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June 24, 2016 2:26 pm - JonRosen

Friday: First round live blog

5:00 p.m. Hello! The Kings don’t have a draft pick in the first round. They probably won’t end up with one, either. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun hanging out on a Friday night, watching the NHL Draft and dropping double negatives! Stay tuned and check in when we get closer to roll call for insight and analysis of the night’s proceedings, most of which will be serious. 5:09 p.m. What you will not read on this live blog: feverish observations of GM of Team X having a draft floor conversation with GM of Team Y. Such […]

June 24, 2016 1:02 pm - JonRosen

Odds & ends: Moving players for picks, miles traveled

Good afternoon from Buffalo, where the Kings contingent has reconvened after a brief lunch in advance of the first night of the NHL Draft. Earlier today I spoke with Dean Lombardi, who expressed doubt that the Kings would trade an entrenched roster player for draft picks. (Keep in mind Los Angeles has four selections in this year’s draft and will be looking to add to that number, if such an opportunity arises.) This is due, in part, to the team and Milan Lucic not being able to come to an agreement, which decreases flexibility in personnel movement. If a current […]

June 24, 2016 8:30 am - JonRosen

Historical context of Kings’ 2016 draft picks

The Kings currently have four draft picks: First Round (Traded to CAR with Roland McKeown for Andrej Sekera) Second Round, 51st overall Third Round (Traded to PHI with Jordan Weal for Vincent Lecavalier, Luke Schenn) Fourth Round, 112th overall Fifth Round, 142nd overall Sixth Round (Traded to PHI with LAK’s fourth round draft pick in 2015 for PHI’s fourth round draft pick – originally belonging to CBJ – in 2015) Seventh Round, 202nd overall 51st Overall Current NHL players selected 51st overall: Calle Jarnkrok (2010), Brian Dumoulin (2009), Derek Stepan (2008), Mason Raymond (2005), Colin McDonald (2003) Other notable picks […]

June 23, 2016 11:55 am - JonRosen

Video: Doughty on the red carpet, accepting Norris

A good morning to you, Kings fans, from the skies between Las Vegas and Buffalo. I’ll have another story or two upon arrival in Western New York, but before then, here are videos of Drew Doughty’s walk down the red carpet and his acceptance of the Norris Trophy at yesterday’s NHL Awards, followed by a collection of Getty Image photos from the past two days. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

June 22, 2016 8:13 pm - JonRosen

Kopitar wins Selke, Lady Byng trophies

The Kings’ newest captain came away with a pair of trophies on Wednesday, winning both the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game” and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, presented to the player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability” at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Drew Doughty was also the Norris Trophy winner, while Jonathan Quick finished in third place for the Vezina. Kopitar beat out Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler for the […]

June 22, 2016 7:13 pm - JonRosen

Doughty wins Norris, is named First Team All-Star

When the afternoon began, Drew Doughty had a Zen-like approach towards the awarding of the 2015-16 James Norris Memorial Trophy. “No matter what happens, I’m just honored to be a part of those top three guys this year, and whatever happens, happens,” he said. A finalist twice previously, Doughty won this year’s Norris, presented annually to “the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” Arriving on stage, he became emotional when he looked down and saw his family in the audience. “That was just because I looked at my mom, and she was friggin’ […]

June 22, 2016 6:05 pm - JonRosen

Las Vegas, where in-season distractions are probably overstated

The National Hockey League is expanding to Las Vegas, Commissioner Gary Bettman and new owner Bill Foley announced at a press conference at the Encore Las Vegas on Wednesday. This is major news across the professional sports landscape as the NHL becomes the first professional league to establish itself in a city associated with gambling, revelry and excess. Las Vegas is certainly a unique market, and Foley, speaking with LA Kings Insider, discussed the demographics that he believes will make the city ripe for long-term success. “Las Vegas is the largest city, the largest metropolitan area that is not represented […]

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