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LA Kings To Sign Veteran Defenseman Jamie McBain As Insurance Policy

Soon-to-be Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jamie McBain, shown here playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on October 31, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The last couple of months have been quite the whirlwind for veteran defenseman Jamie McBain, who skated in practice with the Los Angeles Kings on November 10, and, as first reported by Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, will be signed today to a one-year contract worth $550,000, the league minimum salary.

The 26-year-old, 6-1, 181-pound native of Edina, Minnesota has played in 275 career regular season National Hockey League games with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres (2013-14 season), scoring 25 goals and adding 67 assists for 92 points, with a -22 plus/minus rating and 62 penalty minutes.

McBain became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014, after the Sabres declined to make him a qualifying offer. He was invited to the Arizona Coyotes training camp, but didn’t catch on.

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Frozen Royalty Video: McBain, Sutter Media Availability, November 10, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, CA — There was an unfamiliar face on the ice this morning at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, skating with the Los Angeles Kings.

That player was none other than veteran defenseman Jamie McBain, who joined the Kings today, even though he has not signed a contract with the team.

He is expected to fill in for injured defenseman Robyn Regher until he returns.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Pre-Game Skate Interviews With Brown, Doughty, Greene and Sutter

LA Kings right wing Dustin Brown
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — By the looks of things, perhaps the Los Angeles Kings are more than a bit anxious to get down to business of fixing what ails them.

Indeed, several players were on the ice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California about twenty minutes prior to the announced start time for their pre-game morning skate on November 8.

The Kings host the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Staples Center (7:00 PM PST).

By the time 10:00 AM rolled around, the Kings were already 10-15 minutes into their morning skate, which ended, for the majority of players, by 10:20 AM.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Doughty, King, Muzzin, Sutter Speak After 2-1 Loss to NY Islanders

LOS ANGELES — Dwight King scored the lone goal for the Los Angeles Kings, who dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the New York Islanders at Staples Center on November 6.

King, defensemen Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty, and head coach Darryl Sutter spoke to the media after the game, and you can watch those interviews below.

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