Future Fridays – Interview with Matt Nieto

Matt Nieto grew up in Long Beach, CA as a huge LA Kings fan.
So, it was a little ironic for him when his teammate (Derek Forbort) was selected by the Kings in the first round of the draft this past June.
Perhaps it’s something he’ll get to experience himself though in the not too [...]

Super Series Report – Interview w/ Maxim Kitsyn

When it comes to prospects, people like to talk about the ‘buzz’ factor. Some guys have it, others just can’t seem to catch it.
Right now, the name Maxim Kitsyn is being spoken by nearly everybody who follows Canadian junior hockey.
Drafted by the LA Kings this past June, he’s generally referred to as power forward – a phrase that isn’t commonly used [...]

Kings to Honor Three ’70s-Era Legends

Did you like those vintage purple and gold jerseys the Kings wore on opening night?
Well, they’ll be making their Staples Center debut on Saturday, January 15th when the Kings host the Edmonton Oilers for Rogie Vachon Night.
As noted in the press release – Vachon was the first player to have his number retired by the [...]

DIY Surgery An Option For Scott Parse?

Getting away from the Xs and Os of hockey for a minutes, we’ve stumbled onto something rather interesting.
Yesterday it was announced that Kings left wing Scott Parse needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. The operation will be performed Dr. Byrd (Nashville, TN) – the recognized leader in hip surgeries for athletes [...]

Super Series – OHL Recap with Tyler Toffoli

Prospects, prospects, prospects! They’re everywhere to be seen in the Subway Super Series – both recently selected and soon to be drafted players.
The annual tournament began back in 2003 and features a team of Russian junior level all stars traveling throughout Canada to play two games each against the QMJHL, OHL and WHL. The event [...]

Manchester Mondays with Muzzin

Saturday night Jake Muzzin played over 16 minutes against the Islanders, the most ice time he’s seen so far in his brief 10-game career in the NHL.
He’s expected to have some increased responsibilities on the blue line over the next few weeks while the Kings wait for Willie Mitchell to heal up. Yet, that’s didn’t [...]

Whiskey In The Morning

No, that’s not Davis Drewiske sportin’ some new ink.
That king tattoo belongs to Josh Todd, lead singer for Buckcherry.
If you’ve never heard of them, you’re probably at least heard them – provided you’ve been to Staples Center this season and returned to your seat prior to the end of the second intermission. Right before the [...]

Kings-Islanders Preview with Billy Jaffe

If you’re thinking ‘Hmm, Billy Jaffre – that name sounds familiar,’ it’s probably because you’re seen or heard him on the NHL Network. He’s all over the place there these days, including serving as a regular co-host on NHL Live in the mornings and being featured during On The Fly in the evenings.
He also won [...]

Westgarth – Cheerleading For The Wolfpack

Although patience is a virtue, there’s little worse than waiting.
When it comes to Kevin Westgarth, things have gotten to the point that he just smiles and laughs when he sees me coming. Of course he already knows what we’re going to talk about.
He knows the drill. He knows the routine. So, we’re just having fun [...]

The Colonel’s new 13-Piece Bucket

Adding a ‘Y’ or ‘IE’ to the end of a player’s name doesn’t make it a nickname. That’s just more like shorthand.
Occasionally, you get the ‘ER’ on the end. That’s still not a nickname.
And for all the Deans and Dans, no – extending the name with an ‘O’ doesn’t count either.
Then, every once in a while, [...]