Doughty on the Sharks – His Memories and Concerns

Long before Drew Doughty was a Norris Trophy finalist and one of the top defensemen in the league – OK wait, not that long before, more like a year earlier – he made his NHL debut against the Sharks.
Below he gives some thoughts about now playing them in the playoffs for the first time and [...]

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 [...]

SJ Sharks vs LA Kings – Playoff Tidbits and Schedule

In the coming days MayorsManor will have a plethora of playoff coverage leading up to the first game – notes, interviews, analysis, etc.
To kick things off, here are five tidbits to keep in mind…
* Anze Kopitar – it’s the name that will probably come up more often than any other until this series is over…and [...]

Ontario Reign Coach on Poor Season – ‘It’s All On Me’

Last night was another sellout crowd at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario. And on the ice, the Reign lost another game.
Wait…they won 3-1.
Losing has become such a frequent thing for the team this year it’s easy to assume it happened again. However, it didn’t. The goaltending – which has been a point of concern [...]

Willie Mitchell on Vancouver’s Tendency to ‘Come Unglued’

Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell has a unique perspective on the Vancouver Canucks. Not only was a member of the team for the last four years, but he also spent the second half of last season observing things off the ice while recovering from a concussion.
As any player will tell you, hockey can be a much [...]

Kings Coach Terry Murray Sizes Up His Defense

Alec Martinez (photo by M. Zampelli)

While much is being made – and rightfully so – about the gaping holes created in the Kings’ offense now that they’ll be missing Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, never forget that old sayings often become old sayings because there’s some truth to them.
Ever heard of the best offense is [...]

Interview with Kings college prospect, dman Derek Forbort

 Standing 6’5″ and a freshman at the University of North Dakota, Derek Forbort is still years away from seeing time on the blue line in Los Angeles.
Still, when he goes from being the Kings number one draft pick in June 2010 to the team’s highest rated defensive prospect eight months later (according to The [...]

Interview w/ Kings Prospect Nic Deslauriers (QMJHL dman)

Timing is everything in life. How many times have you heard that saying?
For Kings prospect Nic Deslauriers it rang true earlier this season.
A year after being taken by the Kings in the third round of the NHL draft he found himself traded by his junior team over the summer. He was off to join the [...]

Mark Hardy on Kings Defense and Power Play

In some ways, perhaps the thing Mark Hardy knows best is the Kings defense.
He was drafted by LA in 1979, patrolled the team’s blue line for 616 games (third most in franchise history) and spent ten years coaching Kings players following his retirement.
For the last year though he’s been on the sidelines, having resigned his [...]

Willie Mitchell Not Sure What Went Wrong

As of Saturday morning the Kings were flying high, having picked up points in 11 straight games.
Later than night they were playing the Islanders – one of the worst teams in the league. Granted, it was being played in Long Island, not the comfy confines of Staples Center. Yet still, they should have been able [...]