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October 24, 2016 4:56 pm - JonRosen

What goalie options outside of the organization exist?

A few quick notes to pass along, based in part on this Sportsnet Headlines segment from Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast: the Kings have kicked the tires on several goalies, but their options in bringing someone via trade are limited because of their salary cap constriction. In the segment, Elliotte Friedman noted that the goalies the Kings have looked at are Ondrej Pavelec of Winnipeg (who is currently playing for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose), Philadelphia’s Steve Mason, Florida’s Reto Berra (who is currently playing for the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Condon, who had recently been claimed off […]

October 24, 2016 4:17 pm - JonRosen

Campbell’s interesting path to L.A.; Ranford on Heritage Classic

Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford was at Investors Group Field on Saturday, preparing for his alumni game appearance for the Edmonton Oilers against the Winnipeg Jets one day in advance of the Heritage Classic, when a member of the media had alerted him to the events unfolding at the Kings’ morning skate, where Jeff Zatkoff had pulled a groin prior to Los Angeles’ game against Vancouver. “Sure put a dent in my morning, I can tell you that much,” Ranford said. That’s when Dusty Imoo, the Kings’ goaltending development coach, had reached out and updated Ranford with how the day would […]

October 24, 2016 12:54 pm - JonRosen

Zatkoff should be out a week; Darryl Sutter quotes

The Los Angeles Kings began taking the ice shortly before 10:00 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center after a Sunday day off and quickly shifted into flow and transition drills in which defensemen retrieved pucks behind their own net and sent them up-ice to the forwards. When lines were ultimately shown later in practice, there didn’t appear to be any changes to the forward groups used against Dallas and Vancouver. A better sense of any potential tinkering will be gained during Tuesday’s morning skate in advance of Columbus’ lone visit to Staples Center this season. Darryl Sutter met with reporters after […]

October 23, 2016 10:27 am - JonRosen

Waking up with the Kings: October 23

The opportunistic 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks nearly very nearly won despite never having led in regulation for the fourth time in five games, and perhaps there seemed to be faint and ominous overtones when it became clear the visitors’ comeback from three goals down would be decided in a shootout, but no, a marker from Tanner Pearson, two big Peter Budaj saves and an Alexandre Burrows fumble allowed the Kings to claim a win in which they were the better team for the majority of the game. There were surely some issues related to early season raised penalty rates (not that […]

October 23, 2016 12:24 am - JonRosen

October 22 postgame notes

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 107-100-36 all-time against Vancouver, a record that includes a home mark of 66-40-18. These teams will meet next on December 28 at Vancouver. -The Kings improved to 1-1-0 against the Pacific Division and 2-2-0 against the Western Conference. -Los Angeles improved to 1-0 in shootouts and 2-0 in games that extend past regulation. In the shootout, Tanner Pearson improved to 1/1, while Anze Kopitar fell to 0/1 and Devin Setoguchi fell to 0/1. Peter Budaj improved to 1-0 in shootouts and has stopped all three shooters faced (1.00). The Kings’ last shootout win […]

October 22, 2016 11:45 pm - JonRosen

October 22 postgame quotes: Brown, Budaj

Dustin Brown, on the shootout win: I thought we controlled the play. They get two power play goals, so it’s sometimes the way the game goes. Special teams is huge every night. I mean, our special teams got a power play and a shorthanded goal. It’s just we gave ‘em opportunity after opportunity. It puts a lot of stress on the PK. Brown, on the surplus of early season penalties: We talked about it before. They always start off calling everything, and then as the year goes on, they let a little bit more go. Either way, we’ve got to […]

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