Good Morning, Long Island! - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Insiders!

Jon Rosen rushed the stage during last night’s Justin Timberlake concert at Madison Square Garden. …and it didn’t end well for him.

“You told me you loved me
Why did you leave me all alone?”
Justin Timberlake
– PumperNicholl to Rosen

So, naturally, the LA Kings reached out to some of the best hockey writers in the world to fill in for our pal, Jonny.

When everyone politely declined, the Kings then reached out to the only person they knew would have no plans for the upcoming weekend.

That’s right, folks: A big trade went down, a letter was penned, the first Kings practice in 10 days is hours away, and you get to read insight and analysis from a grown-up who gave himself a fake name so he could run a blog during business hours without getting fired from a “real” job.

And that first practice since the long break should be an interesting one. Mainly because if you are reading this or any post on LAKI you pretty much find anything related to the Kings “interesting.”

  • How are players reacting to the Muzzin trade?
  • Which defensemen will pick up the bulk of Muzzin’s minutes?
  • How different will the forward lines look compared to the Kings previous game against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 21?
  • Who has the best hair on the Carl Hagelin, Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli line?
  • Did Jonny Brodzinski and Trevor Lewis come on the trip because they are close to returning to the lineup, or because they preferred to be in the freezing temperatures of the East Coast over dealing with drivers during a thunderstorm in Los Angeles?
  • How many Ziggy Palffy “Fisherman” jerseys will be worn at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday?
  • Can I survive the next 48 hours without getting pantsed by Jim Fox (sigh, again)?
  • Will the FOX Sports West broadcast team be desperate enough to put me on the air?
  • What ever happened to the Pumper Prize Pack™️?

Some of these answers, and more, will be revealed as the Kings six-game road trip begins in Long Island.

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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.