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    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. Ryan Getzlaf. Corey Perry. Nearly 600 goals and more...

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    Ducks adjust to NHL’s effort to crack down on slashing

    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. As the preseason is showing, the league is responding to those often unpenalized acts by telling players to cut it out. The NHL is cracking...

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    Young defensemen to get a long look from Ducks in training camp

    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. “I think – whether there’s anything to it or not – on a personal level, it’s obviously fun to play with a player...

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  • Anaheim Ducks

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

    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. Sure, there was a three-season pit stop in Vancouver. But the desire to play in Southern California and make it a full-time home with his wife, actress Noureen DeWulf, and their young son is...

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  • Sports

    Kings introduced to NHL’s new slashing rules in preseason opener

    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. Each team collected 19 penalty minutes. The Kings averaged just over nine penalty minutes per game last season, the Canucks just under...

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  • Anaheim Ducks

    Ducks a wounded group as training camp opens

    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. In the case of do-everything shutdown center Ryan Kesler, it will be well into the season. It could...

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  • Sports

    Kings’ offensive philosophy won’t compromise defense

    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. Promoting John Stevens to head coach was a not-so-subtle indication. A defenseman during his 15-year playing career, Stevens was a primary architect of the Kings unit that...

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  • Anaheim Ducks

    Ducks expect late-arriving Sami Vatanen to return to form

    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. “It’s been a little different summer but it’s all good now,” Vatanen said earlier this week, following an informal workout at...

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  • Sports

    Adrian Kempe is Kings’ best chance to add much-needed speed

    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. He possesses the fastest-rising commodity in the NHL – speed. “I think that’s why they drafted me, because...

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  • Sports

    2017 Kings roster acquisitions & departures

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