Full comments from LA Kings coach Murray on Dustin Penner

Dustin Penner came into training camp in the best shape he’s been in in years – perhaps ever.
That story has been well documented here on MayorsManor.
Over the last few weeks though, things have been a little murky surrounding the big left winger.
He missed the first two games of the season with what the team called [...]

Ryan Smyth Looking for Help From Seventh Attacker

Ryan Smyth had already played in 87 NHL playoff games, spanning 10 different trips to the post-season, before the Kings and Sharks met up on Thursday night.
Although that gives him the advantage of experience, each new series brings its own story lines, challenges and surprises.
After practice today, he spoke about a few of the [...]

Kings-Sharks Preview: Kyle Clifford – A goal’s a goal, right?

Fresh off of being singled out as the Kings Rookie of the Year by coach Terry Murray and captain Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford is just hours away from making his NHL Playoff debut.
In 76 regular season games this year he posted 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) and 141 penalty minutes.
Is he ready to go [...]

Did Doughty and Johnson Improve This Season?

For the Kings to have a significant chance of beating the San Jose Sharks in the opening round of the playoffs they’ll most likely need to rely heavily on their goaltending and defensemen.
Four of the six blueliners were with the team for last year’s post-season appearance against the Vancouver Canucks. Willie Mitchell – a veteran [...]

How are the Kings preparing for Sharks?

They say that spouses often take on the personality of their partner and animals begin to mimic their owners over time.
So, it’s no surprise that the Kings, as a team, are somewhat a microcosm of their head coach.
Terry Murray is consistent, yet ever changing (see his lines).
Thus, so are the Kings – evolving, yet [...]

Coach Terry Murray on His Most Impressive Player of Late

When Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams went down with injuries a few weeks ago, readers of MayorsManor voted Dustin Brown as the player ‘most likely’ to step up and seize the opportunity.
In the days that followed coach the latest reconfiguring of the line combinations, this time necessitated by the absence of two of the Kings [...]

Oscar Moller on mini-golf, Manchester and LA struggles

Oscar Moller hasn’t seen the Phoenix Coyotes since December 26, 2009.
While it may sound like a lifetime ago, not much has changed. The battle in net that night was between Jonathan Quick and Ilya Bryzgalov, as it will be tomorrow night in downtown LA.
And the final score was 3-2, with goals by Dustin Brown, Michal [...]

Johnson and Handzus on Kings Playing the Oilers

The Road Kings are back to the comforts of living out of a suit case, taking their traveling carnival to Edmonton tonight for a game with the Oilers.
Pick your poison, the story could be about the Kings hot play on the road (winners of five straight). Or about Dustin Penner’s first game against the club [...]

Dustin Penner on His Possible Out-of-Body Experience

Dustin Penner has played 417 regular season games in the NHL. However, none of them have been against the Oilers since March 9, 2007.
A few months after that game he signed an offer sheet (restricted free agent contract), which the Ducks didn’t match. Meaning he was moving to Edmonton.
Over the next several years he played [...]

Dustin Penner on ‘Smart and Edgy’ Oscar Moller

As if there hasn’t been enough change in his life recently, Dustin Penner gets a new linemate for tonight’s game with the San Jose Sharks.
It’s well known by now that former Kings draft pick Oscar Moller was recalled this week and will start on the top line – much to the chagrin of Kevin Westgarth [...]