On the format for Sunday’s Kings vs. Kings game in Ontario: We’re going to play 30 5-on-5, 30 minutes. And we did last year, too, we’ll go into 4-on-4, 3-on-3, and some automatic special teams. Things like that. It’s a little early to play a game, third day, right? So you’ve got to be careful. We’ve got seven games this week counting tomorrow. We’ve got to look at a lot of guys with some travel in there. On if he will go to Arizona for Monday’s split squad exhibition games: I think I’m staying for that one and then I’m […]
It’s a homecoming of sorts – well, as much as a homecoming can exist for someone playing some 3,500 miles away from his upbringing along the eastern shores of Newfoundland. But Teddy Purcell has been a Los Angeles King. Like goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, he was signed and incubated by the organization before departing for points elsewhere. He was a roommate with Alec Martinez when the two were teammates for the team’s affiliate in Manchester. Ditto with Trevor Lewis. There is some familiarity in returning to a place that feels familiar yet has evolved quite a bit after he was traded […]
Good morning, Insiders, and hello from Toyota Sports Center, where Group B has taken the ice on the second day of training camp. I’ll have some notes and updates later in the day and plan on speaking with Teddy Purcell shortly, but before then, here’s a training camp primer that Daryl Evans and I recorded yesterday with the help of the Kings’ video team. We talk in some generality and some specifics about what to expect in this camp, which should see more spots open for competition than in previous years. Enjoy; let’s talk soon.
TOM’S TIME The afternoon group at Toyota Sports Center on Friday contained a collection of interesting players who will be in a heated competition for roles on this year’s Kings team. Nic Dowd, Michael Mersch, Devin Setoguchi, Matt Greene, Tom Gilbert, Derek Forbort and Peter Budaj skated this afternoon, and each is worthy of their own story as they state their case to be included on this year’s 23-man roster. (More on camp competition for particular spots will come this weekend.) Gilbert, 33, is a veteran looking to earn a depth role on the blue line amidst the heavy competition. […]
On what he sees in Devin Setoguchi: He’s here on a tryout. He’s 29 years old. I’m familiar with him for a long time. He’s still a really good player. [Reporter: Your families are close, correct?] I think he’s probably closer, just because of proximity, where he did live, to my younger brothers, but obviously I know him from watching him play junior, in the division. On how he plans on incorporating players who return in tiers from the World Cup: I think it depends – obviously Quickie was the first out. As it goes along, we’ll see how they […]
TRAINING CAMP, SESSION ONE Group A took the ice shortly before 10:00 a.m. Friday to kick off the club’s training camp, and the first player on the ice was Jeff Carter, who was unable to participate in the World Cup for Team Canada. Carter, who dealt with a lower-body injury suffered during off-ice training, had been participating in the player-led conditioning skates prior to training camp, but was deemed to be a “full go” for training camp by a member of the club’s hockey operations staff on Thursday. Though alignment isn’t particularly important in training camp and before the team […]
Training Camp Groups GROUP A Goalies Jack Campbell Jack Flinn Jeff Zatkoff Defensemen Kale Clague Jacob Friend Kevin Gravel Paul LaDue Zachary Leslie Kurtis MacDermid Alec Martinez Rob Scuderi Damir Sharipzianov Zach Trotman Forwards Mike Amadio Andy Andreoff Sean Backman Jonny Brodzinski Dustin Brown Jeff Carter Andrew Crescenzi Justin Gutierrez Michael Latta Lucas Lessio Joel Lowry Jordan Nolan Tanner Pearson Matt Schmalz Brett Sutter Tyler Toffoli Spencer Watson GROUP B Goalies Peter Budaj Jonah Imoo Thomas McCollum Defensemen Erik Cernak Derek Forbort Tom Gilbert Matt Greene Alex Lintuniemi Vincent LoVerde Brayden McNabb Jacob Moverare Chaz Reddekopp Forwards Justin Auger Paul […]