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10-3-06
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings released their opening night roster, and they assigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera and winger Lauri Tukonen to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings primary minor league affiliate).

The Kings also announced that winger George Parros was claimed off of waivers by the Colorado Avalanche. Parros and LaBarbera were placed on waivers on Monday. LaBarbera cleared waivers, allowing him to be assigned to Manchester.

The Kings' 23-man opening night roster includes eight defensemen, thirteen forwards and two goaltenders:


DEFENSEMEN
Rob Blake
Kevin Dallman
Aaron Miller
Mattias Norstrom
Brent Sopel
Oleg Tverdovsky
Lubomir Visnovsky
Mike Weaver

FORWARDS
Derek Armstrong
Sean Avery
Dustin Brown
Michael Cammalleri
Craig Conroy
Jeff Cowan
Alexander Frolov
Raitis Ivanans
Anze Kopitar
Tom Kostopoulos
Patrick O'Sullivan
Scott Thornton
Brian Willsie

GOALTENDERS
Dan Cloutier
Mathieu Garon

The Kings placed defenseman Richard Petiot (knee) and center Alyn McCauley (off-season knee surgery) on injured reserve.
 
9-29-06
Since he took over as the President/General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, Dean Lombardi has certainly made his mark on the team. That mark grew even bigger on Friday when the Kings acquired veteran defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky and the rights to highly-touted defenseman prospect Jack Johnson from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason.

Tverdovsky, 30, scored three goals with twenty assists for 23 points in 72 games with the Hurricanes last season, when the 'Canes won the Stanley Cup. He played in just five playoff games due to groin and hip injuries that affected him throughout the 2005-06 season.

The 6-1, 211-pound native of Donetsk, Ukraine also won the Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils. In 687 career regular season games with Carolina, New Jersey, Anaheim and Phoenix/Winnipeg, Tverdovsky has scored 77 goals with 236 assists for 313 points with 281 penalty minutes. He was selected in the first round (2nd overall) by Anaheim in the 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

"Oleg Tverdovsky is a proven NHL defenseman who adds to our veteran mix on the back end," said Lombardi.

But Tverdovsky was obviously not the major focus of this deal. Instead, the Kings now have the rights to a defenseman prospect who many predict will be a star in the NHL.

Johnson, 19, was selected by Carolina in the first round (third overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and was the ranked fourth among all prospects behind Evgeni Malkin, Kari Lehtonen and Erik Johnson by Hockeysfuture.com. He is currently playing for the University of Michigan where he set the freshman record for defenseman scoring with 32 points on ten goals and 22 assists in 38 games.

The 6-1, 215-pound native of Indianapolis, Indiana was a finalist for the CCHA's Best Offensive Defenseman Award and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team.

In international play, Johnson represented the United States in the 2006 World Junior Championships, scoring a goal and adding five assists for six points in seven games. He was named to the tournament All-Star team. Johnson has also won gold medals at the 2005 World Under-18 Championship, with the US Under-18 Team at the 2005 Five Nations Tournament and at the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup.

Johnson was also part of the US National Team Development Program from 2003-05, and he's the all-time leader in defenseman scoring (81 points) in program history. He also holds the record for most points in a game (7) by an NTDP player and in 2004-05 he scored 14 goals with 29 assists for 43 points in 48 games, good for first in scoring among the team's defensemen and seventh among all players.

Clearly, the biggest part of this deal for the Kings was to get their hands on Johnson, who has a load of potential and is the Kings best young defensive prospect since they drafted Rob Blake in the fourth round (70th overall) in the 1988 draft. Indeed, Johnson has so much potential that Lombardi did not mind having to wait for Johnson to finish school.

"We were prepared to be patient when we made this deal," said Lombardi. "It'll be good for him to spend another year there."

"We felt the opportunity to acquire Jack Johnson was something we couldn't pass up as we continue to search for ways to upgrade this franchise," added Lombardi. "This move required that we give up two good players, but has the potential to help us in the near future as well as for many years to come."

"He potentially fills a position that's hard to find. These type players aren't often available at a young age. We felt we had to be fairly aggressive. The kid is a competitor. He's going to be every bit as good as he can be."

As for what the Kings gave up to get Johnson, Belanger and Gleason were slated to be significant contributors to the Kings this season.

Belanger set career highs last season in goals (17), points (37), penalty minutes (62) and shooting percentage (14.3 percent) in 65 games with the Kings. The 6-0, 188-pound native of Sherbrooke, Quebec was also the Kings' best face-off man.

In 323 career regular season games, all with the Kings, Belanger has scored 63 goals with 87 assists for 150 points and 169 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, Belanger has played in twenty games with the Kings, scoring a goal and adding four assists for five points.

Belanger, 28, was selected by the Kings in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Gleason, 23, had two goals and 19 assists for 21 points in 78 games last season, his first full year in the NHL. He also was second on the team in hits (77), third in blocked shots (117). He was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired by the Kings from Ottawa on March 11, 2003, in exchange for center Bryan Smolinski.

In 124 career regular season games, all with the Kings, the 6-1, 217-pound native of Clawson, Michigan has scored two goals with 26 assists for 28 points with 98 penalty minutes.

While Johnson will not be available to the Kings in the near future, Belanger and Gleason will help the Hurricanes immediately.

"This was clearly the best offer and clearly the best for the Hurricanes," said Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford. "We've kind of gone back and forth--do we wait for the development of Jack Johnson, and when does that take place, or do we take a player now that's a good young defenseman who's going to be good for a long time? As camp has wound down, that was the conclusion we all came to, that now was the time to do it."

"We just felt that we're getting a very good NHL defenseman in Tim Gleason," added Rutherford. "He's still a young guy, he still has an upside, and both of those players will come in and be with us now, instead of waiting for the development of Jack Johnson, who in my opinion is going to be a very, very good, if not great, NHL player, but probably not for another three to four years.

Rutherford clearly wanted to get Johnson out of the University of Michigan this year, but could not.

"Everybody has decisions to make," Rutherford explained. "They wanted to spend another year in school. I think that, in his best interests for his development, that he should be playing pro now. He's ready to do that. The sooner he starts playing pro, the sooner he starts to develop into a real good NHL player."

As for Johnson, he's in Michigan and that is all he is concerned about for the time being.

"I'm here in Michigan, and that's where my focus is," he said. "I'm excited about my new team, but my life isn't going to change because of it."
 
9-28-06
FSN West will drop the puck on their 2006-07 Kings coverage with a season preview special, providing live coverage of Bob Miller's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, and four hours of programming on October 7 when the Kings play their home opener against the St. Louis Blues (7:30 PM PDT). FSN West also announced that they will broadcast ten Kings games in high definition (HD) format.

On Sunday, October 1, FSN West will air the Kings Season Preview at 10:00 PM PDT, looking at the new faces on the team as well as the returning veterans.

On Monday, October 2, FSN West will provide live coverage when the "Voice of the Kings," long-time play-by-play announcer Bob Miller receives the 2,319th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM.

Attendance at the event is limited, and many cannot attend because of their work or school schedules. But FSN West will be there so that all Kings fans can witness this honor being bestowed on the Kings' Hall-of-Fame announcer.

After the Kings' home opener on October, the Kings Live post-game show will debut and following Kings Live, FSN West will air an episode of their In My Own Words show featuring Kings head coach Marc Crawford.

FSN West's HD game telecasts will be aired on FSN HD. Those games are (all times PACIFIC):

10/16/06 - Mon. - DETROIT, 7:30 PM
10/30/06 - Mon. - NEW YORK RANGERS, 7:30 PM
11/01/06 - Wed. - PITTSBURGH, 7:30 PM
12/09/06 - Sat. - COLORADO, 7:30 PM
12/12/06 - Tue. - SAN JOSE, 7:30 PM
01/06/07 - Sat. - DETROIT, 7:30 PM
01/20/07 - Sat. - PHOENIX, 7:30 PM
02/17/07 - Sat. - ANAHEIM, 7:30 PM
02/22/07 - Thu. - VANCOUVER, 7:30 PM
03/01/07 - Thu. - ANAHEIM, 7:30 PM

* - HD schedule is subject to change; check with your cable or satellite provider for HD programming availability and scheduling.
 
9-27-06
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings signed goaltender Dan Cloutier to a two-year contract extension.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal is rumored to be worth $2.55 million this season, $3.1 million in 2007-08 and $3.1 million in 2008-09.

Cloutier, 30, played in just thirteen games last season for the Canucks after suffering a season-ending partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.

In those games, Cloutier was 8-3-1 with a 3.17 goals-against average (GAA) and a .892 save percentage.

The 6-1, 195-pound native of Mont-Lauier, Quebec has a career record of 131-124-33, a 2.66 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 318 NHL regular season games with the Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers, who selected him in the first round (26th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

In 25 NHL playoff games, Cloutier is 10-13 with a 3.21 GAA and a .872 save percentage.

In the 2003-04 season, Cloutier set career highs for minutes played (3,539) and GAA (2.27), and he matched career highs in wins (33) and save percentage (.914).
 
9-26-06
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings assigned forwards Noah Clarke and Matt Moulson to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings' primary minor league affiliate).

Clarke, 27, played in three pre-season games, recording one assist. The 5-9, 175-pound native of LaVerne, California was the Kings' ninth-round pick (250th overall) of the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Moulson, 22, was signed by the Kings as a free agent on September 1, 2006. The 6-1, 195-pound native of North York, Ontario scored a goal and added an assist in two pre-season games. He was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the ninth round (263rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
 
9-25-06
Andy McDonald, Tim Brent and Teemu Selanne scored goals to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-0 lead in pre-season action against the Los Angeles Kings, but the Kings came storming back with four straight goals and won the game in a shootout, 5-4 on Monday night at Staples Center.

Anze Kopitar, Kevin Dallman, Tom Kostopoulos and Michael Cammalleri led the comeback for the Kings, while Eric Belanger was credited with the shootout game-winner.

McDonald wound up with two goals and an assist in the game to lead the Ducks, who were the better team in the first period and through most of the second period.

But the Ducks appeared to lose focus late in the second period, giving the Kings consecutive two-man advantages on which the Kings capitalized.

Kopitar opened the scoring for the Kings at 17:45 with the slam dunk goal from below the right circle after taking a pass from Frolov, who threw the puck across the low slot from the bottom of the left circle.

The Kings got a second straight two-man advantage as Ducks defenseman prospect Bruno St. Jacques took an interference penalty on the scoring play, and Dallman scored on a shot from the top of the right circle at 18:33.

The Kings picked up right where they left off with Kostopoulos scoring at 3:45 of the third period, firing a wrist shot from the low slot past Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 22 saves in the game.

Cammalleri gave the Kings a 4-3 lead with a power play goal at 9:19, blasting a one-timer past Giguere from the right circle off a cross-ice feed from Derek Armstrong.

McDonald scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 11:45, in similar fashion to Cammalleri, taking a cross-ice feed and one-timing it past Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon from the right face-off dot.

Garon made 23 saves and looked shaky in the game, but he shined in shootout to help the Kings get the win.

Anaheim was 3-for-6 on the power play, while the Kings were 3-for-9.


KOPITAR'S STOCK STILL RISING

To this point in the pre-season, Kopitar has not just held his own against the opposition's top players. In fact, he has been an impact player, always one of the best on the ice.

Although he has certainly made a very strong case for making the Kings this season, straight out of the Swedish Elite League, he has received no word from the Kings on what their immediate plans for him might be.

Regardless, he believes that he is ready for the National Hockey League.

"I guess the head guys have to say if I'm ready or not, but my personal thought is that I'm ready," said Kopitar. "I feel comfortable on the ice. I think I can handle a rough or physical game, too. I still have to work on my game, but hopefully, I'll get better and better."

"I'm learning from my mistakes and I'm trying to fix them on the next shift or the next period," added Kopitar. "I have to improve, but hopefully, the coaches think I'm ready."

Kopitar has clearly made a positive impression on the coaching staff, but they are understandably reserved at this point.

"He's a good young player," said Kings head coach Marc Crawford. "We're pleased with how he's playing here in the pre-season."

"The pre-season often times is about young players trying to prove that they belong, and about minor league guys trying to prove they can make the step up and play for you regularly," Crawford elaborated. "We've got a couple of guys in that category."

"In some cases guys play their way onto teams and in other cases, guys play their way off of teams," Crawford added. "But we're pleased with what we've been able to see so far in this pre-season. Kopitar has been a very good player for us. We're looking for continued development from him and [Patrick] O'Sullivan and Dallman and guys like that who are young and trying to show that they belong."


CONTRIBUTIONS FROM EVERYONE WILL BE NEEDED

With an acute lack of proven scorers up front, the Kings will need all their forwards to step up offensively--their young players will need to develop rapidly.

"We know that depth is a very good thing for our club," said Crawford. "What we have to continue to work on is getting the quality of players that we've got to keep making those advancements and improvements in their game and show that they can become the type of player that McDonald has become [for the Ducks] and that Selanne has been. That's when this team is really going to have something going--when we get those five or six guys up front who become front-line players."

"We can count on Lubomir [Visnovsky] and Rob Blake to be premier players for this club. "Up front, we're going to have to continue to prod, push and develop and be patient all at the same time."
 
9-23-06
Left wing prospect Patrick O'Sullivan scored at 19:08 of the third period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in pre-season action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The Kings were in control during a scoreless first period, but the Avalanche asserted themselves in the second and opened the scoring when defenseman John-Michael Liles lit the red light just twenty seconds into the period.

Jeff Finger gave the Avs a 2-0 lead late in the third period, only to see the Kings mount a strong comeback, scoring three unanswered goals.

Lubomir Visnovsky scored at 6:56 followed by Alexander Frolov at 16:26.

Dan Cloutier went all the way in goal for the Kings, stopping 22 shots.
 
9-20-06
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings assigned eight players to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings primary minor league affiliate) for training camp:

Centers: Konstantin Pushkarev and Matt Ryan
Defensemen: Brendan Buckley, Peter Harrold and Joey Mormina
Left Wings: Jeff Giuliano, Ned Lukacevic and Dany Roussin
Right Wings: Tim Jackman, John Zeiler

The Kings have 31 players remaining on their 2006 pre-season roster, including 19 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.
 
9-19-06
Joe Pavelski scored a goal and added an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 pre-season victory over the Los Angeles Kings in front of an announced crowd of 10,758 fans at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Matthew Carle and Ryan Clowe also scored for the Sharks while Rob Blake scored a shorthanded goal late in the third period after the outcome was all but decided.

In the first period, Carle and Clowe scored at 12:37 and 17:58 respectively.

Carle jumped up into the play from left point, knocking in a rebound from just outside left crease.

Clowe's goal came on the power play during a scramble in front of Kings goalie Dan Cloutier, who did not play the scramble well and wound up allowing the puck to trickle between his pads (five-hole)--he was not strong in his crease.

After a scoreless second period in which the Kings outshot the Sharks, 14-7, Pavelski scored on the power play at 4:57 on another goalmouth scramble. This time it was 18-year-old goaltender Jonathan Bernier's turn to play a scramble near the crease poorly. Like Cloutier, Bernier was not strong in his crease and the puck trickled through the five-hole.

Blake finally got the Kings on the board with a shorthanded goal off a one-time wrist shot from the slot at 15:27, assisted by Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar.

The differences in the game were better goaltending from Sharks goalies Nolan Schaefer (no goals, 17 saves) and Dimitri Patzold (one goal, 12 shots) and a solid defensive effort throughout.

On the other side of the red line, the kings were a bit sloppy in their own end and coming out a bit flat to start the game did not help.

"We could put in a lot better effort than that," said Blake.

The Kings ended up outshooting the Sharks in the game, 29-27.

The Kings' top line in the game featured Kopitar centering left wing prospect Noah Clarke with Frolov on right wing.

Clarke was virtually invisible in the game, but Kopitar made things happen on most shifts and was the Kings' best player, which was impressive given that he was up against Sharks superstar center Joe Thornton on just about every shift.

Kopitar more than held his own against Thornton.

"He's an excellent player, always tough to play against," said Kopitar. "But it's fun to play against him. Everything is hard against him. It's hard to get the puck away from him because he's so big and has a long reach."

