March 14: Thursday morning links - LA Kings Insider

-Lisa Dillman of the LA Times learns that Jeff Carter is a lot of things to a lot of different people. To Dean Lombardi, he’s Josey Wales. To Mike Richards, he’s Ronaldo. To Darryl Sutter, he’s “money”. To the NHL statistics page, he’s tied third in the league with 17 goals. Also in this story: interesting comments by Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner on Carter’s quick release.
LA Times – Kings’ Jeff Carter is quick on the draw

The Scott Burnside feature on Rich Clune has already been linked; you can join the discussion on that topic below.

-John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor caught up with Ray Whitney, who offered some real talk on the Coyotes’ distractions at the end of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final. “Coming out of [the Brown-Rozsival incident], we weren’t focused and prepared to move forward,” Whitney said. “The Kings just went about business as usual, and you could almost sense it. You knew what was gonna happen after. Something always happens after – whether it was a missed call, or I think it was just a non-call.”
Mayor’s Manor – Former Coyote saw lack of focus and composure in playoff loss to Kings

-Linked by Robert P. from Jewels of the Crown yesterday (and hosted on the JFTC site), this Eric T. / Broad Street Hockey feature coherently broke down several advanced stats and found that the Kings “Score-Adjusted Fenwick” formula places them in good company. A good read, this.
Broad Street Hockey – Los Angeles Kings: Masters of Puck Possession

-Speaking of Jewels from the Crown, Robert P. continues to analyze scoring chances for and against, and offers positives and negatives from his data at the half way point. Good things should happen if the team raises its save percentage.
Jewels from the Crown – Los Angeles Kings Midseason Review: Scoring Chances

There are reports that Los Angeles and Buffalo are talking trade, which makes sense. Also making sense: Every team sniffing the playoffs talking trade with Buffalo, a team that has a short-term UFA-bound stay-at-home defenseman in Robyn Regehr, the snakebitten Drew Stafford (two goals in 27 games) – who carries a four million dollar cap hit through 2015 – and the less-likely-to-be-moved three expensive players who become UFAs in 2014 in Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Ryan Miller. Quisp links to several Sabres writers and offers his own analysis of moves that could make sense.
McSorley’s Stick – Which Sabres player would/should be coveted most by the Kings? And who would/should they give up to get him?

-KingsCast recaps the previous week of games and offers insight to what the Calgary Flames did on their day off between Saturday’s and Monday’s games. “The Flames had a team dinner at Spago, which, like the Flames, is old, barely relevant, and needs to be torn down.” KingsCast 1, Jay Feaster 0.
KingsCast – Episode 183: Jarome Iginla will not be an LA King

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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.