Ducks counting on Corey Perry to bounce back |Sep 26, 2017

ANAHEIM >> It is a scene that plays out more than Corey Perry wants to admit. It’s almost like clockwork, if you’re paying attention to the ice surface before the Ducks engage into that evening’s continuous crusade for the puck.

Cam Fowler comfortable taking on more leadership responsibilities for Ducks |Sep 25, 2017

ANAHEIM >> It is the first letter of the Latin alphabet and takes residence throughout our lexicon so its importance is inherent. But the capitalized version is rather simplistic on the surface, two slanting lines meeting at an apex and connected by a horizontal line that forms much of its triangular shape.

Kurtis MacDermid hopes to deliver physical play for LA Kings |Sep 25, 2017

Kurtis MacDermid isn’t hard to find. He stands 6-foot-5 — without skates — and looks every bit of his 239 pounds. Physically, that’s not even where it ends for the Kings defenseman.

Who is one of the surprises of Ducks training camp? That’s (Giovanni) Fiore |Sep 24, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Many have done so but Giovanni Fiore hadn’t and it might have felt as if he possessed the winning lottery ticket. It was Saturday afternoon when Fiore learned that he would play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the Ducks’ Sunday night exhibition against the Vegas Golden Knights, taking passes from them and trying to do what he can to extend a lengthy stay in the team’s training camp.

Competition to backup Jonathan Quick only getting more interesting |Sep 23, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> Peter Budaj demonstrated last season how much it pays to be the Kings’ backup goalie. Just over $2 million, in his case. At the ripe age of 35, Budaj earned a two-year contract from the Tampa Bay Lightning this offseason with an annual value of $1.

Ducks roster starts to take form at midpoint of training camp |Sep 23, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Even with many more cuts necessary after an 18-player trim Saturday, the Ducks’ expected opening night roster started to take shape at the midpoint of training camp. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle may be putting some forward lines in place.

Ondrej Kase plans to bring more than energy in second season with Ducks |Sep 22, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Ondrej Kase’s first act with the Ducks was a bit of a revelation. Now comes the all-important follow-up. The second act for a young player after he has made his breakthrough can be just as revelatory.

Kings goalie depth apparent, despite loss |Sep 22, 2017

ANAHEIM >> If Friday night was any indication, the Kings’ new front office may have transformed at least one weakness into a strength in its first offseason. With their top goalie acquisition in China backing up starter Jonathan Quick, the next two in line took advantage of their first action in the preseason during a 4-2 loss to the Ducks Friday in front of 15,393 at Honda Center.

Emerson Etem hasn’t given up fight to stick in the NHL |Sep 21, 2017

ANAHEIM — Emerson Etem’s fight to make an NHL roster and took on a literal tone against his former club. The former Ducks first-round pick, who had two stints with them, is trying to make it with Arizona and his first chance to stay with the Coyotes came Tuesday at Honda Center.

Kevin Gravel makes Kings roster decisions difficult |Sep 21, 2017

EL SEGUNDO — What does Kevin Gravel admire most about the Kings’ defenseman who comprise one of the NHL’s stingiest units? “Whether they have a good game or a bad game, they move on and forget about it,” he said.

Dennis Rasmussen looks to be at center of action with Ducks |Sep 21, 2017

ANAHEIM >> With the absence of the injured Ryan Kesler, center might be the most important position the Ducks need to fill to open the season. And Kesler isn’t the only one missing.

Sharks take bite out of Ducks to open preseason schedule |Sep 20, 2017

Aaron Dell stopped all 24 shots he faced and the San Jose Sharks got goals from five players in a 5-0 win over the Ducks on Tuesday night at SAP Center in San Jose. The Ducks got off to a lackluster start with their seven-game preseason slate by getting blown away with a four-goal second period.

Miller: Rickard Rakell building OC home along with NHL career |Sep 20, 2017

ANAHEIM >> At this time a year ago, he was still recovering from abdominal surgery, the discomfort lingering from when he had his appendix removed. Today, though he’s healthy, Rickard Rakell continues to feel pain in his gut, this ache very different but no less real.