Kopitar knew what to expect when facing Thornton.

"I played one time against him in the World Championships and it was really hard and it's always going to be hard," said Kopitar.

As for playing against National Hockey League-caliber competition, Kopitar exuded confidence.

"I feel pretty good [about playing at the NHL level], but I know I can play better too," he said.

Blake was paired with defenseman Tim Gleason, who is just in his second full year in the NHL, and especially now, after four days of practice and a pre-season game, Blake is impressed.

"I've admired him for a couple of years now," said Blake. "He moves the puck real well, he's solid and he battles hard. We're not sure what the defensive partners are going to be but he's definitely going to be player in the league for a long time. And he's a young kid still."
 
9-19-06
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings assigned a number of players to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings primary minor league affiliate) for training camp and to their junior teams:

Prior to Tuesday's pre-season game against the San Jose Sharks, the Kings assigned the following players to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings primary minor league affiliate) for training camp:

Goalies: Barry Brust, Yutaka Fukufuji, Ryan Munce and Daniel Taylor
Centers: Gabe Gauthier, Chris Korchinski, Ryan Murphy and Shay Stephenson
Defensemen: Doug Nolan, Bryan Schmidt and Eric Werner
Right Wings: Greg Hogeboom and Petr Kanko

And after the game, the following players were assigned to their junior teams:

Jonathan Bernier, Goalie (Lewiston, Ontario Hockey League)
Trevor Lewis, Center (Owen Sound, OHL)
Frazer McLaren, Left Wing, (Portland, Western Hockey League)
Joe Ryan, Defenseman (Quebec, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

The Kings now have 41 players remaining on their 2006 pre-season roster, including 26 forwards, twelve defensemen and three goaltenders.
 
9-18-06
The Los Angeles Kings opened their 2006-07 exhibition season with a 7-1 blowout victory over the Anaheim Ducks in front of an announced crowd of 12,518 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Monday night.

Defenseman prospect Kevin Dallman led the way with a four-point night, scoring two goals and adding two assists.

Derek Armstrong had three assists for the Kings and was the number one star of the game.

Sean Avery and Brian Willsie, along forward prospects Matt Moulson and Konstantin Pushkarev, each scored a goal and contributed an assist for the Kings.

Ryan Getzlaf scored the lone goal for the Ducks.

Mathieu Garon and and Jason LaBarbera split time in goal for the Kings. Garon allowed a goal on fourteen shots while LaBarbera held the Ducks scoreless on ten shots.

Goalie prospect Michael Leighton (three goals on nineteen shots) and Ilya Bryzgalov (four goals on seventeen shots) split time in goal for the Ducks.

The Kings had a 2-0 lead midway through the first period on goals by Avery and Dallman on the power play before Getzlaf cut the lead in half at 0:58 of the second period.

But after that, it was all Kings, who outshot the Ducks 25-15 the rest of the way, scoring twice in the second period and three times in the third.

The Kings wound up outshooting the Ducks in the game, 36-24.

The Kings, who were horrendous on the power play in the 2005-06 season, were 4-for-10 on the power play while the Ducks were 0-for-8.
 
9-18-06
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings made their first training camp roster cuts.

Returning to their junior teams are center Bud Holloway (Seattle, Ontario Hockey League), defenseman Ryan McGinnis (Plymouth, OHL), center David Meckler (London, OHL) and left wing John Seymour (Brampton, OHL).

The following players were released from training camp: defenseman Chad Greenan (Kootenay, Western Hockey League), left wing Kevin Henderson (Kitchener, OHL) and defenseman Craig Schira (Regina, WHL).

The Kings have 58 players remaining on their 2006 pre-season roster, including 34 forwards, 16 defensemen and 8 goaltenders.
 
9-17-06
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have signed right wing Dustin Brown and defenseman Tim Gleason to two-year contracts.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed, but Brown's contract is rumored to be $1.175 million per season, while Gleason's deal is rumored to be worth over $1 million per season.

Brown, 21, scored 14 goals and added 14 assists for 28 points in 79 games with 80 penalty minutes in his first full year in the National Hockey League.

Gleason, 23, scored two goals and added 19 assists for 21 points in 78 games for the Kings last season. He also ranked second on the club with 141 hits and third in blocked shots with 117.
 
9-16-06
The Los Angeles Kings completed day three of their 2006 training camp on Saturday, and already, some things appear to be taking shape for the fast-approaching 2006-07 regular season.


UP-TEMPO STYLE

Kings head coach Marc Crawford is known for having his teams play an aggressive style featuring defensemen who jump up into the play in the offensive zone, and the Kings will be no exception.

"You can't win a game if you don't score," said Crawford. "We want to make sure that we really try to grab every bit of offense that we can [from our defensemen]. I know they're going to enjoy playing [the new system]."

"We still have a great commitment to playing without the puck and playing in the defensive zone," said Crawford. "But we're going to be up-tempo."

Crawford also said that while some of his defensemen have clear offensive skills, the others can contribute on offense as well.

"[Lubomir Visnovsky] contributed really well last year and Rob Blake consistently contributes well from the back side," said Crawford. "I think you'll see [Brent] Sopel have a very good year. He seems to thrive on the way that we play and he's looked really good here. And we're expecting that [Tim] Gleason and [Aaron] Miller and [Mattias] Norstrom will chip in."

"I think they're really going to like it," added Crawford. "You look at people like Gleason and Norstrom, they're guys who are known more for their prowess on the defensive side of the puck than their abilities on the offensive side. But I think defensemen are not unlike forwards. Every once in awhile [they like to score a goal]. It's exciting for them to get involved in the play."

That up-tempo style will create more offense, something the Kings will likely need given the fact that their forwards are either young or are not pure goal scorers.

"We don't have anybody who you look at and say absolutely, 'this guy's going to be our thirty-goal scorer,'" Crawford explained. "[Michael] Cammalleri, [Alexander] Frolov, Dustin Brown, [Patrick] O'Sullivan--all those guys can score. You can throw [Anze] Kopitar in there, too. Those are young, good scoring people. They probably have the ability to be tagged with that moniker of being NHL scorers."

"Of our older guys, some have had good years before, but not on the basis of getting 20-25 goals every year," Crawford added. "So there's a lot of guys who have some depth, but they're not the pure goal-scoring type. And that's just what we've got. As we said earlier, it's going to be a case where our young guys have to emerge and the quicker they emerge, that's when we'll become an efficient team in that area. We've got to do everything we can to help them emerge and at the same time, score by committee."


KOPITAR MOVING CLOSER TO STAYING IN LA

Although they are just a few days into their training camp, it appears that the Kings are going to have a very tough decision to make if they want to have Kopitar play for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (the Kings primary minor league affiliate), at least to start the season.

Indeed, Kopitar appears to be turning heads in the Kings' training camp, making a strong case for bypassing the AHL and making the Kings' opening night roster.

"For a center, you want a guy who distributes the puck, and you add the dimension of a guy who gets open and can do something once he is open," said Crawford. "His strength is at a high level and his shot is at a great level. And he loves to shoot, too."

"He has that combination," added Crawford. "A lot of times a centerman will be a great playmaker and not a great scorer. Sometimes guys are great scorers and not great playmakers. He is a combination of both. He's a very exciting player."

Even the veteran players have taken notice.

"Most people don't have the discipline that he has or the courage to make plays the way he's making them," said winger Scott Thornton, who signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent back in July. "It's a sign of maturity beyond his years and it's great because in the NHL, if you have patience, you can make passes and you're going to be successful."

Thornton also has some previous experience with Kopitar.

"He's a great kid," said Thornton. "I had the opportunity to play with him in Sweden during the lockout. I knew he was going to be pretty special. He was only seventeen at the time but he was playing with a lot of maturity and was making plays that were well beyond his years. He's a big body, too, so he's not afraid to get into rough situations. I expect he's going to be a big player in the future here."

Kopitar has also made a solid impression in terms of the intangible factors that make-up an NHL player.

"His attitude has been really good," said Crawford. "He's respectful of the veteran players on the team, which you want to see from a young player. He's hard working--trying to soak everything in. He's conscientious as well. When you have that as a combination it's a pretty good package to have especially at the skill level he's at."

Kopitar, who is from Slovenia, a country not known for producing world-class hockey players, got an early start, thanks to his father.

"There's not a lot of hockey players in our country," he explained. "My Dad was playing hockey, so he gave me my first stick and I got excited. I started playing and started practicing and I started to like it. I guess it's my life right now, trying to make the NHL."

"I started to skate when I was four years old," he elaborated. "I skated behind our house back home. My Dad made ice so I started skating there. When I was four and a half, I went to the rink and started playing for a team. When I was growing up, there were eight teams in the whole country."

But Kopitar's abilities were being hindered by the fact that he did not have high-level competition at home, so he had to leave his native country to hone his skills.

"I had to go to a foreign country to play because back home, it was not challenging enough," said Kopitar. "I went to Sweden for two years and had a real nice time there and it's a great league, too. I proved a lot there."

Kopitar would clearly be at least a little disappointed if he is sent to Manchester. But he understands the reality of the situation, both for the Kings and for himself.

"I hope to be in the NHL, but even if they send me to the AHL, I have to work hard to make it to the NHL," said Kopitar. "It would be a little disappointing because I've worked real hard and I'm really prepared for this camp. But I'm nineteen years old and there's still a lot of hockey ahead of me."


O'SULLIVAN MAKING AN IMPRESSION TOO

O'Sullivan, who came to the Kings from the Minnesota Wild in a draft-day trade in exchange for forward Pavol Demitra (the Kings also got Minnesota's first round pick in the 2006 draft, which they used to select center Trevor Lewis), also appears to be making a good impression on the coaching staff and management.

"I've been encouraged with his grasp of how we're playing," said Crawford. "When he has time, when he has space, he can make things happen. Now we're trying to educate him a bit more about how that space is created. He's been really receptive to the things we've talked to him about."

"He's an eager guy," added Crawford. "He knows he's got a good opportunity to stick in the NHL right now and he's going to do everything he can to try and stick here. We've been encouraged with how receptive he's been to what we're saying."

O'Sullivan is looking to move up from the AHL, where he was third in goal scoring, and fourth in overall scoring with 47 goals and 46 assists for 93 points in 78 games as an AHL rookie. He also led all AHL rookies in scoring.

"I think I've paid my dues in juniors and I played a full year in the AHL last year," said O'Sullivan. "Nothing's going to be given to me here, but if I play the way I can, I think I have a good chance of playing here. I'll do anything and play any position that the coach wants me to."

O'Sullivan was not expecting to be traded, but he is happy to be with the Kings.

"It was a little bit surprising, but once I got over that, I realized that I was coming to a good organization and an organization that's making a lot of changes," he said. "They're giving me a chance to play. You can't ask for much more than that. And to live in this city and play hockey, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place."


THORNTON LIKES THE NEW DIGS

Scott Thornton is new to the Kings this season, but as a veteran of more than thirteen NHL seasons, he is already being looked up to as one of the team's leaders, and he is taking that responsibility in stride.

"I remember when I was a lot younger, coming up through the league," said Thornton. "The older guys were guys I looked to and watched the way they acted, day in and day out. I learned from the veteran leadership I had. I just try to act as a pro every day and lead by example if I can."

And so far, he seems to like his new surroundings.

"It's exciting," he said. "There's a lot of changes, a lot of fresh faces around here. There's a lot of new changes for the veterans as well. We're all in it together, learning new systems. It's been fun so far."


LOGJAM, PART 2

With Dan Cloutier and Mathieu Garon having all but locked up the two goaltender spots on the Kings roster, Jason LaBarbera is likely to be the odd man out and could wind up elsewhere--and the Kings might not get anything in return.

"It's one of those scenarios if they don't make a trade and Jason has to clear waivers, there's a good chance we could lose him," said Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford. "And if we don't, we can keep on developing him and we can make a decision on what route they want to go as an organization."

If LaBarbera is retained and is assigned to Manchester, that would hinder the development of the younger goaltenders who would have been playing in the AHL and ECHL--LaBarbera would take a roster spot that would have gone to one of them.

"You're going to have situations like that throughout the years within organizations where you make a trade for a veteran goalie, somebody's going to lose out on the back end," Ranford explained. "But Jason's still young enough, he's going to develop. At this point, I don't know what's going to happen."

To this point, Ranford is taking things slow with the eight goalies in camp.

"I've been real happy with everybody," he said. "We're taking baby steps on how we've approached the goalie sessions, letting these guys ease into it. The big test is once we get into the exhibition games and see how the guys work and really break down film. At this point, it's just trying to get them moving, get them back moving the way they need to be prepared to play a game."
 
9-14-06
The National Hockey League began ramping up for the 2006-07 season on Thursday as all thirty teams opened their training camps, and the Los Angeles Kings got their camp off to a fast start at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

Sixty-five players were at the Kings training facility bright and early for medical exams and testing that began at 6:30 AM, and two squads were on the ice by 7:45 AM for their first practice session.

Just two hours later, the same two squads faced off in a 25-minute scrimmage, and then had an off-ice workout. A third squad then took the ice for practice.

The Kings training camp schedule through Sunday will be very similar to Thursday's schedule.


ALL SYSTEMS GO!

Right from the start, first-year head coach Marc Crawford began instilling his systems into his new players' minds.

"A lot of today is teaching, system-wise," said center Craig Conroy. "There are some subtle changes within the systems that the new coaching staff and new management have brought in and there's a lot of new players in the organization."

"We had a good skate. The young guys looked really good out there."

The veteran players quickly noticed that their new head coach is not only well-prepared, but demanding as well.

"He's very thorough in his organization," said defenseman Rob Blake. "He's got a game plan and he wants to teach us structure within a system right off the bat. The players are going to have to adapt and buy into the new systems right away."

The players need to be fast learners because the pre-season games are already upon them.

"You just have to come in and learn," said Conroy. "It's a quick process--four practices before the first exhibition game. But it's going to be good. [Crawford is] keeping it as simple as possible. He has a few basic rules that we all have to follow and we'll be all set from there."


THE TOUGHEST DIVISION IN THE NHL

And then there is the fact that the Kings are going to be up against it in their own division.

"I think it's the deepest division in the league," said Blake. "Anaheim went to the quarterfinals last year and they've improved by adding [star defenseman Chris] Pronger and getting a year older with some playoff experience. San Jose brought in Joe Thornton midway through last season and they continued throughout the season very strong."

"Phoenix re-tooled their defensive corps through free agency and Dallas was one of the top teams in the league last year and they've maintained pretty much the same core," added Blake. "We've got our work cut out for us."

But the Kings are looking at that as a challenge, not an obstacle.

"It's probably the best division in hockey," said Crawford. "You can go even further and say that our conference is extremely strong. There are no breaks, no easy games. You're going to have to be on top of things every time you take to the ice. We recognize that's part of the challenge that's in front of us."

"We've got a good young team," said defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom. "Our division is the toughest in the NHL right now. But we learned a big lesson last year. We had a great forty games but we didn't finish it off. Now we've got to come out with that same great start and sustain it the whole year."

"We need to remember that we did get off to a great start," added Norstrom. "We did some good things. We need to take those positives and build from that. We need to last a lot longer--into April and May and hopefully into June. But we have a lot of areas to improve upon. If we think differently, we're in trouble already in September if we think that all we have to make are small adjustments. There are a lot of things we need to improve."


IN WITH THE OLD...AND THE NEW

And yes, the Kings are back to being a young team, even though they brought back Blake, who will be 37 years old in December.

"I'm excited about our team this year and with Rob back, for me, he's a very good friend of mine, and I'm excited to have him back, too," said Norstrom. "He's going to help in every area. In the room, on the ice--he's still one of the top defensemen in the league."

"Rob is the player who meant the most to my career, both on and off the ice," added Norstrom. "When he was the captain, he taught me a lot, especially no matter who the player is on your team--first-year player or a veteran, you treat everyone the same. Rob is classy all the way through. He's always been that way. Never changed. He's exactly the same guy sitting in the room here now as he was five years ago."

"It's great to have Rob Blake back," said Conroy. "He's probably the best defenseman who's ever played in an LA Kings jersey. He's a calming influence back there and great on the power play."

