Exploring Gabe Vilardi Options; Conditioning Assignment Likely Next

Regardless of the season, there is almost always that one player that everybody asks about on social media and during radio interviews. The one guy who we get inundated with questions about, either regarding why he’s playing so poorly or why he’s not being properly recognized across the league for his outstanding contributions on the […]

LA Kings Opening Night Roster: Final Decisions Made, This Is It

With the Kings idle, waiting to roll into Opening Night this coming Friday, there isn’t much going on.
Actually, it was a little challenging to type that sentence with a straight face. Truth is, not much has gone right in Los Angeles during preseason and things are a bit challenging at the moment.
Forget the […]

LA Kings Opening Night Roster: Take Two – Down to Just a Few Decisions

Life can come at you pretty quickly. Just when it looked like Kings GM Rob Blake had one primary decision heading into the second part of training camp – whether to keep 13 or 14 forwards on the Opening Night roster – everything changed last Thursday.
During a split-squad game in Vancouver, the skates of Canucks […]

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes Returns to Preview Pacific Division

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Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to preview the 2018-19 Pacific Division race – who makes the playoffs, who doesn’t, and why?
For what it’s worth, after the segment was over, Boomer continued to the conversation by sharing his […]

LA Kings Opening Night Roster: Take One – Early Camp Cuts Coming

Training Camp is officially in full swing, with two games down and another pair of split-squad matchups coming tomorrow, against the Golden Knights in Los Angeles and against the Canucks in Vancouver.
Look for GM Rob Blake and staff to start whittling down the roster real soon, as they push through the process of getting a […]

Preseason or Not, Etem May Have Revenge on His Mind in Arizona

For Emerson Etem, his road to possibly becoming an official member of the LA Kings will start in one of the most ironic places – Arizona.
Word is, Etem will be playing for the Kings road-unit in tonight’s split-squad series against the Coyotes, which is certainly an interesting one given the 26-year-old forward’s recent past.
Let’s reset […]

Stevens on Kings Catapulting into Analytics Pool

Analytics has been the uber-hot buzzword in hockey circles over the past few years. It’s practically become an all-encompassing term referring to any numbers and data sharing even a tangential relationship to what happens on the ice.
However, some of the data being captured by teams extends Beyond just what happens during a game. In […]

Stevens on Dimming Doughty’s Fire and Pairing Him With Brickley

Coming off of signing a big contract extension this summer, defenseman Drew Doughty continues to take on a greater role within the LA Kings organization. As training camp rolls along in preparation for the 2018-19 season, Coach John Stevens shared the following related to his perennial Norris Trophy candidate…
On if he would like to see […]

John Stevens on Carter, Brodzinski, and Etem

Select quotes from coach John Stevens after opening day of LA Kings Training Camp:
On how much time off he had this summer:
“We were pretty busy right up to the end of development camp. After development camp I spent a couple weeks with my family, they come over the Fourth of July. It sounds crazy, […]

Kings Prospect Aidan Dudas, Perhaps Another Hidden Gem

Much has been made about the Kings retaining their first round draft picks in both 2017 and 2018 after going several years without one due to various trades. And while GM Rob Blake has been given ample credit for placing a heavy emphasis on re-stocking a thinning prospect pool, let’s not forget one other item. […]