Monday afternoon links: July 27 - LA Kings Insider

It’s good to be back on solid ground after a quiet weekend, Insiders. Thanks, as always, for the patience and understanding during the slow days of the off-season. Links to stories from around hockey and the Kings Interwebs are below.

ROYAL LINEAGE Forward Kris Newbury, who had 18 goals and 48 points in 68 games with AHL-Hershey last season, will join the Ontario Reign on a one-year AHL contract, hockey operations confirmed today (the signing was first reported by Dave Sottile). Newbury, 33, has 536 points and 1,710 penalty minutes in 730 career AHL games in addition to 75 games of NHL experience with the Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Rangers and Flyers.
PENN LIVE: Rugged C Kris Newbury leaving Hershey Bears for L.A. Kings’ new Ontario Reign AHL affiliate

MOBILE MONARCHY As had been confirmed to LA Kings Insider by hockey operations earlier this month, forward Sean Backman has signed with AHL-Ontario for the upcoming season. The skilled and rugged 5-foot-8 forward posted the best numbers of his career last season, totaling 44 points in 76 games before adding five goals, 17 points and a plus-nine rating during Manchester’s 19-game Calder Cup run. His father, Mike, played for the New York Rangers and was a member of the New Haven Nighthawks teams that Nick Nickson broadcasted, and his brother-in-law is Jonathan Quick. According to Chirps from Center Ice, Newbury was the 24th-ranked AHL free agent, and Backman was ranked 31st.
ONTARIO REIGN: Reign bring in Backman

WEAL’S WAY By now you’ve heard this ad nauseum: Jordan Weal is not 1,000 feet tall. Actually, he’s 5-foot-10. And, for a 5’10 guy, he’s actually pretty good along the boards and in weathering physical play. Gann Matsuda caught up with Weal and Assistant General Manager Rob Blake during development camp and shared some insight on the tenacity and disposition of one of the organization’s most coachable prospects.
FROZEN ROYALTY: LA Kings F Prospect Jordan Weal Has Risen To The Top Of The AHL
FROZEN ROYALTY (Part 2): Rob Blake On Jordan Weal: “There’s Not A Lot of Players Like That Around”

DEFENSIVE BATTLES Voynov’s unclear availability provides an asterisk towards any scenario, but who do you see claiming a depth spot on the Kings blue line? Jeff Schultz? Jamie McBain? Derek Forbort? Some combination of the two, perhaps? Jason Lewis uses advanced metrics to take a look at the competition. Also, mostly unrelated: Erik Cernak’s name is listed at the bottom of the article in a section that lists players who could make an impact on the blue line in the future. Though I named OHL-Erie as a potential landing point (the Otters drafted his major junior rights), it’s more likely that he’ll either play for AHL-Ontario (where he’d face an uphill battle as a teenager competing for a spot on a crowded blue line) or return to HC Kosice, the Slovak Extraliga team he’s won championships with in each of his last two seasons. Having spoken with hockey operations, because he already has experience playing against grown men, it’s less likely that he lands with Erie, where he’d regularly face 16-20 year olds.
HOCKEY BUZZ: Schultz, Forbort, or McBain?

DUCK DENIAL Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, an Angeleno who attended Harvard-Westlake, was cast in the original Mighty Ducks, he told Howard Stern last week. Because his parents highly emphasized his education over acting – as he told Stern and a nationwide audience – he turned down the part.
JEZEBEL: The Mighty Ducks Taught Jake Gyllenhaal the Meaning Of Pain

SPECIAL OLYMPICS You may have caught the link between the Kings and the Summer Olympics World Games, which are currently underway in Los Angeles. Other outlets have also covered the club hosting the Barbados and Macedonia delegations.
NHL.com: Kings host Special Olympics World Games athletes
LAKINGS.com: A Special Day
PUCK DADDY: Los Angeles Kings have special day with Special Olympians

NOT HOCKEY Around the time when the Kings and Sharks met in their first round playoff series, Ben Schlappig walked into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport without a destination in mind. “He hasn’t come down since,” Ben Wofford writes about a frequent flier who learned to travel everywhere, in first class, more or less for free.

It took Schlappig about a year to master the dozens of convoluted techniques, exploiting mistakes in ticketing algorithms and learning the ins and outs of the frequent-flyer programs airlines had created after deregulation in the late 1970s. The second leg of the game is credit cards — collecting and canceling as many as possible, and deploying a series of tricks to reap the reward points that bank-and-airline-card partnerships would virtually give away. As he delved deeper, Schlappig learned about a third level, a closely guarded practice called Manufacture Spend, where Hobbyists harness the power of the multitudes of credit cards in their pockets. Airline-affiliated credit cards award points for every dollar spent, so over the decades, Hobbyists manipulated the system by putting purchases on credit cards without ultimately spending anything at all. At its simplest, this included purchasing dollar coins from the U.S. Mint with a credit card and immediately using them to pay off the charge. Schlappig read one detailed post after another that insisted Manufacture Spend was the only true way to fly for free — like sliding a coin into a slot machine and yanking it back with clear string.

ROLLING STONE: Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

Don’t forget: FOX Sports West will debut a Kings Live summer special tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.

Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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