But it is not in with the old and out with the new. Unlike recent years, there is more optimism in the air because at least a couple of the young prospects appear to have some serious talent.

"Then you have young guys like [forward prospect Patrick] O'Sullivan and [center prospect Anze] Kopitar. If you look around, there's a lot of promise in this locker room."

Crawford said that the veterans he has on this team are well-suited to be strong, positive influences in the development of the younger players on the team.

"I think we're going to be a very good team in net, we're strong on defense and I think our biggest upside on our team is our forwards," Crawford explained. "We're going to have to do a lot of teaching and a lot of working to get the forwards to a level where they can be contributing factors in the National Hockey League."

"It's a real challenge for some of the older players--to help bring these guys along and help them reach their potential as quickly as they possibly can," Crawford added. "I think people who are a bit older--the [defenseman Aaron] Millers, the Norstroms, the Blakes--they have been able to play at a very high level because they have great habits. They are going to be terrific teachers for our younger defensemen. The young [defenseman Tim] Gleason kid is going to be a fine player and it's great for him to have those types of examples in front of him."


CAN YOU SAY "LOGJAM?"

If there is a question mark that some perceive, that would be in goal, where the Kings currently have a logjam in camp with returning goalies Mathieu Garon and Jason LaBarbera, along with Dan Cloutier, who was acquired by the Kings in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks.

"We brought in Cloutier because we really believe in what he can do," said Crawford. "Mathieu is the guy who had a great season last year with thirty wins and Jason is the guy behind them and he's going to have to push."

"It's great to have some depth, but we'll make a decision on the guys who we think are going to play a lot," added Crawford. "At the same time, we know we have an abundance of goaltenders here. There's eight in this camp, three who played in the NHL last year. That'll work itself out. We've got a month to figure it out."


KOPITAR'S STOCK RISING

The young prospect who will be most watched in camp will be Kopitar, who shined brightly during the recently completed Pacific Division Shootout, the annual tournament featuring young prospects from the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and the Kings.

The big question is: will Kopitar earn a top six forward spot with the Kings, or will he be assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (the Kings primary minor league affiliate)?

"He's going to push us, I can tell you that," said Crawford. "He's a talented, talented hockey player. He's going to push extremely hard and that's what we want. We want him to make it very difficult for us to make any other decision other than to have him be a top guy."

"I do believe that he's got an extremely, extremely bright future," added Crawford. "In the shootout tournament with the four teams, I thought he was the top player in the whole tournament. It's great that we had the top player. Let's hope he keeps pushing himself forward. If he does that, that will be a welcome decision for us to make."

Indeed, Kopitar was, by numerous accounts, the best player in the Pacific Division Shootout. And some would add by a long shot. Nevertheless, how will his talents translate to the NHL? One way or the other, the Kings are prepared to do what is best for his development.

"We also recognize that most players have to take the steps along the way and you're at a special level if you don't have to take those steps," Crawford explained. "We're quite prepared to make him to take the necessary steps. If he can show us that he doesn't need to, we'll deal with that as he keeps pushing."


LEADERSHIP AND CHARACTER ON THEIR MINDS

But the common theme of the day among the players who were with the Kings last season and witnessed the disintegration of the team first-hand was that better, stronger leadership and character is going to be a big difference this season.

That difference is going to start with Norstrom and Blake.

"[Blake has] won a Stanley Cup," said Conroy. "He's been to Colorado, he was here a long time. Guys are going to learn from him. Him and Matty are the two [leaders] in the room. It starts with those two guys."

"I think their leadership along with [winger Scott] Thornton--those three guys are huge character builders for a young guy like me," said Gleason. "Even guys the same age look up to those three. And we've got that throughout the lineup. It's going to take us to the next level."

Gleason believes that the addition of Blake is going to be huge for his own game, as well as that of the team.

"I have a guy like Rob Blake who's going to challenge me every day and I want to challenge him every day," said Gleason. "And that's goes for the other [defensemen] I play with. Each of us are going to push each other which is going to make us a better defensive squad. That'll make our forwards better. It'll make us a tough hockey club to play against. That's what's going to do it for us. Leadership, more or less."

"I'm going to push him, he's going to push me--I'm going to try to get his spot, which makes him a better player," Gleason elaborated. "No one says it's going to happen, but it's the mindset. And that's going to push all of us to be a better team."

But after all that, what really did go wrong last season?

"When everything's going good, everyone's happy and having a good time," said Conroy. "But when we started losing, it wasn't fun coming to the rink anymore. It was a battle. There were arguments, there was finger-pointing and that's what we can't have."

"There was a lot of finger-pointing and that's not what this is about. We're a team and we have to act like a team."

Norstrom was not as specific as Conroy, but he had a similar view.

"You've got to find ways when things aren't going well to be able to come down to the rink and still love--not only enjoy--but love what we've been able to do day in and day out and not letting pressure get to you when things are not going well," he said. "That's not the time to hang your head."

"That's what you get when you have a really tight group--no matter what happens to the team, nothing fazes you," he added. "At least not showing it. That's so important. It's a sign of weakness when you don't see the smiles on faces or you see guys dragging their feet into the rink. No team needs that."

So how do the Kings avoid the infighting, bickering and dissension in the dressing room in the future?

"This year, we're aware of what happened," said Norstrom. "So come December...January, depending on where we're sitting, we need to remember what happened last year. That's the key--to learn from the past."

"No matter what happens, good or bad, you can't point the finger at guys," said Conroy. "We don't need arguments. We don't need guys screaming in the locker room. We just need to be like, 'hey, we made a mistake.' Pat the guy on the back and move on. We've got to do better."


WE DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT INJURIES!

After playing on so many teams that have been totally decimated by injuries, the Kings are sick of even talking about it.

"I wish we were a team that never had to talk about injuries again," said Norstrom. "Injuries you can't control, but we just don't want to talk about it anymore. And we want to start well, but find a way to become better and better and come April, really hit our stride and be at our best. That's the reputation we want to have as a team. That's what we need to change. We can't be a team that came out of the gate well and then faded. No one wants that reputation."


GLEASON CLOSE TO SIGNING

Unsigned going into training camp, Gleason, he said that he is very close to signing a new contract with the Kings.

"We're close," said Gleason. "We're both feeling the same, so it's just a matter of time."
 
9-13-06
Anze Kopitar scored a goal and added at least one assist, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Day 4 of the Pacific Division Shootout, but Coyotes top prospect Peter Mueller scored the lone goal in the ten-minute tie-breaker to give the Coyotes the tournament championship.

Matt Moulson scored twice for the rookie Kings and Ned Lukacevic added a shorthanded goal in Game 2 of the championship series.

The Kings dominated the first two periods and led 3-0 heading into the third period, only to see the rookie Coyotes storm back late in the game.

Olivier Latendresse, Liam Lindstrom, and Ryan Garlock scored for Phoenix.

Jonathan Bernier went all the way in goal for the Kings and made fifteen saves while Coyotes netminder Josh Tordjman stopped 31 shots.

In the tie-breaking period following Game 2, Mueller got the puck after a turnover by the Kings in the slot. Mueller scored on a wrist shot from inside the left face-off dot with Bernier screened by his own defenseman.

Bernier faced two shots in the tie-breaker while Tordjman saw five shots by the Kings.

There was some odd scoring late in Game 2. No assists were credited on the last two goals of the game, even though it was obvious that assists should have been awarded, one of which should have gone to Kopitar (giving him two assists in the game) on Moulson's second goal of the game.

At least one assist probably should have been awarded on Mueller's goal in the tie-breaker as well, but that goal was also scored as unassisted.

Phoenix has now won the Pacific Division Shootout championship for the second time in four years. The Kings placed second for the fourth consecutive year.

As he did on Friday night, Kopitar was the best player on the ice in this game, even though Mueller scored the championship-winning goal. Kopitar was a cut above the rest once again, clearly outclassing the field.

Lukacevic also played a strong game and contributed on both sides of the red line--he played a solid game throughout.

On the other side of the coin, winger Konstantin Pushkarev was noticable for all the wrong reasons. He was sometimes too fancy with the puck, he held onto it too long, made a number of poor decisions with and without the puck, and committed some key turnovers. He certainly left a poor impression on the minds of the Kings management after this night.

In the Consolation game played earlier in the day, the Anaheim Ducks slipped past the San Jose Sharks, taking a 2-1 overtime decision and third place in the rookie tournament.

*NOTE: Stats sheets were unavailable following the game, so no box score is available.
 
9-12-06
Day 3 of the Pacific Division Shootout saw the San Jose Sharks blowout the Anaheim Ducks, 6-1 and the Phoenix Coyotes skate past the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 on Monday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

Joe Pavlevski led the way for the Sharks with two goals, while Marc-Edouard Vlasic tallied three assists.

Four of the Sharks' goals came on the power play--San Jose was 4-for-6 on the power play while the Ducks went 0-for-7.

Taylor Dakers stopped 22 shots in goal for San Jose, while Anaheim goalie Joey Perricone got lit up, allowing six goals on just twenty shots.

In the late game, after taking a 2-0 lead late in the first period, the Kings could not stay out of the penalty box and the Coyotes took advantage, scoring three times on fourteen power play chances.

Eric Werner and John Zeiler scored at 11:30 and 14:19 of the first period, respectively.

But it was all Phoenix after Keith Yandle got the Coyotes on the board at 18:13.

It was a constant parade to the penalty box for the Kings, who were often a step too slow--eleven of the Kings' fourteen penalties were either hooking, holding, tripping or interference--all the penalties players take when they are not moving their feet on defense.

The Kings were 1-for-6 on the power play.

Daniel Taylor went all the way in goal for the Kings and did nothing to distinguish himself, allowing two soft goals and making a bad play with the puck in the right corner late in the game. With the Kings on the power play, Taylor tried to catch the Coyotes in a line change and threw a clearing pass into the neutral zone. But the puck bounced to Coyotes center Kyle Wilson and he caught Taylor well out of his net for an easy shorthanded marker at 8:39 to close out the scoring.

Phoenix goalie Pier-Olivier Pelletier allowed two goals on just fifteen shots by the Kings.

BOX SCORE

SCORE
Phoenix: 2 0 2 -- 4
Kings: 1 1 0 -- 2

FIRST PERIOD
1. LOS ANGELES. Werner 3 (Zeiler, Ned Lukacevic), 11:30 POWER PLAY
2. LOS ANGELES. Zeiler 1 (Craig Schira, Lukacevic), 14:19
3. PHOENIX. Yandle 2 (unassisted), 18:13 POWER PLAY

SECOND PERIOD
4. PHOENIX. Kyle Wilson 2 (Daniel Winnik), 17:59 POWER PLAY

THIRD PERIOD
5. PHOENIX. Enver Lisin 3 (Martin Hanzal), 2:38 POWER PLAY
6. PHOENIX. Wilson 3 (unassisted), 8:39 SHORTHANDED

SHOTS ON GOAL
Phoenix: 7 10 13 -- 30
Los Angeles: 5 3 7 -- 15

POWER PLAY CONVERSIONS
Phoenix: 3/14; Los Angeles: 1/6

GOALIES
Phoenix: Pelletier. 60:00, 13 saves, 2-0
Los Angeles: Taylor. 59:29, 26 saves, 0-1

PHOENIX SCRATCHES
Matt Jones, Olivier Latendresse, Bill Thomas

LOS ANGELES SCRATCHES
Yutaka Fukufuji, Gabe Gauthier, Kevin Henderson, Anze Kopitar, Ryan McGinnis, David Meckler, Rickard Petiot, Konstantin Pushkarev, Lauri Tukonen
 
9-12-06
The Los Angeles Kings announced on Tuesday that individual game tickets for the 2006-07 regular season will go on sale this Saturday, September 16, 2006, at 9:00 AM PDT.

Tickets will be available at the Staples Center box office with parking available in Lot 7 (Figueroa St. and 11th Street).

Tickets will also be available starting at 10:00 AM PDT at all TicketMaster outlets and from www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone, (213) 365-3600.

Tickets for the January 20, 2006 game at Staples Center between the Kings and Phoenix Coyotes (when Luc Robitaille's jersey number 20 will be retired) will not be available until a later date.

For more information on individual game tickets, season tickets, mini-plans and group discount information, call (888) 546-4752.
 
9-11-06
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced a format change for the Pacific Division Shootout, the annual rookie tournament featuring young prospects from the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and the Kings.

The tournament is being played at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

With the Coyotes and Kings each winning their first two games, the two teams will now face each other in a two-game championship series. They will face each other tonight at 7:30 PM PDT in the first game.

The Ducks will face the Sharks in today's early game (4:00 PM) as originally scheduled, and again in the consolation game at 4:00 PM on Tuesday.

The Kings and Coyotes will face-off in Game 2 of the championship series at 7:30 PM on Tuesday.

If the Kings and Coyotes split the two games, the teams will play a ten-minute overtime period after Game 2 to determine the champion.

As originally scheduled, the Kings rookies will practice on Tuesday from 11:00 - 11:45 AM. All practice sessions are free and are open to the public.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for both day's games from the Toyota Sports Center box office at $10.00 each (limited to four tickets per person), and they allow entry for both games on that day.
 
9-11-06
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced changes to their pre-season and regular season schedules.

Rookie games against the Anaheim Ducks at Anaheim on September 18 and at Staples Center against the San Jose Sharks on September 19 have been cancelled.

These games were to be played prior to the "regular" pre-season game on both nights.

During the regular season, the Kings game at Colorado on Tuesday, November 7 will start at 6:30 PM PDT instead of 6:00 PM.
 
9-8-06
The Pacific Division Shootout, a tournament featuring young prospects from the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks got off to a raucous start on Friday with the Coyotes storming back from a two-goal deficit with three late goals to beat the Sharks, 6-5 in overtime, and with the Kings holding off the Ducks, 6-5 in the late game.

Matt Moulson scored two goals and Chris Korchinski had a goal and two assists for the Kings.

Ryan Carter led the way for Anaheim with two goals, while Drew Miller scored a goal and added two assists.

Jonathan Bernier went all the way in goal for the Kings, giving up five goals on 22 Anaheim shots--two of the goals were soft.

However, to be fair, all five Anaheim goals came on the power play, and three of them came when the Ducks had a two-man advantage in what was a penalty-filled game, even though there was just one fight.

In all, the two teams combined for 27 penalties (15 for Anaheim and 12 for the Kings) and sixty penalty minutes.

Anaheim goalie David McKee got lit up by the rookie Kings, giving up six goals on 32 shots.

The Kings scored twice on their twelve power play chances.

Although he was not the scoring leader in the game, Kings center prospect Anze Kopitar was clearly the star of the game.

He gave the Kings a 2-0 lead with a power play goal at 7:28 of the first period when he coasted down right wing with the puck and then turned on the jets when he reached the top of the right circle, blowing past two Ducks players. From the right face-off dot, he flicked a very quick wrist shot past McKee. This was the "prettiest" goal of the night, coming off a deceptive and quick move that showed a lot of skill.

Although he would not score another goal in the game, it was clear that at least on this night, Kopitar was a man among boys--he was an order of magnitude better than the rest. He was clearly way ahead of the other players on the ice in terms of skill, quickness, defensive abilities, footwork, and in his decisions with the puck and without it.

The only weakness Kopitar showed in the game was on face-offs--he lost the vast majority of his face-offs.

But this is just one game in a pre-training camp tournament. As such, what Kopitar's performance in Friday's game means for his future remains unclear.


