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Dion Phaneuf Has Fit In Nicely With The LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — It didn’t take long for veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf to make his presence known after he was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings from the Ottawa Senators on February 13.

In his first four games with his new team, the 32-year-old, 6-4, 225-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta scored three goals, and was the physical, sound defensive presence the Kings were hoping he would be.

“[Scoring those goals], that’s just a bonus,” said Phaneuf. “To be honest with you, I’ve had the opportunities—great passes. You work with your teammates and you try to contribute in any way you can, and luckily, they went in.”

“He’s been terrific,” said head coach John Stevens. “He’s a veteran guy who’s come in and played like a veteran guy but has also been very respectful to the people who [have already been here].”

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Jeff Carter Could Still Be “A Week Away” From Returning to the LA Kings Lineup

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you’re keeping your fingers crossed, hoping that forward Jeff Carter will return to the lineup tonight, when the Los Angeles Kings host the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center, you’ll probably have to wait a little while longer.

A source close to the Kings has indicated that Carter is estimated to be about one week away from returning, and based on comments made during interviews after practice on February 23, it seems very unlikely that he’ll be ready to go tonight, and perhaps not even for the home-and-home series against the Vegas Golden Knights on February 26 and 27.

Carter participated in a full practice with the team on February 23.

“I can skate in a straight line all day,” he said. “There’s still some little stuff that has to be worked on and we’ll continue to do that.”

Head coach John Stevens was impressed with Carter during practice.

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Tobias Rieder Brings “Upper Level” Speed To LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings newly-acquired forward Tobias Rieder
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — For newly-acquired forward Tobias Rieder, the last 24 hours or so has been quite the whirlwind after he was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings on February 21, along with goaltender Scott Wedgewood, from the Arizona Coyotes, in exchange for goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

“The last few hours have been really exciting, meeting a bunch of great guys,” he said. “I’m just happy to be here and push for the playoffs.”

“The Kings are a well-known organization that you always look up to,” he added.

Rieder, 25, who was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, played in 58 games this season with the Coyotes, scoring eight goals and tallying eleven assists for 19 points, with a -11 plus/minus rating and six penalty minutes.

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LA Kings D Prospect Jordan Subban: “Maybe We’ve Got To Slow Down His Flight Patterns”

Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Jordan Subban (left), shown here during a
recent game against the Texas Stars.
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ONTARIO, CA — when the Los Angeles Kings sent center Nic Dowd to the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for defenseman Jordan Subban on December 7, 2017, the question among pundits and fans alike was, “Is he anywhere near as good as P.K.?”

Indeed, the 22-year-old is the younger brother of superstar defenseman P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators, and of goaltender Malcolm Subban of the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Watching Instead of Playing Has Worked Wonders For LA Kings Alex Iafallo

Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Alex Iafallo (right), shown here during a recent practice
with forward Adrian Kempe (left)
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Alex Iafallo didn’t score a lot of goals to start the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. But his speed and uncanny ability to force turnovers and come up with loose pucks made him a valuable asset on a line with Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar for most of the season—he played very well, despite not putting up gobs and gobs of points on the score sheet.

In 52 games, the 24-year-old, 6-0, 185-pound native of Eden, New York has scored six goals and has added 13 assists for 19 points, with a +8 plus/minus rating and four penalty minutes.

Indeed, Iafallo was rather impressive, right off the bat. But like so many young players, that didn’t last.

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