Tag: Jarret Stoll

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Media Day

Kings to educate players on domestic violence and drug abuse


Following a season, which saw two players arrested in a seven-month span, the L.A. Kings have decided to address the team’s off-ice issues.

“I think both incidents generated a lot of discussion during the year. Clearly at the meetings and the debriefing at the end of the year, it was the number-one topic, before we even got to the hockey,” said Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Tuesday via a conference call. “The first thing you look at is, were there any signs that we should have been aware of, in both of these incidents? You look at yourself, as managers and coaches. I think we were very good in terms of communicating with our players and go out of our way to try to know them personally, as human beings.

“I think it’s one of the reasons we’ve always had that kind of family effect around there. But clearly we could do more.”

In October defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested for domestic assault.

Then in April, Jarret Stoll was arrested for drug possession in Las Vegas.

“We neglected to educate our players,” said Lombardi. “We spend time teaching them systems, nutrition and everything else, but we missed a big step here, in terms of ensuring that they understand right and wrong.

“That has to be reinforced, not only as a human being but as somebody who is a representative of your community.”

Lombardi announced that former NBA player Chris Herren would talk to the players about drug abuse.

The club is also in the process of setting up a domestic violence group that will talk to the team.

Lombardi confirmed that he had met with Stoll following his arrest.

“It’s safe to say, in all honesty, it was probably the most difficult meeting I’ve had in my career,” said Lombardi. “Probably one of the most gut-wrenching meetings I’ve ever had in my entire career, and I’ve had meetings with lots of players.”

The 32-year-old, who was a part of both Stanley Cup wins, is a pending unrestricted free agent.

Voynov’s trial is scheduled to begin on July 6.

Report: Kings, Sekera begin contract extension talks

Los Angeles Kings v New York Islanders

After spending a sizable amount to acquire him, the Kings are now trying to re-up with Andrej Sekera.

Sekera, acquired from Carolina in a deadline deal — a first-round pick and prospect Roland McKeown went to the ‘Canes — has held “very preliminary discussions” with Los Angeles about a new contract, per LA Kings Insider.

The 28-year-old, in the last of a deal that pays $2.75 million annually, will likely be in line for a raise following a career-high 44 points last year, and a relatively good showing with the Kings this year, despite injury limiting him to just 16 regular-season games.

Of course, it’s unclear how much of a raise the Kings can afford to give.

While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently projected a $71.5 million salary cap for next season, there are no guarantees it’ll rise and L.A. already has just over $64 million committed to 17 players… with new deals still needed for RFAs Tyler Toffoli and Martin Jones, and UFAs Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll (the latter’s situation is complex due to a recent drug possession arrest in Las Vegas.)

Despite this, Sekera should still be a priority. With Robyn Regehr done and Slava Voynov’s future still in doubt, the Kings need depth and experience on the back end.

Report: Stoll arrest came during Kings’ ‘unofficial’ season-ending party

Jarret Stoll

Drew Doughty and Martin Jones were two of “more than a dozen” L.A. Kings in Las Vegas at the time of Jarret Stoll’s arrest for cocaine and MDMA possession, per TMZ.

According to TMZ sources, the incident Wet Republic at the MGM Grand occurred during an unofficial team party to wind down the season, though the 32-year-old center was the only player accused of any wrongdoing. The same sources also report that many Kings “continued to party in Vegas throughout the weekend even after Stoll was arrested.”

Stoll was arrested late Friday after going through a security pat-down, and later released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center. He reportedly admitted the powdered substance in his possession was cocaine.

The Kings are familiar with Wet Republic, having celebrated their first Stanley Cup championship there in 2012. L.A. then brought the Cup back to Vegas last year after defeating the New York Rangers in the final.

PHT Morning Skate: The Great One raves about McDavid

Wayne Gretzky

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Is Connor McDavid the second coming of Wayne Gretzky? The Great One chuckles at the notion, but agrees McDavid is going to be a game changer. “He’s as good as I’ve seen in the last 30 years, the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years, the best to come along since (Mario) Lemieux and (Sidney) Crosby,” said Gretzky. “He can definitely change a franchise’s fortunes.” (The Edmonton Journal)

Former Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Mikael Tellqvist and Justin Pogge are currently in a head-to-head battle for the Swedish Hockey League’s save of the year. (SHL)

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Some of the sights and sounds from the first Stanley Cup playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996:

Current Lightning GM Steve Yzerman had a huge impact on the Detroit Red Wings leading the franchise to three Stanley Cups. He’s also part of the reason why Pavel Datsyuk is still a member of the Wings. In 2007 Yzerman went to Ken Holland and told the GM to “Absolutely, get it done” with regards to contract negotiations with Datsyuk. Datsyuk eventually signed a seven-year contract worth $6.7 million per season. (Tampa Bay Times)

Todd McLellan, who “mutually agreed” to part ways with the San Jose Sharks on Monday, will have no shortage of offers for his next coaching gig. According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, McLellan’s coaching style would be a perfect fit with the Edmonton Oilers. (Sportsnet)

Sidney Crosby was locked out of the Pens’ room ahead of Game 3 on Monday night:

Investigative reporter Rick Westhead has further information on Jarret Stoll’s arrest last week in Las Vegas including the police report. (TSN)

Report: Kings’ Stoll arrested for cocaine, MDMA possession (Updated)

Jarret Stoll

Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll was arrested for possession of cocaine at Wet Republic in Las Vegas on Saturday, local police have confirmed to 8 News.


Per 8 News’ Scott Daniels, Stoll was also arrested on MDMA possession. The NHL has since been appraised of the arrest, according to CBS Las Vegas.

The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman reports the Kings are aware of the incident and “actively investigating it.”

Stoll, 32, has played with the Kings for the last seven seasons following a trade from Edmonton. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

UPDATE: From Rich Hammond of the OC Register…

UPDATE 2: The Kings have issued the following statement…

“We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll.  Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation.  

“While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”