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LA Kings Could Be Switching Into High Gear At Just The Right Time

Also includes video interviews with Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar.


LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during a practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CalishooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If their win on November 8 against the Vancouver Canucks was any indication, the Los Angeles Kings have raised their level of play just in time to face a team that is currently third in the Western Conference and in the overall league standings.

That team is none other than the Anaheim Ducks, who host the Kings at Honda Center in Anaheim tonight (7:30 PM PST), and are just one point out of the league and conference lead.

Against the Canucks on November 8, the Kings played at a pace not seen from them this season. They made plays consistently, and they established a strong forecheck, resulting in long stretches in which they held onto the puck and made plays off of it.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Pre-Game Skate Interviews With Brown, Doughty, Greene and Sutter

LA Kings right wing Dustin Brown
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — By the looks of things, perhaps the Los Angeles Kings are more than a bit anxious to get down to business of fixing what ails them.

Indeed, several players were on the ice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California about twenty minutes prior to the announced start time for their pre-game morning skate on November 8.

The Kings host the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Staples Center (7:00 PM PST).

By the time 10:00 AM rolled around, the Kings were already 10-15 minutes into their morning skate, which ended, for the majority of players, by 10:20 AM.

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Granting A Request and Getting Their Man Were Key Factors In LA Kings Trading Linden Vey To Vancouver

2014 LA KINGS DRAFT WRAP-UP: Confused about why the Los Angeles Kings traded away forward Linden Vey, one of their finest prospects? Here’s the answer…


LA Kings 2014 NHL Draft second round pick (50th overall)
defenseman Roland McKeown.

 

LOS ANGELES — A little over two weeks has passed since the Los Angeles Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time in the last three seasons and while the team, the entire organization, and their fans continue to celebrate, the hard part of winning a championship has already hit the Kings front office…

…keeping the team that just won hockey’s Holy Grail together.

Days earlier, the Kings confirmed that they will not be able to sign veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell to a new contract due to salary cap constraints and with the cap for the 2014-15 season coming in at $69 million, about $2 million less than what most expected, teams like the Kings, who were already very close to the cap ceiling, are facing even greater challenges in terms of keeping their rosters intact.

With just $3.66 million of available cap space, the Kings do not have much wiggle room at all, and that fact is now reverberating in the minds of players throughout their system whose contracts expire on June 30, not just that of President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and his front office staff.

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LA Kings Losing Scuderi, Richardson Shouldn’t Come As A Surprise

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENCY – DAY 1: After bidding farewell to Rob Scuderi and Brad Richardson, the Los Angeles Kings welcomed defenseman Jeff Schultz to the team, signing him to a one-year deal on Day 1 of unrestricted free agency.


LA Kings newly-acquired
defenseman Jeff Schultz
Photo courtesy National Hockey League

LOS ANGELES — Day 1 of the feeding frenzy in the National Hockey League, otherwise known as unrestricted free agency, ended with what turned out to be a rather expected result for the Los Angeles Kings, who lost veteran, stay-at-home defenseman Rob Scuderi, after he signed a four-year contract valued at $13.5 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the end, family was the deciding factor for the two-time Stanley Cup winner, who will play his second stint with the Penguins, the team he won his first Stanley Cup with in 2009.

“Both [the Kings and the Penguins] have the ability to play deep into the spring,” Scuderi told the media during a conference call. “But Pittsburgh is much closer geographically to where I am from, and I thought at my age, I wasn’t going to get this opportunity again to pull the trigger on something like this.”

Scuderi is a native of Syosset, New York, and has many relatives who reside in New York.

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