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 [...]

LA Kings vs Flyers – what to watch for… with Ian Laperriere

Talk show host Jim Rome likes to joke that if you’re fortunate enough to spend 15 minutes with quarterback Tim Tebow, your life is better for it. Earlier this week, I tweeted an update to that expression…’If you’re lucky enough to spend five minutes with Ian Laperriere, your life is better for it.’
There’s probably [...]

LA Kings trade for a kid with more questions than answers

So, Kings GM Dean Lombardi made another trade with the Philadelphia Flyers today. At least that’s how it’s going to read in some places. Yet, there is so much more to this deal. Or is there?
Jammed by the salary cap and total number of player contracts under contract, the Flyers needed a [...]

Bernier on coach Murray’s goalie plans for the LA Kings

Bernier at LA Kings camp (photo by: C. Ikiri)

Jonathan Bernier knows all about the waiting game. He made his NHL debut on September 29, 2007 and would go on to play a grand total of six more games over the next three seasons.
Last year, he finally arrived. Well, sort of – he went [...]

POLL: Quick or Bernier vs. New Jersey and Philadelphia?

The impending goaltending battle in Los Angeles has been well documented.
It’s supposedly been imminent for over a year now.
However, last season could be best summed up like this…
Jonathan Bernier entered the year with high hopes, came out of the gates slow, admitted that he didn’t feel comfortable in the crease until after Christmas and then [...]

Mike Richards moves from Philly teacher to LA student

Richards at Kings camp (photo: M. Zampelli)

In some news that went a little under the radar this summer, the Kings traded away Wayne Simmonds and two other assets for former Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards.
A few days later, his former left wing, Simon Gagne, signed a free agent contract to join him in Los Angeles.
After [...]