July 2012 - Page 2 of 6 - LA Kings Insider
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Evaluation: Darryl Sutter

DARRYL SUTTER This season: 40-27-15 record, 16-4 in playoffs. The good: The Kings were stuck in neutral when Sutter arrived. He jump-started them, and it wasn’t as much about style and system as it was about attitude. Under Terry Murray, the Kings had become a bit stale, and Sutter’s arrival -- ... Read More
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Player evaluation: Williams

JUSTIN WILLIAMS This year: 82 games, 22 goals, 37 assists, plus-10 rating. The good: Williams has proved himself to be reliable and dependable in all situations. In 2010-11, he had 22 goals and 35 assists. This season, he had 22 goals and 37 assists. ``Fit’’ is a big word for Dean Lombardi, and ... Read More
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Player evaluation: Westgarth

KEVIN WESTGARTH This year: 25 games, 1 goal, one assist, minus-3 rating. The good: Westgarth has no illusions about his role on the team. Although he’d like to play more -- anyone in his situation would -- Westgarth understands that his role on the team is subject to the whims of the coach and t... Read More
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Player evaluation: Voynov

SLAVA VOYNOV This season: 54 games, 8 goals, 12 assists, plus-12 rating. The good: Voynov got assigned to the AHL at the end of preseason and again in early February, but not because of any dissatisfaction on the Kings’ end. The Kings simply had a full complement of healthy defensemen at those tim... Read More
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Farm life for the Cup

The Stanley Cup is spending parts of a couple days in Alberta with Darryl Sutter and family. Tonight, it will be in Red Deer as part of the Sutter brothers' annual charity event: the Sutter Fund Golf Classic. Sutter said that tomorrow, he will have the Cup at home with family and some live country m... Read More
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Player evaluation: Stoll

JARRET STOLL This season: 78 games, 6 goals, 15 assists, plus-2 rating. The good: Given a new role at the start of the season, that of a third-line center, Stoll adapted well. His offensive numbers took a mysterious dip, but by the end of the season, Stoll had established himself as an outstanding... Read More
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Player evaluation: Scuderi

ROB SCUDERI This season: 82 games, 1 goal, 8 assists, minus-7 rating. The good: Stay-at-home defensemen, by the nature and by the nature of the game, don’t attract a lot of attention, and even within that, Scuderi is undervalued. He’s an absolute rock, and the way his season ended couldn’t have ... Read More
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Player evaluation: Richardson

BRAD RICHARDSON This season: 59 games, 5 goals, 3 assists, minus-6 rating. The good: Richardson is a reliable, versatile forward who can play all three positions, who is an aggressive energy player and who, in the event of injury, can step into a bigger role and be effective at times. Richardson... Read More
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Doughty cleared in investigation

Sorry for the delayed post from the road, but it's still important to note that Drew Doughty has been cleared, by authorities, as part of the sexual-assault investigation over the last four-plus months. Craig Renetzky, Doughty's attorney, posted on Twitter that Doughty will not face charges and that... Read More
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Player evaluation: Richards

MIKE RICHARDS This season: 74 games, 18 goals, 26 assists, plus-3 rating. The good: Richards’ contributions can’t simply be measured in his offensive numbers. Beyond those, Richards did exactly what Dean Lombardi hoped he would, particularly in the playoffs. He took some pressure off No. 1 cente... Read More
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Player evaluation: Quick

JONATHAN QUICK This season: 35-21-13 record, 1.95 goals-against average, .929 save percentage, 10 shutouts. The good: What is there left to say? Not only would the Kings not have won the Stanley Cup without Quick, they probably wouldn’t even have qualified for the playoffs. A marginal NHL prospe... Read More
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Sutter, on assistant-coach search

I got a chance to catch up with Darryl Sutter this morning -- he had been working with hay on the farm earlier -- and he gave an update on his search to hire a new assistant coach to replace Jamie Kompon... SUTTER: ``What I’ve done is, I’ve had guys fly in and spend a day at the farm with me, and... Read More