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Los Angeles Kings 2014 NHL Draft Preview

LOS ANGELES — Whether it is defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts (Ontario Hockey League), center Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), center Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice (Western Hockey League), or center Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) who winds up as the first overall selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, unless some way-out-of-left-field trade happens, the Los Angeles Kings will not be adding that player to the fold, or any of the top prospects, for that matter.

Indeed, that is the price of success. After winning the Stanley Cup on June 13, the Kings move all the way down to 29th in the first round of the thirty-team draft. The only reason they did not move to 30th is because of the sanctions handed down to the New Jersey Devils for salary cap circumvention when they signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk—the Devils will pick last in the first round instead of 11th.

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Marian Gaborik Signs 7-Year Deal With LA Kings

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during media day for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 3, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Twelve days after winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, the Los Angeles Kings made another big splash by signing veteran left wing Marian Gaborik to a new, seven-year contract that is reported to be worth $34.13 million.

According to several reports, the deal is a front-loaded contract that pays Gaborik $6.075 million in each of the first three years, $5.075 million in the fourth year, $4.575 in the fifth year, $3.175 million in the sixth year and $3.075 in the final year. That adds up to an annual average value (salary cap hit) of $4.875 million per season.

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Even In A Crowd Of More Than 300,000, LA Kings Fan Greg Akahoshi’s Energy, Enthusiasm and Loyalty Stand Out

2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Final installment (Part 7) of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration.


LA Kings fan Greg Akahoshi, shown here before the Kings’ 2014 Stanley Cup Championship parade in Downtown Los Angeles on June 16, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — When you walk the concourses at Staples Center during a Los Angeles Kings game, the diversity of the fan base is on display for all to see. To be sure, fans from all walks of life, and all levels of devotion, occupy Staples Center when the Kings are in town, including those who have been around since the first days of the franchise in 1967, to brand new ones who some derisively refer to as bandwagoners. There are fans present who you’d want to embrace and celebrate (or commiserate) with, and those you might look at funny and avoid.

In short, Kings fans run the gamut of just about every descriptive trait that you can think of. That was also apparent, and on a much larger scale, during the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship parade in Downtown Los Angeles on June 16, 2014, celebrating the Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in the last three seasons on June 13, at Staples Center.

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Bob Miller Talks About LA Kings Second Stanley Cup Win and His Future

2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 6 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration.


LA Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller (right), shown here with television color commentator Jim Fox (left) and Fox Sports West stage manager Donna Moskal, during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — One week has passed since the Los Angeles Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship. Since then, the Kings held the celebratory parade in Downtown Los Angeles on June 16, and a rally at Staples Center that immediately followed the parade.

After that, there was another parade through South Bay cities. The Kings have also taken the Stanley Cup to the beach, restaurants, Las Vegas, a charity poker tournament, and more.

Hockey’s Holy Grail will return to Las Vegas for the National Hockey League Awards on Tuesday.

But going back one week to the Cup-clinching Game 5, when defenseman Alec Martinez scored at 14:43 of the second overtime period to win the game and the Stanley Cup for the Kings, yours truly was able to find the Hall-of-Fame “Voice of the Kings,” television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, during the on-ice celebration. He spoke about the final moments of the game from his perspective, as he recorded a call of the game with color commentator Jim Fox, which will be made available later this summer.

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