March 2 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the media bus, which is headed back to the team hotel from Rexall Place. As expected, the Kings made no further moves after trading for Andrej Sekera last week. I’ll have some quotes up from Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams – two players bound for unrestricted free agency – later today, but to reiterate, neither player was dangled by the Kings, nor was either player expected to be traded today.

“You always expect to be part of a team that you’re on, and this was no different than any trade deadline,” Williams said.

Like any team, Los Angeles was listening to all offers, and had they been completely blown away by something, they’d have made an additional move. But that didn’t happen, so the team will continue its playoff push with the same personnel as it did in the beginning of the day. I’ll have some Darryl Sutter musings on the deadline later today and am hoping to get some time with hockey operations to discuss how the morning and early afternoon progressed.

The Kings practiced at Rexall Place earlier today. All players were present and accounted for. Grouped by color-coded jerseys, the Kings were aligned thusly:

White: Gaborik-Kopitar-Lewis
Purple: King-Carter-Toffoli
Green: Brown-Stoll-Williams
Yellow: Clifford-Andreoff-Shore-Nolan

-As for defensive pairings, we mostly saw a reprisal of the pairs that were used as Sunday’s game evolved. Robyn Regehr skated with Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin skated with Matt Greene and Brayden McNabb skated with Andrej Sekera. Because of the odd number of defensemen, there was mixing and matching, and all defensemen appeared to take turns with multiple partners. This is a standard reminder that we’re likely to get a more accurate read on lines and pairings at morning skates rather than practices, should the full team take the ice again.

-The Edmonton Oil Kings were packing up for a late afternoon bus ride to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where they’ll play the Raiders tomorrow. (Unrelated: I always found it bizarre that there were nicknames borrowed from the AFC West in the Raiders, the Spokane Chiefs and the Swift Current Broncos). The defending Memorial Cup champs are weathering the cyclical nature of junior hockey quite well and enjoy a seven-point cushion on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I hadn’t said anything WHL-related in a long, long time.

-More to come on a busy day around the league. Sutter’s quotes will follow shortly.

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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.