BOX SCORE
Anaheim: 3 1 1 -- 5
Los Angeles: 3 2 1 -- 6

FIRST PERIOD
1. LOS ANGELES. Gabe Gauthier 1 (Ned Lukacevic, Craig Schira), 1:05
2. LOS ANGELES. Anze Kopitar 1 (Schira), 7:28 POWER PLAY
3. ANAHEIM. Drew Miller 1 (Brendan Mikkelson, Bobby Ryan), 9:36 POWER PLAY
4. ANAHEIM. Ryan Carter 1 (Miller, Brett Skinner), 13:54 POWER PLAY
5. LOS ANGELES. Chris Korchinski 1 (Eric Werner), 15:10
6. ANAHEIM. Ryan 1 (Tim Kraus, Miller), 19:13 POWER PLAY

SECOND PERIOD
7. LOS ANGELES. Matt Moulson 1 (Korchinski, Werner), 2:30
8. LOS ANGELES. Moulson 2 (Korchinski), 11:52
9. ANAHEIM. Colby Genoway 1 (Brian Salcido, Skinner), 16:28 POWER PLAY

THIRD PERIOD
10. LOS ANGELES. Werner 1 (Peter Harrold, Kopitar), 5:25 POWER PLAY
11. ANAHEIM. Carter 2 (Salcido, Ryan), 11:47 POWER PLAY

SHOTS ON GOAL
Anaheim: 13 8 6 -- 27
Los Angeles: 14 13 11 -- 38

POWER PLAY CONVERSIONS
Anaheim: 5/15; Los Angeles: 2/12

GOALIES
Anaheim: McKee. 59:57, 32 saves, 0-1
Los Angeles: Bernier. 60:00, 22 saves, 1-0


*NOTE: Kingshockey.com will not have a writer at Saturday's rookie tournament games, so there will be no report. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
9-1-06
On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt Moulson to a multi-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Moulson, 22, played the last four years at Cornell University, leading the team in goals and overall scoring for the third consecutive season with 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points.

In 134 career games with Cornell, Moulson scored 71 goals, with 67 asssits for 138 points, including 33 power play goals.

The 6-1, 210-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ninth-round (263rd overall) of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
 
10-29-05
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings activated left wing Jeff Cowan from injured reserve, and to make room on the roster, they assigned left wing Noah Clarke to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Cowan suffered a groin strain on October 6 and has not played since.

Clarke played on Friday night against the San Jose Sharks after being recalled earlier that day.
 
10-28-05
On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings recalled left wing prospect Noah Clarke from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings' primary minor league affiliate. Earlier in the week, the Kings also announced changes in their television broadcast schedule.

Clarke, 26, has no goals and four assists in five games with the Monarchs this season, leading the team in scoring along with Konstantiv Pushkarev.

Clarke, who is 5-9 and weighs 193 pounds, is a native of LaVerne, California. He was originally selected by the Kings in the ninth round (258th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He became the first Californian to skate for the Kings on December 16, 2003 against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center.

Clarke has one assist in two games with the Kings.

To make room on the roster, winger Jeff Cowan was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to October 6, due to a groin strain.

Cowan played against Phoenix on October 6, and has not played since.

The Kings and FSN West/West 2 have also announced changes in the Kings television broadcast schedule.

Added to the schedule are (all times are Pacific):

November 13 - at Columbus, 2:00 PM
November 15 - at Nashville, 5:00 PM
January 12 - at Boston, 4:00 PM
January 14 - at Buffalo, 4:30 PM

Removed from the broadcast schedule:

March 7 - at Minnesota, 5:00 PM
 
10-12-05
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they will honor former right wing Adam Deadmarsh during a game in March, and that three of their players were named to Team Russia's preliminary Olympic roster.

The Kings and Colorado Avalanche will honor Deadmarsh on March 20, 2006, in a game featuring both teams at Staples Center.

Deadmarsh retired from hockey in September due to post-concussion syndrome.

During his ten-year career, Deadmarsh played for the Avalanche and Kings, winning a Stanley Cup with the Avs in 1996.

Deadmarsh also represented the United States twice in Olympic competition.

The Kings acquired Deadmarsh from Colorado on February 21, 2001, in the controversial trade that sent James Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Rob Blake and forward Steven Reinprecht to the Avs in exchange for Deadmarsh, defenseman Aaron Miller, Jared Aulin (since traded to Washington), a first round selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (David Steckel, who signed as a free agent with Washington), and a first round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Brian Boyle).

In 114 games with the Kings over three seasons (2000-01 to 2002-03), Deadmarsh scored 46 goals with 39 assists for 85 points while racking up 96 penalty minutes.

In 17 playoff games with the Kings, Deadmarsh scored four goals with six assists for ten points and six penalty minutes. One of those goals was the overtime game-winner in Game 6 against the heavily-favored Detroit Red WIngs at Staples Center on April 23, 2001.

"Adam played a tremendous role for us during the time he was here and represented the Kings at the highest levels both on and off the ice," said Kings' President/Hockey Operations and General Manager Dave Taylor. "This will be a great opportunity for our fans to show their appreciation for his true dedication and outstanding play during his time with our organization."

"It will be a great night for Adam, his family, and most importantly, our fans," added Taylor.

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced on Wednesday that Alexander Frolov, Valeri Bure and Denis Grebeshkov have been added to their preliminary Olympic roster.

The 2006 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled for February 10-26, 2006 in Torino, Italy.
 
10-11-05
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman prospect Richard Petiot from injured reserve and assigned him to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Petiot, 23, suffered a rib contusion during the Kings' training camp, and was placed on injured reserve on October 4 (retroactive to September 27).

The 6-3, 200-pound native of Daysland, Alberta, Canada did not play in a regular season game for the Kings. He was the Kings' fourth-round (116th overall) pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
 
10-9-05
Prior to their game against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman Mattias Norstrom from injured reserve.

To make room on the roster, the Kings assigned defenseman Denis Grebeshkov to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings' primary minor league affiliate.

Norstrom suffered a strained hamstring during training camp, and was suffering from the flu. He missed the Kings' first two games of the season at Dallas on Wednesday and against Phoenix on Thursday.

Norstrom was in the lineup and played a regular shift during the Kings' 2-1 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday evening at Staples Center.
 
10-7-05
With all the new rule changes that the National Hockey League (NHL) has implemented this season, all with the intent to open up the ice and generate more goals, conventional wisdom has led to everyone talking about how the game has impacted goalies.

To be sure, with the league reducing the size of their protective gear by about eleven percent, along with rule changes and new interpretations that will result in a lot more traffic in front of their nets and that will prevent goalies from playing the puck in the corners, NHL goaltenders will indeed face a tougher challenge than ever before.

But if you think goalies are going to have it tough in the "New NHL," they just might be getting off easy compared to the defensemen who play in front of them.

With the new emphasis on opening up the ice and eliminating obstruction and interference on players without the puck, NHL defensemen are having to learn to play the game a whole new way.

Before NHL teams opened their training camps in September, the league sent out instructional videos to each team.

The NHL even sent people out to each team to demonstrate how strictly officials would be calling games.

And so far, defensemen still appear to be feeling their way around as the regular season begins--their entire world has pretty much been turned upside down.

Gone are the days when they can check a player into the boards and pin them there to keep them out of the play.

No longer can they continually punish an opposing forward to clear them from the front of the net.

They cannot use their stick to slow up on-rushing forwards or pull and poke at puck-carriers anymore.

And that's just the beginning--the NHL is indeed calling things very strictly on the ice and they have been quite consistent from the first pre-season games through the first few days of the 2005-06 regular season.

And things have not been any different for the defensemen of the Los Angeles Kings, who are learning on the job, just like everyone else.

"It's been a big adjustment," said Kings' veteran defenseman Aaron Miller. "It's been game-by-game. I was out for a year-and-a-half and then to come back to this game where everything I've been taught is a penalty, it's been a lot of adjustments."

"I've had six games in the pre-season to make those adjustments and I'm still learning," added Miller.

Throughout the league, many defensemen have been second-guessing themselves because of the threat of winding up in the penalty box.

"I think a lot of guys, including myself, are playing too cautious because we don't want to go to the box," explained Miller. "I think we have to play more physical."

Backing off from physical play was a big part of the Kings blowing a 4-0 lead on Wednesday night at Dallas, handing the Stars a 5-4 win.

"That was Andy's [Kings' head coach Andy Murray] thing tonight," said Miller on Thursday after the Kings defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2 at Staples Center. "He told us not to worry about going to the box, just finish your checks and we did that a lot better tonight. It's a fine line. You just have to figure out how far to take it."

Miller added that his learning process was coming along.

"I felt a lot better tonight," he said. "I had some good battles and so far, I haven't been in the box, which is amazing."

Miller felt that the rule changes have really opened up the ice and they have given good skaters a big advantage.

"If the game stays like this, we're not going to see anyone skating backwards anymore," he said, referring to defensemen. "It's just go-go-go. Hopefully, I can hang in there. I think I still have something I can contribute by playing the body and making smart plays. It's definitely a skating man's game now."

"It certainly seems like there's going to be more chances and more goals," added Miller. "If that's what the league wants, these new rules are going to accomplish that."

Miller also expressed a little disdain for how the new rules have impacted NHL defensemen, but also looked beyond himself and his fellow defensemen.

"For those who are 'Old School Hockey'--they're not going to appreciate it as much," Miller explained. "I certainly don't. But that's the way they want to do it, and whatever brings more fans to this game is what we need to do, and I'm all for it. It's just going to be a tough adjustment for a lot of guys."

Regardless of how much the rule changes have impacted his game, Miller certainly has a sense of humor about it.

"I don't think they're going to have defensemen anymore in this league," Miller joked. "I don't know why they need them. I think it's going to be five forwards, maybe four forwards and a defenseman."

While that might be a bit extreme, one can certainly see how it might look that way from the viewpoint of a veteran NHL blue-liner.
 
10-4-05
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced their 2005-06 opening night roster, and as well as some roster moves.

On the 23-man opening night roster are:

DEFENSEMEN

6 - Joe Corvo
10 - Nathan Dempsey
42 - Tim Gleason
37 - Denis Grebeshkov
3 - Aaron Miller
17 - Lubomir Visnovsky
43 - Mike Weaver

FORWARDS

7 - Derek Armstrong
19 - Sean Avery
25 - Eric Belanger
77 - Ken Belanger
23 - Dustin Brown
13 - MIchael Cammalleri
22 - Craig Conroy
15 - Jeff Cowan
38 - Pavol Demitra
24 - Alexander Frolov
29 - Tom Kostopoulos
57 - George Parros
20 - Luc Robitaille
97 - Jeremy Roenick

GOALIES

31 - Mathieu Garon
35 - Jason LaBarbera

The following players will start the season on injured reserve:

8 - Valeri Bure, Left Wing (back strain, retroactive to September
29)

14 - Mattias Norstrom, Defenseman (Hamstring, retroactive to
September 27)

Richard Petiot, Defenseman (Rib contusion, retroactive to September
27)

Bure will be eligible to return to action on Thursday, October 6.
Norstrom and Petiot are eligible to return to the lineup immediately.

The Kings also loaned left wings Noah Clarke and Ryan Flinn to the
Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary
minor league affiliate.

The Kings open the 2005-06 season at Dallas on Wednesday night. The
game will be televised live on FSN West at 5:30 PM PDT. The game will
also be broadcast on KKGO 1260 AM and along the Kings Radio Network.
 
10-3-05
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings assigned left wing Jeff Giuliano to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings' primary minor league affiliate.

Giuliano, 26, played in four pre-season games with the Kings, contributing one assist.

The Kings now have 28 players remaining on their training camp roster, including 17 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies.
 
9-30-05
Sergei Fedorov and Joffrey Lupul both scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a 5-4 pre-season victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on Friday night.

Andy McDonald also scored for the Ducks. Pavol Demitra scored two goals to lead the Kings. Tom Kostopoulos and Eric Belanger also scored for the Kings.

Lupul opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 2:23 of the first period.

Kostopoulos tied the game at the 10:40 mark, and the two teams went into the first intermission tied, 1-1.

Fedorov scored his first goal of the game just 1:59 into the second period. And less than five minutes later, Lupul scored at the 6:51 mark to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead.

Demitra scored at 10:53 to cut the Anaheim lead in half, and then Belanger's goal at 15:55 tied the game.

As they did in the first and second period, the Ducks scored early in the third period, when McDonald scored the game-winning goal at 2:43.

Demitra added his second goal of the game at 10:24, taking a feed from Belanger, who had blown past Anaheim defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh.

The Kings were outshot by the Ducks, 38-20. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 16 saves for Anaheim, while Jason LaBarbera stopped 33 shots for Los Angeles.

The Ducks were 0/7 on the power play, while the Kings were 3/8.

The Kings finished the pre-season with a 4-3-1 record.
 
9-30-05
On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings assigned goalie Adam Hauser to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings' primary minor league affiliate), and they signed unrestricted free agent Ken Belanger to a one-year contract. They also released defenseman Brad Norton, who was a non-roster training camp invitee.

Hauser will be the starting goalie for the Monarchs.

Belanger, 31, was a non-roster invite to the Kings' training camp. The 6-4, 220-pound winger last played in the NHL for the Kings during the 2002-03 season when he played in four games before sufferring a season-ending concussion.

In 43 games with the Kings in the 2001-02 season, Belanger, who is best-known for his fighting skills, scored two goals and racked up 85 penalty minutes.

In 243 career NHL games with the Kings, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, Belanger has 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points and 688 penalty minutes. He was a seventh-round pick of the Hartford Whalers (153rd overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

Financial terms of Belanger's contract were not disclosed.

The Kings now have 29 players in their 2005 training camp.
 
9-29-05
Jeff Cowan, Tom Kostopoulos and Sean Avery all scored goals and Valeri Bure scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche in pre-season action at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Thursday night.

Brad May, Joe Sakic and Pierre Turgeon scored for Colorado.

Cowan and Avery also contributed an assist each for the Kings.

Both teams scored early goals in the first period, with May opening the scoring at 2:11, followed by Cowan at 4:13.

After Kings' defenseman prospect Denis Grebeshkov took a holding penalty just nine seconds into the second period, the Avs quickly cashed in on the power play, with Sakic scoring at the 0:25 mark.

But just over one minute later, Kostopoulos tied the game with a goal at 1:39.

Avery and Turgeon traded goals at 2:40 and 8:48 respectively, and the teams went into the third period tied, 3-3.

The "highlights" of a scoreless third period came when Avalanche players Ian Laperriere and Alex Tanguay decided to go after Avery for his racist remarks earlier in the week that demeaned French Canadian NHL players.

At the 12:15 mark, Tanguay ran Avery and received a boarding minor. And less than four minutes later, Laperriere and Avery jawed at each other, both receiving unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Neither team scored in overtime, leading to a shootout, where Kings' goalie Mathieu Garon blanked the Avs, while Colorado goalie prospect Vitali Kolesnik was beaten by Bure to give the Kings the win.

The Avs were 2/11 on the power play, while the Kings were 0/9.
 
9-27-05
Ryan Clowe scored two goals, while Tom Preissing and Nils Ekman each added a goal and an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in pre-season action at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Josh Gorges also scored for the Sharks, while Aaron Miller, Pavol Demitra and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings.

After an evenly-played, scoreless first period, the Kings drew first blood on the power play when Miller scored on a slap shot through traffic from right point at 3:09.

But then the Kings, who have had a ton of lapses in their last three pre-season games, fell asleep again and they almost literally watched as the Sharks scored three straight goals in a 3:10 span.

Preissing scored at 10:06 on the power play, followed by goals from Clowe at 10:41 and 13:16.

Demitra scored from the doorstep at 19:34 to give the Kings a bit of a spark, but San Jose came right back at 3:48 of the third period when Gorges scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

The two teams matched each other on the ice until the 14:42 mark, when Brown scored from the goalmouth.

But the Sharks answered right back at the 18:50 mark when Ekman scored an empty-net goal after Kings' goalie Jason LaBarbera went off for the extra attacker at 18:40.

Kings' head coach Andy Murray said his team seemed to stop playing for awhile in the second period.

"We had a phase for about eight minutes in the second period after they got their first goal that we seemed to lock up--we weren't playing," Murray lamented.

"After the first period, I think our attempted shots were five more than them, but we didn't hit the net," Murray added. "I thought our time of possession wasn't bad. But that phase in the second period there...it can't happen to us."

But the good thing for Murray and the Kings is that this is just the pre-season.

"I think we've done some good things [so far in their training camp and pre-season]," said Murray. "I think there's adjustments for certain players. We have a lot of new people here, and it takes a bit of time."

"There have been parts of our pre-season schedule where we've liked our effort, and there are other parts that haven't been what we need," he added. "But that's why we're playing these games and you try to get better every day."

