February 7: Thursday morning links - LA Kings Insider

-Lisa Dillman of the LA Times has your recap of roster moves from Thursday, along with Dustin Brown’s assessment that Brandon Dubinsky’s expensive “rub-out” on Rob Scuderi “was an awful hit”. (Kings make player moves, say more could come)

-It got pushed down on the Times’ Sports Now blog by the NCAA signing day news, but Dillman also chatted with Jeff Carter about how the lockout provided the Kings’ current leading goal scorer extra time to heal up. (Lockout gave Kings forward Jeff Carter time to regroup)

-Jewels from the Crown analyzes the Loktionov trade. (Kings Trade Andrei Loktionov to New Jersey Devils for 5th Round Pick)

-It’s from September, but please revisit this JFTC ditty, sung to the tune of Lisa Simpson’s Union Strike Song. Will Loktionov steal Homer’s burrito-demanding food truck picket? “WHERE’S MY ENGRAVEMENT? WHERE’S MY ENGRAVEMENT?” If you’re not a Simpsons fan, you’re probably scratching your head right now. Carry on. (The Ballad Of Loktionov)

-Mayor’s Manor discusses Darryl Sutter’s popularity and drops a fantastic Sutter quote four lines in. (Dean Lombardi ‘nervous’ about Darryl Sutter’s popularity)

-Josh Cooper of The Tennessean takes a look at Nashville’s well-behaved Kevin Klein, who is yet to take a penalty this year and recorded only two minors in 66 games a season ago. (Nashville Predators’ Kevin Klein stays out of box with skill, savvy)

Have you liked a Kings or NHL-centric story that you’ve read in the last day or two? Link it in the comments section.

Lots more to come following Nashville’s and L.A.’s morning skates.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.