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It’s All About Opportunity For LA Kings RW Prospect Jonny Brodzinski

Los Angeles Kings right wing prospect Jonny Brodzinski, shown here playing for.
the AHL’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — From the start of the 2016-17 season, Los Angeles Kings right wing prospect Jonny Brodzinski has had his sights set on a late season call-up from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League to the National Hockey League and the Kings.

“It’s something you work for,” he said. “This is why you put all the hours in during the summer. You get to play with [future] Hall of Famers. It’s awesome.”

“Right at the beginning of the year, I wanted to [score] 35 [goals this season] in the American league,” he added. “That was my goal. I was getting close to it, and thought that if I was getting close I’d get a call-up. I just plugged away all year, worked hard, and got rewarded.”

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LA Kings: Dealing With Frustration On Two Levels All Season

Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — With nine games left and being eight points out of a wild card playoff berth, the Los Angeles Kings’ playoff chances are virtually non-existent. But they’re not eliminated and to their credit, they continue to claw, scratch and fight.

“We’re still alive,” said left wing Tanner Pearson. “We’ll take it game-by-game and focus on two points at a time.”

“We’ve got to win every game,” said defenseman Jake Muzzin. “We’ve got to play with emotion and desperation. [Against Winnipeg on March 23], coming out in the third period, I felt like we were attacking. We’ve got to start games like that and play that way for the full 60 minutes.”

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LA Kings’ Offensive Problems Are Defensive, Too

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Much has been said this season about the Los Angeles Kings and their acute lack of anything closely resembling a collective scoring punch.

To illustrate, the Kings are scoring an average of 2.45 goals per game (ranked 23rd in the National Hockey League), more than one goal per game less than the league-leading Pittsburgh Penguins and just a hair over half-a-goal per game more than the league-worst Colorado Avalanche.

But the Kings’ recent problems go beyond goal scoring. Indeed, whether it’s turnover that gives the opposition an outnumbered attack, a defenseman getting beaten wide, or a blown coverage, the Kings have been somewhat of a mess in all three zones.

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Bob Miller’s Retirement Press Conference Was Really About All of Us Instead

Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller (left),the Voice of the Kings, shown here with his wife, Judy (center) and Kings President/Business Operations Luc Robitaille, announced his retirement
at a press conference at Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 3, 2017.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Legendary Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller announced his retirement during a press conference on Thursday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles, an event in which virtually every news outlet in the Los Angeles area and just about all of the local hockey media were represented.

The easy observation here is that Miller demands that much respect. But even more significant, he is truly loved by so many of us who cover the team, as well as others in the local sports media whose lives and careers Miller has had a positive impact on.

To be sure, the press conference was held for Miller to talk about his health and to announce his retirement plans. But if you think the press conference was about Miller, guess again.

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Peter Budaj’s Last Words As An LA King Before Trade To Tampa Bay

Former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj (left) with
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings held an optional practice on Sunday, February 26, before their afternoon flight to St. Paul, Minnesota where they will skate against the Minnesota Wild tonight.

Goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Peter Budaj both skated in the optional practice and after the skate, Budaj spoke exclusively with Frozen Royalty, and it was clear that he had no idea that a trade involving him was coming down just a few hours later. Either that, or he put in an Oscar-caliber performance during the interview in which he spoke of what he was able to accomplish with the Kings this season.

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