October 20: Monday afternoon links - LA Kings Insider

Obviously, we all know the big news of the day. There’s more coverage here, here, here, here and here. Mark Whicker of the LA News Group has a well articulated piece here, as well. As I noted in the comments section of an earlier post, there are plenty of questions that will ultimately follow about how this affects the Kings’ roster, the salary cap, and other tertiary concerns. It’s not the appropriate time to answer those questions right now. Maybe tomorrow will be the appropriate time, maybe Wednesday will be. But that time isn’t right now.

Elsewhere, in Kings news and analysis:

Here are a few write-ups of yesterday’s game from Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Quick makes 40 saves for Los Angeles, Wild drops second straight
Despite dominating large chunks of 2 games, Wild goes 0-2 with 2 goals in California
Wild Notes: Vanek finding ample shots but no goals
Wild Minute Video: Two losses despite dominant play

Here’s a GIF of Jason Zucker’s scary near-miss on what would have been a horrific skate cut.

For your consideration:

LA Times: Jonathan Quick is Kings’ ultimate advantage in 2-1 win over Wild
LA Kings: Tweets of the Game: #WildWin
The Royal Half: TRH RECAP 6: The Afternooner
Battle of California: A few thoughts about domestic violence
Frozen Royalty: Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli Still Have A Long Way To Go

Also, if you haven’t read it, here’s another link to my feature story last week, which details how the Kings’ support of Hockey Fights Cancer has evolved into a personal endeavor. And check out Danny Zollars’ Tumblr page, Rectal Talk, right here.

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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.