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LA Kings Open Short Training Camp Ahead of Abbreviated Season

TRAINING CAMP OPENS: The Los Angeles Kings are officially back on the ice, and they are gearing up for the new, but very much abbreviated season in a training camp that will go by in a flash of one week. Includes comments from Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jake Muzzin, Tyler Toffoli, Darryl Sutter and more. Also includes raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty looks trim and fit
coming into training camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) now ratified by the National Hockey League owners and by the players, and with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties around 9:00 PM PST on January 12, the NHL is finally back…officially.

With that, NHL training camps opened on Sunday morning, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their camp with a fairly large crowd of fans, and a considerably larger-than-usual media throng, in attendance.

But with just one week before the abbreviated Read more of this post

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LA Kings’ Jordan Nolan Honors Family, Community Back Home In Garden River With Stanley Cup

LA Kings left wing Jordan Nolan is shown here during his “Day With The Cup” on August 20, 2012, in his hometown of Garden River, Ontario.
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Photo: Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame
via the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Like other young National Hockey League players who are biding their time, waiting for the NHL lockout to end, Los Angeles Kings left wing Jordan Nolan is back in the American Hockey League, having returned to the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.

But Nolan, 23, has gotten off to a slow start after suffering a broken right pinky finger during a fight in the first game of the season.

“[The healing process] is going well,” Nolan told Frozen Royalty during an exclusive interview. “I’m still working out and skating.”

“[Nolan has] been skating, but he’s still a ways away,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris.

Nolan, who is listed as week-to-week, is not only back in Manchester again, but he is also back with an old roommate.

“[Defenseman] Jake Muzzin and I are living together,” said Nolan. “We lived together the past three years. The first year was Jake, [defenseman] Andrew Campbell, [left wing] Dwight King and myself. Last year, it was Muzzin, King and myself. But this year, it’s just Read more of this post

Is LA Kings Blue Line Prospect Thomas Hickey Sliding Down The Depth Chart?

Defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey may
be losing ground in his quest to crack the
Los Angeles Kings roster someday.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — With the National Hockey League still on the shelf due to their labor dispute with the National Hockey League Players Association, a lot of younger NHL players have migrated back to the minor leagues, most notably, the American Hockey League.

On the surface, the result is often a surge of talent for those teams. But in reality, it is a double-edged sword because players who would normally be with their respective NHL teams are eating up precious minutes that would go to young prospects who need more ice time for their development, not less.

The AHL’s Manchester Monarchs are one of those teams dealing with that double-edged sword, with a handful of young players on their roster who would normally be playing with their parent club, the Los Angeles Kings, if not for the NHL lockout.

“We’re trying to get everybody in, and there’s a few younger players, too,” Monarchs head coach Mark Morris told Frozen Royalty during an exclusive interview. “[Defensemen] Nicolas Deslauriers and Jake Muzzin are guys who just find their way into games, so it’s been a balancing act to Read more of this post

LA Kings Blue Line Prospect Nicolas Deslauriers Wants To Dominate The AHL in 2012-13

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Frozen Royalty continues its summer coverage of the Los Angeles Kings and their young prospects with a look at defenseman Nicolas Deslauriers, who completed his rookie season in the American Hockey League in 2011-12, with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate.


LA Kings defenseman prospect Nicolas Deslauriers
Photo: Scott Slingsby/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — After three seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, and one season with the Gatineau Olympiques, both in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Nicolas Deslauriers was an offensively-gifted defensemen—the QMJHL is not known for being a great defensive league, to be sure. Nevertheless, his play in the defensive zone left something to be desired.

But the 21-year-old native of LaSalle, Quebec is a good skater, and has a heavy shot from the point. Add to that the fact that he is a 6-1, 214-pound blue liner, and it is easy to see why the Los Angeles Kings gambled on him in the third round (84th overall selection) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

“Nicolas Deslauriers is really coming on,” Manchester Monarchs head coach Mark Morris told Frozen Royalty back in January 2012. “He’s made huge Read more of this post

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