LA Kings Defenseman Willie Mitchell On Concussions: “I Get Into A Car Wreck Six Times A Night”

When it comes to concussions, Los Angeles Kings
defenseman Willie Mitchell speaks from experience.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — We’re not even at the halfway point of the 2011-12 National Hockey League season, but far too many players have already gone down due to concussions.

In no particular order, the NHL has lost stars like Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, Milan Michalek of the Ottawa Senators, Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, all to concussions.

Most notably, the league has also lost Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who is expected to miss the rest of the season, and Pittsburgh Penguins superstar forward Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after a recurrence of post-concussion syndrome. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Are Unlikely Suitors For Brad Richards During Free Agent Frenzy

LOS ANGELES — The annual unrestricted free agent frenzy begins on July 1 at 9:00 AM Pacific time, and while everyone knows the Los Angeles Kings have a couple of big holes to fill among their top six forwards, do not expect them to be in the running for the biggest fish of all, Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Read more of this post

LA Kings Place Drew Doughty On Injured Reserve, Recall Jake Muzzin

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Prior to their game at Minnesota in October 25, the Los Angeles Kings placed defenseman Drew Doughty on injured reserve, retroactive to October 21.

Taking his place on the roster is rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin, who was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (their primary minor league affiliate), after being assigned there on October 23. Read more of this post

Sloppy Play Proves Costly For LA Kings At Phoenix On NHL Video

The Los Angeles Kings picked up right where they left off on October 21 at Phoenix, where sloppy, careless play proved costly in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.

Against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Kings were able to get away with the lackadaisical play and poor decisions that gave the ’Canes numerous outnumbered attacks and chances off the rush. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Win Game Against Carolina, But Lose Doughty

LOS ANGELES — Ryan Smyth, Michal Handzus, Anze Kopitar and Andrei Loktionov scored a goal each to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a sloppy 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in front of 17,769 fans at Staples Center on October 20.

Smyth opened the scoring at 5:43 of the first period finishing off a play that saw Smyth and line mates Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams all driving hard to the front of the net. Read more of this post


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