Sunday morning links: October 6 - LA Kings Insider

-Lisa Dillman reports that there’s some occasional improvising on the Frattin-Richards-Carter line. Or is it the Frattin-Carter-Richards line? Maybe the Richards-Carter-Frattin line?

“It’s the one constant we’ve had in camp,”Coach Darryl Sutter said of Frattin-Carter-Richards. “So it’s an adjustment, that’s a hole that we’ve had. We feel [Frattin] can play that, play with Mike and Jeff. Quite honest, there’s times where Jeff is center, Mike is left [wing] and Frattin is right.”

Carter might be listed as a right wing. At times, that’s in name only.

LA Times: Kings forward Matt Frattin tries to get in line

-Elliott Teaford of the Daily News asks Five Burning Questions for 2013-14. has your details for opening night, which includes a pair of season-long KingsCare Foundation initiatives:

The Kings Care Foundation will unveil two season-long initiatives during the 2013-2014 season. Puck-A-Month, a cause-based, limited-edition and collectible puck series will give fans the chance to participate in a mystery drawing for autographed pucks. To kick off the series, the Kings Care Foundation will sell Hockey Fights Cancer Pucks starting Monday night. In addition, the Kings Care Foundation is introducing a season-long raffle with drawings taking place during the last home game of every month and again on April 12 for the grand prize. For more information on Puck-A-Month and the Royal Raffle, visit the Kings Care Foundation Facebook page.

There will also be a new “anthem song” introduced, new HD TVs on the concourse, and WiFi throughout the building. See you at Staples.

-More from
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Relive LAKingsGameEnt‘s musical choices from each game, and make requests.
The four part series of Great Moments in LA Kings Regular Season History
Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell seem like good guys to go with on a road trip.

Blogs, blogs, blogs!

-As always, The Royal Half is pumping out a ton of great content. King Tufficult has the recap of the Winnipeg game; stick around for Hockey Hoarders, a recap of the LA Kings Ice Girls debut in The Amazing Race, and Flubber McGee’s terrible decision to stay at the Stratosphere during Frozen Fury.

-In honor of the Kings’ stop in Winnipeg, John Hoven shares his recollections – and amazing photographs – from Wayne Gretzky’s last road trip with the Kings.
Mayor’s Manor: Wayne Gretzky in Winnipeg, final game with the LA Kings

-Gann Matsuda reports on the changes Jordan Nolan made to his off-season conditioning. As is the case with many young players, adjusting a diet is a good start.

“This [summer], I changed my diet, changed my routine, and came in ten pounds lighter,” Nolan explained. “I feel like I can get on the puck a lot quicker, and I’m a lot stronger on my feet.”
“I did a little more cardio this summer,” Nolan elaborated. “I didn’t change too much. My diet was the main thing that I adjusted.”

Frozen Royalty: Leaner, Stronger Jordan Nolan Is Looking To Bounce Back In 2013-14 For LA Kings

-Jewels from the Crown offers grades and analysis from the games against Minnesota and Winnipeg.

-We’re two games into the season, and Bobby Scribe says it’s time for #TeamAlec. I have no problem with all of us getting a little more Alec Martinez in our lives, even if he’s not the solution to the issues that challenged the Kings in the first two games of the season – and I share some of my thoughts in the comments section. Also, how about waiting until the Calgary Flames are out of first place before suggesting lineup changes? Wait, San Jose leapfrogged Calgary since this editorial was posted? I think you understand what I’m saying.
Surly and Scribe’s LA Kings News: Muzzin versus Martinez. Team Alec Unite.

-Hey! New blogs, new blogs. Check out THX BUD, and make sure to bookmark StickTap TV, the YouTube project of Chris Kaliszewski and Keith Korneluk, formerly of KingsCast. The newest video contains updates from around the world of hockey, a la Weekend Update. Here’s Alexander Ovechkin carries the Torch.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.