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Is It Time For The Los Angeles Kings To Trade For A Defenseman?

Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson got behind the defense on this play
to score a goal at 7:01 of the second period, helping lead his team
to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Bridgestone Arena in
Nashville on Feburary 7, 2013.
Photo: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) via the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — After a 3-0 shutout defeat at the hands of the Nashville Predators on February 7 in Nashville, the Los Angeles Kings have dropped to 3-4-2 to start the abbreviated 2013 campaign.

Indeed, after raising their black, white and silver 2012 Stanley Cup banner on January 19, the Kings are now raising red flags due to their inconsistent play in the offensive zone, and lots of blatant defensive blunders in the neutral zone and especially in their own zone—they look nothing like the team that dominated the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Opportunity Is Knocking For Los Angeles Kings Defenseman Davis Drewiske

LA Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After playing in just 109 regular season games with the Los Angeles Kings over the previous four seasons, including a career-low nine games last season, defenseman Davis Drewiske must have felt like he was just spinning his wheels, at times, terribly frustrated with the major lack of ice time.

Of course, Drewiske was the seventh defenseman on the Kings’ depth chart, and heading into the shortened 2013 National Hockey League season, it looked like he was in for more of the same. But Willie Mitchell underwent off-season knee surgery, and is still out of the lineup. Further, Matt Greene was lost to a herniated disc, requiring back surgery that will keep him out of the lineup until at least late March.

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After A Scary Injury, Alec Martinez Is Ready To Go For LA Kings – News, Audio Interviews From January 9 Informal Skate

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: A few more of the Los Angeles Kings showed up at their informal skates at their practice facility on January 9, including Colin Fraser, Mike Richards, and Alec Martinez. Read on for the details, and listen to the raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has just a small
scar as a reminder of a nasty injury after taking
a puck to the face while playing in the Finnish
Elite League during the NHL lockout.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings continue to trickle back into the Los Angeles area after the National Hockey League lockout, the number of players who are participating in daily informal skates at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the team’s practice facility, is on the rise.

On January 8, forwards Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson, and Jarret Stoll, defensemen Davis Drewiske, Matt Greene, and Rob Scuderi, and goaltender Jonathan Quick were on the ice. Today, Richardson was absent, but the rest were joined by centers Colin Fraser and Mike Richards, right wing Justin Williams (who participated in the skate on January 7, but skipped Tuesday’s skate) and defenseman Alec Martinez.

Martinez certainly had quite the journey during the lockout.

“I’ve been a bit of a suitcase during this lockout,” he said. “I spent extended time here in L.A. I was in Finland for awhile, and got hurt there.” Read more of this post

Jonathan Quick Cleared To Play – Photo Gallery, Audio Interviews From LA Kings January 8 Informal Skate

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick said he has been cleared to return to action, and he talked about the back injury he suffered in the final weeks of the 2011-12 regular season, the surgery he had to correct the problem, and his recovery. Also includes audio interviews and a photo gallery from the January 8 informal skate.


LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stretches out to make a glove save
during an informal skate at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California on January 8, 2013.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the National Hockey League lockout finally begins to fizzle out, with ratification of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by NHL owners and players expected to be completed sometime this weekend, players throughout the league are making their way back to their teams, and are getting out on the ice as quickly as possible, even though, technically, the lockout continues.

On January 8, at the Toyota Sports Center, the Los Angeles Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo, California, a large handful of players Read more of this post

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