Los Angeles Kings – the ‘All American’ team

Final results from yesterday’s poll are now in and things basically came down to three players capturing 75% of the voting totals – Dustin Brown, Tony Granato and Jonathan Quick.
While it’s not totally surprising to see two current players do so well in the rankings, it’s a least a little interesting that a few of […]

Yet another d-man invited to Kings Development Camp

Adding to the roster notes posted earlier today for the Kings upcoming Development Camp, word is that another defenseman has been invited.
The annual sessions, held at the team’s training facility in El Segundo, usually features all of the top signed and unsigned prospects in the organization, along with a few key free agent invitees.
Already listed […]

Bernier and Canada nearly give it all away vs. Norway

Photo by Jukka Rautio/HHOF-IIHF

If results are the only thing that matters, Team Canada is doing just fine.
However, coach Ken Hitchcock has to at least be a little concerned with the overall play of his team right now at the IIHF World Championship.
Yesterday they trailed 2-1 after two periods to the U.S. Sure, they came back […]

Matt Greene on what’s needed right now

Prior to the series with San Jose starting last week, most felt the Kings strength was their defense and the offense was going to need all the help it could get.
Well, for the most part, things have played out the exact opposite.
Through four games, the team has scored 14 goals, an average of 3.5 goals per […]

Jarret Stoll Wants to See Some Push Back

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
I think I’ve read that somewhere before.
And it certainly applied to Jarret Stoll on Saturday night.
He was in the press box watching the Kings take on the San Jose Sharks. Not exactly what he had in mind when the team officially qualified for post-season […]

Rob Scuderi on Expectations and Being Extra Special

Yesterday, Ryan Smyth shared some of his thoughts here, specifically about what to expect in game three tonight and any advice he’s offered to some of the younger players on the team.
As another veteran presence in the Kings locker room, I asked the same basic questions to defenseman Rob Scuderi…
MM: What do you expect the […]

Kings-Sharks Game One: High / Low with Jim Fox

Over the last few seasons Jim Fox has stopped by MayorsManor a number of times to share his highs and lows from select games.
Like last year during the Kings round one playoff series with Vancouver, LA’s award winning commentator is back again today for some more post-season analysis.
Here’s what he had to say this morning […]

Kings forward Wayne Simmonds – Born for Playoff Hockey?

Wayne Simmonds and Drew Doughty – best friends, roommates, former OHL rivals…the bond is strong, for sure.
They also share a bit of history with Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll. All four played their first game as a member of the Kings together. It was October 2008, at Staples Center, versus San Jose.
Tonight, they’ll face off […]

Kings-Sharks Preview: Matt Greene Sees Depth vs Skill

When it comes to the Kings biggest strength heading into the series, Jack Johnson and said it’s the team’s defense, Kyle Clifford went with ‘character’ and Drew Doughty agreed with Johnson, defense.
Matt Greene finished the regular season with 243 hits – second best on the team for the third straight year. He’s also increased his […]

LA vs SJ Preview: Jack Johnson – ‘Best is Yet to Come’

Most people would agree the Los Angeles – San Jose playoff series boils down to the Kings defense against the Sharks offense.
Yesterday, coach Terry Murry spoke about what he’s seen from the Kings two high profile blueliners this season, Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson.
I posted Doughty’s memories and concerns earlier today (available here).
Now, Johnson provides his […]