LA Kings Olympians Chomping At The Bit For Tournament To Begin

LOS ANGELES — With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games now in full swing, the hockey world is now focused on Vancouver and, more specifically, on the men’s Olympic hockey tournament beginning today.

Five Los Angeles Kings players are in Vancouver, including right wing Dustin Brown (United States), defenseman Drew Doughty (Canada), center Michal Handzus (Slovakia), defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick (USA), and they are chomping at the bit, raring to go.

“I couldn’t wait for it to happen,” Doughty said about the Olympic tournament. “It’s been in the back of my mind even though my main focus is the Kings. I can’t wait to get to Vancouver and get the games going.”

Speaking of being unable to wait, Johnson left the Kings with permission on February 12 to participate in the Opening Ceremonies. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Steal One From Boston

LOS ANGELES — Jarret Stoll, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar scored goals and Kopitar was credited with the shootout game-winner, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans during a matinee affair at Staples Center on January 16.

The Kings got off to a good start with Stoll opening the scoring at 11:42 of the first period, beating Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas on a jam play at right crease. Read more of this post

Former LA Kings, Montreal Canadiens Great Rogie Vachon Speaks About Career, Exclusion From Hockey Hall Of Fame

Rogie Vachon
Photo: LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Many hockey fans in the Los Angeles area have at least heard of Rogie Vachon. They may know that he was the best goaltender ever to wear the jersey of the Los Angeles Kings. But few know of his accomplishments with the Kings and with the Montreal Canadiens prior to his arrival in Southern California.

Even fewer know that Vachon’s accomplishments rank him among the greatest goaltenders to have ever played the game, yet he continues to be denied the honor of being inducted into the hallowed halls of the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF).

A close look at Vachon’s career statistics shows that he ranks ahead of a considerable number of goaltenders who were inducted into the HHOF years ago (for details, see Time To Right A Wrong: Hockey Hall of Fame Must Induct Rogie Vachon).

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Los Angeles Kings Sign Free Agent Forward Patrick Mullen

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 3, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Mullen to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Mullen, 22, is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame member Joey Mullen, who played in 16 seasons in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. He is a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Flames in 1989 and the Penguins in 1991 and 1992. He was also the first American-born hockey player to score 500 goals and register 1,000 points in the NHL.

Patrick Mullen scored four goals and added 21 assists for 25 points with 39 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Denver University Pioneers this season. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Have Much To Learn, Much To Look Forward To

ANALYSIS: Youth and inexperience leading to inconsistent play will lead to the Los Angeles Kings missing out on the post-season party yet again this season. Nevertheless, the Kings are making progress and are on the upswing.


LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Kings hit the ice tonight against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston (4:00 PM PDT), they will find themselves in thirteenth place in the Western Conference, seven points out of the eighth and final playoff berth with thirteen games left in the regular season.

If you think that sounds tough, wait…it gets worse.

The Kings begin a six-game road trip tonight that not only starts against the third-best team in the National Hockey League, but each opponent on the trip is ahead of them in the overall standings, making their task that much more difficult.

That task is to win all six games—they are so far behind in the playoff race making anything less the likely final nail in their coffin.

Of course, the chances of that happening are worse than the short-term outlook for the economy in the United States and around the world.

Yes, it is time to write the epitaph for the Kings, who will miss the playoffs once again in the 2008-09 season. The big reason? Their lack of consistent play, in large part because of their relative youth and inexperience. Read more of this post

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