Injury Bug Returns

Kings' defenseman Mattias Norstrom suffered a hamstring injury about midway through the second period. He did not return. He will be evaluated on Wednesday.

And during the third period, Kings' defensemen Tim Gleason and Lubomir Visnovsky collided knee-on-knee, with Gleason getting the worst of it. Gleason limped off to the bench late in the third period and did not return. He will also be evaluated on Wednesday.

On a positive note, center Derek Armstrong, who suffered a concussion on September 18, passed a series of tests and is expected to return to practice on Wednesday.

Center Jeremy Roenick, who suffered a concussion during Sunday's game against Phoenix, rode the exercise bike on Tuesday and said that he was headache-free and had less neck pain.

Avery Suffering From Foot-In-Mouth Disease

Earlier in the day, Kings' forward Sean Avery told Canada's TSN that the hit by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Denis Gauthier on Roenick that caused the concussion was a clean hit.

But Avery did not stop there.

"I think it was typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back[ing] anything up," he said.

"I'd think if a guy like Brett Hull was coming up the middle, somebody probably wouldn't have stepped up and hit him, but like I said, a typical move from a guy wearing a visor that certainly doesn't like to get scratched at all."

Hours before Tuesday's game, the Kings released a statement by Avery.

"I certainly did not want to offend anyone with my comments earlier today," said Avery. "I am an emotional guy who sometimes says things that shouldn't be said. I apologize if I offended anyone."

Kings' President of Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor is reportedly going to discuss this incident with Avery.

Whatever happens, Taylor should tell Avery to keep his mouth shut, especially regarding ethnic groups, considering that the Kings are in the most diverse city in the nation, and possibly, the world.

Adjusting To The New Rules?

There were far less penalties in this game than in the Kings' previous pre-season games. One reason is that the players are clearly beginning to adjust to the new rules, knowing that everything is being called now.

"I think guys are adjusting," said Kings' left wing Luc Robitaille, who assisted on Brown's third period goal. "You can clearly tell that when guys are skating between the blues lines, the defenses are letting them go. They're letting those guys skate. Guys are starting to get used to it."

"It's going to be amazing after Christmas," added Robitaille. "You'll see guys playing in the corners and getting openings. You can't be lazy. You can't make mistakes at the blue line."

Murray also said that the new rules have also affected the power play and penalty-killing, noting that teams killing penalties are now backing off when defensemen get the puck at the points.

Prior to this year, a common tactic was to pressure the defenseman with the puck at left or right point. But now, with the larger attacking zones, teams killing penalties often back off instead.

"You've been taught in penalty-killing to stay by the circles," explained Murray. "And now, there's more room there. There's more room to shoot the puck from the top and work the plays to the side a little. I think it is creating more space and more shot opportunities."

Robitaille said that the new rules are going to make the game better for the fans and should help improve how the game looks on television.

"It's great for TV because the puck isn't along the walls as much--we're not chipping it in all the time," he said. "Teams are literally passing it back and forth between the blue lines, creating rushes. Instead of having dump-ins, guys are making plays."
 
9-26-05
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that center Jeremy Roenick is listed as day-to-day after suffering a concussion during Sunday night's pre-season game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center.

Roenick was evaluated by doctors on Monday, and his eye tests were normal. However, he is suffering from stiffness in his upper back and neck.

He will not play in the Kings' three remaining pre-season games, but he is hoping to be ready for the season opener in Dallas on October 5.
 
9-25-05
Alexander Frolov scored two goals, Dustin Brown scored a goal, and Pavol Demitra added a goal and two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 7-4, come-from-behind victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in pre-season action at Staples Center on Sunday night.

Ken Belanger, Tom Kostopoulos and Sean Avery also scored for the Kings, while Oleg Saprykin, Mike Comrie and Tyson Nash scored for the Coyotes, with Saprykin netting two goals.

But the big story from this game came in early in the second period when Kings' center Jeremy Roenick took a pass along the right wing boards near the red line, only to be walloped by a big hit from Phoenix defenseman Denis Gauthier at the 2:25 mark.

Roenick went down in a heap, and after lying still on the ice for a few minutes, he skated off the ice, mostly under his own power, although he was assisted by teammates. He did not return to the game.

The concussion is the 11th of Roenick's NHL career.

After the game Roenick, who appeared lucid and calm, said he was feeling some pain in his head and neck, but that it would not keep him out for an extended period.

But he was not happy. Not at all.

"It's indicative of the state of our game...the lack of respect is immense," Roenick lamented. "To have a hit like that in the pre-season is uncalled for. It's ridiculous. It's one reason why our game isn't as good as it once was. There's no respect for people in this league."

"That's not to say it was a cheap hit," Roenick continued. "It was a good, solid hit. Gauthier hits hard. But you don't do that in the pre-season. You don't try to take people's heads off in the pre-season."

Roenick gave reporters an example of his "old school" attitude towards the game.

"I let him off the hook in Phoenix last week because I respect the fact that he's a veteran," Roenick explained. "Unfortunately, the respect doesn't go back in the same way. It's a big problem in our league that should be addressed by everybody and every team."

His coach agreed.

"From the ice, it looked like it was not a dirty hit, but it was an uncalled for one in a game like this," said Kings' head coach Andy Murray. "We know that Jeremy had him lined up in Phoenix and backed off on a hit, in a similar situation where he could have hurt him."

"I wouldn't say it was even a penalty, but there are some things that don't have to happen in a game like this."

For his part, Gauthier seemed to shrug off the respect issue.

"It was a clean hit," said Gauthier. "It was one of those situations where we were both going the same direction. I tried to finish the check and he tried to kind of cut in and he cut into my shoulder."

"I don't wish that on anybody," added Gauthier. "But it's part of the game. I've been in that situation. It's something you got to live with."

Roenick maintained that the hit was a prime example of how the game has changed, and not for the better.

"It's prevalent around the league now," he said. "Something like this would never have happened back in the Eighties. But the respect has since dwindled away."

"There's no need for those kinds of plays in the pre-season," said Roenick. "I can see it in the regular season, but in the pre-season? To come all the way across the ice and hit someone who's had concussions before, someone who's been in the league as long as I have, it's totally disrespectful."

"[Gauthier is] known to come across and hit like that, explained Roenick. "He came a long [expletive deleted] way to make that hit."

"What bothers me is that it didn't have to happen," Roenick vented. "I've been around a long [expletive deleted] time. It's things like that that end people's careers. I respect Gauthier. He's a hard player. But there's no room in the game for [expletive deleted] like that."

Before and after the big hit, the two teams managed to play some hockey...

The Kings looked like the better team until the Coyotes took two early penalties in the first period, putting the Kings on the power play.

But after the two power plays, the Coyotes took over. The only reason they failed to put the Kings away in the first period was because of big saves by Kings' goalie Mathieu Garon, who stopped three Coyotes' chances from point-blank range.

Much to the amazement of virtually everyone, Ken Belanger opened the scoring at 16:58 after picking up the puck along the left wing boards and using a nifty stick-handle move to get past Phoenix defenseman David Tanabe. Belanger moved into the left circle all alone and whistled a wrist shot past Phoenix netminder Curtis Joseph, just inside the left goal post.

The Kings continued their sloppy play in the second period, leading to easy power play goals by Saprykin at 7:39 and Comrie at 8:40.

The Kings seemed to wake up when Frolov scored on the power play at 10:21, but they went right back into snooze mode, leading to some careless penalty-killing and another easy power play goal for Saprykin at 14:12.

Nash followed with another goal on a two-on-one break at 17:31, giving the Coyotes a 4-2 lead.

At this point, the Kings, who played poorly against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in Las Vegas (a 2-1 overtime loss), decided to wake up.

Brown opened the third period scoring at 2:36 when he split two Phoenix defenders in the high slot and using a nice pull-and-drag move, found a bit of space and fired a hard wrist shot, beating Joseph, who looked very shaky all night, over his glove hand.

Forward prospect Tom Kostopoulos scored at 7:20, and Frolov scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 8:45 on the power play.

Avery scored at 13:03, followed by Demitra at 17:53 to close out the scoring.

Frolov, who was the number one star of the game, called the win a team win.

"We've got a great lineup right now," said Frolov. "We're playing better. We had some bad luck last night, but tonight, we were down by two goals but we came back. It was a great win for our team."

Murray was pleased to see his team finally respond after playing two very poor periods, preceded by a poor performance in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

"I felt last night in Las Vegas, we tried to play a skill game, totally--not the way the Kings play," he explained. "The first two periods tonight was quite similar, and then the third period was more like the way we want to play, when we're stepping on the ice and we're assertive in everything we do."

"I was certainly pleased with the way we came back and we needed to," he added. "We hadn't played really well for about five periods and we needed to do that in the third."

Murray also felt his team responded to the Gauthier hit by taking it to the Coyotes in the third period.

"I thought [the hit] was addressed by the way our team played," said Murray. "We showed an amazing amount of grit to come back from being down 4-2 and have a third period like we did. For these guys, it was a never-quit game."

"We've had a tough go with what happened here with Jeremy, to battle back in the game," added Murray. "It doesn't matter if it's a playoff game, a pre-season game, or a rivalry game in the regular season, when you have an effort like we had in the third period, and our guys continue to battle, you walk away feeling pretty good about the group of guys who got the job done."

After a sub-par game in Las Vegas on Saturday night, and poor first and second periods in this game, Frolov helped lead the Kings to five unanswered goals in the third period.

"Frolov was not very good last night in Las Vegas, and I didn't think he played particularly well for the first forty minutes tonight," said Murray. "But he stepped it up in the third period, as our whole team did. That's what we expect of him. The Kings have recognized what we can do for us. He just has to make sure he does it."

Murray added that much is expected from Frolov this season.

"He needs to step up, we're counting on him to have a good year," said Murray. "[Kings' owner Philip] Anschutz rewarded him for his past work. With that comes recognition that we need to have that standard from him all the time."

The two teams combined for 26 penalties in the game. The Coyotes were 3/11 on the power play, while the Kings were 3/10.

Despite a 30% rating in this game, a problem for the Kings on their power play so far during the pre-season is that they appear to be looking for the perfect play and are passing up a lot of good chances to shoot the puck.

"The crowd is yelling 'shoot,' I'm yelling 'shoot' too," said Murray. "We'd like them to shoot the puck more. I don't know if there's a team that works on the power play more than we do. We just need to get in that shooting lane and take it."

At this point in their training camp, the Kings have accomplished a lot in terms of getting their players to learn their system. But Murray still has some concerns about the effort put out by some of his players.

"I'm still a little concerned about our work ethic level on a consistent basis," he explained. "Some of our players need to realize that when you wear that Kings' jersey, there's certain expectations in terms of work ethic. We're a hard-working team and we need a few players to acknowledge that."

Murray also explained that while his team may have more skill than his 2003-04 squad, they still need to put it all together.

"Everybody looks at our team and says we have more skill," said Murray. "But the most important thing is that we think we do have more skill, but we also have a reputation for being a hard-working team that's tough to play against, and you can't give up one for the other. What we need to do is maintain that grit--that level of determination on the part of all of our players--and supplement that with some additional skill."

"I think we have a higher skill level, but the jury is still out as to whether or not we put the right mix together in terms of maintaining our grit and our work ethic," added Murray. "That's what we expect from our guys."
 
9-24-05
Steve Konowalchuk scored at 4:03 of overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in pre-season action at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Antti Laaksonen also scored for Colorado. Dustin Brown scored the lone Kings' goal on the power play.

The two teams were scoreless in through two periods as Kings' goalie Jason LaBarbera and Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj were sharp in the nets.

Brown opened the scoring in the third period on a one-timer from the slot after taking a feed from center Eric Belanger. Brown's power play goal came at 4:07.

The Kings then gave up a gift goal while they were on the power play, with Laaksonen scoring shorthanded at 11:12 to tie the game.

Both goalies made big saves the rest of the way, sending the game into overtime.

The Kings wound up getting caught up ice during the overtime period, giving up an outnumbered attack that resulted in Konowalchuk's game-winning goal in the overtime period.

Sunday's game at Staples Center against the Phoenix Coyotes (7:30 PM PDT), will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio 710 (KSPN AM-710) in the Los Angeles area beginning at 7:00 PM with the pre-game show. The radio broadcast will also be available live on the web at the Kings Radio Webcast page.
 
9-21-05
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings made their second round of training camp cuts.

Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings' primary minor league affiliate):


Brendan Bernakevitch, Center (training camp tryout)
Barry Brust, Goalie
Yutaka Fukufuji, Goalie
Connor James, Center (training camp tryout)
Petr Kanko, Left Wing
Joey Mormina, Defenseman
Ryan Murphy, Left Wing (training camp tryout)
Konstantin Pushkarev, Right Wing
Dany Roussin, Left Wing
Matt Ryan, Center
Richard Seeley, Defenseman (training camp tryout)
Brad Smyth, Right Wing
Jeff Tambellini, Left Wing
Lauri Tukonen, Right Wing

Assigned to Soderetalje SK (Swedish Elite League):

Anze Kopitar, Center

Released to the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL):

Oriel McHugh, Defenseman (training camp tryout)
Nate Metcalf, Defenseman (training camp tryout)

The Kings now have 31 players left on their 2005 pre-season roster, including 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies.
 
9-21-05
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced their 2005-06 regular season television schedule.

In all, six networks will air 71 Kings games. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will likely also televise games when they play the Kings at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on Fox Sports Net West or West 2.

Fox Sports Net West and Fox Sports Net West 2 will broadcast 65 Kings games (not including their Anaheim broadcasts).

All games will continue to be broadcast on radio by ESPN Radio 710 (KSPN-AM 710) in the Los Angeles area.


LEGEND

FSN = Fox Sports Net West
FSN2 = Fox Sports Net West 2
NBC = National Broadcasting Corporation
OLN = Outdoor Life Network
RDS = Le Reseau des Sports (Canada)
TSN = The Sports Network (Canada)

* - Indicates Mighty Ducks of Anaheim broadcast


ALL TIMES PACIFIC
Home Games Indicated in CAPITAL Letters

September 2005 (pre-season)

09/17/05 - Sat. - ANAHEIM, 7:30 PM, Staples Center
09/18/05 - Sun. - San Jose, 5:00 PM, HP Pavilion, San Jose
09/20/05 - Tue. - Phoenix, 7:00 PM, Glendale Arena
09/24/05 - Sat. - COLORADO, 7:30 PM, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
09/25/05 - Sun. - PHOENIX, 7:30 PM, Staples Center
09/27/05 - Tue. - SAN JOSE, 7:30 PM, Staples Center
09/29/05 - Thu. - Colorado, 6:00 PM, Pepsi Center, Denver
09/30/03 - Fri. - Anaheim, 7:30 PM, Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim

October (9 home games, 3 away, 6 back-to-back)

10/05/05 - Wed. - at Dallas, 5:30 PM - FSN
10/06/05 - Thu. - PHOENIX, 7:30 PM - FSN
10/09/05 - Sun. - MINNESOTA, 5:00 PM - FSN
10/11/05 - Tue. - EDMONTON, 7:30 PM - FSN
10/13/05 - Thu. - DETROIT, 7:30 PM - FSN
10/16/05 - Sun. - COLUMBUS, 5:00 PM - FSN
10/19/05 - Wed. - at Colorado, 6:00 PM - FSN
10/20/05 - Thu. - at Dallas, 5:30 PM - FSN2
10/23/05 - Sun. - CALGARY, 7:30 PM - FSN
10/25/05 - Tue. - ANAHEIM, 7:30 PM - FSN
10/28/05 - Fri. - SAN JOSE, 7:30 PM - FSN
10/29/05 - Sat. - ST. LOUIS, 7:30 PM - FSN

November (5 home, 9 away, 2 back-to-back)

