Archives for July 2011

LA Kings sign Trevor Lewis, six others – leaving only one

This must be contract week for the Los Angeles Kings.
Fresh on the heals of Brad Richardson signing a two-year contract with the team a few days ago, today it was announced they had reached a two-year agreement with Trevor Lewis and single year agreements with six prospects.
Of course, this also comes after defenseman Alec Martinez […]

Coach Murray on camp performance of Muzzin, Deslauriers

Jake Muzzin, LA Kings (photo: Kasey Spatz)

Sure, nobody won a job or lost a job with the Los Angeles Kings due to their performance at this week’s development camp.
However, the annual showcase allows Kings’ coaches and management an opportunity to evaluate the on and off ice skill sets of their top prospects.
And when it comes to […]

Putting Kozun aside, now it’s Tyler Toffoli vs Jake Muzzin?

Toffoli and Kozun (photo: Jeremy Cacal)

The seeds are already starting to be planted for a possible September showdown between Brandon Kozun and Tyler Toffoli – with each seeking to secure that RW3 position (right wing, third line) in the Kings line-up.
However, do we have it all wrong?
Is Toffoli’s real battle with defenseman Jake Muzzin?
In the […]

Interview – Brandon Kozun on challenges of physical game

Brandon Kozun (photo: Kasey Spatz)

For those who don’t follow Kings’ prospect Brandon Kozun on twitter, he’s a bit of a chirper. Supposedly, he’s also known as quite the prankster in Manchester – according to some of the other Monarchs players.
So, it seemed like a natural place to begin when talking to Kozun at this week’s […]

Kings coach Murray on Toffoli, Kozun camp performance

Prospects, prospects, prospects.
They’re something the Los Angeles Kings have a plethora of now, after decades of trading away young players and draft picks for aging veterans.
For the last few years, GM Dean Lombardi has been stockpiling prospects with the hope they would someday fill holes in his roster – either by becoming NHL players (see […]

Murray ‘starting to see some signs of progress’ from Penner

Earlier today I posted extended comments from Dustin Penner following the Kings Development Camp in El Segundo. He was at TSC working out and shared a ton of thoughts on summer conditioning, next season…and offered up plenty of one liners.
Later in the afternoon Kings coach Terry Murray weighed in on Penner‘s commitment to showing […]

Welcome to the Dustin Penner Comedy Hour

Dustin Penner is in shape. We’re talking lean, mean, wrecking machine.
And that’s not the joke here.
In fact, physical conditioning was about the only thing Penner was serious about during an extended conversation at the Kings training facility today, as Development Camp wrapped up. The talk went on so long they were literally shutting off the […]

More post-scrimmage comments from Kozun, Vey, Lowry

Los Angeles Kings Development Camp recap, day one…
Here are a few more comments from some of the prospects following yesterday’s scrimmage:
Question – Were there any takeaways from the first game?
Brandon Kozun – “It’s tough, it’s July and you jump right into that – you get right into a game. But, it was still fun […]

Kings Dev Camp: Detailed Black v White scrimmage notes

Throughout the day today at Kings Development Camp I tweeted various notes from the scrimmage and quotes from several players.
For those who like a little more detail, below is a semi-thorough recap. Special thanks and a major stick tap to Scott Coffman of The Fourth Period for the assist here:
First Period Highlights
Team Black started […]

LA Kings Dev Camp 2011 – comments from Martin Jones

During the regular season I usually don’t post game recaps. However, given the interest in Development Camp this summer, I’ll have a full game report from today’s scrimmage posted later tonight (link).
First though, here are some comments from Kings goaltending prospect Martin Jones.
Coming off an impressive first year in Manchester – where he went […]