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May 3, 2016 4:52 pm - JonRosen

Meshing the calculable with the intangible

Much of the success the Los Angeles Kings generated in recent peak years stemmed from their ability to mesh the calculable with the intangible. They have been, at the same time, a team that possessed the puck to a greater degree than any other National Hockey League team, while also relying on a leadership group that had forged its own identity in constructing the pillars of a team culture. “Resilient” was among the adjectives to describe the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, a team that colloquially was referred to in the playoffs as “cockroaches” because of their unwillingness to go away. […]

May 3, 2016 11:44 am - JonRosen

LAKHSHL: New teams, tryout dates for Year Two

In defending their inaugural LA Kings High School Hockey League crown, the Santa Barbara Royals will face additional competition from as many as four new teams. The league will resume in September, but tryouts for all teams will be held this month as pure teams at Loyola High School and Valencia High School, and a district team in Torrance are slated to join the league. Shalhevet High School has also been involved in forming a team, which would be comprised of both Shalhevet and Orthodox Jewish students from other Los Angeles-area high schools. “I was very impressed with how the […]

May 2, 2016 5:17 pm - JonRosen

Player evaluation: Andreoff

ANDY ANDREOFF This season: 60 games, 8 goals, 2 assists, 10 points, 76 penalty minutes, +1 rating, -6.8% CFRel%, 8:34 time on ice The good: In an evaluation of Andy Andreoff’s rookie season last spring, it was written that “if he’s able to make a leap from an 18-game body of work to a 60-something game body of work and shows improvement in his analytics and production while continuing to build his identity, it’ll be close to as positive of a season as could reasonably be expected,” and hey! That’s awfully close to what happened. His possession metrics didn’t take […]

May 2, 2016 11:28 am - Lindsay Czarnecki

Reign vs. San Diego: Pacific Division Finals breakdown

PACIFIC DIVISION FINALS CALDER CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Ontario won best-of-5 first round series vs. San Jose, 3-1 San Diego won best-of-5 first round series vs. Texas, 3-1 (1) Ontario Reign vs. (2) San Diego Gulls Game 1: Thursday, May 5 – at Ontario, 7 p.m. Game 2: Saturday, May 7 – at San Diego, 7:05 p.m. Game 3: Sunday, May 8 – at Ontario, 7 p.m. Game 4: Friday, May 13 – at San Diego, 7:05 p.m. *Game 5 – Saturday, May 14 – at Ontario, 7 p.m. *Game 6 – Monday, May 16 – at San Diego, 7:05 p.m. […]

April 30, 2016 2:35 pm - JonRosen

Kopitar a Lady Byng finalist

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson and Florida Panthers center Alexsander Barkov were announced as finalists for the 2016 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The trophy, which will be presented to the winner on June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, is determined by a vote amongst members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. With Kopitar’s nod, Kings have been announced as finalists for the Vezina (Jonathan Quick), […]

April 29, 2016 5:21 pm - JonRosen

Doughty, Karlsson, Burns Norris finalists

Surprise! Drew Doughty is a Norris Trophy finalist, as are Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. The race to garner support to be acknowledged as the defenseman who “demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position” evolved into a two-boat race midway through the season, at least according to those who make their opinions heard – frequently – on Twitter. And before this turns into a Doughty-Karlsson conversation, hey, let’s acknowledge how terrific of a season Burns had. The timing might be tough, given the results of Los Angeles’ first round playoff series, but, Burns had a phenomenal […]

April 29, 2016 11:53 am - JonRosen

LaDue signs entry-level contract with Kings

The Los Angeles Kings have signed former University of North Dakota defenseman Paul LaDue, Kings hockey operations has informed LA Kings Insider. The contract is a one-year entry level contract. Financial terms were not known immediately, but one-year, max-entry level contracts carry a $925,000 AAV, with hypothetical performance bonuses potentially added on. UPDATE: LaDue’s entry level contract comes with a $925K cap hit, via hockey ops. A sixth round draft pick in 2012, the 6-foot-1, 186-pound LaDue spent three seasons at North Dakota, which culminated with a 5-1 defeat of Quinnipiac in the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at […]

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