11/02/05 - Wed. - at Dallas, 5:30 PM - FSN
11/03/05 - Thu. - at Phoenix, 6:00 PM - FSN
11/05/05 - Sat. - NASHVILLE, 1:00 PM - FSN
11/09/05 - Wed. - at Detroit, 4:30 PM - FSN and TSN
11/11/05 - Fri. - at Chicago, 5:30 PM - FSN
11/13/05 - Sun. - at Columbus, 2:00 PM
11/15/05 - Tue. - at Nashville, 5:00 PM
11/17/05 - Thu. - VANCOUVER, 7:30 PM - FSN
11/19/05 - Sat. - COLORADO, 7:30 PM - FSN
11/22/05 - Tue. - at St. Louis, 5:00 PM - FSN
11/24/05 - Thu. - at Nashville, 5:00 PM - FSN
11/26/05 - Sat. - CHICAGO, 7:30 PM - FSN
11/28/05 - Mon. - DETROIT, 7:30 PM - FSN
11/30/05 - Wed. - at Chicago, 5:30 PM - FSN

December (5 home, 10 road, 4 back-to-back)

12/02/05 - Fri. - at Ottawa, 4:30 PM - FSN and RDS
12/03/05 - Sat. - at Montreal, 4:00 PM - FSN and RDS
12/06/05 - Tue. - at Toronto, 4:30 PM - FSN
12/08/05 - Thu. - CAROLINA, 7:30 PM - FSN
12/10/05 - Sat. - FLORIDA, 1:00 PM - FSN
12/14/05 - Wed. - WASHINGTON, 7:30 PM - FSN
12/16/05 - Fri. - at Anaheim, 7:30 PM
12/17/05 - Sat. - PHOENIX, 7:30 PM - FSN
12/19/05 - Mon. - at Vancouver, 7:00 PM - FSN
12/21/05 - Wed. - at Calgary, 6:00 PM
12/23/05 - Fri. - at Edmonton, 6:00 PM - FSN
12/26/05 - Mon. - SAN JOSE, 7:30 PM - FSN
12/28/05 - Wed. - at Colorado, 6:00 PM - FSN2
12/29/05 - Thu. - at Phoenix, 6:00 PM
12/31/05 - Sat. - at Dallas, 5:00 PM - FSN

January 2006 (8 home, 6 road, 2 back-to-back)

01/02/06 - Mon. - DALLAS, 7:30 PM - OLN
01/05/06 - Thu. - PHOENIX, 7:30 PM - FSN
01/07/06 - Sat. - at San Jose, 7:30 PM - FSN
01/09/06 - Mon. - at Anaheim, 7:30 PM
01/12/06 - Thu. - at Boston, 4:00 PM
01/14/06 - Sat. - at Buffalo, 4:30 PM
01/17/06 - Tue. - TAMPA BAY, 7:30 PM - FSN
01/19/06 - Thu. - ATLANTA, 7:30 PM - FSN
01/21/06 - Sat. - SAN JOSE, 3:00 PM - NBC (West Coast only)
01/23/06 - Mon. - ANAHEIM, 7:30 PM - OLN
01/24/06 - Tue. - at San Jose, 7:30 PM - FSN
01/26/06 - Thu. - EDMONTON, 7:30 PM - FSN
01/28/06 - Sat. - ANAHEIM, 1:00 PM
01/30/06 - Mon. - at Anaheim, 7:30 PM

February (2 home, 3 away, 4 back-to-back)

02/02/06 - Thu. - at Phoenix, 6:00 PM
02/07/06 - Tue. - at Minnesota, 5:00 PM - FSN
02/08/06 - Wed. - at Columbus, 4:00 PM - FSN
02/11/06 - Sat. - CHICAGO, 1:00 PM - FSN
02/12/06 - Sun. - DALLAS, 1:00 PM - FSN

* Olympic Break: 02/15/06 - 02/26/06

March (7 home, 7 road, 4 back-to-back)

03/02/06 - Thu. - MINNESOTA, 7:30 PM - FSN
03/04/06 - Sat. - COLUMBUS, 1:00 PM - FSN
03/07/06 - Tue. - at Minnesota, 5:00 PM - FSN
03/09/06 - Thu. - at Detroit, 4:30 PM - FSN
03/11/06 - Sat. - at St. Louis, 5:00 PM - FSN
03/13/06 - Mon. - at San Jose, 7:30 PM - FSN
03/14/06 - Tue. - PHOENIX, 7:30 PM - OLN
03/16/06 - Thu. - DALLAS, 7:30 PM - FSN
03/18/06 - Sat. - ST. LOUIS, 7:30 PM - FSN
03/20/06 - Mon. - COLORADO, 7:30 PM - FSN
03/25/06 - Sat. - NASHVILLE, 7:30 PM - FSN
03/27/06 - Mon. - at Vancouver, 7:00 PM - FSN
03/29/06 - Wed. - at Calgary, 6:30 PM - FSN and TSN
03/30/06 - Thu. - at Edmonton, 6:00 PM - FSN

April (5 home, 3 road, 2 back-to-back)

04/01/06 - Sat. - DALLAS, 7:30 PM - FSN
04/03/06 - Mon. - VANCOUVER, 7:30 PM - FSN
04/04/06 - Tue. - at Anaheim, 7:30 PM
04/06/06 - Thu. - SAN JOSE, 7:30 PM - FSN
04/08/06 - Sat. - ANAHEIM, 3:00 PM - NBC (West Coast only)
04/13/06 - Thu. - at Phoenix, 7:00 PM - FSN
04/15/06 - Sat. - CALGARY, 7:30 PM - FSN
04/17/06 - Mon. - at San Jose, 7:30 PM - OLN
 
9-20-05
Pavol Demitra scored a goal and added three assists, while Craig Conroy and Valeri Bure scored two goals each to lead the Los Angeles Kings to an 8-4 pre-season victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in front 7,219 fans at the Glendale Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Tuesday night.

Sean Avery, Lubomir Visnovsky and Michael Cammalleri also scored for the Kings.

Michael Rupp, Ladislav Nagy, Shane Doan and Mike Ricci scored for Phoenix.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Bure at 9:18 of the first period. Bure took a feed from prospect Anze Kopitar, the Kings' 2005 first-round draft pick. Kopitar picked off a clearing pass by Coyotes' goalie Curtis Joseph.

The puck had nearly just been dropped to start the second period when Rupp picked off a bad clearing pass by Cammalleri and scored to tie the game, 1-1.

Conroy and Avery scored at 5:15 and 8:24, respectively, before Nagy brought the Coyotes back to within a goal at 15:21.

Conroy scored his second goal of the game on a one-timer from the slot at 17:28 after taking a feed from Demitra, to give the Kings a 4-2 lead going into the third period.

The Kings came out flat in the third period, and the Coyotes took advantage.

Doan scored at 8:06, followed quickly by Ricci at 9:15, to tie the game.

But that woke the Kings from their slumber, as Visnovsky, Demitra and Cammalleri scored--all within 41 seconds.

Visnovsky's came on the power play at the 10:47 mark, and was the game-winner.

Bure closed out the scoring with his second of the game at 14:56.

Mathieu Garon went all the way in goal for the Kings, making 24 saves on 28 shots.

Joseph went all the way in goal for Phoenix, stopping only 16 out of 24 shots.

The Kings were 2/7 on the power play, while the Coyotes were 0/7.

The Kings announced that Saturday's pre-season game at Las Vegas against the Colorado Avalanche will be broadcast on the web live at the Kings' webcast page, and on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN Radio 710 (KSPN AM 710) in the Los Angeles area.
 
9-19-05
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings made their first training camp roster cuts.

Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings' primary minor league affiliate):

Chris Barr, Defenseman (training camp tryout)
Brad Fast, Defenseman
Tyler Hanchuck, Defenseman (training camp tryout)
Greg Hogeboom, Center
Stuart Kerr, Defenseman (training camp tryout)
Ryan Munce, Goalie
Eric Neilson, Left Wing
Doug Nolan, Defenseman
Shay Stephenson, Center
Eric Werner, Defensemen
Marty Wilford, Defenseman

Returned To Junior Team:

Andrew Desjardins, Left Wing (Sault St. Marie, Ontario Hockey League)
Ned Lukacevic, Left Wing (Spokane, Western Hockey League)
Ryan McGinnis, Defenseman (Plymouth, OHL)
John Seymour, Left Wing (Brampton, OHL)
Daniel Taylor, Goalie (Kingston, OHL)

Released From Training Camp:

Shawn Legault, Left Wing

The Kings have 48 players remaining on their 2005 pre-season roster, including 29 forwards, 14 defensemen and five goaltenders.
 
9-18-05
Veteran forwards Wayne Primeau and Nils Ekman combined with goals from prospects Devin Setoguchi and Ryane Clowe to lift the San Jose Sharks to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in pre-season action at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Sunday evening.

Clowe's goal came at 16:12 of the third period, and proved to be the game-winner.

Luc Robitaille, Jeff Cowan and Noah Clarke scored for the Kings.

Evgeni Nabokov went all the way in goal for the Sharks, while Jason LaBarbera and Adam Hauser split time in goal for the Kings.

Kings' center Derek Armstrong suffered a concussion in the second period when he was crushed by an open-ice hit laid on him by Sharks' defenseman Kyle MacLaren.

A preliminary examination revealed a Grade 1 concussion, the least serious. Armstrong will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Prior to the pre-season game, prospects from the Sharks and Kings tangled in a "Futures" game. The Kings won the game 3-2 in a shootout.
 
9-17-05
Alexander Frolov scored two goals and Jeremy Roenick added three assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in front of an announced crowd of 18,118 fans in pre-season action at Staples Center on Saturday night.

Michael Cammalleri and Craig Conroy also scored for the Kings, while Jason Marshall and Corey Perry scored first period goals for Anaheim.

Penalties marred the first period, with the Kings being hit with 56 penalty minutes on 13 penalties, forcing them to kill penalties for 15:37 of twenty-minute period.

"We had a few players take unnecessary penalties tonight," said Kings' head coach Andy Murray.

Marshall scored on a slap shot from left point at 3:53. Kings' goalie Mathieu Garon was badly screened on the play, and never reacted to Marshall's shot.

After Kings' left wing/enforcer prospect Ryan Flinn and Ducks' winger (and former King) Kip Brennan squared off and fought to a draw, Kings' non-roster invite Ken Belanger took 29 penalty minutes when he attacked and pummelled Marshall at the 7:00 mark, leaving a pool of blood in the Anaheim zone.

With Marshall not putting up any resistance, Belanger was hit with a major penalty for fighting, minor penalties for elbowing and instigating a fight, a ten-minute misconduct and a game misconduct. That gave the Ducks nine minutes on the power play, including a five-minute major power play, but they never threatened.

"That was a huge kill," said Roenick. "I don't think I've ever killed nine minutes in my career. I was out there a lot and I was ready to blow chunks. Whenever I went back to the bench, Andy would tell me to go back out there. I just thought 'damn.'"

Ducks' 2005 first-round draft pick Corey Perry scored a power play goal at 18:16 on a nifty pull-and-drag move to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead going into the second period, when the Ducks began their own march to the penalty box, taking nine penalties.

Cammalleri got the Kings on the board with a power play goal at 10:50, taking a high pass from Roenick in the left corner. Cammalleri quickly caught the puck with his left hand, dropped it to his stick and seemingly all in one motion, wristed the puck high into the right side of the net to beat Ducks' goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

The National Hockey League's new rules to create more offense shined bright on the Kings' second goal, when Roenick took a pass over two lines--which would have been blown down as a two-line pass prior to the 2005-06 season. That caught the Ducks up ice a bit, and Roenick passed ahead to Frolov, who went in on a breakaway. His wrist shot beat Bryzgalov top shelf, left side of the net at 13:42.

Frolov closed out the second period scoring with his second goal of the game at 18:48.

Conroy scored at 15:25 of the third period, when Bryzgalov got caught out of his net and Kings' forward Pavol Demitra got to it and fed Conroy, who was all alone in the slot.

Kings' goalie prospect Adam Hauser split time with Garon, playing the final 30:24 of the game.

Roenick, who centered Frolov and Cammalleri, said he enjoyed playing with the youngsters.

"I've been excited since day one, playing with the kids," said Roenick. "They have so much adrenaline, so much excitement, they make it fun for me to come to the rink every day. It's something to look forward to."

"My job is to make things as easy as possible for them," added Roenick. "They're going to have good years, and I take it upon myself to make sure that happens."

And speaking of the new rules, it was very clear that the new rules, especially eliminating the red line for determining two-line passes, not allowing the goalie to play the puck in the corners, and calling the game strictly to eliminate obstruction, is going to open up the game and increase scoring.

There were numerous chances that were created because of these rule changes that simply would not have happened prior to this season.

"We saw the excitement without the red line, and I think the goalies not being allowed to handle the puck in the corners allows teams to generate more of a forecheck," said Murray. "It makes the game better."

Prior to the game, prospects from the Kings and Ducks played in a "Futures" game, with the Kings defeating the Ducks in a 5-4 shootout win.

Noah Clarke and Lauri Tukonen were among the better-known prospects to score for the Kings. 2005 first-round draft pick Anze Kopitar scored the shootout game-winner for the Kings and added an assist on Clarke's first-period goal.

Kings' goalie prospect Yutaka Fukufuji was scheduled to start the Futures game for the Kings, but suffered a groin injury during the morning skate. Daniel Taylor got the start in place of Fukufuji, and made 26 saves on 30 shots on goal.

On Sunday, the Kings skate at San Jose at 5:00 PM PDT. Prospects from both teams will square off prior to the 5:00 game.

The Kings play in San Jose on Sunday. A game featuring prospects from both teams will precede the 5:00 PM pre-season game.
 
9-13-05
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that head coach Andy Murray has named defenseman Mattias Norstrom will be team captain for the fifth season, and that left wing Luc Robitaille, defenseman Aaron Miller, and centers Jeremy Roenick and Craig Conroy have been named alternate captains.

"We have a lot of good candidates to assist Mattias Norstrom in the leadership of our hockey club," said Murray. "We, as a coaching staff, feel that Aaron's presence on our team and Luc, Jeremy and Craig's past leadership roles will give us a solid base."
 
9-12-05
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced several moves, including naming Shawn Hunter as President, Business Operations, and Dave Taylor as President, Hockey Operations/General Manager. They also announced that veteran winger Trent Klatt has retired from the National Hockey League and unrestricted free agent Brad Norton has been invited to their training camp on a tryout basis. Finally, the Kings announced that September 17 will be "Hockey Day In LA," and that individual game tickets will go on sale that same day.

Kings Chief Executive Officer/Governor Tim Leiweke, whose role in the management of the Kings is being reduced, announced the promotions of Hunter and Taylor, effective immediately.

Hunter was also named President of AEG Sports, the parent company of the Kings.

Hunter joined AEG in 2003 as Chief Marketing Officer. According to a statement released by the Kings, he will be responsible for the "strategic business and marketing initiatives for all of AEG's franchises, sports properties and events, including the Kings, Manchester Monarchs and Reading Royals."

Hunter other responsibilities include directing various AEG business units, including those related to Staples Center.

Before joining the Kings, Hunter was the President of the Phoenix Coyotes for six seasons. He also worked with Leiweke and for the Colorado Avalanche as Executive Vice President.

Taylor, who was named as the Kings' Senior Vice President/General Manager on April 22, 1997, has been with the Kings since he was selected by the club in the 15th round (210th overall) of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. In seventeen NHL seasons, all with the Kings, Taylor scored 431 goals and contributed 638 assists for 1,069 points in a franchise record 1,111 regular-season games. He was also part of the famed "Triple Crown Line," with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer.

Klatt, 34, played in 782 regular season games for the Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars, scoring 143 goals with 200 assists for 343 points with 307 penalty minutes.

In 74 playoff games with the Canucks, Flyers, Stars/North Stars, Klatt has scored 16 goals with 9 assists for 25 points with 20 penalty minutes.

"We would like to thank Trent for his contributions to our club during the 2003-04 season," said Taylor. "We respect his decision and the Kings organization wishes him and his family the best in the future."

With the Kings, Klatt scored 17 goals with 26 assists for 43 points in 82 games--he was the only player to play in all 82 games last season for the injury-decimated Kings.

Various sources have reported that Klatt, who was a member of the National Hockey League Players Association Executive Committee and participated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations during their recent labor dispute, was reportedly angered at the immediate promotion of Ted Saskin to NHLPA Executive Director without the union having interviewed other candidates.

