LA Kings 2015 Training Camp, Day 1: Turning Failure Into Success and Doughty’s Six-Pack Abs

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (foreground), fights off forward Milan Lucic during a drill on the first day of the team’s 2015 Training Camp on
September 18, 2015 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — National Hockey League teams hit the ice for the first time during their 2015 training camps on Friday, but for the Los Angeles Kings, remnants of a bitter aftertaste remain after they missed the playoffs last season, just one year after they won their second Stanley Cup Championship in 2014..

With their 2014-15 season ending on April 11, 2015, it has been a long, drawn out five months for the team to reflect on what went so very wrong. Despite that, thoughts turned quickly to learning from their mistakes, and how to move forward and build success from failure.

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When It Comes To Mike Richards, Loyalty Becomes A Double-Edged Sword For LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (center, with Stanley Cup behind his right shoulder), shown here during the
the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship rally at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 14, 2012.
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LOS ANGELES — On June 28, as expected, the Los Angeles Kings placed veteran center Mike Richards on unconditional waivers. Once he clears waivers, the Kings will buy out his contract.

Although the buy out will give the Kings immediate salary cap relief, giving them an estimated $4.5 million extra to work with under the cap per and (Kings salary cap would be an estimated $61.8 million, down from $66.4 million), the buy out will be amortized over ten years, as far as the salary cap is concerned, with the Kings taking the following cap hits:

Sutter Dressing Room Barricade Incident Was Much Ado About Nothing For LA Kings

LA Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown, shown here addressing the crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles during
the team’s 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Rally.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Much has been made of the April 11, 2015 story in the New York Post, which reported that Los Angeles Kings players locked head coach Darryl Sutter out of their dressing room after a road loss “within the last two weeks.”

After their 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on April 11, the Kings’ final game of the 2014-15 season, several players flatly denied the claims made in the New York Post story.

But since then, we have learned that the incident did happen, just not the way the New York Post reported it, and evidence suggests that the whole thing is, as renowned English playwright William Shakespeare wrote…

Much Ado About Nothing.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Brown, Kopitar and Sutter Media Interviews, 4/13/15

LA Kings forward Dustin Brown
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the National Hockey League’s post-season party, otherwise known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs, gets started, teams that failed to earn an invitation to the party are back at their practice facilities for exit interviews, cleaning out lockers, and end-of-the-season medical examinations.

The Los Angeles Kings did not clean out their lockers on April 13, but they were all at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California for medical exams.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs: By The Numbers, March 22, 2015

LA Kings winger Marian Gaborik
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LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles Kings hit the road on a five-game road trip that will be critical to their playoff hopes, it’s time, once again, to take a closer look at what they will need to do the rest of the way in order to secure a playoff berth.

The last two times Frozen Royalty has done the math to project the point total the Kings would need in order to qualify for post-season play (January 28 and March 9), 97 points was the result of all that number-crunching.

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