MayorsManor: Thoughts on the 2014 NHL Awards Nominees

Last year, through the Professional Hockey Writers Association, I was honored to be part of the voting body responsible for most of the major NHL Awards. Following the end of the lockout shortened season, I posted my selections, as submitted, with brief comments. The article was well received, so I thought I’d offer my thoughts [...]

Kings v Sharks preview, plus Shea Weber and the Oilers

The Mayor John Hoven once again joined former NHL player Jason Strudwick on his TSN Radio show in Edmonton, where the main topic was of discussion was the first round playoff match-up between the Kings and Sharks – including the names of three players to keep an eye on. Plus, they examined the situation [...]

Word Association: Kings players share thoughts on Predators

Over the weekend we posted multiple Word Association articles regarding the Vancouver Canucks.  First was the usual pre-game article with several Kings players (including Dustin Brown, Alec Martinez and Justin Williams).  We may have even found out more than we bargained for during that round – especially about Roberto Luonogo.
Then, later in the afternoon, coach [...]

Trotz on Shea Weber – ‘I don’t give a crap if he gets a point’

Following his team’s 3-0 win over the Kings on Thursday night, Predators coach Barry Trotz got a little heated at his presser.  the real fun starts at about the seven minute mark when he takes exception to a reporter saying defenseman Shea Weber isn’t playing well. Nashville’s former Norris Trophy finalist hasn’t scored a goal this season [...]

Is Drew Doughty committed enough to win the Norris Trophy?

You may have read this line somewhere before…
Drew Doughty, future Norris Trophy winner.
That’s what was being thrown around when the Kings used the second overall pick at the 2008 NHL Draft to take the London, Ontario native.
Things started off on the right foot too, as he made the team the following October at just 18 years [...]

PRIMER: LA Kings at Nashville Predators

Los Angeles has won all three games on the current road trip and is trying to close things out with another two points in Nashville – to mark their first four-game road sweep in franchise history.
Here are seven points to get you primed for the Kings at Predators game coming up in just over an [...]

Word Association with Theo Fleury

When you think Flames vs. Kings it’s hard not to conjure up an image of Theo Fleury.
He brought more passion to a single game of hockey than some players bring in an entire season. Over multiple teams in a career that lasted more than 1,000 games in the NHL, he epitomized the line ‘You hate [...]

Kopitar vs. Ovechkin at Super Skills Event

In a few short hours the second wave of this year’s NHL All Star Weekend will get underway with the popular Super Skills Competition.
Team captains Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal met with Brendan Shanahan, NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Development, earlier this morning to determine which of their players would participate in each [...]

NHL All Star Game Mock Draft with Matt Greene

Kings defenseman was Matt Greene was the 44th overall pick back at the 2002 NHL Draft. So, he knows all about waiting around to be selected.
Right now, he’s probably half way to Pioneertown (story here). However, before he left we did a mock draft for this weekend’s NHL All Star Game.
Like the mock drafted posted [...]

Game Preview w/ ‘Kings Killer’ Steve Sullivan

In 37 career games versus the Los Angeles Kings, Nashville’s Steve Sullivan has 10 goals, 23 assists (33 points) and is a plus-nine. When playing at Staples Center, he has eight goals and five assists (13 points) in 15 games.
On the short list of guys known for being ‘Kings Killers’ – a group including Shane [...]