Checking in and catching up... - LA Kings Insider

My fellow Insiders, our long national nightmare is over. I’m back from vacation (until next Thursday), and regular stories and reports will pick up once again on LAKI this week. I’m in the process of getting as much information on key actors as possible (see: Ehrhoff, Kopitar, Voynov, Richards, etc), and should be able to share reports and updates later this week on the events we’ve all been following. It’s still August, so outside of those names, don’t expect any immediate accelerato in the stream of Kings news.

Similar to previous Augusts, this month is great for getting organized and well-prepared for the months to follow (and for dentist’s appointments!). I’m also looking forward to sharing some great site news in the next month that should enhance the way you consume information on LAKI. We’ll be hiring a second writer for the site – an official job description-type-blurb should be up later this week on Teamwork Online – who will provide near-daily Ontario Reign coverage. If you’re interested in applying for the position, have at least two years of writing/reporting experience and will be able to easily commute to the Inland Empire (amongst other qualifications), feel free to shoot a resume over to jonnyrosen-at-gmail-dot-com. It’s too early to determine whether we’ll post Reign coverage directly on the front page of the site, or whether we’ll create a “Page 2” accessed via a tab on the top of the site – what would YOU prefer? – but the general timeline is that the new writer will hit the ground running at some point in the preseason.

LAKI and those in the Kings’ digital department will also be taking part in a conference call with our technical team in the near future. If you have any suggestions towards how the site operates, feel free to leave your recommendations in the commenting section or shoot me an email.

A few links to stories that were of note while LAKI was on vacation:

MLB, Slava Voynov case can help NHL set domestic violence policy standard (

“As a reminder, we made our initial disciplinary decision to suspend [Voynov] the same day we became aware of the incident and arrest,” [Bill Daly] said.

That’s true, and that swift and decisive action is something for which the league earned universal praise. But with Voynov on the verge of paying off his debt to society, the moment has long passed to come to a final resolution in a timely fashion. He deserves to know whether he will be given the privilege to return to the NHL. And if he’s given that, the Kings deserve the chance to make their own decision regarding his future employment by the organization.

This is virgin territory for the league, and taking careful, considered steps is understandable. But nearly a year on, it’s time to set a standard.

Las Vegas and Quebec City NHL expansion bids move to ‘Phase III’ (Puck Daddy)
Buyer beware on these 15 regression candidates for 2015-16 (ESPN Insider)
Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor charged with drunken driving (Star Tribune)
Habs icon Larry Robinson relieved after putting cancer scare behind him (Montreal Gazette)

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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.