LA Kings will take extra goalie to Europe – Jones or Zatkoff?

Martin Jones vs. Jeff Zatkoff

Which defensive prospect could potentially take Drew Doughty‘s spot in the Kings starting line-up on opening night isn’t the only question coach Terry Murray is wrestling with as he prepares for the team’s departure overseas.
Per NHL rules, teams opening in Europe are allowed to take an extra goaltender with them.
Just what [...]

Date Night with your Los Angeles Kings

What started as an innocent conversation with Kings prospect Jake Muzzin quickly spawned an idea for an article.
Life as an NHL prospect probably isn’t as glamorous as it may seem at times. Over the last two weeks, guys from all across North America have been housed out of a hotel in El Segundo, CA [...]

Alec Martinez hopes to have money left over for new sticks

Martinez and Dean Lombardi (photo: C. Ikiri)

Earlier in the week, we had Kyle Clifford on to talk about his new equipment endorsement with Bauer – ‘head to toe Bauer’ as The Colonel said.
Meanwhile, although defenseman Alec Martinez may have signed a contract extension with the Kings this summer, he hasn’t landed a stick deal yet. Nor [...]

LA Kings Summer Vacation – a chat w/ Jonathan Bernier

Jonathan Bernier (photo: D. Sheehan)

The long-rumored and highly speculated goaltending controversy in Los Angeles never really developed last season.
For anybody willing to listening, Kings coach Terry Murray proclaimed Jonathan Quick his starter prior to camp, during camp and numerous times throughout the season.
Then, Jonathan Bernier started off slowly when given a few chances in the early [...]

Who’s that goalie? – new favorite game of Kings’ Rich Clune

Jones and Zatkoff (photo: S. Slingsby)

Some guys like to kick the soccer ball around before a game. Others like to rock out to their ipod. Some like it loud, some like it quiet. Hockey players have are all sorts of pre-game rituals.
For Kings prospect Rich Clune, apparently checking the line-up isn’t one [...]

LA Kings coaches heaping praise at goalie Martin Jones

Martin Jones (photo: Kasey Spatz)

You never quite know what you’re going to get with a prospect.
Young forwards usually need to learn the defensive side of the game before being NHL ready. Defensemen tend to mature around the age of 24. Goalies, historically, take a little longer.
As is the case with LA’s two Jonathans, Quick and [...]

LA Kings Dev Camp 2011 – comments from Martin Jones

During the regular season I usually don’t post game recaps. However, given the interest in Development Camp this summer, I’ll have a full game report from today’s scrimmage posted later tonight (link).
First though, here are some comments from Kings goaltending prospect Martin Jones.
Coming off an impressive first year in Manchester – where he went [...]

Kings prospect Brandon Kozun says ‘I’m ready for the NHL’

Brandon Kozun, 2009 Kings draft pick

If you’re a prospect in the Kings organization right now, it’s probably best to be a forward.
The goaltending situation in LA is set with Jonathan’s Quick and Bernier. Manchester is even solid there too, with Jeff Zatkoff and Martin Jones.
Defensively, the Kings top-6 are arguably the best [...]

Los Angeles Kings – the ‘All American’ team

Final results from yesterday’s poll are now in and things basically came down to three players capturing 75% of the voting totals – Dustin Brown, Tony Granato and Jonathan Quick.
While it’s not totally surprising to see two current players do so well in the rankings, it’s a least a little interesting that a few of [...]

The Never Schennding Journey Continues

Have skates, will travel.
That could easily be the shirt young Brayden Schenn wears while bouncing from one airport to another.
His latest stop – Binghamton, New York, for the Manchester Monarchs third playoff game vs. the hometown Senators.
After some initial confusion about if he would make it there in time to be part of the game [...]