To LAKings Insiders:

Good evening! I recently returned from the Kings offices and wanted to share some site updates and a general summer calendar with you in addition to asking for some feedback in advance of the new LAKI site.

WHEN WILL THEN BE NOW? SOON.

For the next week I’ll continue to report on the ongoing Jonathan Bernier news as well as the team’s negotiations with impending restricted and unrestricted free agents. In the periods of time where news is slow to develop, I’ll begin working on the team’s player evaluations and pinpointing the top-10 moments of the 2012-13 season. That will take us up to the…

NHL DRAFT

Daryl Evans and KingsVision will be on site at the Prudential Center in New Jersey for the NHL Draft, which takes place on Sunday, June 30. I’ll also be there to report on Kings draft day news and interview team personnel and drafted players who are present. Reporting on the draftees will extend through Development Camp in the second week of July.

In early July, I’ll continue to report on contract negotiations with the team’s free agents and breaking news while finishing the player evaluations and writing features for LAKings.com. I’m also planning on catching up with Kings alumni between then and the end of the off-season.

HAVE YOUR SAY

The LAKI redesign is tentatively scheduled to go live on August 1. I’ve taken note of the changes you’ve requested previously and shared them with members of the Kings’ digital team. Here is your chance to speak to them directly. They will be closely reading the comments section of this post. What overall aspects of this blog would you like to see improved? What aspects of the current configuration do you like and would prefer to see maintained?

As of right now, our outside digital developers are in the process of re-configuring the commenting procedures, so please share with us any ideas or suggestions of ways you’d like to see the commenting on this site evolve. We want feedback. Though it would be impossible to incorporate every single suggestion in this thread, your opinions will be heard and will have an impact on the direction of the site’s operation. This is your platform as much as it is ours.

Though the aesthetics of LAKI will improve, this doesn’t mean the core function of the site will change. This will remain an independent, reliable source for Los Angeles Kings news and objective National Hockey League analysis, and there won’t be any major shift in content next year.

I’m excited to continue utilizing digital, audio and video means to further Kings coverage while breaking in several additional features that I’ve already started outlining.

Thank you, as always, for your participation in LA Kings Insider and for the ongoing conversation surrounding the Los Angeles Kings.

-Jon Rosen
jonnyrosen-at-gmail-dot-com

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

Bio

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.

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