Mike Richards over Philly, building something special in LA

Mike Richards was pressed about the negative stories in Philadelphia when he first arrived in Los Angeles last summer. At the time, he answered every question posed to him. When training camp began a few months later, it was time to turn the page and talk about the LA Kings. Now, with the addition of [...]

Why the LA Kings should trade for Jeff Carter, not Rick Nash

To properly understand the argument that the LA Kings should trade for Jeff Carter over Rick Nash, first requires an open mind. Second, fans of any of the players mentioned below are encouraged to follow along using more of their minds and less of their hearts. This isn’t about who is a nicer guy, which [...]

Welcome to your new (interim) coach John Stevens

Things change quickly in the NHL.
After seemingly being safe about a week ago, Kings coach Terry Murray will now be referred to as former Kings coach Terry Murray.
Watching his team drop four in a row and being unable to score goals, GM Dean Lombardi had seen enough and made the move today to release Murray [...]

Kings coach Murray ready to take on former Flyers student

Bill and Kevin Dineen (photo: Flyers Archives)

Ah yes, more Kings-Flyers connections. It seems like there’s a new one every week or so and tonight brings yet another one.
After practice yesterday, coach Terry Murray didn’t have much to offer when asked about the Florida Panthers revamped roster this season – preferring to wait until after [...]

Mike Richards on the return of Sidney Crosby to the NHL

While a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Mike Richards played the New Jersey Devils a total of 41 times, which was more than any other team in the league.
Just one game behind were the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Somebody else can look up how many of those 40 games featured Sidney Crosby – although it’s safe to assume [...]

LA Kings coach Murray wouldn’t mind less from Doughty

When you’re one of the best players on a team, the spotlight always burns a little brighter on your performance – both good and bad.
And when you sign the richest deal in team history, that only intensifies things.
For Drew Doughty, the season probably hasn’t gotten off to the start he was hoping for. Sure, after [...]

Coach Terry Murray pushing and pulling Jack Johnson

It’s been said many times that Jack Johnson may have played his best hockey in the NHL during the six game stretch when Drew Doughty was out of the line-up last October.
Statistically, there was a dramatic difference. In those games, he collectively totaled seven assists and was a minus-1. His output in the [...]

LA players on Simmonds, Flyers, possible scrap for Clifford

Will Simmonds fight Clifford? (photo: C. Ikiri)

There’s no denying Wayne Simmonds was a fan favorite in Los Angeles.
Almost from the moment he made the Kings as an 20-year old forward out of the Ontario Hockey League, people loved his hustle.
Simmonds went on to play 240 games and score 39 goals with the team. Then, [...]

Mike Richards trade for Simmonds and Schenn revisited

In the 40-plus year history of the Los Angeles Kings franchise, there have been some pretty big trades. Obviously, none bigger than a deal that went down in August 1988 with the Edmonton Oilers.
However, several moves since then have also created some earthquake like tremors within the LA hockey community. For example, just [...]

Morning Skate: Wayne Simmonds talks LA Kings vs Flyers

Following the morning skate in Philadelphia, Wayne Simmonds spoke about facing the Kings later tonight, his linemate Danny Briere and being on the Flyers’ second power play unit with Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux.

If you missed it, Ian Laperriere was on MayorsManor earlier today to talk about the game tonight. He shared thoughts on [...]