10 Tidbits: Updated Notes on Upcoming LA Kings Trade Scenarios

Following the Trade of Jake Muzzin to Toronto last week, the most common question we’ve received is, ‘Who is next and when will it happen?’
Answering the latter part of that is much easier than the former – sometime between now and February 25th, the NHL Trade Deadline. While some Kings fans are clamoring for deals […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: Starting at No. 10

Things they are a-changin’ in Los Angeles, and our 2019 Midseason Rankings are a perfect reflection of the current environment.
Much of what will unfold in the slotting of players requires a deep explanation and understanding. From a 30,000 ft. level, there are two primary factors that go into our rankings – asset value and NHL […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: Honorable Mentions

Last year, along with our Honorable Mentions in the 2018 Midseason Rankings, we also passed along scouting reports on a handful of players who were in precarious positions. Each of them, for somewhat unique reasons, were in a sort of now-or-never position. That article, titled ‘Wildcards and Closing Windows’ took a look at guys like […]

How Seattle Expansion Draft Plays into Upcoming Kings Trades

As the dust settles on the Kings big trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, some fans have suggested they would have liked the trade better if GM Rob Blake acquired some more NHL ready / proven players. Let’s address this in two ways.
First, go back to early December, when we laid out the expected return […]

LA Kings Trade Notes: Muzzin, Durzi, and Grundstrom

By now, word is out – Jake Muzzin was traded by the Los Angeles Kings to Toronto for a first round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a pair of Maple Leafs prospects. In the immediate aftermath, we shared opinions, analysis, and insight via twitter. However, in light of the fact that not […]

LA Kings 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Preamble

After what can easily be described as the most successful decade in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings organization now stands at the ultimate crossroads. Do they hold on to popular players who were part of the Stanley Cup winning era, which would likely lead to further diminishing returns and perennial bottom-feeder status in the […]

NHL Midseason Awards: PHWA Official Results vs. My Ballot

For a second straight year, the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) polled their constituents to determine midseason winners in 10 categories related to the 2018-19 NHL campaign.
Established in 1962, the PHWA has grown to around 300 hockey media members based in North America. I’m honored to have been among the more than 125 PHWA […]

10 LA Kings Tidbits: Break Time, Trade Time, It’s Almost Time

Over the past decade, we’ve occasionally used our 10 Tidbits format to give readers easy-to-consume articles, featuring a variety of different topics – from Get to Know Alec Martinez when he was called up to the NHL in 2010 to Mike Richards Returning to the NHL in 2015. Well, we’re going to give the format […]

MayorsManor Live: DB and The Mayor, Xmas Gifts for LA Kings

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In the spirit of the season, Dennis Bernstein and John Hoven return with 30-plus minutes of their omnipresent banter. This time around, they’re handing out Christmas gifts to every player on the LA Kings roster. The show really doesn’t need much more of an introduction. Everybody gets a gift – from Kopitar to Scherbak, […]

Gabe Vilardi Notebook: Pro Debut Thoughts, And Not Expected in LA Until 2019

Nobody needs to overreact. Gabe Vilardi has now played one professional hockey game.
Even so, ‘encouraging’ would be a vast understatement when describing the importance of seeing a 19-year-old forward make his AHL debut on Thursday.
Originally selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft by Los Angeles, Vilardi has been one of the most […]