Odds and ends: Norris, Foo, Buffalo, Setoguchi - LA Kings Insider

A fine morning to you, Insiders. Let’s get down to brass tacks.

NORRIS FINALISTS. This hasn’t officially been announced – check out tonight’s NBCSN coverage for the actual reveal – but Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy apparently found a page published a touch too early on the Lightning’s site and learned that Brent Burns, Victor Hedman and Erik Karlsson are this year’s finalists. (That page has since been taken down.) There are no real surprises here. Throw a dart at any of them; there’s no clear cut, number one favorite among that group.

SUP, FOO? Via Ken Campbell of The Hockey News:

The Kings are still a bit of a dark horse here. I wrote about Foo three weeks ago after learning there was ample interest in his services, and that the Kings, as they do with many free agent prospects they’re recruiting, often try to sell the young player on their developmental model (rather than, say, the ability to play right away). This is an uphill battle – an Edmonton native, Foo grew up an Oilers fan, and as a Union College product, Philadelphia recently signed his teammate Mike Vecchione and boasts Shayne Gostisbehere on its blue line – but while Los Angeles may not be the favorite here, don’t discount the impact of a pair of Hall of Famers in Luc Robitaille and Rob Blake reaching out to free agent recruits. As Elliotte Friedman noted earlier this month, Union goes by a trimester system, and the forward wanted to finish his classes for the year before making his decision. A Hobey Baker finalist, Foo had 26 goals and 62 points in 38 games with the Dutchmen.

BUFFA-LOW DOWN. Reports this morning! First, Mark Spector reported that Dean Lombardi interviewed in Buffalo yesterday for their open general manager position in the wake of Tim Murray’s dismissal. But that was shot down by Sabres owner Terry Pegula in a press conference this morning, and John Shannon reported, after speaking with Luc Robitaille, that Buffalo had not yet asked for permission to speak with Lombardi. (Even when a coach or executive is fired, they are still under contract and paid by their former club, and outside teams must require permission to speak with them. Even after a figure is fired, they still occasionally, but not necessarily frequently, perform some scouting work or other duties for the team. In the 2011-12 season, when I covered the Ducks for FOX, Randy Carlyle was still a familiar figure in the media room at Ducks games.) Perhaps I’m speaking from guts and emotion here, but I think Dean to Buffalo is a good fit personality-wise. If he has interest in that job, here’s to hoping he gets it. Don’t pay much attention to the Mike Futa Buffalo rumblings as they relate to Lombardi; even though there could theoretically be interest on the Sabres end (there was before Murray was hired), Futa was just promoted by Los Angeles, and all indications I have are that there’s excitement and energy at the top of the front office as he works alongside Robitaille and Blake.

SE-DEUTSCH-GUCHI? Happy trails to Devin Setoguchi, who cracked the Kings roster by virtue of a strong performance at training camp and with the need for additional skill on the wings when Marian Gaborik was felled by a broken foot at the World Cup, and has been signed by Adler Mannheim of the DEL. He appeared in his 500th NHL game with Los Angeles this season and through 516 NHL games has 131 goals – 40 of which were scored on the power play – and 261 points. Wednesday was the six-year anniversary of his overtime game-winner at Staples Center as San Jose erased a 4-0 deficit to grab a 2-1 series lead. (And that means today is the six-year anniversary of Game 4, a 6-3 L.A. loss that doesn’t rank among the most compelling playoff games of this past decade.) Setoguchi finished with four goals and 12 points in 45 games with the Kings.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

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


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.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

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.