Jarret Stoll Reaches Plea Deal on Cocaine Charge: Latest Details, Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2015

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 09: Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings prepares for a faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres on December 9, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll reportedly reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Thursday that will dismiss his felony drug charges in favor of two misdemeanors.

Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports Stoll agreed to accept one count each of provoking commission of breach of peace and trespass regarding his April arrest for possession of cocaine and MDMA. He also released a statement about the situation.

"Now that the case has been resolved, I am committed to meeting all of my obligations to the court and am grateful for the chance to offer guidance and share positive life lessons to kids as part of the resolution of this matter," Stoll stated. "My focus remains on hockey, and I am looking forward to getting back on the ice next season."

Strang's report notes the 33-year-old center will be forced to complete 32 hours of community service over the next 120 days as part of the plea deal.

Stoll scored just 17 points in 73 games for the Kings last season. He's scheduled to hit the free-agent market on July 1, and this situation could have an impact on his status. It's another red flag to go along with his declining production in recent years.

He's due back in court on Aug. 27 to provide details about his progress with the community service, according to the report. Whether any teams will show interest in him before that point is a major question mark.

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