Hitchcock says if GM1 was Blues’ best game, they won’t win the series

Some comments from the Blues locker room following their morning skate in St. Louis today in advance of Game 2 vs Los Angeles – includes Jordan Leopold, David Backes, Chris Stewart and coach Ken Hitchcock…

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Word Association: Kings players on a six-pack of Blues

We turned Dustin Penner and Drew Doughty loose again yesterday, capturing some thoughts about the Nashville Predators. Now, as part of our coverage in advance of tonight’s game, they’re back - along with Jim Fox and Jake Muzzin – to play some Word Association using the names of six St. Louis Blues players.
As usual, this was all done one-on-one, so [...]

Video and notes from Manch – Toffoli and Kozun each score twice

Kings’ prospects Brandon Kozun and Tyler Toffoli had a fine time in Manchester on Friday, with both guys scoring a pair of goals.  Newcomer Colton Yellow Horn also made his way onto the score sheet again, picking up an assist.
Martin Jones recorded the win in net vs. the Ice Caps.  However, in the return game later tonight, [...]

Manchester highlights and notes – Vey scores, Jones gets shutout

Game report provided by the Monarchs, LA Kings AHL affiliate…
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs extended their winning streak to four games and shutout the Providence Bruins, 3-0, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday night.
Manchester (21-17-2-2) is in second place in the Atlantic Division with 46 points. The Bruins (20-16-0-3) are in third place [...]

Pressure doesn’t seem to be mounting for Brad Richardson

Size or speed? That could be the decision the Kings are soon faced with.
Final rosters are due to the NHL offices later this afternoon, but they look to be OK for now. Yesterday the Kings sent Tyler Toffoli back to Manchester and placed Andrew Bodnarchuk on waivers, all but making official that this is the [...]

Anthony Stewart – making friends and taking names

Usually when you move across country it takes a little while to make new friends.  In the case of Anthony Stewart, things may come pretty quickly.
“I’m familiar with a bunch of the guys here,” said the Kings’ newest forward, acquired Sunday in a trade with Carolina for Kevin Westgarth and two late-round draft picks. “I [...]

Two days in camp and Darryl Sutter is full of Sutterisms

The Kings wrapped up the first part of today’s camp at their training facility in El Segundo. After about an hour on the ice, media members were allowed to speak with the players.
Then, right around the same time, a surprise took place – Anze Kopitar suited up and went out on an empty sheet of [...]

LA Kings trade Kevin Westgarth to Carolina

At camp, so this is short for now. Will follow with initial batch of player reaction on twitter later this morning (when the team gets off the ice).
Per team release:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Anthony Stewart from the Carolina Hurricanes along with their fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft [...]

Revisiting The Hockey News Curse

After a red hot start to the 2009-10 season Anze Kopitar was the toast of the league. People everywhere were taking notice that the 2005 first round draft pick was having a breakout year.
Then, it happened. The Hockey News slapped him on the cover and poof, that was it. Instant slump.
Now, before you discount this theory, [...]

Two Minutes in the Box… with Wayne Simmonds

Whenever trade rumors involving the LA Kings come up lately, one of the first names mentioned is Wayne Simmonds.
And why not? Teams love players like Wayne. He’s young, physical, very coachable and continues to improve each season.
Two years ago he burst onto the scene – forcing his way onto the Kings according to coach Terry [...]