August 31: Monday afternoon links - LA Kings Insider

Good morning afternoon, Insiders. Hockey in late August: It’s kind of like watching paint dry. Speaking of which…

There is daylight at the end of the long, dark tunnel of the NHL offseason, Insiders. There’s not exactly a surplus of news to share, but there have been some interesting columns over the previous week.

-Are you ready for some speculation? The Hockey News picked up on a brief Milan Lucic story towards the bottom of Fluto Shinzawa’s Sunday Hockey Notes (from two Sundays ago) and noted that “unless the Kings shed salary elsewhere” that it’s going to be difficult to keep Lucic for more than one season and “potentially expendable at season’s end” should the Kings be “out of playoff contention by February.”

Here were the teams that were for all intents and purposes out of playoff contention this past February: Edmonton, Arizona, Buffalo, Toronto and Carolina. Call me crazy, but I don’t see a team with Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Milan Lucic amongst the February asset-shedders of the league. But, the crux of the article: At this point it doesn’t appear as though it’s going to be easy to keep Lucic. You already knew that. Moving on.

-The NHL is at a crossroads, as Scott Burnside writes in this story, as the league may ultimately have to invoke supplemental discipline to Slava Voynov while considering during the twilight of a tumultuous summer how to handle Patrick Kane’s sexual assault investigation. Burnside’s column is a halting call to attention of “how little we really know about the people we watch play the game of hockey”

LA Times columnist Helene Elliott wrote that “It’s impossible to imagine the Dodgers without Vin Scully” – so said the headline – in a story that quoted Scully’s citation of Dylan Thomas in the lede.

Vin Scully claimed to be “the most ordinary man you’ve ever met” and insisted he knows little about poetry, but anyone who has heard him during his 66 seasons as a Dodgers broadcaster knows he’s an extraordinary person and a poet, a storyteller, at heart.

It was while discussing his decision to return next season — likely his finale, which he has said before but not with as much apparent certainty as he did Saturday — that Scully cited Welsh poet Dylan Thomas to explain his approach to the end of his remarkable professional journey.

“He wrote, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ And I guess in a way that’s what I’m doing. I’m raging against the dying of my career, which has to be around the corner now,” said Scully, who will be 88 on Nov. 29. “But at least for the God-given time that I have left I’ll be raging. Because I’ve never minded getting older. In fact, when you get to where I am, you’re very grateful that you’ve gotten to be that old. But I never wanted to be old. Ever.”

How privileged we’ve been to have grown up (many of us, at least) listening to the voices of Bob Miller, Chick Hearn, and Vin.

-It was Anze Kopitar week at JFTC. What Can We Expect in 2015-16? | His Career, By the Numbers | Anze Kopitar’s Impact on Slovenian Hockey | The Greatness of #11, According to Everyone Else | Anze Kopitar’s 11 Best Moments in a Kings Uniform

-“Which Christian Ehrhoff will the Kings get?” asks Phil Loos, whose advanced metrics-reliant evaluations have been on point this summer. The conclusion? He’ll be worth that $1.5-million, “barring a catastrophic injury or a further precipitous drop in production.”

More from around the internet tubes: Rocco Grimaldi, the Southern Californian who made his NHL debut when he played for Florida at Staples Center the evening after he played a morning game for the San Antonio Rampage (and has been taking part in the informal summer skates at TSC), spoke to Puck Daddy about his productive November 18. | Lisa Dillman spoke with a University of Manitoba law professor and University of New Hampshire sports law expert Michael McCann while writing about the controlled substance charge against Mike Richards. | From Alex Kinkopf’s summer countdown story ends with Coach Chris, a look back at Chris Sutter guiding his dad’s All-Star team from the bench; Deborah Lew looks at the former players who have transitioned into the wine-making business; more information on the September 20 Pedal for Pucks event.

And, the finished product:

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.