Thursday morning links: April 23 - LA Kings Insider


Darryl Sutter knows the perils of Jets’ 0-3 deficit against Ducks: It’s a moot point now that the Ducks have moved on, but Helene Elliott consulted with Darryl Sutter to get his perspective on the Jets’ attempt to emerge from a 0-3 series hole.

Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eastern U.S., study finds: Most likely confirming our armchair seismology, that earthquake that we felt during a Kings-Stars game in Dallas early in the season was probably “triggered by human activity.”


Flyers coaching search: Los Angeles Kings’ Davis Payne could be dark-horse candidate, source says: For what it’s worth, Jimmy Shapiro at listed the following odds amongst potential Flyers coaches: Todd McLellan 9/4, Dan Bylsma 4/1, Mike Babcock 5/1, Guy Boucher 13/2, Pete DeBoer 13/2, Kevin Dineen 13/2, Benoit Groulx 13/2, Jeff Blashill 9/1, John Stevens 9/1. From Randy Miller’s story at

Payne, 44, was an assistant for the 2012-13 season in LA when Flyers GM Ron Hextall was assistant there under Dean Lombardi and before that was the St. Louis Blues’ head coach for parts of three seasons, building a 67-55-15 record.

“Payne is a guy who got hired by (Kings GM) Dean Lombardi when Hextall was there and when he was in St. Louis his teams played hard for him,” the source told NJ Advance Media. “Before that he won a championship in the East Coast League. “That’s a name that comes to mind who Hextall could go after.”

Davis Payne, who previously coached the St. Louis Blues, would be a fine choice as an NHL head coach. But this still seems a bit speculative, considering the wording “who Hextall could go after.”


The Kings Might Hate Darryl Sutter, But That’s Not Why They Didn’t Make the Playoffs: Forgive me for linking to a story that’s over a week old, but it’s by Paul Brownfield, who also wrote the excellent feature on Darryl Sutter for Los Angeles magazine during training camp. It’s an interesting bookend to the season.


Anze Kopitar Named Selke Trophy Finalist for Second Straight Year

Evaluating the Kings’ two most misunderstood defensemen: With LAKI evaluations about to begin, Jake Muzzin’s may come up as early as next week. There were hiccups in his progression this season, but not to the extent as suggested by those who flooded my timeline during Kings games. Read this article. Debate is coming.


WAR and the LA Kings: What would the Kings be like without Anze Kopitar? Without Dustin Brown? Jason Lewis delves into the emerging Wins Above Replacement stat that has a clear place in baseball analysis and is finding a foothold in hockey. Goals Above Replacement is also discussed.

Losing Leads and One-Goal Games: 13 of the top 15 teams in one-goal game winning percentage went on to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Kings, who did not grade well in either, posted their lowest winning percentage (not points percentage) when leading after two periods (.771) since Terry Murray’s hiring.


5 Reasons the Anaheim Ducks will Win the Stanley Cup: In case you needed another reason to dislike The Royal Half (jk, <3 u TRH), he/she/it/they wagered $600 on Anaheim winning the Stanley Cup. Come for the explanation, stay for the continued jabs at the Ducks’ social media team.


TACO CANNON TACO CANNON TACO CANNON TACO CANNON TACO CANNON: OK, we’re getting a bit silly here. But it’s good to see a mid-level NCAA hockey program move into new digs and, uh, invest in a taco cannon.


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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.