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October 25, 2016 4:54 pm - JonRosen

Kings announce holiday rink locations, schedule

It’s very nearly Halloween, which means that it’s also very nearly time to start celebrating the holiday season, or at least enduring Christmas-themed commercials the first week of November. In honor of the changing of the seasons, the Kings unveiled a collection of outdoor ice rink locations throughout the L.A. area during a press conference aboard the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro on Monday. The battleship will also serve as one of the outdoor rinks, which is pretty awesome. (When I was working in the WHL, we very lightly kicked the tires on hosting an outdoor game aboard the U.S.S. […]

October 25, 2016 4:22 pm - JonRosen

Notebook: Second PP unit cashes in; scouting Zach Werenski

Through five games, it’s still too early to get a good feel for the Kings’ power play, which checks in at 14th in the league with a 17.6% success rate. But, interestingly, it has been the power play’s second unit – not the one that boasts international stars such as Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter – that has supplied an added punch. In each of the last two games, Los Angeles has relied on goals from a unit currently filled out by Tanner Pearson, Nic Dowd, Dustin Brown, Alec Martinez and Tom Gilbert. “I mean, I’m not going […]

October 25, 2016 12:43 pm - JonRosen

October 25 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On Lake Erie’s style of play against Ontario in the Calder Cup playoffs: I don’t remember much about it. Obviously you win a championship, you’ve had a good season, not just the playoffs. It’s a long haul to win a championship. On Peter Budaj: He’s played really well for us, given u a chance to win. I think there are things that he can work on to help his save percentage, help his puck play, help his rebound control, help us with our possession, help us with exchanges with the defensemen. There’s a lot to work on. This is very […]

October 25, 2016 12:19 pm - JonRosen

October 25 morning skate notes; Hockey Fights Cancer details

Good (busy) morning from El Segundo, Insiders. Let’s talk Kings-Jackets. -There were no changes to lines and pairings at the morning skate: King-Kopitar-Toffoli Pearson-Carter-Setoguchi Andreoff-Dowd-Brown Clifford-Shore-Lewis Extras: Purcell, Nolan McNabb-Doughty Muzzin-Martinez Forbort-Gilbert Extra: Greene -Peter Budaj left the ice first at the morning skate and is expected to start tonight against Columbus (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / 790 KABC / I Heart Radio). Teddy Purcell, Jordan Nolan and Matt Greene remained on the ice for extra work with Jack Campbell and are not expected to play tonight. -Tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night, and […]

October 25, 2016 10:49 am - JonRosen

Lindback to be brought in on PTO; will join Reign

After an Expressen report this morning indicated that goaltender Anders Lindback would “sign a short-term contract,” according to Google Translate, a Kings hockey operations source confirmed that Lindback would join the organization on a PTO and would report to the Ontario Reign. This is, of course, related to the spate of injuries the Kings have experienced in goal. Because of the groin injury that is expected to keep all-world netminder Jonathan Quick out of game action for roughly three months, and because of the less serious groin pull suffered by Jeff Zatkoff during Saturday’s morning skate that should sideline the […]

October 24, 2016 4:56 pm - JonRosen

What goalie options outside of the organization exist?

A few quick notes to pass along, based in part on this Sportsnet Headlines segment from Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast: the Kings have kicked the tires on several goalies, but their options in bringing someone via trade are limited because of their salary cap constriction. In the segment, Elliotte Friedman noted that the goalies the Kings have looked at are Ondrej Pavelec of Winnipeg (who is currently playing for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose), Philadelphia’s Steve Mason, Florida’s Reto Berra (who is currently playing for the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Condon, who had recently been claimed off […]

October 24, 2016 4:17 pm - JonRosen

Campbell’s interesting path to L.A.; Ranford on Heritage Classic

Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford was at Investors Group Field on Saturday, preparing for his alumni game appearance for the Edmonton Oilers against the Winnipeg Jets one day in advance of the Heritage Classic, when a member of the media had alerted him to the events unfolding at the Kings’ morning skate, where Jeff Zatkoff had pulled a groin prior to Los Angeles’ game against Vancouver. “Sure put a dent in my morning, I can tell you that much,” Ranford said. That’s when Dusty Imoo, the Kings’ goaltending development coach, had reached out and updated Ranford with how the day would […]

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