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Martin Jones Isn’t The Only One Raising Eyebrows For LA Kings

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Although Los Angeles Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones’ dazzling feats in goal have dominated the headlines in recent days, another player is garnering significant attention as well.

In fact, following the Kings’ practice on December 20, a few members of the local media talked about this particular player, extolling his virtues.

Prior to the Kings’ 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche on December 21, scouts for other National Hockey League teams—all regulars at Staples Center—could be heard in the press elevator, raving about that same player.

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LA Kings Linden Vey On His NHL Debut: “I’ve Never Had So Many Text Messages”

Los Angeles Kings forward prospect Linden Vey, shown here
during the Kings’ 2013 Training Camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Over the years, most hockey fans have probably read or heard their share of stories about a young player making his National Hockey League debut, probably enough to think that it’s not a big deal.

Indeed, in the grand scheme of things, a player making his NHL debut pales in comparison to many of the stories we see, read and hear in the news. But make no mistake…it still is a big deal, no question about it.

To be sure, when you consider the fact that a minuscule number of young players from all over the world ever get close to making it to the NHL, it is a blessed event when one does, a cause for celebration, something that young Los Angeles Kings forward Linden Vey was doing, albeit in rather subdued fashion, after making his NHL debut in a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on November 7 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Win Over San Jose Brought Out Best From LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings right wing Jeff Carter will be out of action for awhile due to what is believed
to be a foot or ankle injury.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported in this space on October 24, the Los Angeles Kings’ game is built around establishing a strong, relentless, smothering forecheck.

The only problem is that through 14 games this season, their forecheck has not always been there.

“The biggest part of our game is the forecheck, and it hasn’t been there every night,” winger and captain Dustin Brown told Frozen Royalty on October 23. “It’s been really inconsistent. When we’re really good, and hard to play against, it’s because our forecheck is really good.”

One week after Brown made that remark, his team put in their best effort of the season, despite glaring blunders on two goals against, to beat the National Hockey League’s best team to date, the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in overtime, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Interviews With Carcillo, Doughty, Muzzin

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

A quick hitter…after many of the media left the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room following their 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on October 19, defensemen Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty came out to speak to the media.

October 20 was an optional skate day for the Kings, and few players were around, let alone available for interviews. But Muzzin and left wing Daniel Carcillo stuck around to talk…

Frozen Royalty is the only source for the audio of Muzzin’s and Doughty’s post-game interview.

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