Thursday morning links: June 18 - LA Kings Insider

Before I run around town and work my way south to Toyota Sports Center (be aware of Obama traffic on the Westside today, btw), here’s some Thursday morning reading that should tide you over before I make it down to #Gundo.

Oh, Bailey.

ESPN.COM
The pros and cons of pursuing restricted free agents ($)
It’s an Insider article, but if you subscribe, you’ll learn why offer sheets aren’t as frequent as the outside speculation would have you believe. “The reason you do them is to get the player and 98 percent of the time, the player stays,” one Western Conference GM told Craig Custance.

Another ESPN Insider ($) story: Top five contenders for the 2016 Stanley Cup
Hey, guess which team is displayed on the article’s banner ad.

LA DAILY NEWS
Kings will get minor league team closer to home — and a champion to boot
Good stuff here. Mark Whicker spoke with Dean Lombardi and Michael Futa about the Manchester’s Calder Cup run and Ontario inheriting a championship team.

NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER
The Monarchs took victory laps around Manchester earlier this week, celebrating with fans at a restaurant and raising a banner to the rafters. “They can never take that banner away,” Monarchs fan Cheryl Baker said. “It’s ours forever and I think that’s cool.” Hockey players like to party.

GUELPH STORM
Monarchs assistant coach Chris Hajt, a Guelph Storm alumni and two-time team MVP, continues to earn shiny medals in his playing and coaching career.

BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Come for the story on the Kings’ preseason game at Rabobank Arena, stay for the photo of Adam Deadmarsh and Jason Allison. Sigh.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN
JFTC says “Heeeey, Travis Konecny,” in its SB Nation Mock Draft.