Drew Doughty’s play in Phoenix is helping shape NHL rules

As the Kings headed into the 2012 playoffs, defenseman Drew Doughty repeatedly promised to be on his best behavior – admitting that in the two prior years he let his emotions get the best of him during the post-season. This time around, he was committed to reducing the chirping and increasing the focus.
Things moved along swimmingly […]

Penner’s perspective – what really happened in the handshake line

It’s finally here.
Eight months in the making.
Kings versus Coyotes, the re-match.
When last we saw these two division rivals on the ice together they created enough story-lines and sub-plots to keep people engaged for weeks after it was over. However, there was only one problem, the Stanley Cup Final started a few days later and many hockey fans quickly […]

Fight Club: three Kings vs three Coyotes

Usually when two division rivals meet up there’s a good chance for some fireworks. Over the course of their six-game series during the regular season last year, it’s fair to say the LA Kings and Phoenix Coyotes didn’t disappoint.
Each team won half the games – with three shutouts and the other three all decided by one goal.
Yet, the most spirited […]

Wait, is Matt Greene out for the season or not?

Just as the LA Kings were boarding their plane and heading off to Colorado this afternoon it was announced that defenseman Matt Greene had been placed on injured reserve (retroactive to January 19) and Andrew Bodnarchuk was called up from Manchester as a roster replacement.
Although coach Darryl Sutter described it as a ‘mid-body’ injury, it was […]

POLL: Which rival should the Kings play on NHL Opening Night?

What hook might the NHL use to try and lure fans back to the game should the lockout end in the coming week?
It’s a question many have pondered, as most of the ‘tools’ used in 2005 won’t be available this time around. Back then they rolled out a slew of rule changes and ideas designed to make the game […]

MayorsManor Live Radio with Colin Hanks, hockey fan first

Through the years we’ve had a variety of guests on the MayorsManor show – including prospects, current players and several NHL legends. Today is no different, although we’re going in a slightly different direction. Instead of talking to one of the guys on the ice we’ll be joined by somebody who watches from the stands.
Colin […]

Is Shane Doan 72 hours away from joining the LA Kings?

One thing is certain, with each passing hour Shane Doan is less likely to remain with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Showing the patience of a saint and dedication that exceeds beyond loyalty, Doan has waited about as long as he can to sign a new contract with the only NHL franchise he’s ever known.
As we discussed on last weekend’s […]

MayorsManor Live Radio – updates from Russia to Phoenix

Soccer is the world’s game? Nah, it’s hockey!
No other professional sport in North America features more international stars. Plus, forget about the Dream Team beating up inferior basketball teams in the Olympics. If you’re looking for a truly competitive tournament at the Games, hockey tops all other team sports. Sure, the US and Canada can […]

10 Tidbits on Davis Payne – new LA Kings assistant coach

“I prefer a guy that knows the Western Conference. I want a guy that’s hands-on. I want a guy that’s a good communicator. I want a guy that’s preferably not over-the-hill…And, quite honestly, I’d prefer if they were a better coach than me.” – LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter just a few weeks ago, when […]

Stoll and Greene on the thought of Shane Doan as an LA King

Signings and trades around the NHL have come at a rather slow place this summer. For example, it was several days after the free agent window opened on July 1 before Zach Parise and Ryan Suter decided where they wanted to play in the coming years. Plus, after numerous rumors throughout 2012, Rick Nash was […]