LA Kings Darryl Sutter: “The Stanley Cup Train Was Last Year. Some Guys Have To Get Off That Train”

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With one game left before the National Hockey League’s All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture.

Indeed, if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would not qualify for the post-season party.

So what’s to blame for the Kings’ “malaise,” a term used by President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in a recent Canadian radio interview?

Although the recent losses of forwards Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis) and Tanner Pearson (fractured fibula) are playing a role, the problems have been present since the season began last October. As such, you can chalk it up, in large part, to instability on the Kings’ blue line, with veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr in and out of the lineup due to various injuries, along with the loss of Slava Voynov to his ongoing suspension.

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LA Kings Tip A King 2015 – In Photos

LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson getting some rather special attention
from one member of a family at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live
Event Deck, on January 3, 2015.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Although the Los Angeles Kings disappointed their fans in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators earlier in the afternoon on January 3, the mood was still rather festive at Tip A King 2015, held at the LA Live event deck hours later.

Tip A King is an annual event held by the Kings, benefitting the Kings Care Foundation, where fans can “tip” players, coaches and broadcasters for the opportunity to get an autograph or take a photo.

Here’s a photo essay capturing some of the sights from the event.

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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: Tyler Toffoli, Trevor Lewis, Davis Payne Interviews, 12/28/14

LA Kings forward Trevor Lewis
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Before they left town for Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings held an optional skate on December 28.

Frozen Royalty was there, and I spoke with Tyler Toffoli, Trevor Lewis, Anze Kopitar and assistant coach Davis Payne.

Due to technical difficulties, video of the interview with Kopitar is not available.

You can watch video of the interviews with Toffoli and Payne below, and you can listen to audio of the interview with Lewis, and additional interview time with Toffoli.

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LA Kings Rookie LW Tanner Pearson Might Be The Odd Man Out…For Now

LA Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite getting off to a blistering hot start to the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, it appears that rookie left wing Tanner Pearson is headed for a seat in the press box when the Los Angeles Kings host the Carolina Hurricanes on November 20, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The reason: after scoring seven goals and adding two assists for nine points, with a +9 plus/minus rating and two penalty minutes in the first eight games of the season, Pearson has recorded just one assist, with a +2 plus/minus rating and six penalty minutes in the Kings’ last eleven games.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Williams, Toffoli, Sutter Interviews After 2-0 Loss To Dallas

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings showed marginal improvement one day after a very poor showing at Anaheim (don’t let the score in a 6-5 shootout fool you), the Kings were caught chasing the game again, dropping a 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 13.

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