Wednesday morning links: January 13 - LA Kings Insider

I don’t have an update as of yet on the state of the Anze Kopitar negotiations, though I’m hoping to receive one later today. As I and others have stated repeatedly, it has been expected that the deal would be finalized in January, and with four days absent of any game, it is expected that the current week would have an impact on the timing of an extension for the center. When I have something concrete to share, I’ll do so on both this site and Twitter, as well as various radio and audio outlets.

What do I have for you this morning? Links. Lots and lots of hot links.

The NFL is returning to Los Angeles. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you care, Insiders? (LA Times)

-Robyn Regehr officially retired from the NHL – as a Calgary Flame, as is appropriate – and appeared to troll a fan in a San Jose Sharks jersey. You will be fondly remembered, Robyn. (Calgary Sun)

-On Kopitar: Gann Matsuda caught up with Dave Taylor, who shared recollections of the team’s scouting efforts in the center’s draft year. (Frozen Royalty)

-Lisa Dillman writes on the turnaround the Kings have experienced this season as well as the key moments in the team’s win over the Red Wings on Monday. (LA Times)

-Apparently in an ESPN montage of championships won by L.A. teams since the Raiders and Rams left town, the Kings were not featured because of a “space issue.” (Puck Daddy)

-Rich Hammond has the full transcript of Dean Lombardi’s comments following the Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier trade. (OC Register)

-Abbey Mastracco looks at the impact Milan Lucic has had since joining the Kings. (LA Daily News)

-The latest Bus Texts With Stothers, this one after a 4-0 Reign loss. It now comes with a fancy graphic, courtesy of Tim at Ironsight|Design! (Reign Insider)

-More Reign: Jason Lewis catches up with center Nic Dowd. (HockeyBuzz)

-Surly & Scribe announced that they’ve hung up their bloggin’ skates, and that’s too bad. I’ve always wanted to post links to their stories, but, you know, the Bad Words. Here’s a worthwhile post of theirs that didn’t include any: It’s a lengthy interview with Helene Elliott from September, 2010, and it’s excellent. (Surly & Scribe)

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.