Word Association with Jonathan Bernier

Things are slowly coming together for Jonathan Bernier. He’s officially part of the LA Kings…finally! And although it wasn’t pretty at times, he picked up his first win of the season on Wednesday night vs. Carolina.
For the last two years he was with the Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester, where he was ‘learning how to […]

Two Minutes In the Box… with Willie Mitchell

It seems like nearly every team in the league is always looking to add another top-six forward and a quality defenseman.
Over the summer, the Kings were in that same position. So, while the Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations dominated the early headlines, perhaps the deal deserving equal attention was Dean Lombardi’s ability to acquire Willie Mitchell.
The Kings […]

Ryan Smyth on the almost-King, Ray Whitney

For the first time in…well, a really long time…the Kings were buyers at the NHL Trading Deadline last season – instead of the sellers the team had become the last five plus years.
Rather than trading away players for future assets, they acquired two rentals for a playoff push, Freddy Modin and Jeff Halpern. Neither were […]

Comments from the kids – Muzzin and Clifford

As announced yesterday, Kyle Clifford will return to the line-up tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, after sitting out the last two games.
Defenseman Jake Muzzin will also play again. He’s played in every game so far this season.
Both players spent last year in junior hockey and were recognized in the OHL Coaches Poll for their strong […]

(Part of) History Will Not Repeat Itself Tonight

Tonight will mark the 11-year anniversary of Staples Center first hosting an official NHL game.
The final score was 2-2, a tie between the host LA Kings and visiting Boston Bruins.
Like it or not, the shootout is now part of the NHL landscape. Thus, you can be assured of one major difference in tonight’s contest between […]

Post Practice Comments – Kevin Westgarth

Earlier today I posted comments from Michal Handzus and Jarret Stoll following the Kings practice this morning in El Segundo.
Next up is Kevin Westgarth…
MM: Let’s get to the elephant in the room first. Everybody wants to know, we’re four games in and no scraps yet – what’s going on out there?
KW: There’s no takers, it’s […]

Post Practice Comments – Jarret Stoll

More from practice this morning – here are some exclusive comments from Jarret Stoll…
MM: Prior to the start of the season much was made about the new lines this year. First Justin Williams was assigned to the second line and recently Ryan Smyth was added. It’s only been a few games, but what’s your early […]

Post Practice Comments – Michal Handzus

Had a chance to catch up with several of the players today after practice – including Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell, Kyle Clifford, Jake Muzzin, Kevin Westgarth, etc.
First up, Michal Handzus…
MM:  It’s been four games now with your new linemate Alexi Ponikarovsky.  What’s your assessment on how things are going so far?
MH:  I don’t think we’ve played up […]

Looking Back with Jonathan Bernier

By now, even casual Kings fans know who Jonathan Bernier is.
However, the goalie of the future is still waiting for his chance somewhat. Sure, he set the world on fire last year in the minors – becoming the AHL Goaltender of the Year. Yet, here in LA, Jonathan Quick was having his own strong season and […]

Two Minutes in the Box… with Wayne Simmonds

Whenever trade rumors involving the LA Kings come up lately, one of the first names mentioned is Wayne Simmonds.
And why not? Teams love players like Wayne. He’s young, physical, very coachable and continues to improve each season.
Two years ago he burst onto the scene – forcing his way onto the Kings according to coach Terry […]