Kings notes in Friedman's "30 Thoughts" - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from El Segundo, where the Kings are in the process of taking the ice for the morning skate in advance of tonight’s game against Dallas (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / KABC / I Heart Radio). Before we get to the skate notes in a little bit, here are a few Kings-related reports from Elliotte Friedman in today’s 30 Thoughts column.

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11. You might have heard Mike Babcock got a massive contract in the summer, which benefitted Joel Quenneville. Chicago’s coach landed a big extension last week, in the $6M range per season, according to Nick Kypreos. Who is next? Likely Darryl Sutter, the only bench boss besides Quenneville to win a Stanley Cup the past five seasons. His deal expires after this season.

“No doubt I’ll get something done here,” he said Monday. “We’ve talked a little, but they’ve been focussed on (Anze) Kopitar.”

No chance of retiring?

“Oh no, I’ll be coaching here next year.”

12. When Los Angeles traded for Marian Gaborik, Sutter used the 2014 Olympic break to watch video of the winger to judge the fit. He did something similar with Vincent Lecavalier, studying the last three games the newest King played with the Flyers.

But what really stood out were the morning skates the two times LA and Philadelphia met this season. Lecavalier did not play in either, but “he was working his ass off to stay in the league,” Sutter said. “It reminds me of bringing Denis Savard back to Chicago (in 1995). He was a depth guy, but he was great around the team and embraced it. The only thing I told (Lecavalier) when he got here was, ‘Enjoy it, you have a chance to play until the middle of June in the last year of your career.’”

13. Sutter on his club, running away with the Pacific Division: “From a team standpoint, we’ve accomplished everything we’ve needed to. But, for individual numbers, we need more from some people.”

He was talking about the forwards, crediting Kopitar, Milan Lucic, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter — although “he was banged up and is now getting going” — for carrying the load. He’s very happy to see Dwight King healthy, because it should stabilize the bottom two lines.

“But, from the rest of them, we could use 15 more goals. The benchmark is still the team defending the Stanley Cup.”

14. Finally, Sutter said Lucic, who the Kings will now try to re-sign, does not get enough credit for being “a student of the game.” Lucic’s made an impact on and off the ice. “He’s only been with us four or five months, and he’s got a strong identity in the room. We lost three or four guys, character guys. Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll, no matter what happened with them outside, they were strong guys. Robyn Regehr. Justin Williams. They took care of things. Milan has that.”

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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.