He’s Back… Five Questions with Willie Mitchell

As Willie Mitchell prepares for his return to the Kings line-up tonight, we caught up with him for an exclusive interview.
Among the topics he talks about is trying to find a positive in being out injured, tonight’s milestone game and he weighs in on young defenseman, Alec Martinez.
MM: Any observations while watching the team [...]

How the Sturm Trade Affects Schenn

About a week ago, in an article titled ‘The Complete Story on Brayden Schenn‘ we went through the trials and tribulations of the first 18-months between the Kings and their teenage center.
It’s been marked by trade rumors, a knee injury, a one day contract, loopholes in league agreements and much, more.
Well, just went you thought [...]

…And Now You’re Caught Up

For all the Kings fans that had a busy weekend shopping for gifts, going to holiday parties, watching football, etc. – don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
You should already know the score from last night’s game. So, in no particular order, here are the ten other things you need to know heading into the work [...]

Wild 3, Kings 2, Refs -5

A few weeks ago Kings Coach Terry Murray didn’t want to hear any noise about the schedule being part of the team’s problems when they were losing. He wasn’t concerned about the extra time off, basically saying professionals just deal with it.
Some similar thinking may be in order after the LA-Minnesota game on Saturday night [...]

Kings-Wild Preview with Jose Theodore

French Canadian goaltender. Debuted in the NHL as a teenager. Spent most of the next few seasons in the AHL. Finally arrived in the big show…with huge expectations. Perhaps even impossible to live up to.
Jonathan Bernier?
No, Jose Theodore.
Drafted by Montreal 44th overall at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, expectations were huge right from the start. [...]

Kings-Wild Preview with Andrew Brunette

Forward Andrew Brunette has 30 points (8g, 22a) in 41 career games vs. the Los Angeles Kings. He also has 18 points in 18 games at Staples Center.
After a three year run with the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08), he’s now in the third year of his second tour of duty for the Minnesota Wild. A few [...]

Final Audition?

When is the right time to cut bait with a prospect?
Kings GM Dean Lombardi has openly said he probably waited a year too long with Brian Boyle, in terms of getting maximum trade value.
It’s just so tough though. When a kid hasn’t even played a full season – or probably two – in the NHL, [...]

Wild Comments on Patrick O’Sullivan

Earlier today we posted a preview of tonight’s Kings game with the newest member of the Minnesota Wild, Patrick O’Sullivan.
Below are some comments on O’Sullivan from two other members of the Wild organization – coach Todd Richards and veteran forward Andrew Brunette. Both were asked how he’s fitting in…
Richards: Patrick has come in and done [...]

Kings-Wild Preview with Patrick O’Sullivan

Soon after Dean Lombardi arrived as GM of the LA Kings in 2006 he made two then-somewhat-unpopular trades. Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason were traded to Carolina for Jack Johnson. And Patrick O’Sullivan was acquired from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Pavol Demitra.
It’s obvious at this point which ended up being the better of [...]

Jack Johnson – Master of His Own DVR

Jack Johnson is one of seven Kings defenseman who formerly played college hockey. From 2005-07 he was at the University of Michigan – the school that’s sent more players to the NHL than any other program. So, naturally, he had a few things to say about the big game being played outdoors later today…
MM: Any [...]