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July 29, 2016 12:22 pm - JonRosen

Friday morning links, July 29: Miller update

A good day to you, Insiders. It’s a Friday at the end of July, and a good portion of the hockey operations staff is away on vacation. In other words, we’re not expecting a 13-post afternoon here at LAKI HQ. Before sharing several links, here’s a stick tap to Kate Archer, who joined the Kings four years ago and did an excellent job in exuding professionalism – which doesn’t always come naturally for early 20-somethings (guilty!) – while working with Kings Vision and the team’s digital media department. Great work, Vlogger. You’ll be missed by many. For what it’s worth, […]

July 28, 2016 4:50 pm - JonRosen

Player evaluation: Toffoli

TYLER TOFFOLI This season: 82 games, 31 goals, 27 assists, 58 points, 20 penalty minutes, +35 rating, +4.9 CF%Rel, 17:19 time on ice The good: Tyler comin’. Having applied his gifts and steadily improved in many facets outside of the ability to score goals, Tyler Toffoli flourished in the additional 2:44 of nightly ice time he received and became the first King to score at least 30 goals in a season since Anze Kopitar netted 34 in 2009-10. He led the league with a +35 rating and finished in the top three on the Kings in primary statistics during five-on-five […]

July 28, 2016 11:09 am - JonRosen

NHL Network video: Purcell interview, Kings outlook

After several rousing Patrick O’Neal voiceovers and Nick Nickson goal calls, NHL Network segued into an interesting conversation on Wednesday with Teddy Purcell, who will return to the Kings after signing a one-year, $1.6M contract with the club on July 1. He spoke about the familiarity of having come up through Los Angeles’ system as part of the influence that led him to sign with the club before shedding some light on his off-season training regimen with fitness expert and 1989 Stanley Cup champion Gary Roberts. After speaking with Purcell, Steve Mears and Bill Lindsay discussed the Kings’ outlook for […]

July 27, 2016 1:57 pm - JonRosen

Kraft Hockeyville preseason game moved to Vernon, BC

A minor programming note: Los Angeles pre-season game on Sunday, October 2 against the Edmonton Oilers as part of the Kraft Hockeyville series has been moved from Lumby (RIP, Lumby) to Vernon, British Columbia. It will now be played at the 3,006-seat Kal Tire Place, home of the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers, who boast former Kings Tiger Williams and Sandy Moger as alums and are coached by inaugural Mighty Duck and former Long Beach Ice Dog Mark Ferner. The photo above depicts signage prior to the corporate tie-in. A city of roughly 40,000, Vernon is four and a half hours northeast […]

July 27, 2016 12:02 pm - JonRosen

Video of Miller/Scully summit, plus AM 570 Miller audio

At Dodger Stadium yesterday, there was a summit of Los Angeles broadcasting legends as Kings play by play broadcaster Bob Miller presented Dodgers play by play broadcaster Vin Scully with a personalized Kings jersey in commemoration of the 88-year-old Scully’s final year behind the microphone. Thanks to our friends at FOX Sports West, this meeting was captured poignantly. The 67 adorning the jersey, as explained in the video, commemorates the number of years Scully has spent calling Dodgers games. Scully joked about covering up his own name on the jersey with black tape as to draw attention to himself, were […]

July 26, 2016 5:50 pm - JonRosen

For Kings and Dodgers fans, Ruehle’s presence a win-win

Dieter Ruehle, whose current tenure as the Kings’ musical director dates back to the final year at the Forum, also overlapped with Wayne Gretzky during an earlier stint with the organization between 1989 and 1992. In other words, you’ve been hearing him entertain fans on his Roland Organ well before he learned the Game of Thrones theme. This summer, however, Ruehle has traded in his Roland A-90 for a Nord Electro 5, generously provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers during an upgrade of their game operations that culminated with Ruehle’s hiring prior to the season. So there’s no real off-season […]

July 26, 2016 12:10 pm - JonRosen

Eric Belanger on 50 Kings series

WE’RE TALKING FRENZY ON FIGUEROA, Y’ALL. Eric Belanger, who spent 323 of his 820 NHL games with the Kings before he retired in 2013, reflected on his tenure in Los Angeles with Jesse Cohen and Dave Joseph as part of the 50 Kings series. Here’s your (late) morning audio: Trivia question: Other than Belanger, which two players from Los Angeles’ 2000-01 team played in the NHL as recently as the 2012-13 season? BONUS LINK. Here’s a great write-up of the Kings’ Ontario-based prospects, courtesy of OHL Prospects’ 30 Teams in 30 Days series. OHL Prospects, on Michael Amadio: Easily one […]

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