Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Clifford, Toffoli, Vey After November 22 Morning Skate

Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings game day morning skate on November 23 was an optional one, but most players skated anyway, in preparation for their game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche (7:30 PM PST at Staples Center; televised on Fox Sports West).

Frozen Royalty recorded video interviews after the skate with forwards Kyle Clifford, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey.

You watch them below…

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Darryl Sutter On Matt Frattin, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter talked about the injury status of forwards Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford, along with his thoughts on the recent play of winger Matt Frattin during his post-practice chat with the local media on November 22.

Sutter also talked about the play of young forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey.

Video of the media scrum interview can be viewed below.

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Could Forward Prospect Andy Andreoff Find Himself With The LA Kings In 2013-14?

LA Kings left wing prospect Andy Andreoff, shown here during a game with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Due to the salary cap dropping by $6 million for the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Kings have already undergone some expected roster changes.

Indeed, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, returning to the team he won his first Stanley Cup with. Forwards Brad Richardson and Dustin Penner also signed unrestricted free agent contracts with the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks, respectively.

With their August 2 signing of left wing Kyle Clifford, the Kings managed to avoid arbitration and re-sign all of their restricted free agents, including defenseman Slava Voynov. But they are approximately $822,000 over the salary cap, and they have 25 players on their National Hockey League roster, two over the 23-man limit.

NHL teams can exceed both limits until the 2013-14 season begins in October. But simple mathematics indicates that at least one trade involving a defenseman (Frozen Royalty has predicted since the end of the 2013-14 season that Alec Martinez will be on the trading block), and maybe replacing a more expensive player on the third or fourth line with a less expensive one, are forthcoming.

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LA Kings Sign LW Kyle Clifford To 2-Year Deal

Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford signed a new, two-year contract on August 2, 2013.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On August 2, the Los Angeles Kings signed left wing Kyle Clifford to a two-year contract valued at $2.15 million, with an annual salary cap hit of $1.075 million.

Clifford, 22, scored seven goals and added seven assists for 14 points, with a +1 plus/minus rating and 51 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games last season. He also recorded two assists, a -1 plus/minus rating, and eight penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.

In 205 career NHL regular season games, Clifford has scored 19 goals and contributed 21 assists for 40 points, with a -14 plus/minus rating and 315 penalty minutes.

In 23 playoff games, Clifford has scored three goals and has added four assists for seven points, with a -4 plus/minus rating and 17 penalty minutes.

The 6-2, 209 pound native of Ayr, Ontario was originally selected by the Kings in second round (35th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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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
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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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