday. The website capgeek.com first reported the deal. Nolan had six points (two goals, four assists) in 44 games during the lockout-shortened 48-game season in 2012-13. His signing leaves free agent forward Trevor Lewis as the last of four Kings originally on the list of players who filed for arbitration. Lewis can avoid a hearing by signing with the team before his Aug. 2 hearing in Toronto. The Kings have roughly $1.5 million of salary cap space available to sign players for next season.
Can’t imagine anyone really wants to go through salary arbitration, and the NHL list is down to 14 from 21, according to the NHLPA. There once were four Kings on the list, but after defensemen Alec Martinez (Monday) and Jake Muzzin (last Friday) each agreed to new two-year deals, it’s down to only forwards Trevor Lewis and Jordan Nolan. Nolan is scheduled for Aug. 1 and Lewis is set for the next day. They can avoid the grueling hearings by agreeing to new contracts at any time before their dates.
Restricted free agents Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin and Jordan Nolan elected salary arbitration Wednesday, an attempt to solve contract impasses with the Kings. They are four of 21 players league-wide who elected to go this route. Teams also can take players to arbitration in order to settle disputes. The deadline is Thursday at 2 p.m. (PDT). The ruling of the arbitrator is final. Hearings are scheduled for July 22 through Aug. 6 in Toronto. Lewis, Martinez, Muzzin and Nolan became free agents July 5.
Jordan Nolan of the Kings was fined $1,436.94 for cross-checking Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks during Saturday afternoon’s game at Staples Center, the NHL’s department of player safety announced Sunday. Nolan was not penalized on the play, which happened along the boards at 5:58 of the second period of the Kings’ 1-0 loss to the Canucks. Kyle Clifford was given a roughing penalty one second later, however. Nolan was considered a first-time offender. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with its players.
The Kings scratched 20-year-old rookie Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Nolan returned to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars at Staples Center. Nolan generated a quality scoring chance, cutting through the Stars’ defense and unleashing a shot from the slot that Kari Lehtonen had to be sharp to handle. Kyle Clifford had another good scoring opportunity for the Kings, breaking ahead of the pack on a shorthanded bid in the closing seconds of the opening period. The Kings outshot the Stars 12-5.
Manchester Monarchs forward Ray Kaunisto shared an interesting tidbit on his blog today. From raykaunisto.blogspot.com:
This week, starting Tuesday, the Kings let us come down to Detroit to workout and shoot with some of the development guys. It is just a two day camp that shows us how to properly shoot, stick handle, and other on ice skills, as well as helping us out with learning the kings workout.
The guys here are Kozun, Schenn, Toffoli, Dowd, Clifford, Czarnik, Weal, Nolan, and Muzzin. The days consist of two off ice sessions per day and two on ice sessions per day. Everything is pretty tough to do but it makes us better really quickly. A lot of good ideas for shooting and practicing are being passed on to us this week from some really good former NHLers. As always it’s an honor to be here and be around so many world class players and coaches.