Frozen Royalty Audio: Simmonds, Johnson Return To Practice Ice

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The big news on Monday from the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the practice facility of the Los Angeles Kings was that the team is getting healthier. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Playoffs “Only Reason We’re Here”

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the end of the 2008-09 season, it seemed like everyone in the Los Angeles Kings organization was talking about higher expectations for the 2009-10 season and that talk has only increased and grown louder, so to speak, as the Kings hit the ice for the first time in their 2009-10 training camp on September 13 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

One of the first things noticed during the first day on the ice was that players who were not on the ice wore t-shirts with the phrase, “Only Reason We’re Here,” on the back.

Translation: the Kings expect to make the playoffs this season.

“This is the year we’re going to take a step where it’s going to be fairly evident that we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with down the road if we stick with it [their plan for building the team],” said President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. “We’re ready to put expectations on this group already and that’s usually odd to say, particularly when you’re that young on the back end.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Earn Split Against Phoenix Coyotes in Rookie Tournament

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Andrei Loktionov carries the puck in a 6-1 loss against Phoenix Coyotes prospects. Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Andrei Loktionov
carries the puck in a 6-1 loss against Phoenix Coyotes prospects.
Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

EL SEGUNDO, CA – After the first game of their 2009-10 Rookie Tournament, a 6-1 blowout loss to the young prospects of the Phoenix Coyotes, one might think that the Los Angeles Kings’ prospects should have stuck with the drills they were working on during the first three days of their rookie camp.

Indeed, the Kings prospects were a step slow from the opening face-off on Wednesday night at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. They were outworked and outhustled throughout by the Coyotes prospects who seemed to be intent on skating on, over and through their counterparts.

In that first game, the Kings took some early penalties, immediately putting themselves at a big disadvantage. The Coyotes were all over the Kings from the start and things quickly spiraled out of control from there.

“You get four power plays in the first period, that really set the tone [for Phoenix],” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “We were outshot 17-4 in the first period. It gets to be an easier game once you get a 2-3 goal lead.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Ink Prospect Scott Parse, Announce Rookie Tournament Schedule

Scott Parse Photo: LA Kings/NHL

Scott Parse
Photo: LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 9, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have signed forward prospect Scott Parse to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Parse, 25, scored fifteen goals and added 24 assists for 39 points with a +6 plus/minus rating and 38 penalty minutes this past season for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate. Read more of this post

LA Kings Announce 2009 Development Camp Details

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 2, the Los Angeles Kings announced that their annual Development Camp is scheduled for July 10 – 12, 2009, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Read more of this post

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