March 21: Thursday morning links - LA Kings Insider

-Helene Elliott has the Times’ recap of Tuesday’s game against Phoenix. Drew Doughty, on saying that the goal drought wasn’t important: “I obviously was worried. I was just saying that,” he said. “It’s good to get that off my back. I’m hoping I can get on a little roll now. I’m kind of a streaky scorer, so I’m hoping that kind of continues.” Like the purple-and-black jerseys, let’s put those Phoenix games on mothballs and move on.
LA Times: It worked once, it works again

-Curtis Zupke doesn’t take shifts off. If the Kings and Ducks are both hosting extended homestands, he’ll be alternating days driving up the 110 to Staples or across the 91 to Honda with a few days at TSC and Anaheim Ice sprinkled in – sometimes for two weeks at a time. He had a good conversation with Jonathan Bernier about his added responsibility this year. Dustin Penner, on Bernier: “He’s a team-first guy, but as an individual, he wants to probably achieve a level of success that Quickie achieved. It’s just one of those things, as a goaltender, you have to sometimes bide your time. Tim Thomas waited how long? It’s tough on him, but it’s a great opportunity for him to compete against a Conn Smythe-winning goaltender in [Jonathan] Quick. I think they have a great rapport and they make each other better.” Bernier shines in limited chances, waits for new gig

-The Fourth Period reported Wednesday that former AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke was in Toronto to meet with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment about the company’s vacant CEO position. Sources: Leiweke meeting with MLSE

-According to Dave Feschuk, Leiweke hasn’t actually met with MLSE’s board of directors yet. Here are 782 words on why he’d be an intriguing fit for the company.
Toronto Star: MLSE casts covetous eye at former L.A. Kings exec: Feschuk

-Adam Gretz looks at who the Kings’ needs prior to the trading deadline and throws a new name in the mix: Adrian Aucoin, an alternate captain with Columbus who turns 40 in July.
CBS Eye on Hockey: Los Angeles Kings trade rumors, trade deadline outlook

-I’m with Gann on this one. More important than Drew Doughty recording his first goal on Tuesday is that his defensive zone play has matured over the last year.
Frozen Royalty: “Move Along, Nothing To See Here” Really Means What It Says In The Case Of LA Kings’ Drew Doughty

-After reading this story that has made its rounds, go to the home page on John Hoven’s site and check out the awesome photography backing up his banner piece. Entertaining.
Mayor’s Manor: Doughty thinks Coyotes whine nearly as much as Canucks

-Robert P. has got you covered with game grades and analysis from LA-Phoenix, Part Deux.
Jewels from the Crown: Kings vs. Coyotes II: Game Grades and Analysis

-Matt from Life in Hockeywood digs into the archives to honor two of the greatest hockey games of all-time: NHLPA 93 and NHL 94, the latter of which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Life in Hockeywood: The Hockeywood Video Game Hall of Fame: NHLPA 93 and NHL 94

-Player X examines right-shooting defensemen in the NHL and identifies how finding a quality right-handed shot can help a team.
Hold the Point: I Can’t Shoot Left, It Doesn’t Feel Right. So, I Shoot Right, It’s The Only Way Left.

-Paul Armbruster has posted PDFs depicting the stats and stories depicting the Manchester Monarchs’ week of March 11-17.
Kings News Daily: Monarchs Week in Review

-If the players’ private lives interest you, follow the link below.
E! Online: Erin Andrews Dating L.A. Kings’ Jarret Stoll—He Reveals What They Did for Valentine’s Day!

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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.