Sam Steel, Max Jones begin serious push for Ducks roster spots |Sep 20, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Sam Steel played in 23 playoff games last spring as his Regina Pats made a serious push for a Western Hockey League championship. Max Jones got in 14 of his own with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights before seeing nine of Calder Cup duty with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.

Kings’ Marian Gaborik sheds light on his ‘major’ knee surgery |Sep 20, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> Marian Gaborik described the unspecified surgery on his left knee in April as a “pretty major procedure” when speaking to reporters on Wednesday for the first time since the operation.

Ducks adjust to NHL’s effort to crack down on slashing |Sep 19, 2017

ANAHEIM >> In a highly publicized incident last season, Calgary star Johnny Gaudreau’s finger was broken by Minnesota’s Eric Staal with a well-placed hard slash of his stick. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s preeminent face, took it up a notch by chopping open the digit of Ottawa’s Marc Methot.

Ducks may form committee to solve issue of replacing Ryan Kesler |Sep 18, 2017

ANAHEIM >> There is no one else on the Ducks’ roster that can adequately do everything Ryan Kesler does for them at a high level. Some are better scorers and others are better passers and pure playmakers.

Young defensemen to get a long look from Ducks in training camp |Sep 17, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Drawing the task of playing defense alongside partner Cam Fowler in this Ducks training camp, Andy Welinski is trying his best to not let his mind roam into what that might mean. “They tell us to not look into stuff like that,” Welinski said Sunday to being put alongside last year’s All-Star blue-liner.

Kings’ goodwill trip to China took months of planning |Sep 17, 2017

When last season ended, one arm of the Kings organization immediately began the search for a new coach, president and general manager. Another arm simultaneously launched into its own extensive project, planning the first ever NHL games in China.

Kings introduced to NHL’s new slashing rules in preseason opener |Sep 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Kings’ first official attempt to assess the chemistry of its line combinations this season was interrupted early and often. The NHL’s initiative to crack down on casual slashing penalties was apparent in the preseason opener, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Canucks on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

Long tied to the Ducks, Ryan Miller’s new reality puts him right at home |Sep 16, 2017

ANAHEIM >> It long seemed possible, if not probable. And it became eventual. Ryan Miller is finally a member of the Ducks and that made reality a match as to a potential destination for the one-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie ever since his days as the man in Buffalo came to an end.

Kings’ offensive philosophy won’t compromise defense |Sep 15, 2017

EL SEGUNDO>> The Kings’ shift in offensive philosophy was apparent the moment their general manager and coach were fired one day after last season ended. The organization, however, is being careful not to alter the existing defensive foundation for the most successful stretch in franchise history.

Ducks a wounded group as training camp opens |Sep 15, 2017

ANAHEIM>>The emotional pain endured by the Ducks to end last season has subsided, but the physical pain continues to linger as another one begins. A beaten-up bunch by the time their chase for a Stanley Cup ended with a Game 6 loss to Nashville in the Western Conference finals, the Ducks must deal with being shorthanded from the first day of training camp into the new season.

Adrian Kempe is Kings’ best chance to add much-needed speed |Sep 14, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> If the Kings are looking within the organization for answers, as their eerily quiet offseason would suggest, there are plenty of eyes fixed on Adrian Kempe at training camp. The 21-year-old Swedish center isn’t just a potential source of offense so desperately needed to balance one of the best defensive units in the NHL.

Ducks expect late-arriving Sami Vatanen to return to form |Sep 14, 2017

ANAHEIM >> When it comes to the new NHL season, Sami Vatanen’s best bet is to arrive fashionably late. The questions that surrounded his future with the Ducks for weeks early in the summer have given way to how much of the season he’ll miss because of surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Ducks training camp preview: 5 burning questions |Sep 13, 2017

A short summer for the Ducks wasn’t as short as they wanted it to be. The Ducks played well into May instead of wrapping up in April. But they didn’t make it to June thanks to the Nashville Predators, the team that’s replaced the Detroit Red Wings as their playoff nemesis.

