Date Night with your Los Angeles Kings

What started as an innocent conversation with Kings prospect Jake Muzzin quickly spawned an idea for an article.
Life as an NHL prospect probably isn’t as glamorous as it may seem at times. Over the last two weeks, guys from all across North America have been housed out of a hotel in El Segundo, CA […]

Alec Martinez hopes to have money left over for new sticks

Martinez and Dean Lombardi (photo: C. Ikiri)

Earlier in the week, we had Kyle Clifford on to talk about his new equipment endorsement with Bauer – ‘head to toe Bauer’ as The Colonel said.
Meanwhile, although defenseman Alec Martinez may have signed a contract extension with the Kings this summer, he hasn’t landed a stick deal yet. Nor […]

Mike Richards moves from Philly teacher to LA student

Richards at Kings camp (photo: M. Zampelli)

In some news that went a little under the radar this summer, the Kings traded away Wayne Simmonds and two other assets for former Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards.
A few days later, his former left wing, Simon Gagne, signed a free agent contract to join him in Los Angeles.
After […]

Willie Mitchell on injuries, ice time and preseason chaos

Willie Mitchell at Kings camp (photo: CIKIRI)

As you’re about to read from Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, things can be a bit unpredictable at this time of year.
So true.
For the team’s practice session this morning, coach Terry Murray has (at least for now) abandoned the two groups he used yesterday. Today he put the NHL […]

Rich Clune – ‘Not a lot of guys here will win the scoring title’

Clune at Kings training camp (photo: CIKIRI)

Take the following players on NHL contracts: Trevor Lewis, Ethan Moreau, Scott Parse, Brad Richardson, Jarret Stoll, Kevin Westgarth…add in prospects Brandon Kozun, Andrei Loktionov and Tyler Toffoli…then top it off with Trent Hunter, who is in camp on a tryout deal…what do you have?
Ten players vying for six […]

High / Low with Terry Murray… on players cut from roster

Schumacher in rookie game (photo: CIKIRI)

Just before game time last night, the Kings released the names of 11 players who had been cut from their list of 60+ players in camp.
Eight of them were camp invitees and the other three were former LA draft picks – Christopher Gibson, Michael Schumacher and Jordan Weal.
Interestingly, the latter group will […]

Stoll on Clifford – ‘Confidence is a scary thing sometimes’

Last year, Kyle Clifford was 19 years old when he came to the Kings’ training camp. Only one year removed from being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2009 draft, he had yet to play a single professional game, let alone in the NHL.
Still, the year prior, then-assistant coach Mark […]

POLL: Which rookie helped his cause the most?

Some will say, ‘oh, it was only an exhibition game!’
Well, first off, you should reply and say, ‘actually it was two exhibition games.’ Then, follow it up with, ‘they mean a lot to the rookies trying to earn a spot in the NHL.’
Coming into camp, it looked like the only real roster competition would […]

Post-game notes (2 of 2): Coyotes at Kings 9/21/2011

Earlier we posted the recap from game one of the Kings – Coyotes split-squad game over in Arizona.
Here are ten post-game notes from the second contest, this one was in downtown Los Angeles…
* Slava Voynov looked strong throughout the game. He scored the Kings only goal in regulation (a power play marker at 5:53 […]

Post-game notes (1 of 2): Kings at Coyotes 9/21/2011

For those into the numbers side of the game, here are ten post-game notes from the Kings game in Phoenix tonight…
* Tyler Toffoli scored in his first ever NHL exhibition game, tying things up at 14:14 of the third period on a power play goal.  He also finished as a plus-2.
* Dustin Penner scored with […]