Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Win 2010-11 Home Opener With 3-1 Victory Over Atlanta

LOS ANGELES — Ryan Smyth scored two goals and added an assist, Jarret Stoll scored a goal and tallied one assist and Justin Williams contributed two assists while Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center during the Kings’ 2010-11 home opener on October 12. Read more of this post


LA Kings Appear To Have Just One Spot Left To Fill On Blue Line

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Following the 2009-10 season, the Los Angeles Kings lost defensemen Sean O’Donnell, Randy Jones and later in the summer, Matt Greene.

While O’Donnell and Jones signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, respectively, Greene underwent shoulder surgery is expected to miss the first month of the 2010-11 season, at least.

That left the Kings undermanned on the blue line, but, even with Greene out of the lineup, the Kings defenseman corps looks to be better than last year’s model.

That improvement began with the loss of Jones—addition by subtraction. It continued with the Kings’ acquisition of veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell, who was signed to a two-year unrestricted free agent contract worth $3.5 million per year on August 25, 2010. Read more of this post

LA Kings Looking For Davis Drewiske To Rebound In A Big Way

EL SEGUNDO, CA — 2009-10 was Davis Drewiske’s first full season in the National Hockey League, and he made the most of his opportunity during the first half of the season, filling the role of a solid, stay-at-home defenseman more than adequately.

But the 25-year-old defenseman’s season was derailed by a seemingly routine body check on January 4, 2010, at San Jose.

The 6-2, 218-pound native of Hudson, Wisconsin had just thrown a clearing pass in the right corner of the Kings’ zone when he took a hit that was nothing like the punishing body checks often seen on the highlight reels.

But for all intents and purposes, it may as well have been a bone-crunching hit—Drewiske suffered a dislocated shoulder on the play.

“My arm was up at a bad angle and I got hit the right way,” said Drewiske. “That popped the shoulder out.”

Drewiske was activated from injured reserve on February 8, and ended up missing 15 games due to the injury. But he was unable to work his way back into the lineup on a consistent basis. He ended up missing 39 regular season games and sat out the Kings’ first round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks.

Head coach Terry Murray said that Drewiske’s problems were both physical and mental. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: Interview with LA Kings Head Coach Terry Murray

A couple of weeks ago, Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray took some time out of his busy schedule as he prepared for the his team’s 2010 training camp to talk with Frozen Royalty. Read more of this post

LA Kings Head Coach Terry Murray Talks Defense, Goaltending

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: In part 2 of a series of stories based on an interview with Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray, we look at the Kings’ defense and goaltending as their 2010 training camp approaches. Look for the third and final installment of this series on Thursday, September 9.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the saying goes in hockey, defense and goaltending is what wins championships and for the Los Angeles Kings, while their goaltending looks to be on the rise, there may be a question or two on defense, despite the presence of James Norris Trophy finalist Drew Doughty and the increasingly confident Jack Johnson. Read more of this post