Murray not impressed with Loktionov so far, chance is now

Loktionov in preseason (photo: M. Zampelli)

Along with his comments about Slava Voynov and the new defensive pairings (posted in earlier articles last hour), Kings coach Terry Murray had plenty to say about the ‘other’ Russian who’s now in town, forward Andrei Loktionov.
For the second day in a row, Murray had the 2008 NHL draft pick [...]

Murray gives major props to Martinez, talks Voynov’s return

As noted in the post last hour, after Kings practice today coach Terry Murray discussed he defensive pairings he’ll be using tomorrow night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.
With Slava Voynov back in LA, to replace the injured Alec Martinez, things were mixed up a bit – as Voynov will be partnered with Willie Mitchell, Drew [...]

Kings coach Murray ‘Jack and Doughty are coming of age’

One of the more newsworthy items coming out of Kings practice this morning was coach Terry Murray revealing how he’ll use the just-called-up Slava Voynov.
With Alec Martinez going on the injured reserve list yesterday, it allowed the Russian blueliner to return to Los Angeles.
Murray said he’ll be pairing Voynov with Willie Mitchell, moving Drew Doughty [...]

Murray – ‘That line could be together another three games’

Sometimes, with guys like Kevin Westgarth and Matt Greene, it’s hard to tell if they’re being serious. The humor is always present.  With other people, say – Kings coach Terry Murray – you’re not always expecting a joke or even a wise crack. Like any good leader though, he’ll keep you on your [...]

Scott Parse, Terry Murray and their ‘issues’

Left wing. If only solving the Kings’ challenges at that position was as easy as typing those eight letters.
Last year, Scott Parse missed nearly the entire season due to hip surgery. A December trade for Marco Sturm wasn’t the answer. A February trade for Dustin Penner yielded few points. And then, [...]

LA Kings coach Murray wouldn’t mind less from Doughty

When you’re one of the best players on a team, the spotlight always burns a little brighter on your performance – both good and bad.
And when you sign the richest deal in team history, that only intensifies things.
For Drew Doughty, the season probably hasn’t gotten off to the start he was hoping for. Sure, after [...]

Kings coach Murray explains why Bernier will start vs NJ Devils

The biggest news item from today’s morning practice was that Kings coach Terry Murray will put Jonathan Bernier in net vs. the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at Staples Center.
Regular starter, Jonathan Quick, is riding a three game shutout streak – the longest in team history – having just defeated the Blues, Coyotes and Stars.
Why [...]

Full comments from LA Kings coach Murray on Dustin Penner

Dustin Penner came into training camp in the best shape he’s been in in years – perhaps ever.
That story has been well documented here on MayorsManor.
Over the last few weeks though, things have been a little murky surrounding the big left winger.
He missed the first two games of the season with what the team called [...]

Ryan Smyth Looking for Help From Seventh Attacker

Ryan Smyth had already played in 87 NHL playoff games, spanning 10 different trips to the post-season, before the Kings and Sharks met up on Thursday night.
Although that gives him the advantage of experience, each new series brings its own story lines, challenges and surprises.
After practice today, he spoke about a few of the [...]

Kings-Sharks Preview: Kyle Clifford – A goal’s a goal, right?

Fresh off of being singled out as the Kings Rookie of the Year by coach Terry Murray and captain Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford is just hours away from making his NHL Playoff debut.
In 76 regular season games this year he posted 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) and 141 penalty minutes.
Is he ready to go [...]