MayorsManor Podcast – featuring Mark Hardy

When it comes to the Kings blueline, there’s Rob Blake at 805 games played, followed by Mattias Norstrom at 780.
Next on that list is Mark Hardy with 616.
He also has the second most assists, third most points and fifth most penalty minutes by a defenseman in franchise history.
His career saw him go from being drafted [...]

MayorsManor Podcast featuring Tony Granato

When evaluating a trade in sports years down the line if you’d still make the same trade again, that usually tells you which team won the exchange.
In the case of the Kings sending Bernie Nicholls to the New York Rangers for Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato, of course they’d do that deal again.
The offensive duo [...]

Word Association with Tony Granato

Former Kings’ forward Tony Granato, now an assistant coach in Pittsburgh, joined us earlier this week in anticipation of tonight’s game versus the Penguins.
In the first part of the interview we discussed his impressions of Dean Lombardi when he was being recruited by the San Jose Sharks in the summer of 1996. He also offered [...]

Kings vs Oilers – Game Preview w/ Kelly Buchberger

While Kelly Buchberger may not be the household name of Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin, hockey fans everywhere know the value of a player like him.
For those that may think calling him a poor man’s Mark Messier is a putdown – it’s not! – instead, think of him as Mess-light…a compliment of the highest standard. [...]

Kings Pass Felix Potvin, Barry Potomski in 3-2 Win

Losing sucks. Winning is fun.
In honor of those simple facts, let’s look back at last night’s Kings’ win over the visiting Florida Panthers with a little humor and wit – or at least attempt some.
You should have known you were in for a good time though just by reading the headline. Any article featuring past players like Barry [...]

Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff the original Rob Blake?

Relax, this isn’t an article designed to bash Rob Blake.
Nor is it a story about the Kings 4-2 loss in Buffalo last night.
It is about the Sabres though. More specifically, their coach and his parallel to Blake.
Let’s begin with a preamble…
Rob Blake was a great player for the Kings for more than a decade during his first [...]

MayorsManor Podcast – featuring Ian Laperriere

Ian Laperriere is one of the most popular players in Kings history, having played for the team from 1996-2004.
In this interview we cover the trade that brought him to Los Angeles, the highs and lows of his career, playoff memories at Staples Center, contract talks with the Kings…plus, a word association segment that is one for [...]

MayorsManor Podcast – featuring Ian Laperriere

Trevor Lewis is wearing #22 this season. Before him were names like Baumgartner, Huddy, Tocchet, Conroy and Halpern. However, for most Kings fans there’s only one #22…Ian Laperriere.
And the admiration for Lappy isn’t just among the fans.
“Ian, the way he plays, tells it all” said captain Dustin Brown when talking about the four leaders that [...]

10 Tidbits on Mattias Norstrom

He never won the Stanley Cup. He only scored 14 goals with the team. He made a single appearance in the NHL All-Star Game. And there are very few, if any, truly defining moments from his 11 years in Los Angeles.
Yet, Mattias Norstrom will forever be remembered as the Captain of the Kings.
He’s back in [...]

(Part of) History Will Not Repeat Itself Tonight

Tonight will mark the 11-year anniversary of Staples Center first hosting an official NHL game.
The final score was 2-2, a tie between the host LA Kings and visiting Boston Bruins.
Like it or not, the shootout is now part of the NHL landscape. Thus, you can be assured of one major difference in tonight’s contest between [...]