April 2010 - Page 2 of 31 - LA Kings Insider
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Higher expectations

Going into this season, the Kings had a clear, simple goal: make the playoffs. It was a young roster, one with a majority of players who had never been to the playoffs, and it was an organization that hadn't been to the playoffs since 2002. Well, all of that is over now. A lot of pundits -- hand rai... Read More
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The next step?

It's no stretch to say that the Kings' best two players are 22-year-old Anze Kopitar and 20-year-old Drew Doughty. Kopitar is coming off a season in which he set career highs in goals (34), assists (47) and points (81) and led the Kings in all three categories. Doughty, in his second season, became ... Read More
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Brown, award finalist

If you didn't catch this yesterday, Kings captain Dustin Brown has been named as a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, given to a player ``in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community.'' The award will be given out at the NHL Awards on June 23 in Las Vegas, an... Read More
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Summer skating

I haven't forgotten about the rest of the open forum questions, but I still have a lot of stuff left over from yesterday, so I'll keep going with that... If you remember, a big part of the success of this year's Kings was attributed to the fact that they came together for two weeks last July in El S... Read More
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Done too soon

If the Kings had held a third-period lead in either Game 4 or Game 6, they would be nearing the end of the third period of Game 7 against Vancouver right about now. Instead the Kings, who were 29-0-2 in the regular season when leading going into the third period, lost both games and the series. Near... Read More
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Frolov: stay or go?

As mentioned the other day, the Kings will potentially have six unrestricted free agents on July 1: Alexander Frolov, Jeff Halpern, Raitis Ivanans, Randy Jones, Fredrik Modin and Sean O'Donnell. The most intriguing situation, by far, is that of Frolov, whose seven-season career with the Kings has be... Read More
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Extension time?

Next season, Drew Doughty will be entering the third and final year of his entry-level contract. If he doesn't sign an extension before July 1, 2011, he will be a restricted free agent -- although the Kings would have the right to match any offer sheet he received from another team -- and starting J... Read More
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Injuries/World Championships

One of the rites of spring is for NHL coaches, who worked so diligently during the season -- and especially during the playoffs -- to guard injury news, to loosen up and talk about what ailments their players had been dealing with. Terry Murray did that today, and in a couple cases, it impacts playe... Read More
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Looking back at goalies

Well, let's go with the big stuff first, with Terry Murray talking today about the goaltending situation. Did he play Jonathan Quick too much? Is Quick the unquestioned No. 1 goalie coming into training camp? Will Bernier get a chance? It all gets answered here… Question: With some hindsight now,... Read More
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Season wrap-up interviews

We just got done chatting with Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus, Ryan Smyth, Jack Johnson, Brad Richardson, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Terry Murray about this season and their thoughts on the summer and looking ahead to next season. There's a lot of good stuff to be posted. Some highlights... -- Mu... Read More