It’s a new age for Kings as training camp begins |Sep 13, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> Marian Gaborik was technically the first member of the Kings to begin training camp. The forward took the ice alone at Toyota Sports Center at 7 a.m Wednesday. But he was gone an hour later when the team began its first official practice of the 2017-18 season.

LA Kings training camp preview: 5 burning questions |Sep 12, 2017

After missing the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons, the Kings began this offseason by cleaning out their front office. They brought in a new coach, general manager and team president, but few new players.

2017 Kings roster acquisitions & departures |Sep 12, 2017

Acquisitions • F Michael Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils, Signed as a free agent • D Kale Clague, Rookie, Signed as a free agent • D Stepan Falkovsky, Rookie, Signed as a free agent • D Oscar Fantenberg, Rookie, Signed as a free agent • D Christian Folin, Minnesota Wild, Signed as a free agent • F Alex Iafallo, Rookie, Signed as a free agent • D Bokondji Imama, Rookie, Signed as a free agent • G Cal Petersen, Rookie, Signed as a free agent • F Austin Wagner, Rookie, Signed as a free agent Departures • G Peter Budaj, Tampa Bay Lightning, Left in free agency

Showcase gives Ducks prospects a chance to stand out |Sep 8, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Sam Steel had a year to remember and yet, in the bowels of the Ducks’ practice facility in early September, knows it is time to forget about it. The leading scorer in all of Canadian major junior hockey was a deserved choice as the Western Hockey League’s player of the year.

Kings 1st-round pick Gabe Vilardi to miss training camp |Sep 7, 2017

The Kings’ first-round pick from the 2017 NHL draft is expected to miss training camp because of a back sprain. Center Gabriel Vilardi, 18, whom the Kings made the 11th overall selection on June 23, is suffering from an injury that “flared up throughout the summer,” according to Kings General Manager Rob Blake.

Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm says shoulder is healing on schedule |Sep 7, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Nothing in Bob Murray’s postseason address sent more of a shiver throughout the Ducks’ fan base than his announcement that Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen would need major shoulder surgery and face recovery periods that could cut into the 2017-18 season.

Ducks draftees - and best friends - Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand ready to begin pro journey |Sep 6, 2017

ANAHEIM >> Two teen-age hockey players who are best friends having their dream-come-true moment provided by the same team only minutes apart is an enticing storyline in any language. Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand both speak English very well, but when they became the Ducks’ first two selections in June’s NHL entry draft, the duo suddenly became a hot topic of Quebec-based, French language media outlets.

Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano headed to 20th Fedorin Cup charity game |Aug 25, 2017

Eric Fedorin would be impressed at what a little hockey game in his honor has become. It is the sentiment that Rick Hutchinson has as the Fedorin Cup charity game has now reached its 20th edition, which will take place Saturday at Anaheim Ice.

Ducks bring defenseman Francois Beauchemin back for third stint |Aug 21, 2017

The ties that bind Francois Beauchemin and the Ducks may have separated on occasion but in reality they’ve never really broken. More proof of that came Monday when the Ducks brought back the longtime defenseman for a third term with the franchise, signing him to a one-year contract.

Former Ducks coach, GM Bryan Murray succumbs to colon cancer |Aug 12, 2017

Longtime NHL coach and executive Bryan Murray, who left a significant impact on the Ducks and the four other teams that he led, lost his battle with cancer and died Saturday. He was 74. Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer three years ago.

New Kings coach John Stevens brings loyalty, leadership |Aug 9, 2017

Little context is required to understand John Stevens’ loyalty. Since Stevens was 18, the Kings coach’s employment record consists of three hockey organizations. He turned 51 in May.

Source: Tony Granato to coach US men’s hockey at 2018 Olympics |Aug 4, 2017

A person familiar with the decision says Tony Granato will coach the U.S. men’s hockey team at the 2018 Olympics, the first Winter Games without NHL players since 1994. Chris Chelios and Scott Young will be among his assistants.

