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.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr announced his retirement following Saturday’s season-closing 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks, according to multiple reporters.
(OK, the word “likely” crept into some of those accounts, so consider it a retirement announcement with some wiggle room.)
Regehr goes out a winner in many ways, most obviously with today’s victory. Most importantly, he grabbed a Stanley Cup ring during the Kings’ 2014 championship run.
Overall, the 34-year-old managed to appear in 1,089 regular season games and 67 postseason contests. That’s impressive by any standards, yet it’s that much more of an achievement when you ponder the fact that his career was in great danger of being cut short by a car accident. Regehr is a physical defenseman, so it’s remarkable that he recovered from that scary scene and enjoyed a lengthy career.
(Many remember him as much for his part in the Calgary Flames’ run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final than anything else.)
If this really is it for Regehr, it sounds like the decision has been in the works for some time.
Here are highlights of the Kings’ 4-1 win against the Sharks, by the way:
The New York Rangers would have certainly liked to beat their 2014 Stanley Cup Final adversary, especially given how badly Los Angeles needed to win tonight. However, the Kings would not allow New York to slow them down as they claimed a 4-2 victory.
Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot made 31 saves and it would be wrong to put this loss squarely on his shoulders. That being said, he did have some questionable moments tonight, including Robyn Regehr’s goal midway through the first period.
A turnover by Talbot also led to Marian Gaborik scoring early in the second period to give the Kings a 2-1 edge. Jeff Carter was credited with the game-winning marker at 1:05 of the third frame.
Los Angeles has kicked off its five-game road trip with back-to-back wins. The Kings are now tied with the idle Calgary Flames in the battle for the third Pacific Division spot with 86 points. Both squads have nine games remaining, but the Flames have the edge in the tiebreaker ROW so if the regular season ended today, Los Angeles would still be eliminated.
The Kings and Flames are scheduled to play against each other on April 9.
Might need a few ice packs after this game at Levi’s Stadium. The heavy hitting has been a constant theme between the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks throughout the evening.
Take, for instance, this massive collision between Robyn Regehr and Melker Karlsson late in the second period. That’s a rather large run-in with the boards. Karlsson was shaken up but continued to battle with Regehr as the shift continued.
The two teams had combined for more than 70 hits into the third period.
The Los Angeles Kings will call up defenseman Derek Forbort from AHL Manchester tomorrow, according to Mayor’s Manor.
Forbort was the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft, but has yet to make his NHL debut. He has two goals and nine assists in 46 games this season for Manchester.
The Kings host the Flames Thursday. It’s not clear if Forbort will play in that game or sit in the press box as a healthy seventh d-man; however, it’s worth pointing out that Alec Martinez remains day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms and veteran Robyn Regehr apparently had to battle through the effects of food poisoning last night in Columbus.
Brayden McNabb and Jamie McBain played limited minutes as a third pair against the Jackets.