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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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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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LA Kings Robyn Regher Remained A Team Guy Throughout The 2014 Stanley Cup Final

LA Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, shown here with one of his two sons, during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — On June 13, defenseman Alec Martinez scored at 14:43 of the second overtime period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The victory eliminated the Rangers in five games, and earn the Kings their second Stanley Cup Championship in three seasons.

Although it probably seemed like an eternity to the players, it did not take too much time before National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman handed the Stanley Cup to Kings captain Dustin Brown at center ice.

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