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Los Angeles Kings To Add New Twist To Offensive Attack In 2010-11

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In the third and final installment of this series, Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray talks about his plans for the upcoming season, especially in terms of improving his team’s ability to score at even strength.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — Entering his third season as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Terry Murray has watched his team improve each year.

In his first season, 2008-09, the Kings finished 14th in the Western Conference and 26th in the overall National Hockey League standings, well out of the playoff picture.

But the silver lining from that year was a dramatic drop in goals against and shots allowed, as the team learned to protect the “home plate” area in the slot, right in front of the net.

After one year under Murray’s tutelage, the 2009-10 Kings broke through with a 101-point finish to their regular season, launching them into sixth place in the Western Conference and into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Read more of this post

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Brayden Schenn: LA Kings’ Second-Line Center?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the 2009-10 season wore on for the Los Angeles Kings, what became rather apparent was that they had a hole in their lineup at second-line center.

Although Jarret Stoll and Michal Handzus have tried to fill that spot the last few seasons, both are far more suited to third-line center duty. Handzus, with his size, strength and strong defensive play is also effective on the fourth line.

Once the Kings qualified for the playoffs this past season, that hole in the lineup became a crater and was a major factor in the lack of production from their top two lines.

But help just might be on the way with center prospect Brayden Schenn expected to make a strong push to make the Kings’ 2010-11 opening night roster. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Sign Center Prospect Brayden Schenn

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 4, the Los Angeles Kings signed center Brayden Schenn to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Schenn, 18, has scored 29 goals and has tallied 56 assists for 85 points with a +31 plus/minus rating and six power play goals in 54 games this season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. He leads the Wheat Kings in scoring and assists, and he ranks third on the team in goals.

The 6-1, 192-pound center, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the captain of the Wheat Kings, was selected by the Kings in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, made his NHL debut in Vancouver on November 26 after signing a One-Day NHL Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Brayden Schenn Becomes A King For A Day; Loktionov Goes On Injured Reserve

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On November 26, the Los Angeles Kings signed center Brayden Schenn to a one-day, National Hockey League Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement. They also placed center Andrei Loktionov on injured reserve.

Loktionov, 19, suffered a dislocated shoulder during his NHL debut at Edmonton on November 25. Read more of this post

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