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LA Kings 2014 Training Camp: Quick Limited, But Skating; Greene Focused On Redemption

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with head coach Darryl Sutter during their 2014 training camp on September 19, 2014,
at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 19, the first day on the ice during their 2014 training camp, the Los Angeles Kings were missing one notable player and had several others operating at less than 100 percent.

Missing in action from the morning session was defenseman Drew Doughty, who suffered an upper body injury during the off-season.

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reported seeing Doughty skating just prior to training camp at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California (Kings practice facility), so it would appear that the injury is not serious.

Center Jarret Stoll and left wing Kyle Clifford skated during training camp drills after undergoing off-season hip and wrist surgeries, respectively.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Clifford, Toffoli, Vey After November 22 Morning Skate

Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings game day morning skate on November 23 was an optional one, but most players skated anyway, in preparation for their game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche (7:30 PM PST at Staples Center; televised on Fox Sports West).

Frozen Royalty recorded video interviews after the skate with forwards Kyle Clifford, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey.

You watch them below…

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Darryl Sutter On Matt Frattin, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter talked about the injury status of forwards Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford, along with his thoughts on the recent play of winger Matt Frattin during his post-practice chat with the local media on November 22.

Sutter also talked about the play of young forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey.

Video of the media scrum interview can be viewed below.

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Could Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff Find Himself With The LA Kings In 2013-14?

LA Kings left wing prospect Andy Andreoff, shown here during a game with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Due to the salary cap dropping by $6 million for the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Kings have already undergone some expected roster changes.

Indeed, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, returning to the team he won his first Stanley Cup with. Forwards Brad Richardson and Dustin Penner also signed unrestricted free agent contracts with the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks, respectively.

With their August 2 signing of left wing Kyle Clifford, the Kings managed to avoid arbitration and re-sign all of their restricted free agents, including defenseman Slava Voynov. But they are approximately $822,000 over the salary cap, and they have 25 players on their National Hockey League roster, two over the 23-man limit.

NHL teams can exceed both limits until the 2013-14 season begins in October. But simple mathematics indicates that at least one trade involving a defenseman (Frozen Royalty has predicted since the end of the 2013-14 season that Alec Martinez will be on the trading block), and maybe replacing a more expensive player on the third or fourth line with a less expensive one, are forthcoming.

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