Tuesday morning links: July 14 - LA Kings Insider

ESPN.com: How Toews’ and Kane’s paychecks impact NHL contracts ($)
There are comparisons to be drawn between the Chicago stars and Anze Kopitar, who has one year remaining on his current contract. Surprise! Kopi’s name comes up:

For other teams to duplicate the success the Blackhawks have enjoyed the last several years, they need to try and convince their star players that perhaps the $10.5 million Kane and Toews will be earning isn’t necessarily the standard but rather the reward for multiple championships.

But even that argument doesn’t work for Anze Kopitar who has as many rings as Toews did when he signed the deal. Kopitar has one more year remaining on a contract that has a cap hit of $6.8 million.

The Kings weren’t thrilled with the Kane and Toews contracts and look at Ryan Getzlaf’s $8.25 million AAV as the ideal comparison for Kopitar.

The Kings have their own cap issues, none of which are Kopitar’s fault, but he will no doubt be asked to scale back salary expectations in the name of winning another Stanley Cup. According to a source, contract talks between the two sides haven’t gotten off the ground yet this summer.

CBSSports.com: Friday Top 5: Kings most likely to bounce back in 2015-16

Frozen Royalty: LA Kings G Prospect J.F. Berube Is Pushing For Job With The Big Club In 2015-16
-Barring an injury to Jonathan Quick or Jonas Enroth, J.F. Berube won’t start with the big club next season. But he’s nearing the cusp of competing for an NHL spot, and Gann Matsuda shares some interesting insight with Berube and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford:

Maintaining his focus in similar situations has been a knock on Berube’s game since he was drafted. But overall, he has made great strides in improving his concentration.

“I know I improved my concentration a lot during games when I’m not facing a lot of shots,” said Berube. “But there’s times when I gave up goals that I shouldn’t have given [up], and I know that. I need to improve that so I can take that next step.”

HockeyBuzz.com: Could Trevor Lewis Be a Top 6 Forward?
-Come for the answer you were expecting (five words in!) and stay for an interesting look at how Lewis makes his linemates better by suppressing shots and (gasp!) helping generate scoring chances.

The Royal Half: Thanks for the memories, Justin Williams

Looch coverage: NHL.com, Sportsnet, NESN, USA Today, LA Times, OC Register, Daily News, The Fourth Period, Jewels from the Crown

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.