The Los Angeles Kings made it official on Friday and bought out the remaining years of defenseman Matt Greene‘s contract. Greene spent nine years as a member of the Kings, winning two Stanley Cups with the team in 2011-12 and 2013-14. In a statement announcing the move, team president Luc Robitaille spoke about Greene’s impact on the organization and how he helped change the team’s culture as soon as he arrived.
The L.A. Kings have brought back pending restricted free agent forward Andy Andreoff. The Kings announced Saturday that they have re-signed Andreoff to a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $677,500. He appeared in only 36 games last season, spending time on injured reserve, adding two assists. The previous year, however, he played in 60 games for L.A., scoring eight goals with 10 points. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Andreoff is known more for his physical style and checking abilities than offensive production, with 146 penalty minutes combined over the last two seasons.
The 2017 NHL Draft kicked off Friday night in Chicago with the first round, and for the second time this week, the Vegas Golden Knights once again made headlines. The league’s newest 31st team had three first-round picks — the most ever for an expansion club. Did they use them on the right players? Here are the notable winners and losers of the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. WINNERS Philadelphia Flyers Nolan Patrick was the highest-rated prospect in the 2017 draft class, according to many experts, yet the Flyers were able to select him No. 2 overall. He’s NHL-ready and could fill a top-six role as a rookie. His skill set resembles Colorado Avalanche center and former No. 1 pick Nathan MacKinnon.