Kings locker room tense due to trade rumors, per Doughty

Drew Doughty (photo by: D. Sheehan)

The final story on the LA Kings’ season has yet to be written. Several chapters are already completed though, including the season opening trip to Europe, Mike Richards hot streak in November and the firing of Terry Murray in December.

So far, 2012 has seen a reoccurring problem from the past two years somehow become even worse – they just can’t seem to generate goals.

“We feel bad because we know we have the talent in here to score,” explained Drew Doughty. “We have the team that should put way more pucks in the net. We’re not doing the job.”

For as frustrating as that’s been for the organization and fans alike, to show just how close they are to being one of the top teams in the league, think about this – 18 of Jonathan Quick’s 26 losses have been by one goal, including 10 of his last 12.

Averaging just a half-a-goal more per game would make a HUGE difference. Winning just a third of those games (eight of the 26 to be more specific) would give them 81 points and have LA sitting second in the Western Conference.

Like several players on the team, Doughty acknowledged there was pressure in the air in the weeks leading to the coaching change. Then, it left like a breeze through an open window in the early part of the Sutter Era. Yet, things have become tense once again according to the 22-year old defenseman.

The culprit? Those ever-present trade rumors.

“You try to not talk about it too much. But, obviously, you hear all the trade rumors and what not. So, it’s hard. It’s fun to see a new guy come in and that helps make your team better. At the same time, you become so close with the guys on your team and when you see them go, it’s tough. It’s not a fun time. You feel bad for guys who get traded. The atmosphere in here is definitely a little more tense than it usually is. So, I just can’t wait for the deadline to be over with.”

Doughty will only have to wait one more week. The NHL Trade Deadline is noon PST on Monday, February 27.

A few days ago we took a look at the five things at play for the Kings and those pesky trade rumors. If you missed it, click here now.  Back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier also addressed hearing his name as part of those rumors here.

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

Recent Articles

Cracknell-by-Mike-Zampelli

FREE REPLAY: The Mayor’s Frozen Fury Preview on NHL Radio

Follow @mayorNHL Enjoy the free replay of “The Mayor” John Hoven on NHL Radio’s Top Shelf with Jimmy Murphy. Among the topics discussed were the Kings vs. Avalanche at Frozen Fury Jonathan Quick’s wrist injury, a possible trade that’s coming, Adam Cracknell’s chances of making the team, prospect Andy Andreoff, Anze Kopitar’s new contract, UFA [...]

Kings Ducks Camp 2014

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: Who Wins the Pacific and Why

Follow @mayorNHL Enjoy the free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes from NHL Network Radio with Boomer Gordon – where they looked ahead to the 2014-15 Western Conference. Among the topics discussed were the Kings’ opening night roster (i.e. which bottom-6 players are likely to make the final cut), along with thoughts on the Anaheim [...]

Ebert Nick LA Kings camp

Nick Ebert quotes after Kings def Ducks

After being the very last player taken at the 2012 NHL Draft, defenseman Nick Ebert had nowhere to go but up. He made a favorable impression during a brief stint with the Ontario Reign the following year, but it was this past season where he really started to capture the attention of most people. Traded [...]

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