May 19: Thursday afternoon links - LA Kings Insider

Here lie two of the better stories from the past week. The first one has nothing to do with sports and is a heavy and at times dark read, but was the culmination of outstanding reporting by Nina Bernstein of the New York Times. It’s a long read; don’t read it on a Sunday morning like I did.

The second story is much shorter and comes from The Undefeated’s J.A. Adande, who addresses the ethics of quote transcription. What’s the best way to minimally and accurately clean up, so to speak, the jagged and imperfect syntax and cadence of how we naturally speak? Naturally, this affects sportswriters almost daily.

Regardless of whether there are recording devices nearby, we all fall victim to patterns of speech that aren’t exactly ordained by the AP Stylebook, and it’s necessary, when one transcribes as much as reporters do, to touch up some of the faulty grammar so as to accurately convey exactly what the subject is saying, but doing so in a way that doesn’t make them come off goofy or uneducated. (Adande’s story is titled, ‘We gonna be championship!,’ based on a post-game interview Leandro Barbosa gave last year.)

This, of course, is a roundabout way of asking for advice on how to transcribe Darryl Sutter’s pre-Stadium Series observation that “I haven’t thought one minute other than I didn’t like them white pants the other day.” If you change “them” to “those,” his sentence becomes grammatically correct, but the genuine feel of the conveyance is completely lost, and isn’t that what’s most important? In that instance, I chose to keep the quote verbatim, which broke my own rule of Whatever You Do, Always Do It That Way.


Helene Elliott: Staying with the Kings is not a tough decision for Darryl Sutter

More from the LA Times: Bill Plaschke looks back at a lousy year results-wise for Los Angeles sports.

The biggest game was essentially an exhibition game, Kobe Bryant scoring 60 points in his final professional moments against the Utah Jazz.

The most valuable player is a guy whose franchise has so quickly disintegrated that folks are saying he should be traded, the Angels’ Mike Trout.

The most valuable team was one that didn’t even show up until the middle of the school year and hasn’t even played a game here yet, the Los Angeles Rams.

The biggest victory, well, has there truly been a major victory in this town since the Kings defeated the New York Rangers in a 3-2 overtime classic to win the Stanley Cup in June 2014?

REIGN: The Western Conference Final Notebook takes a look at the Lake Erie Monsters (Ontario Reign Insider) | Thursday post-practice videos (Ontario Reign Insider) | Mike Stothers quotes (Ontario Reign Insider) | Jim Alexander profiles Paul Bissonnette (Riverside Press-Enterprise) | BUY TICKETS

ELSEWHERE: The NHL lost its motion to dismiss its concussion lawsuits (Forbes) Bernie Nicholls on said concussion cases ( | Ryan Lambert on the Kings’ future (Puck Daddy) | The Oilers will have a reaaaaaally big scoreboard at Rogers Arena (CBC Edmonton) | The 10 West Podcast (FOX Sports West) | Facing drug charges, Kevin Stevens has his case continued (Boston Globe) | Dieter Ruehle profiled (LA Weekly)

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.