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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings, Arizona Coyotes Split Shootouts In Split-Squad Pre-Season Games

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes opened their 2014-15 pre-season schedule by splitting shootout victories in split-squad games at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona and at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Mike Richards scored two goals, Tanner Pearson scored a goal and added an assist, and Nic Dowd scored a goal for the Kings in Glendale, but that was not enough as the Coyotes got two goals from Martin Hanzal and goals from Henrik Samuelsson, and Sam Gagner, along with the shootout game-winner by Samuelsson, giving the Coyotes a 5-4 win.

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2014-15 Los Angeles Kings: “Make The Playoffs First”

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here 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 — If you ask National Hockey League players, they will usually tell you that each season, their goal is to win the Stanley Cup.

But during the first day on the ice at the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp, that was not the case at all.

“Make the playoffs first,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “That’s the first significant step.”

To be sure, that formula has worked for the Kings in two out of the last three seasons.

In 2011-12, the Kings qualified for the playoffs by the skins of their teeth as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference.

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings 2014 Training Camp – Day 1 Interviews

The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for first time 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 — The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for the first time during their 2014 training camp on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

Frozen Royalty was on-hand for both the morning and afternoon practice sessions and spoke with (in order of appearance) Jonathan Quick, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Darryl Sutter, Matt Greene and Tyler Toffoli.

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Marian Gaborik Signs 7-Year Deal With LA Kings

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during media day for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 3, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Twelve days after winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, the Los Angeles Kings made another big splash by signing veteran left wing Marian Gaborik to a new, seven-year contract that is reported to be worth $34.13 million.

According to several reports, the deal is a front-loaded contract that pays Gaborik $6.075 million in each of the first three years, $5.075 million in the fourth year, $4.575 in the fifth year, $3.175 million in the sixth year and $3.075 in the final year. That adds up to an annual average value (salary cap hit) of $4.875 million per season.

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