Jeff Schultz gives first interview back in LA

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In advance of the Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim tonight, we spent a few minutes with defenseman Jeff Schultz for his first interview since arriving back in Los Angeles.
Since signing with LA as an Unrestricted Free Agent last summer, he’s played 41 games from their AHL affiliate in Manchester. Known primarily as a stay-at-home guy, Schultz [...]

Catching up with the returning Tyler Toffoli

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He’s up, he’s down, he’s back.
With nine goals in 33 games played as an LA King this season, Tyler Toffoli sits sixth on the team’s goal scoring sheet. That’s two more goals than Mike Richards and one shy of Dustin Brown – in spite of playing 17 fewer games. However, after recording zero [...]

So why was Linden Vey scratched in Manchester again?

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Fresh on the heels of being a healthy scratch last week (for not notifying anybody he’d be late returning back after the Christmas break), the Kings top prospect at center, Linden Vey, found himself out of the line-up once again on Saturday night.
Despite the absence of one of their top offensive threats, Manchester went on [...]

AHL: Pearson, Kozun tally goals in Monarchs OT loss

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Game report provided by the Monarchs, LA Kings’ AHL affiliate…
BINGHAMTON, NY – Left wing Mike Hoffman scored with 35 seconds remaining in overtime as the Manchester Monarchs fell to the Binghamton Senators, 5-4 in overtime, at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night.
Manchester (22-8-2-4) leads the Atlantic Division with 50 points.  Binghamton (20-9-0-3) [...]

AHL: Pearson’s first pro hat trick propels Monarchs to win

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Injuries can easily ravage a team’s season, but don’t tell that to the Manchester Monarchs. Despite continual carnage that the Hockey Gods have bestowed upon the Los Angeles Kings’ primary affiliate over the past few months, coach Mark Morris and crew have continually found ways to win.
Still missing several regular players from their lineup, they [...]

Monarchs coach singing the praises of Kings top prospects

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On Wednesday afternoon, Manchester Monarchs coach Mark Morris was a guest on NHL Network Radio with host Scott Laughlin. During the course of the conversation, Morris had plenty to say about the Kings top prospects, both the players currently with the big club and several of the stars-in-waiting down in the AHL. Here’s a transcript [...]

Justin Williams on the Kings’ kids, payback and hogwash

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Kings forward Justin Williams picked up an assist on LA’s first goal of the game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, then added a goal of his own early in the second period. With three shots and a plus-2 rating to go along with his two-point performance, Williams earned the third star of the game.
Following [...]

VIDEO: Islanders post-game with Tanner Pearson

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Post-game comments from rookie Tanner Pearson following his first NHL goal, courtesy of the New York Islanders…

And Pearson’s goal…

Earlier today, I had an in-depth story on Pearson that ran on LAKings.com – it includes comments from Pearson, Kings Asst GM Rob Blake and Manchester coach Mark Morris. Check it out here.
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AUDIO: Guest spot on NHL Network Radio – Mayor’s Minutes

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Earlier today I joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon for another guest spot on NHL Network Radio (XM 211 / Sirius 207). Because not everybody has satellite radio, we thought it best to share the audio here.
In the segment we took a look at several storylines around the league, largely focusing on the Western Conference. Among [...]

AHL: Morris makes history, Monarchs win, lose two more players

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Once a year, the Manchester Monarchs hold a special Education Day game, where they play before noon and invite thousands of local school kids. This year’s version was one for the history books.
Entering the game, head coach Mark Morris sat at 299 professional wins. One more would make the bench boss hockey’s first person to [...]