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Jarret Stoll On Retirement: “I Knew What I Wanted To Do After Hockey…I Have No Regrets At All”

Former Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll, shown here during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the
2014 Stanley Cup Championship on June 13, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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LOS ANGELES — As reported in this space on July 13, after playing seven seasons and winning two Stanley Cup Championships with the Los Angeles Kings, center Jarret Stoll became, in large part, a victim of the National Hockey League salary cap—given other priorities, the Kings could no longer fit him under it.

“It was tough to leave,” said the 35-year-old native of Melville, Saskatchewan. “When you win championships, and not one, but two, there’s the bond with your teammates, the friendships you make, and the memories you make. That means so much. That made it harder to leave and to change. You never want to have change when things are so good. There were so many good memories.”

“Then there was knowing that I was going to come back and live here during the summer, hanging out with the guys again. So, in the summer, it felt like I was still with the Kings, even though that, obviously, wasn’t the case.”

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 6, 2015

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — After a 2-1 come-from-ahead shootout loss at Vancouver on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings lost ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 4, 2015

LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here during a recent practice.
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LOS ANGELES — Dwight King, Alec Martinez and Marian Gaborik scored goals, and Jeff Carter and Robyn Regehr each contributed two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 4.

The Kings dominated the game, in terms of puck possession, and they managed to limit the Avalanche to just three shots on goal in the first period, four in the second period, and only three in the third, for a total of ten shots in the game.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs By The Numbers, April 2, 2015 Edition

LA Kings forward Jeff Carter, shown here during a recent
practice, scored two goals in an 8-2 blowout win over the
Edmonton Oilers on April 2, 2015 at Staples Center.
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings took advantage of a hapless, hopeless, and literally defenseless Edmonton Oilers team on April 2, blowing them out of Staples Center in Los Angeles, 8-2.

With the win, the Kings improved to 38-25-14, good for 90 points. With five games remaining, they are now projected to finish the season with 96 points.

In other games of interest involving Western Conference teams on April 2:

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs: By The Numbers, March 25, 2015 Edition

LOS ANGELES — Despite a dominating performance in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 24, giving them a strong 2-0 start to their five-game road trip, things just got a bit tougher for the Los Angeles Kings, in terns of their playoff hopes.

While the Kings were handing the Rangers a decisive loss, the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Islanders, 2-1 in a shootout. That was followed by the Vancouver Canucks defeating the Winnipeg Jets, 5-2.

Also making things tougher for the Kings was that the Calgary Flames defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, on March 23.

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