Friday morning links: May 29 - LA Kings Insider

Thank you again for the patience while off-ice matters were attended to yesterday. Regularly scheduled programming continues today with this attractive minute-long NHL ad:


Well, this doesn’t sound good. The L.A. Daily News reported on Wednesday that a Blackhawks fan is suing AEG and alleging a “violation of a safety statute” because of injuries he suffered during an altercation with Kings fans during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final last May. Details are included in the link.

A minor update in the Slava Voynov proceedings, via the Daily Breeze: Voynov’s wife, Maria Varlamova, will continue to receive domestic violence counseling as part of Judge Eric Taylor’s efforts to compel her to testify in the domestic violence case.

From Larry Altman’s report:

Judge Eric Taylor said Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, and her attorney, Michael Walsh, must report to him on July 6 whether she has changed her mind about testifying in the case. To this point, she has steadfastly refused.

Walsh said she has attended three therapy sessions and still does not plan to take the witness stand.

“She is still overwhelmed by the idea of testifying and does not want to testify,” Walsh told Taylor.

-In what is clearly the first phase of Skynet becoming self-aware, robots will be taking fan reactions of important events at Kings and Clippers games inside Staples Center next year. As reported by, you’ll be able to download the Fanpics app, enter your seat location and have your reaction shots sent directly to your mobile device. There was a similar technology used during the Stadium Series game (and many large-scale football games).

-Jordan Weal continues to be “an instrumental part of the Monarchs’ success,” Kinsey Janke of wrote.

In 2011-12, the first of Stothers’ two seasons as coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League was Weal’s final season starring in the league for the Regina Pats.

“He was pretty much the individual that you designed your whole game plan around,” Stothers said. “He was that good. He made things happen. He’s continued to do in pro what he did in junior. He’s competitive, he’s fearless, and he wants to be the best. Right now he’s playing like he wants to be a man playing in the NHL next year.”

-For additional Monarchs coverage, Mayor’s Manor has accounts from the locker room from shortly after the club’s four-game sweep of the Hartford Wolfpack.

-As for the #ReignTrain, Frozen Royalty takes another look at Maxim Kitsyn.

-Jewels from the Crown is also attacking player evaluations. Recently they reviewed the seasons of Brayden McNabb, Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin, the latter of whom they just absolutely tore into. Foolies!

-Via the LA Times, Alex Frolov is selling his Manhattan Beach home for $2.995 million. It’s Slava Medvedenko’s old house!

-Via Jason Lewis of, Goaltending: An X-Factor or a Non-Factor?

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.