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LA Kings Open Short Training Camp Ahead of Abbreviated Season

TRAINING CAMP OPENS: The Los Angeles Kings are officially back on the ice, and they are gearing up for the new, but very much abbreviated season in a training camp that will go by in a flash of one week. Includes comments from Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jake Muzzin, Tyler Toffoli, Darryl Sutter and more. Also includes raw audio interviews.


LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty looks trim and fit
coming into training camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) now ratified by the National Hockey League owners and by the players, and with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties around 9:00 PM PST on January 12, the NHL is finally back…officially.

With that, NHL training camps opened on Sunday morning, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their camp with a fairly large crowd of fans, and a considerably larger-than-usual media throng, in attendance.

But with just one week before the abbreviated Read more of this post

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LA Kings 2011 Training Camp: No More Stick Handling In A Phone Booth For Dustin Penner

TRAINING CAMP COVERAGE: In this story, forwards Trevor Lewis and Ethan Moreau share their thoughts about training camp and what lies ahead for them, left wing Dustin Penner talks about his increased speed and quickness, and…did you know that left wing prospect Richard Clune is a food critic?


LA Kings left wing Ethan Moreau (left) is shown here during a drill at
the Kings’ 2011 Training Camp on September 19, 2011.
Photo: David Sheehan.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Day 3 of the Drew Doughty saga has come and gone with no end in sight to the contract dispute between the 21-year-old holdout defenseman and the Los Angeles Kings. Coincidentally, it was also Day 3 of the team’s 2011 Training Camp, which saw the team focus on the system they will play.

“It’s been good, it’s been fast,” said veteran left wing Ethan Moreau, who was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent to a one-year deal on August 23. “We’ve been on the ice a lot, probably more than I’ve been on the ice in the last ten years. We’ve been working on system play, which is important.”

“Sometimes, when you don’t do that, and you’re go into exhibition play, it’s a little chaotic out there, so it’s been a good start,” added Moreau. “It’s been hard, but it’s been good.” Read more of this post

Making Do Without Doughty: Los Angeles Kings Open 2011 Training Camp

TRAINING CAMP COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty’s coverage of the Los Angeles Kings’ 2011 Training Camp begins with details on who might get ice time as a replacement for holdout defenseman Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar’s ankle and how it held up on the first day, more on Dustin Penner’s conditioning, and on Dustin Brown trying to build chemistry with new line mates. Includes 15 audio interviews from Day 1 of training camp.


LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner lost more weight during the 2011 off-season than originally believed.
Photo: David Sheehan.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice for the first time during their 2011 Training Camp on Saturday, September 17, and, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or vacationing in a desolate, primitive area, isolated from the hockey world, you know that defenseman Drew Doughty is in the midst of a contract dispute with the Kings, and is now a holdout.

Indeed, the 21-year-old defenseman was nowhere to be found when the Kings hit the ice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, their practice facility.

With no end in sight in the Doughty saga, the story was not just his absence, but who might fill his skate boots should he continue to holdout.

“The plans [for training camp] do not change at all,” said head coach Terry Murray. “We’re going to miss Doughty. I wish he was here to be a part of it. He’s a very important player, he’s a big part of the locker room, and a fun guy to be around. He’s a great player for us, but the plans do not change for the training camp. We have to get ready for the start of the year.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Sign All Restricted Free Agents For One Year

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 17, the Los Angeles Kings signed five players—all were their restricted free agents—including center Brad Richardson, who signed a one-year contract, rumored to be worth $900,000, avoiding arbitration.

The 25-year-old native of Belleville, Ontario scored eleven goals and added 16 assists for 27 points in 81 regular season games last season, setting career highs in assists, points and games played. He also set a new career high with four game-winning goals.

The Kings were 10-0-1 in games when Richardson scored a goal last season.

In six playoff games, Richardson scored one goal, the game-winner in game 3 against the Vancouver Canucks. He also added an assist for two points with two penalty minutes.

The 5-11, 195-pound center was the Kings nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.

In 112 regular season games with the Kings, Richardson has scored eleven goals and has added 21 assists for 32 points with 48 penalty minutes. In 248 National Hockey League regular season games with the Kings and Colorado Avalanche, he has scored thirty goals and has tallied 42 assists for 72 points with 96 penalty minutes. Read more of this post

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