December 27 practice notes: Toffoli injury; McNabb update; respects paid to John Wolf - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the skies above the west coast, Insiders. The Los Angeles Kings returned to practice at Toyota Sports Center on Tuesday – the club’s first full-team skate in its home facility since December 11 – and while Tyler Toffoli wasn’t on the ice, all other players were accounted for.

Lines, via color coding:

White: Gaborik-Kopitar-Brown
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Setoguchi
Yellow: King-Dowd-Lewis
Purple: Clifford-Andreoff-Shore-Nolan

Defensive pairs were Forbort-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez, Gravel-Greene and McNabb-Gilbert.

As reported earlier, Toffoli will not travel with the team after suffering a lower-body injury and will wait “at least a week” before being re-evaluated. Based on some intelligence, is very possible that the injury was a result of this hit by Columbus’ Josh Anderson early in last Tuesday’s game:

-Brayden McNabb, who suffered a broken collarbone in a collision with St. Louis Colton Parayko on October 29, has been medically cleared to return. At this point, a return will be based primarily on McNabb being in full game shape and capable of withstanding the physical rigors associated with NHL hockey.

“I don’t think the (Christmas) break was necessarily in his favor,” Darryl Sutter said. “He wants some full contact practices, so today would be the only one. He’s available.” Asked whether he’d be “inclined” to re-insert him into the lineup, Sutter responded, “I just think he needs some practice.”

-John Wolf, a tenured member of the Kings’ front office staff for decades, wore many hats while working alongside a variety of different owners, general managers, coaches and players over a highly appreciated career. Wolf passed away from cancer on Christmas Day, and there are many people who recalled “Wolfie” fondly and shared reflections of his career and his work with the hockey club.

Wolf was the member of the Los Angeles staff responsible for changing the itinerary of Bruce Boudreau – then the coach of the Manchester Monarchs – immediately prior to September 11, ensuring that he was not on United flight 175, which was flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center with Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis aboard.

Minnesota Wild beat writer Michael Russo spoke today with Boudreau about Wolf’s passing.

Via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Boudreau didn’t realize he passed until I told him today: “He was a really good man to me and my wife, and if it wasn’t for him changing the flight, I wouldn’t be here today. It was that simple. He’s the one that made all the flights. He OKed mine. I owe him everything for the rest of my life. If my kids needed things, if my wife needed things, he was always right there. He was a really good man.”

-Darryl Sutter practice quotes will follow. Enjoy the holiday season, Insiders:

Practice photos, courtesy of Jon Bradley:

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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.