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Good morning, Insiders, and good morning, Edmonton.

I’m sure you get this question all the time, but have you ever traveled to work by toboggan? Look at the lead photo. There is clearly a gradual downward slope – we’re not talking K2 here – southeast of downtown towards the banks of the North Saskatchewan, and with the right investors, this could inject some fun into the humdrum Edmonton commute. Never mind that the land is already designated to the Muttart Conservatory or that nobody wants to be outside when the temperature is in the single digits. We’re talking about the ability to commute via a runner-less sleigh, and if it means completely shredding the residential and commercial zoning code, then so be it! This is called progress, people.

Speaking of urban redevelopment, Rogers Arena is gradually nearing completion, and that should strengthen the local economy better than any toboggan network could. Barring any playoff match-up between the teams, tonight will be the last game between the Kings and Oilers at Rexall Place, and while the arena lacks many modern amenities and some media members won’t exactly be shedding a tear to see Oil Country shift its locus to the southwest, there is ample history between the Smythe and now Pacific Division rivals that originated at the house formerly known as Northlands Coliseum (and Skyreach Centre). I’ll speak with players and former players later today about what may very well be the final game between these teams in Wayne Gretzky’s old barn.

The Kings have opted to hold meetings at the team hotel today in lieu of a morning skate, so there won’t be any conversations with opposing players from their dressing room. Waking up with the Kings will follow, as well as your regular game-day coverage. Enjoy your Tuesday, Insiders.


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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.