Max Jones ready for the next big step with the Ducks |Jul 21, 2017

ANAHEIM — Striking a cut and well-proportioned 215 pounds on his hulking 6-foot-3 frame, Max Jones no doubt carries the physique of a mature NHL player. A heaping slice of confidence comes with that.

Ducks to take part in four-team San Jose prospect tournament in September |Jul 19, 2017

The Ducks will hold their annual rookie camp on Sept. 7-8 at Anaheim Ice before taking part in a four-team prospect tournament in San Jose. They’ll join San Jose, Arizona and Colorado in the 2017 Prospect Showcase that will run Sept.

Kings re-sign Kevin Gravel, 4 others; extend Jonny Brodzinski, Paul LaDue |Jul 14, 2017

Defenseman Kevin Gravel was one of five restricted free agents signed to one-year contracts by the Kings, General Manager Rob Blake announced Friday. The other four — Justin Auger, Andrew Crescenzi, Zachary Leslie and Kurtis MacDermid — have yet to make their NHL debuts.

Andrei Loktionov returns on tryout contract with Los Angeles Kings |Jul 13, 2017

EL SEGUNDO >> The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed Andrei Loktionov, the Russian center who won a Stanley Cup ring with the club in 2012. The Kings confirmed the professional tryout contract Thursday.

Marcus Pettersson ready to prove himself to Ducks |Jul 11, 2017

ANAHEIM — A year can make a difference. That is apparent when it comes to Marcus Pettersson. The scruffy facial hair covering his cheeks and chin has rendered his once teenage-boyish appearance obsolete.

Ducks prospects Sam Steel, Josh Mahura on sweet ride |Jul 9, 2017

ANAHEIM >> The journey from prospect to player in the NHL often can be a winding one, few paths remaining as straight and uninterrupted as the blue line. For every Cam Fowler, who was a draftee one day and - three months later - a Duck, there are scores of players who go from Point A to Point B only after stops at several other letters in the alphabet.

Ducks sign former Chicago forward Dennis Rasmussen to one-year contract |Jul 7, 2017

The Ducks signed forward Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year contract worth $725,000 on Friday. Rasmussen, 27, spent his first two NHL seasons with Chicago after playing with the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League team in 2014-15 following three seasons playing professionally in his native Sweden.

LA Kings re-sign center Nick Shore to a one-year, $925,000 contract |Jul 6, 2017

The Kings re-signed Nick Shore to a one-season, $925,000 contract Thursday, one day after fellow restricted free agent Kevin Gravel opted to file for arbitration. Shore earned a raise from the $600,000 he was paid in each of the past two seasons.

Reto Berra signed by Ducks add goaltender depth |Jul 5, 2017

The Ducks signed Reto Berra to a one-year contract that will bring another goalie with some NHL experience into the organization. It is a one-way deal, so Berra will earn a $650,000 salary whether he is in the NHL or the American Hockey League, which figures to be the likely spot for the journeyman.

Miller: Ducks prospects Sam Steel, Josh Mahura on sweet ride |Jul 5, 2017

ANAHEIM >> The journey from prospect to player in the NHL often can be a winding one, few paths remaining as straight and uninterrupted as the blue line. For every Cam Fowler, who was a draftee one day and three months later a Duck, there are scores of players who go from Point A to Point B only after stops at several other letters in the alphabet.

Ducks lose out on Patrick Marleau |Jul 2, 2017

Brief as it may have been, the Patrick Marleau sweepstakes is over and it was the Toronto Maple Leafs and not the Ducks who had the winning numbers for that lottery. Marleau made his decision Sunday and the 500-goal scorer chose the Maple Leafs’ three-year bid worth $18.

Ducks lock up Cam Fowler for eight years, sign goalie Ryan Miller |Jul 1, 2017

Cam Fowler waved goodbye to those annual trade rumors with an All-Star season for the Ducks and the defenseman said hello to a contract that will cement him as a foundation piece with the franchise.