Los Angeles Kings To Add New Twist To Offensive Attack In 2010-11

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In the third and final installment of this series, Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray talks about his plans for the upcoming season, especially in terms of improving his team’s ability to score at even strength.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Entering his third season as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Terry Murray has watched his team improve each year.

In his first season, 2008-09, the Kings finished 14th in the Western Conference and 26th in the overall National Hockey League standings, well out of the playoff picture.

But the silver lining from that year was a dramatic drop in goals against and shots allowed, as the team learned to protect the “home plate” area in the slot, right in front of the net.

After one year under Murray’s tutelage, the 2009-10 Kings broke through with a 101-point finish to their regular season, launching them into sixth place in the Western Conference and into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Read more of this post


Brayden Schenn: LA Kings’ Second-Line Center?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the 2009-10 season wore on for the Los Angeles Kings, what became rather apparent was that they had a hole in their lineup at second-line center.

Although Jarret Stoll and Michal Handzus have tried to fill that spot the last few seasons, both are far more suited to third-line center duty. Handzus, with his size, strength and strong defensive play is also effective on the fourth line.

Once the Kings qualified for the playoffs this past season, that hole in the lineup became a crater and was a major factor in the lack of production from their top two lines.

But help just might be on the way with center prospect Brayden Schenn expected to make a strong push to make the Kings’ 2010-11 opening night roster. Read more of this post

LA Kings Take Some Risks In 2010 NHL Entry Draft

DRAFT COVERAGE — Frozen Royalty concludes its coverage of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft with a wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings’ selections in rounds 2-7 on Saturday, June 26, 2010, along with other notes from draft weekend. Includes audio interviews.

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LOS ANGELES — On the first day of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, June 25-26, 2010, the Los Angeles Kings stepped out of their well-established comfort zone by selecting prospects who had the potential to make it to the NHL level later rather than sooner.

The second day was no different than Friday’s first round (see A Sign Of Progress For LA Kings: 2010 First Round Pick Derek Forbort), as the Kings continued to roll the dice in rounds 2-7 on four prospects who will need significant development time.
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Los Angeles Kings Announce 2010 Development Camp Details

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On June 23, the Los Angeles Kings announced that their 2010 Development Camp for their prospects will take place at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, starting on June 28. On-ice sessions that are open to the public will begin on June 30 and run through July 2. Read more of this post

New On KingsCast: Episode 61 – Los Angeles Kings Post-Season Roundtable

In Overtime Episode 61 – Los Angeles Kings Post-Season Roundtable, Keith Korneluk and Chris Kaliszewski of KingsCast have wrapped up their gathering of local media covering the Kings. Read more of this post