Stoll and Murray talk center vs left wing, possible changes

During his post game presser on Saturday, LA coach Terry Murray said he wouldn’t be sticking with the third period line combinations he used against Detroit – which featured Andrei Loktionov as the third line center and moving Jarret Stoll to the second line left wing.

However, after practice today, he seemed to soften his stance just a bit…

On the thought of Loktionov at center – “I’ve thought about it a lot. Before we got him back up here, that was part of the thought process – where am I going to play him, is it going to be left wing? I felt good about him on the left side and I still do.”

On where Loktionov will play versus St. Louis – “I’ll leave that line the way it is (the second line), with him on the left side, for the game tomorrow. I know I have an option. I know I can make some moves there and he would be one of those players who I could move to a different position if I feel I need to.”

On playing Stoll at center or left wing – “He prefers to be in the middle of the ice. But, sometimes you have to make those kind of changes and we’ll see where this all goes. Loktionov might be fine on the left wing and we’ll just leave him there. I don’t want to put any doubt in anybody’s head here, as to what I might do.”

Comments from Stoll regarding his playing time at left wing – “I just think it was (Murray) trying to get some offense going. Obviously, we weren’t creating much as a forward group. As a coach, I’d probably try and do something different too to try and change it up. I don’t expect him to keep it that way. So, it was what it was.”

For what it’s worth, over the summer Stoll stopped by MayorsManor and we spoke at length about the possibility of him playing center or wing this season. You can read that article here.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

NCAA West Regional - St. Cloud State vs Ferris State

Dev Camp Preview with Mikey Eyssimont, Kings 2016 Draft Pick

It’s been a whirlwind week for Mikey Eyssimont. The Colorado native was just drafted by the Kings last Saturday and now he finds himself in Los Angeles for the team’s annual Development Camp. With only one year of college experience under his belt – and expected to play a big role this upcoming season at […]

Brown Kings NHL 2015

Brown on Losing the Captaincy; Not Your Typical Conference Call

Dustin Brown met with the media today via a conference call to share his thoughts on no longer being captain of the Los Angeles Kings… and to say he was extremely candid would be more than understatement.
Partial opening comment on no longer being the captain:
“There are a lot of emotions [that come with this]. […]

Johnson Kings

UPDATED: LA Kings 2016 Development Camp Roster Info

As July 1st quickly approaches, most of the hockey world is discussing free agency. Simultaneously, we’re also just a few days away from the other annual summer tradition, Development Camp. In fact, dozens of the Kings top prospects will be arriving in Los Angeles over the weekend, with on-ice activity expected to begin on Monday […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News