Former King Mike Weaver talks time in LA, Dustin Brown

Mike Weaver was originally signed as a free agent by Los Angeles in July 2004 and he spent the following year in Manchester (AHL), while the NHL went through a season-long lockout.

That team won 51 games, was led by brand new Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau and featured such names as Dustin Brown, Mike Cammalleri, Tim Gleason, George Parros and Dave Steckel.

Boudreau was fired at the end of that season, after the Monarchs lost in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The following season he won the AHL Championship in Hershey. But, that’s a different story for a different day. Back to Weaver…

He played 92 games for the Kings from 2005 to 2007. Fast forwarding a few years, he’s now with the Panthers, after signing a free contract in Florida this past August. Following practice yesterday, I spoke with him about his time here…

“It was fun. I enjoyed the weather and enjoyed the city,” said the 33-year old defenseman. “But, I’m happy where I am right now, in Florida. Through the wintertime we have the same weather as LA, just the summertime is a little bit more humid. Overall, with every city I go to – and hopefully Florida is my last one – you have your fond memories of each place. You have your positives and negatives with each organization. I think that, overall, LA was a great experience. I enjoyed it.”

When asked if he had any favorite memories of playing with Brown back then, the 5-foot-10 native of Ontario, Canada said – “Talking about his heavy hits the next day, after a game,” then paused for a few chuckles. “He’s a good guy. He’s a great leader and he deserves being the captain. I think he’s done well for himself. He plays the game hard and he plays it with heart.”

A few hours earlier I had asked Brown the same question about Weaver…

“He was a solid player when I played with him,” said the Kings’ captain. “Small guy with really long arms. So, he’s pretty deceiving as a defenseman.”

As noted in an article earlier this morning, Weaver won’t be the only Panther having a bit of homecoming tonight. Marco Sturm makes his return to Staples Center as well. You can read his thoughts on the experience here.

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

RELATED ARTICLES:

Interview with Nick Bjugstad – Florida Panthers first round draft pick

Interview with Panthers forward Marco Sturm

Kings’ Rob Scuderi recalls his NHL debut vs. the Florida Panthers

Recent Articles

Deslauriers

Deslauriers checks in on way out of SoCal

Nick Deslauriers, originally selected by Los Angeles in the third round (840th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, certainly spent plenty of time talking with us during his years as a Kings prospect. Last spring came a trade to Buffalo that caught many people off guard. In fact, it was only a few months after [...]

Sabres Gionta Moulson

Puck Probability: Odds for Sabres at Kings, October 23

In advance of tonight’s game between the Sabres and Kings in downtown Los Angeles, we’re back with some odds regarding 10 things that just might happen during the game. As always, we’ll provide the tidbits related to various things that may occur on the Kings side of the ice, and we have a guest to share thoughts [...]

Jorges Gionta Moulson

Things You May Not Know: Sabres-Kings edition

Although we talk a lot about West Coast Bias around here, tonight brings the occasional glimpse into the other side of life, as the Buffalo Sabres make their lone appearance of the season at Staples Center. To get you ready, we have a few tidbits that will make you sound smart when talking to the person next to you – [...]

Major News Items

Manchester Monarchs MayorsManor Kings by Blake Gumprecht

MAJOR NEWS: Kings Preparing To Move Top Prospects To SoCal

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please remember to include a link to www.MayorsManor.com Follow @mayorNHL In a story that MayorsManor has been chasing for the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News