June 15, 2010 Leave a comment
EL SEGUNDO, CA — On June 15 the Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman prospect Johan Fransson to a one-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed. Read more of this post
News & Views on the Los Angeles Kings and the National Hockey League by Gann Matsuda
February 21, 2008 4 Comments
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have undergone quite a bit of change in recent weeks.
First, and perhaps most notable, the Kings were hockey’s version of a roller coaster—you never knew if they were going to be world beaters or your worst hockey-related nightmare, something that has happened so often that they found themselves way, way out of playoff contention in early December and are still in last place in the National Hockey League standings.
The upside about a last place finish is that they are in the lead for the first pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft where center Steven Stamkos is being touted as the top prize.
To be sure, a sure-fire prospect like Stamkos, who pundits say is destined to be a big-time NHL player, would be a big, big help for the rebuilding Kings. But right now, all that is on the back burner. Read more of this post
December 9, 2007 Leave a comment
LOS ANGELES — In the month of November, the Los Angeles Kings failed to take advantage of facing Pacific Division rivals in eleven straight games, taking a nose dive right into the cellar of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference.
Kings head coach Marc Crawford referred to November as a “divisional month.” And even though no team qualifies for the playoffs or is eliminated from the post-season party in the second month of the season, the Kings have certainly made their quest for a playoff berth much more difficult. Read more of this post
October 26, 2007 Leave a comment
LOS ANGELES — After losing five straight games following their season opening win in London, England, the Los Angeles Kings have now won three of their last four games and are playing much better hockey.
During their five-game losing streak, the Kings were, in a word, horrendous. They were stumbling and bumbling their way through each game, making one glaring, fundamental mistake after another, with the puck winding up in the back of their net each time.
At least for now, the Kings appear to have righted the ship. The glaring mistakes have disappeared as the players have bought into the system and are trusting each other. Read more of this post
September 11, 2007 Leave a comment
Why? They start the season with two games against their Stanley Cup Champion neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks, in London, England on September 29 and 30, and before that, they will play two exhibition games in Salzburg, Austria on September 25 and 26.
As such, the Kings (and Ducks) were given a head start on the rest of the league, and on Monday, they opened their training camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. But the Kings will spend just nine days in Southern California before they leave town for their first road pre-season game at Colorado on September 19.
And even before that, they begin their pre-season schedule just three days into training camp at Anaheim on September 13.
With just three days before their first exhibition game, Kings head coach Marc Crawford and his staff have had to plan very carefully, and they wasted no time in drilling the systems the Kings will play this season into their players’ heads. Read more of this post