Five final thoughts on the Kings vs Avs at Frozen Fury 2011

In front of a sell-out crowd at the MGM Grand on Saturday (announced as 11.478), the Kings lost 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche. To close the chapter on this year’s event, here are five post-game notes…
- The last time the Kings lost a 60-minute game to the Avalanche in Las Vegas was all [...]

Anze Kopitar in the lead for 3rd annual Eddie Joyal Award

Eddie Joyal, early LA Kings star

At the end of Spring Training, the Dodgers hand out the Roy Campanella Award, to a player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the team’s former Hall of Fame catcher.
On a more humble note, for the past few seasons, MayorsManor has recognized the player who leads the Kings [...]

Kings at Avalanche: post-game notes, Kopitar goal video

Last night, the Kings beat the Avalanche 6-0 in Colorado – powered by four goals in the second period. Below are some key stats from the game and fan-filmed footage of Anze Kopitar putting one of his three goals in the net.
* Justin Williams led all Kings with six shots on goal (one [...]

LA Kings forward Brad Richardson – the human avalanche

LA Kings Brad Richardson (photo: C. Ikiri)

The old ‘put me in coach’ saying could possibly be modified for Brad Richardson. ‘Plug me in’ coach may be more appropriate for the versatile forward.
Last season he played just about every position among the Kings four offensive lines, including a few stints on the top line with [...]

Jack Johnson not worried about much, including his plus-minus

Jack Johnson of LA Kings (photo: K. Spatz)

Kings defenseman Jack Johnson has few worries away from the rink, especially after signing a seven-year, $30.5-million contract extension back in January.
So, he was free to spend his summer on things other than stressing about a the trials and tribulations that can come with negotiating a new deal [...]

Kings coach Murray on why he wants Handzus back

Remember high school math? You learned a bunch of stuff you thought you’d never use.
Well, here’s your chance.
Michal Handzus‘ four-year career as an LA King could best be described as a bell curve (go look it up if you forgot).
The signing itself was panned and the first year didn’t do much to squash the chatter. [...]

Kings coach Murray says Wayne Simmonds ‘hit a wall’

Obviously, there is more to player evaluation than just stats.
However, let’s start there for Wayne Simmonds…
2008-09 - nine goals, 14 assists, 23 points, 73 PIM, minus-8, 127 shots
2009-10 - 16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points, 116 PIM, plus-22, 127 shots
2010-11 – 14 goals, 16 assists, 30 points, 75 PIM, minus-2, 117 shots
Many people were predicting a ‘breakout’ [...]

LA Kings Prospect Report – for some, the playoffs continue

The herd is starting to thin.
When the junior hockey playoffs began a few weeks ago the Los Angeles Kings were well represented. They had the WHL scoring champion (Linden Vey), a player on the top team the WHL (Brayden Schenn), the OHL scoring champion (Tyler Toffoli), a player on the top team in the OHL [...]

Dustin Penner is a man of few words these days

Ah, it was a much simpler time.
All the way back to February 28th.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi took a big swing and traded three assets for left wing Dustin Penner.
It was partly a sign of confidence in what his hockey club was capable of doing down the stretch and equally necessary given the lack of scoring [...]

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 [...]