Los Angeles Kings: A Mixed Bag After Two Games

LOS ANGELES — Two games into the 2009-10 season, the Los Angeles Kings are right where most everyone expected them to be, sporting a 1-1-0 record.

But that did not happen, to coin a phrase, according to Hoyle.

Indeed, the Kings were expected to easily defeat the bankrupt, owner-less Phoenix Coyotes on October 3 and then lose three days later to the class of the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Kings looked more like the Keystone Kops than a National Hockey League team in an embarrassing 6-3 loss to the Coyotes and then turned right around and defeated the Sharks on October 6, 6-4.

Against the Coyotes, one word describes the Kings’ performance.

Disastrous. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Blow Another One…Almost

LOS ANGELES — After a worse-than-dismal performance from start to finish on Saturday night in an embarrassing 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings blew a four-goal lead on Tuesday night and were headed for a second disaster in a row. But thanks to a bad angle goal by winger Teddy Purcell, they managed to hold off the class of the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks, in a 6-4 victory. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Scuderi Making Himself At Home; Johnson, Purcell Impress

Rob Scuderi Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

Rob Scuderi
Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

LOS ANGELES — Although he has not been here in the Southern California area for long, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi is already making himself right at home on the Los Angeles Kings’ blue line.

After just a couple of days of training camp, the thirty-year-old Scuderi found himself paired with 22-year-old defenseman Jack Johnson in a 4-3 pre-season win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on September 15.

Scuderi was solid defensively, despite deflecting a point shot by Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle past Kings goalie prospect Jonathan Bernier to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead at the 5:18 mark of the second period.

But Scuderi redeemed himself just past the midway point of the third period when he hit his defensive partner with a lead pass, sending Johnson through center ice. He then split two defenders at the Phoenix blue line and beat Phoenix goalie prospect Al Montoya with a backhand for a highlight-reel, shorthanded goal. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Earn Split In Split-Squad Pre-Season Series

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings opened the 2009-10 pre-season schedule by earning a split in their split-squad series against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. Read more of this post

LA Kings Sign Teddy Purcell, Justin Azevedo, Drew Bagnall

LA Kings winger Teddy Purcell (right). Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/National Hockey League.

LA Kings winger Teddy Purcell (right).
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/National Hockey League.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 20, the Los Angeles Kings signed right wing Teddy Purcell, center Justin Azevedo and defenseman Drew Bagnall to new contracts.

Purcell and Bagnall were signed to a one-year contracts while Azevedo was signed to a multi-year, entry-level deal.

Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but Purcell’s contract is reported to be a one-year, one-way deal worth $600,000.

Purcell, 24, scored four goals and contributed twelve assists for sixteen points in forty regular season games with the Kings last season. He also played in 38 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate), scoring sixteen goals and adding 22 assists for 38 points with twelve penalty minutes. Read more of this post

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