However, Klatt denied that his displeasure with the elevation of Saskin had anything to do with his decision to retire. Instead, his decision to retire was based on the needs of his family, most importantly, his children.

"My children have been in three schools the past three years and I did not feel it was fair to them to continue this trend," explained Klatt. "My family needs stability. I want to thank all of the organizations for which I have played, my coaches, the fans, media, all the friends my family has made along the way, and most importantly, my teammates."

Norton, 30, is hoping to join the Kings for a second stint with the team having last played for the team during the 2003-04 season, when he contributed one assist and 77 penalty minutes in 20 games.

The 6-6, 242-pound defenseman was claimed off of waivers by the Washington Capitals on March 4, 2004 and played in 16 games for the Capitals.

Norton was originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the ninth round (215th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. In 111 career NHL games with the Kings, Capitals and Florida Panthers, Norton has three goals and seven assists for ten points and 236 penalty minutes.

On Saturday, September 17, when the Kings will host the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in their first pre-season game of the new season, the Kings will host "Hockey Day In LA at Staples Center.

Starting at 9:00 AM PDT, the Kings will hold three separate practice sessions:

9:00 - 9:45 AM - Kings AHL Game Roster Practice
10:00 - 10:45 AM - Kings NHL Game Roster Practice
11:00 - 11:45 AM - Kings Non-Game Roster Practice

Also at 9:00 AM, individual game tickets for all regular season games will go on sale exclusively at the Staples Center Box Office. Kings players will help distribute sold tickets from 9:00 AM - noon at the box office, while Kings front office staff, alumni and broadcasters serve coffee and donuts to fans in line.

Starting at 12:00 PM, tickets will also be available from Ticketmaster.

Pricing for Kings individual game tickets at STAPLES Center for the 2005-06 regular season, as announced on July 25, is as follows: Upper corners: $24.50; Upper center: $30.50; 200 Level: $52.50; Lower behind: $65.50; Lower corner: $87.50; and Center Ice: $115.50.

"The Kings have planned what we feel is an exciting day for our fans," said Hunter. "Hockey Day in LA will be a fun and entertaining way for us to help kick off the start to our season."

All of the Hockey Day activities are free and open to the public. Parking in Staples Center Lot 2 will also be free.
 
9-6-05
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings signed center prospect Anze Kopitar to a multi-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kopitar, 18, was the Kings' first round selection (11th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was the top-ranked European skater in the draft.

"We are definitely very happy to have this deal done with Anze and we are looking forward to seeing him compete this week and during our training camp later this month," said Kings Senior Vice President Dave Taylor.

Kopitar, who will likely play in Europe in the 2005-06 season, is expected to participate in the rookie tournament, the "Pacific Division Shootout," hosted by the San Jose Sharks this year, at Logitech Ice in San Jose, September 7-11, 2005.

"We are aware of Anze's desire to play at least one more year in Europe this coming season," said Taylor. "He has a very good development situation in Sodertalje and it is quite probable he will be assigned back to Sweden."

Kopitar will also participate in the Kings' 2005 training camp, which will begin on Tuesday, September 13.
 
10-10-04
Hockey-starved Los Angeles Kings fans suffering from the "NHL Lockout Blues" will get to re-live some memorable moments when Fox Sports Net airs repeat broadcasts of seven classic games in Kings' franchise history during the months of October and November (all games will air at 7:30 PM Pacific time).

Wayne Gretzky's debut in a Kings uniform on November 27, 1988 at the Great Western Forum will be re-broadcast on Friday, October 15. In that game, Gretzky scored a goal and contributed three assists in a 8-2 blowout of the Detroit Red Wings.

On April 14, 1990, the Kings faced the Calgary Flames in the Smythe Division Semi-Finals, with the Kings leading the series, 3-2. Game 6 at the Great Western Forum went into a second overtime period, with Kings forward Mike Krushelnyski scoring an unbelievable goal to win the game. This game will air on Wednesday, October 20.

On Thursday, October 28, FSN will televise Game 6 of the Kings' Campbell Conference Final series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, played on May 27, 1993 at the Great Western Forum. This was another classic overtime battle for the Kings in which Gretzky scored the game-winner to send the Kings to a seventh game in Toronto.

In that seventh game, played on May 29, 1993 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Gretzky led the Kings to a 5-4 victory with a hat trick and an assist, earning the Kings their first and only Stanley Cup Finals berth. This game will be re-broadcast on Wednesday, November 10.

Another overtime victory, this one against the Ottawa Senators on January 16, 2001, will be re-broadcast on Friday, November 12. In this game played at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, center Bryan Smolinski scored the hat trick, including the overtime game-winner for the Kings, and Luc Robitaille scored twice to move into 13th place on the NHL All-Time Scoring list with 574 career goals.

The Frenzy on Figueroa, played on April 18, 2001 at Staples Center, will be re-broadcast on Thursday, November 18. In Game 4 of this first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, the Kings found themselves down 3-0 going into the third period, not to mention being down in the series, 2-1. Things looked bleak at best for the Kings until they began an incredible comeback with just a little more than six minutes left in the period. The Kings came all the way back when center Eric Belanger scored in overtime to give the Kings what is arguably their second-most amazing win in franchise history.

That game deflated the Red Wings, who lost Game 5 in Detroit, and then they lost the series in Game 6 at Staples Center on April 23, 2001, when winger Adam Deadmarsh scored in overtime. Game 6 will be re-broadcast on Saturday, November 27.
 
9-23-04
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have cancelled their home game against the Phoenix Coyotes, scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2004, due to the National Hockey League's lockout of the players. The Kings also re-scheduled the game between the Manchester Monarchs and Utah Grizzlies game to be played at Staples Center that day. Both games were part of the "Hockey Day In LA" events.

The Monarchs/Grizzlies game, which was scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM PST, has been re-scheduled to start at 7:30 PM.

The Junior Kings Midget AAA team, who will also play as part of the day's events, will face-off against the Colorado Rampage at 2:00 PM.

Individual tickets for the Monarchs/Grizzlies contest will go on sale on Saturday, September 25, at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, href="http://www.ticketmaster.com">Ticketmaster's web site, or by calling (213) 480-3232.

Ticket are priced at $47.50, 45.50, $35.50, $25.50 and $15.50.

Tickets for the Monarchs/Grizzlies game will also be valid for the Junior Kings game.
 
9-17-04
On Friday, it came as no surprise that the Los Angeles Kings cancelled their 2004 home pre-season games and the first two home games of their 2004-05 regular season schedule.

Four pre-season games have been cancelled, including the annual Frozen Fury game, held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The Kings would have opened their home schedule against the Western Conference champion Calgary Flames on October 15, followed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on October 17.

The NHL will not play again until their labor dispute with the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) is resolved.

"Commissioner Bettman has advised all teams that they are free to release building dates up to thirty days into the future beginning on September 15, and continuing each day until further notification," said Kings President Tim Leiweke. "Future games will continue to be cancelled on a similar basis
until the League's labor dispute with the NHLPA has been resolved."
 
9-15-04
With the National Hockey League set to lockout its players at 11:45 AM PDT due to their ongoing squabble with the National Hockey League Players Association, the Los Angeles Kings have assigned a number of their younger prospects to the minor leagues or their junior hockey teams so they can play during the lockout.

Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings' primary minor league affiliate):

Scott Barney, right wing
Dustin Brown, right wing
Barry Brust, goalie
Michael Cammalleri, center
Noah Clarke, left wing
Tim Gleason, defenseman
Denis Grebeshkov, defenseman
Adam Hauser, goalie,
Greg Hogeboom, right wing
Petr Kanko, right wing
Yanick Lehoux, center
George Parros, right wing
Matt Ryan, center

Assigned to their respective junior teams:

Ned Lukacevic, left wing, Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Ryan Munce, goalie, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Eric Neilson, left wing, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Konstantin Pushkarev, center, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Daniel Taylor, goalie, Guelph Storm (OHL)

OHL = Ontario Hockey League
QMJHL = Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
WHL = Western Hockey League

In related news, Manchester opens their training camp on September 27.
 
9-14-04
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings signed forward Konstantin Pushkarev to a three-year entry-level contract.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pushkarev, 19, was originally selected by the Kings in the second round (44th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In five games last season with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Hockey League, Pushkarev contributed one goal. In 34 games with Avengard in the Russian First Division, he scored 17 goals and contributed 11 assists for 28 points with 64 penalty minutes.

Pushkarev, who is 6-0 and weighs 180 pounds, is expected to play for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (Canadian Juniors) in the 2004-05 season.
 
10-30-03
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have placed center Jozef Stumpel on injured reserve, and have activated defensemen Aaron Miller and Mattias Norstrom, along with center Michael Cammalleri from injured reserve. The Kings also loaned defenseman Tomas Zizka to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Stumpel, who suffered a chest contusion during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 25, was placed on injured reserve retroactive to October 26. He will be eligible to return from injured reserve on November 2.

Miller suffered a fractured left wrist during training camp in September, and started the season on injured reserve.

Norstrom suffered a chest contusion early in the first period of the Kings' first game of the season on October 9 at Detroit.

Cammalleri suffered an sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during training camp and started the season on injured reserve.

Zizka has appeared in two games with the Kings this season, recording no points with six penalty minutes after being recalled from Manchester on October 10.
 
10-30-03
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that defenseman Joe Corvo has been suspended by the team for three games after pleading guilty in Boston Municipal Court to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor count of simple assault and battery. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred last year while Corvo was playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings' primary minor league affiliate.

Corvo received a two-year suspended sentence, and must perform community service in Boston within three years. He must also undergo counseling. If he is arrested again in the next three years, he will have to serve his two-year sentence.

"After consultation with league officials, [National Hockey League] Commissioner [Gary] Bettman's office, and after reviewing all of the facts relevant to this situation, we felt this was the appropriate course of action," said Kings Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Taylor. "The Los Angeles Kings expect all of our players to uphold a specific standard of behavior and to be role models in the community, and Joe's conduct was completely unacceptable."

Corvo, who will be eligible to return to the lineup on November 6, when the Kings play at Tampa Bay, expressed regret for his actions.

"I certainly regret my behavior and any embarrassment it may have caused my family, the Kings and Monarchs organizations, or the fans," he said. "I understand I have to be accountable for my actions. I can't change what was done, but I can continue to strive to be the best person I can be, and I intend to do just that."
 
10-29-03
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they will be accepting donations for Southern California fire victims at their next two home games, and that they will donate the proceeds from ticket sales for Saturday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Kings are asking fans who will be attending Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks, and Saturday's game against Phoenix to bring blankets, personal care products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, hair brushes, etc.) and new or gently-worn clothing to Staples Center. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All items and money will be donated to families affected by the Simi Valley and San Bernadino fires.

Those who make monetary contributions will qualify to win an authentic team-signed Kings jersey.

The Kings will also donate 100% of the proceeds from every ticket (starting October 29; there were approximately 3,000 tickets available as of the morning of October 29) sold for Saturday's game to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for the Southern California fires.
 
10-28-03
On Tuesday, various news outlets reported that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Joe Corvo was convicted of various charges in Boston related to an attack on a woman in November, 2002. There are also reports that Kings star right wing Ziggy Palffy was arrested for an alleged domestic violence incident this past weekend.

Corvo reportedly pleaded guilty in Boston Municipal Court to felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor count of simple assault and battery.

The incident occured while Corvo was playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings' primary minor league affiliate.

Corvo was received a two-year suspended sentence, and must perform community service in Boston within three years. He must also undergo counseling. If he is arrested again in the next three years, he will have to serve his two-year sentence.

Neither the Kings or the National Hockey League have commented on the resolution of Corvo's legal proceedings.

The Daily Breeze broke the story on Palffy's arrest in Tuesday's editions. The South Bay newspaper reported that Palffy was arrested by Manhattan Beach Police on Sunday morning after Palffy's girlfriend reported that they got into a fight at Palffy's home. She suffered minor injuries.

Palffy's girlfriend, Zora Czoborova, reportedly did not want to press charges, but police arrested Palffy anyway. Palffy reported cooperated with police officers, and was released on $20,000 bail.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney will determine if charges should be filed.

As in Corvo's case, neither the Kings or the NHL have commented on the case.

For details on the Corvo case, go to:

Daily News: Corvo Clears Most Serious of Charges
Los Angeles Times: Corvo Gets 2-Year Suspended Sentence

For more details on the Palffy case, go to:
Daily Breeze: Kings Star Arrested In Alleged Attack
 
10-27-03
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that rookie right wing Dustin Brown has been named to the United States World Junior Team which will compete at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.

The tournament runs from December 25, 2003 to January 5, 2004.

Brown, 18, was selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and made the Kings roster out of training camp, becoming the fifth youngest player in Kings history to make their NHL debut.

Brown, who is 6-0 and weighs 208 pounds, is from Ithaca, New York, and he has represented the United States at the World Junior Hockey Championships the past two years.

In seven games at the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships, he scored two goals and added two assists for four points with eight penalty minutes. At the 2002 World Hockey Championships, Brown also played in seven games, scoring a goal and two assists with eight penalty minutes.
 
10-23-03
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that Fox Sports Net (West) has added five games to their 2003-04 broadcast schedule (all times are Pacific):

Wednesday, November 5, at Florida, 4:30 PM
Thursday, November 6, at Tampa Bay, 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 8, at Carolina, 4:00 PM
Monday, November 10, at Washington, 4:00 PM
Tuesday, January 13, at Nashville, 5:00 PM

The additions bring the total number of televised games to 70, the most since the 1992-93 season.
 
10-11-03
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings placed defenseman Mattias Norstorm on injured reserve, retroactive to October 10, due to a chest contusion. In other news, the National Hockey League announced that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended for his knee-on-knee hit on Kings rookie defenseman Tim Gleason.

Norstrom was injured during the first period of the Kings' season opener at Detroit on Wednesday.

After that game, Norstrom said that he felt numbness and a burning sensation from his right shoulder down through his right arm.

Norstrom, who will miss at least the Kings' next two games, will be eligible to return to the lineup on October 17.

Orpik received a match penalty for his late-second period hit on Gleason during Friday night's game at Pittsburgh. After a hearing today, Orpik was suspended for one game, and he will sit out Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He will also forfeit $5,927.22 of his annual salary, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
 
10-10-03
On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings recalled defenseman Tomas Zizka from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Zizka will fill-in for Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom, who left Thursday's season opener at Detroit early in the first period with an injury to his right arm.

Norstrom reported that he lost strength in the arm, and felt numbness and a burning sensation from his shoulder down through his arm. He was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles on Friday for an MRI exam, and will miss the remaining two games on the Kings current road trip.

Zizka, who turns 25 years of age today, made his NHL debut last season with the Kings. He played in ten games, contributing three assists.

In 61 games with the Monarchs last season, Zizka, who is 6-2 and weighs 206 pounds, led Manchester defensemen in scoring with 13 goals and 30 assists for 43 ppoints with 50 penalty minutes. He was a +15 as well, leading the team.

Zizka, who was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, will join the Kings tonight at Pittsburgh. He will wear jersey number 5.
 
10-7-03
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced their 23-man opening night roster for the 2003-04 National Hockey League season.

Defensemen
26 - Joe Corvo
31 - Tim Gleason
53 - Jason Holland
44- Jaroslav Modry
14- Mattias Norstrom
8 - Martin Strbak
17 - Lubomir Visnovsky

Forwards
7 - Derek Armstrong
19 - Sean Avery
23 - Dustin Brown
25 - Eric Belanger
37 - Kip Brennan
29 - Brad Chartrand
24 - Alexander Frolov
26 - Trent Klatt
22 - Ian Laperriere
33 - Ziggy Palffy
12 - Esa Pirnes
20 - Luc Robitaille
43 - Jon Sim
15 - Jozef Stumpel

Goalies
32 - Roman Cechmanek
35 - Cristobal Huet

Center Jason Allison (whiplash) and right wing Adam Deadmarsh (post-concussion syndrome) will start the season as non-roster players.

On injured reserve are center Jared Aulin (retroactive to September 4, left shoulder dislocation), center Michael Cammalleri (retroactive to September 4, left knee sprain), and defenseman Aaron Miller (retroactive to September 15, left wrist fracture).

Defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov, who has had visa problems in Russia, has been suspended by the Kings for missing training camp.
 
10-4-03
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings signed 18-year-old right wing Dustin Brown to a three-year contract. The team also assigned six players to their primary minor league affiliate.

The financial terms of Brown's contract were not disclosed.

Brown was selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Kings this past June in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and has been impressive in six pre-season games.

Brown, who is 6-0 and weighs 200 pounds, scored four goals in those games, leading the Kings in pre-season goal scoring.

"Dustin is projected to start the season in Los Angeles," said Kings Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Taylor. "We are obviously pleased to have him signed and under contract with our organization. We think he has a real bright NHL future with the Kings."

Last season, Brown led the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (Canadian Juniors) in goals, assists and points, with 34 goals and 42 assists for 76 points in 58 games with 89 penalty minutes.

Brown also played on the United States National Junior Team in the 2003 World Junior Championships, recording four points with 10 penalty minutes in seven games.

In the 2002 World Junior Championships, Brown was the youngest player on the US team, scoring a goal with three assists for four points in seven games.

The Kings also pared down their roster on Saturday, assigning forwards Ryan Flinn and Jerred Smithson, defensemen Denis Grebeshkov, Bryan Muir and Tomas Zizka, and goalie Milan Hnilicka to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Kings have 29 players remaining on their 2003 pre-season roster, including 18 forwards, 9 defensemen and two goalies.
 
10-3-03
During Friday's NHL Waiver Draft, the Los Angeles Kings had the 13th selection in the first round, but chose not to select any players in the draft.

Also, no teams selected any of the players from the Kings' unprotected list, which included Steve Kelly, C; Jan Nemecek, D; Pavel Rosa, RW; Joe Rullier, D; Chris Schmidt, C; Richard Seeley, D; Jon Sim, LW; John Tripp, RW; Milan Hnilicka, G.

These players have now cleared waivers for the upcoming season, and can be sent to the minors and recalled from the minors without the Kings having to worry about them having to clear waivers and risk being taken by another team.
 
10-3-03
Trent Klatt, Dustin Brown, Lubomir Visnovsky and Jozef Stumpel scored a goal each to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 pre-season win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in front of 15,109 fans at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on Friday night.

Roman Cechmanek went all the way in goal for the Kings stopping all 17 shots he faced.

2003 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed three goals on 29 shots through two periods. Martin Gerber played the third period for Anaheim, allowing one goal on 14 shots.
 
10-1-03
After spotting the San Jose Sharks a 3-0 lead before the second period reached the midway point, Eric Belanger, Jozef Stumpel and Esa Pirnes scored three straight goals, bringing the Los Angeles Kings all the way back to tie the Sharks, 3-3, in pre-season action at the Arco Arena in Sacramento on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first period, the teams exploded for all six goals in the second period.

Cristobal Huet went all the way in goal for the Kings, stopping 19 out of 22 shots.

Mikka Kiprusoff got the start in goal for the Sharks. He faced 34 shots.
 
10-1-03
On Wednesday, the National Hockey League released the protected/unprotected lists for each team in Friday's Waiver Draft. The Kings also announced that defenseman Brad Norton underwent successful emergency surgery to repair two damaged tendons in his right hand.

The Los Angeles Kings protected the following players:

Protected: Jason Allison, C; Derek Armstrong, C; Eric Belanger, C; Brad Chartrand, LW; Adam Deadmarsh, RW; Jason Holland, D; Trent Klatt, RW; Maxim Kuznetsov, D; Ian Laperriere, C/RW; Aaron Miller, D; Jaroslav Modry, D; Bryan Muir, D; Mattias Norstrom, D; Brad Norton, D; Zigmund Palffy, RW; Luc Robitaille, LW; Jozef Stumpel, C; Lubomir Visnovsky, D; Roman Cechmanek, G; Cristobal Huet, G.

The Kings made the following players available: Steve Kelly, C; Jan Nemecek, D; Pavel Rosa, RW; Joe Rullier, D; Chris Schmidt, C; Richard Seeley, D; Jon Sim, LW; John Tripp, RW; Milan Hnilicka, G.

Norton suffered a forearm laceration from a skate when Phoenix Coyotes forward Tyson Nash was knocked down by Kings forward prospect Dustin Brown in the first period of Tuesday's pre-season game at Phoenix.

The surgery was performed by hand trauma specialist Dr. Lloyd Champagne of Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

Norton is expected to be out of the Kings lineup for three months.
 
9-30-03
2003 draft pick Dustin Brown scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-1 rout of the Phoenix Coyotes in front of 8,772 disappointed fans at the America West Arena in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

Brown, who has impressed the Kings in training camp even though he is just 18 years old, scored the first two Kings' goals in the first period, just 12 seconds apart, at 10:34 and 10:46. The goals gave the Kings a 2-1 lead, and they never looked back.

Jon Sim also scored twice for the Kings, while Esa Pirnes, also a 2003 draft pick, contributed three assists.

Daymond Langkow scored the lone goal for Phoenix.

Roman Cechmanek started the game in goal for the Kings, allowing a goal on eight shots, six in the first period and just two in the second period.

Milan Hnilicka played the third period for the Kings, stopping eight shots.

Sean Burke went all the way in goal for the Coyotes, allowing six goals on 37 shots.

The Kings lost defenseman Brad Norton just after the halfway mark of the first period, when he suffered two torn tendons in his right wrist. Norton was inadvertanty cut by the skate of Phoenix forward Tyson Nash, who was hit by Brown in the first period. Nash's skate came up when he fell, clipping Norton.

Norton was taken to a hospital, and could be out of the lineup for three months.
 
9-29-03
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced their 2003-04 radio affiliates which will supplement their broadcast coverage on ESPN Radio 710 AM in Los Angeles.

The Kings Radio Network affliates (all stations are in Southern California, unless otherwise noted):

KGEO 1230 AM, Bakersfield
KVTA 1520 AM, Ventura
KAVL 610 AM, Lancaster
KSHP 1400 AM, Las Vegas, NV
KLOA 1240 AM, Ridgecrest
KIXW 960 AM, Victorville
KMET 1490 AM, Banning
KHTS 1220 AM, Santa Clarita
KXPS 1010 AM, Palm Springs
 
9-28-03
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings assigned six players to their primary minor league affiliate.

Wingers Noah Clarke and John Tripp, centers Steve Kelly and Chris Schmidt, and defenseman Joe Rullier and Richard Seeley were assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Kings have 36 players left in their 2003 training camp, including 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goalies.
 
9-27-03
Luc Robitaille and Derek Armstrong scored power play goals to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 pre-season win over the Colorado Avalanche in front of 12,074 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Robitaille's third goal of the pre-season came at 2:56 of the first period. He also tallied an assist.

Roman Cechmanek went all the way in goal for the Kings, stopping twenty shots.
 
9-23-03
Riku Hahl, Teemu Selanne and Dan Hinote scored goals and David Aebischer stopped 29 shots, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 pre-season win over the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Tuesday night.

Defenseman Joe Corvo scored the Kings' lone goal, his second goal of the pre-season.

Roman Cechmanek went all the way in goal for the Kings, who are now 2-2 in the exhibition season.
 
9-22-03
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that forward prospect Michael Cammalleri, who suffered a left knee injury on Sunday during the first period of their pre-season game against the San Jose Sharks at Bakersfield, underwent an MRI exam on Monday. Sources also report that defenseman Aaron Miller is also banged up as well. Finally, the Kings announced that they have assigned five players to their American Hockey League affiliate.

Cammalleri's MRI exam revealed that he suffered a sprained left knee. He is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Miller reportedly suffered a fractured left wrist, and is listed as week-to-week. He could be available to the Kings when they open the season at Detroit on October 9.

Heading to the Manchester Monarchs are centers Jeff Giuliano and Yanick Lehoux, wingers Pavel Rosa and Dan Welch, and defenseman Francis Nault, leaving 42 players in the Kings training camp, including 25 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goalies.
 
9-21-03
On Sunday, center prospect Esa Pirnes scored two goals to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in pre-season action on Sunday night at the Centennial Garden in Bakersfield. The Kings also sent four players to the minor leagues or their junior teams.

Pirnes scored at even-strength in the second period, and added a power play goal in the third period.

Defenseman Mattias Norstrom also scored a power play goal for the Kings, while defenseman Joe Corvo added an empty-net goal.

Mark Smith scored the lone San Jose goal in the second period.

Cristobal Huet started in goal for the Kings, allowing one goal on 18 shots before being replaced by Milan Hnlicka at 12:44 of the second period. Hnilicka stopped all eight shots he faced, and was credited with the win.

The Kings also lost forward Michael Cammalleri, who left the game in the first period after suffering a knee sprain.

The Kings made the following player transactions prior to Sunday's game:

Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League:

Mathieu Chouinard - Goalie
George Parros - Right Wing
Matt Underhill - Goalie

Defenseman Aaron Rome was assigned to the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (Canadian Juniors).

The Kings have 47 players remaining on their 2003 pre-season roster, including 29 forwards, 15 defensemen and three goalies.
 
9-20-03
Branko Radivojevic scored on the power play at 15:12 of the third period, leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in pre-season action at Staples Center on Saturday night.

Jon Sim and Lubos Bartecko, who is in the Kings' training camp on a try-out basis, scored for the Kings. Sim's goal was a shorthanded marker.

Chris Gratton and Landon Wilson also scored for Phoenix.

Roman Cechmanek started in goal for the Kings, facing ten shots and not allowing a goal.

Milan Hnilicka replaced Cechmanek at 12:36 of the second period and allowed all three Phoenix goals in the third period. He faced fifteen shots on goal.

Kings center Jozef Stumpel left the game in the first period after suffering a strained neck. X-rays were negative, but he will be evaluated on Sunday.
 
9-19-03
On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings sent ten players to their minor league or junior teams.

Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings AHL affiliate):

Scott Barney - Center
Chris Barr - Defenseman
Terry Denike - Goalie
Leon Hayward - Center
Alex Kim - Center
Doug Nolan - Defenseman

Assigned to Junior Teams:

Vladislav Balaz - Center, Shawnigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Petr Kanko - Right Wing, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Ryan Munce - Goalie, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Mark Rooneem - Left Wing, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
 
9-18-03
Luc Robitaille scored two goals and rookie Dustin Brown scored a goal, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a pre-season contest at Staples Center on Thursday night.

John Tripp also scored for the Kings. Alexei Smirnov and Chris Armstrong scored for the Ducks, both goals coming on the power play.

Brown, 18, scored on a deflection late in the game. He was the Kings' top draft pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in June.

Roman Cechmanek allowed one goal before coming out of the game just past the halfway mark of the game. Cristobal Huet finished the game in goal for the Kings, also allowing a goal.
 
9-17-03
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that individual game tickets for the 2003-04 regular season will go on sale on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 10:00 AM PDT.

Tickets will be avaiable at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at (213) 365-3600, and from TicketMaster's web site.

Tickets will not be available at the Staples Center box office until a later date.
 
9-16-03
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that the rookie game between the Los Angeles Kings and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim prior to the Kings/Mighty Ducks pre-season game on Thursday (7:30 PM at Staples Center) has been re-scheduled.

The game, which was originally scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM, will now start at 3:30 PM.

All fans wishing to attend the rookie game must have a ticket for that night's pre-season game between the Kings and the Mighty Ducks.
 
9-15-03
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Milan Hnilicka from the Atlanta Thrashers for future considerations.

Hnilicka, 30, played in thirty games for the Thrashers last season, earning a 4-13-1 record with a 3.56 goals-against average (GAA), and a .893 save percentage. He was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the fourth round (70th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-1, 190-pound native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, also played in fifteen games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, where he earned an 11-2-1 record with a 2.59 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

In 119 career NHL games with Islanders and Thrashers, Hnilicka is 29-66-13, with a 3.30 GAA. He will wear jersey number 45.
 
9-10-03
On Wednesday, Los Angeles Kings center prospect Jared Aulin underwent successful reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder to correct instability problems.

Kings team physician Dr. Ronald Kvitne of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic performed the surgery.

Aulin, who injured the shoulder during the Kings/Mighty Ducks of Anaheim game on September 4 during the 2003 Rookie Tournament, is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six months.
 
9-9-03
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings released their 2003 Training Camp roster and schedule. They also announced an addition to their coaching staff.

61 players, including eight non-roster invitees, will attend the Kings training camp, which will begin on Thursday, September 11, with the first on-ice workouts scheduled for Friday, September 12, at 9:30 AM.

Fans are welcome to attend all on-ice sessions.

The training camp will be held at the HealthSouth Training Center in El Segundo, California.

On Monday, September 15, and Tuesday, September 16, the Kings will play scrimmage games, schedule for 7:00 PM each night.

Admission is free, but seating is first-come, first-served. Seating is limited, so fans are advised to arrive early.

The Kings also announced that former Kings winger Nelson Emerson has joined the Kings as a coaches aide.

Emerson, who played for the Kings from 2000-2002, will support the coaching staff and will work with the players on their skating, shooting and face-offs.

"We are happy to have him," said Kings head coach Andy Murray. "He is enthusiastic and identifies with our style of play and what it takes to a be an LA King."

2003 Training Camp Roster (as of 9/8/03)

* - Injured, will not participate

Goalies

31 - Terry Denike, 6-2, 194 lbs., 22
32 - Roman Cechmanek, 6-3, 187 lbs., 32
35 - Cristobal Huet, 6-0, 190 lbs., 28
46 - Mathieu Chouinard, 6-0, 212 lbs., 23
65 - Ryan Munce, 6-0, 173 lbs., 18

Defensemen

2 - Bryan Muir, 6-4, 215 lbs., 30 years
3 - Aaron Miller, 6-3. 218 lbs., 32
5 - Tomas Zizka, 6-1, 206 lbs., 23
6 - Maxim Kuznetsov, 6-5. 230 lbs., 25
8 - Martin Strbak, 6-2., 200 lbs., 28
14 - Mattias Norstrom, 6-2, 222 lbs., 31
17 - Lubomir Visnovsky, 5-10, 188 lbs., 27
27 - Joe Corvo, 6-0, 205 lbs., 26
38 - Denis Grebeshkov, 6-1. 195 lbs., 19
40 - Richard Seeley, 6-0. 210 lbs., 24
42 - Tim Gleason, 6-0, 217 lbs., 20
44 - Jaroslav Modry, 6-2, 226 lbs., 32
50 - Joe Rullier, 6-3, 211 lbs., 23
53 - Jason Holland, 6-3, 219 lbs., 27
54 - Aaron Rome, 6-1, 219 lbs., 19
60 - Garrett Stafford, 5-11, 188 lbs., 23
63 - Brad Norton, 6-4, 234 lbs., 28
64 - Francis Nault, 5-10, 197 lbs., 24
67 - Doug Nolan, 6-2, 210 lbs., 27
69 - Chris Barr, 6-3, 205 lbs., 21

Forwards

7 - Derek Armstrong, Center, 6-0, 190 lbs., 30
11 - Steve Kelly, Center, 6-1, 205 lbs., 27
12 - Esa Pirnes, Center, 6-0, 189 lbs., 26
13 - Michael Cammalleri, Center, 5-9, 185 lbs., 21
15 - Jozef Stumpel, Center, 6-3, 225 lbs., 31
19 - Sean Avery, Center, 5-9, 185 lbs., 23
20 - Luc Robitaille, Left Wing, 6-1, 215 lbs., 37
22 - Ian Laperriere, Center/Winger, 6-1, 208 lbs., 29
23 - Dustin Brown, Right Wing, 6-0, 200 lbs., 18
24 - Alexander Frolov, Left Wing, 6-3, 196 lbs., 21
25 - Eric Belanger, Center, 6-0, 188 lbs., 25
26 - Trent Klatt, Right Wing, 6-1, 225 lbs., 32
28 - Adam Deadmarsh, Right Wing, 6-0, 210 lbs., 28
29 - Brad Chartrand, Right Wing, 5-11, 191 lbs., 28
33 - Ziggy Palffy, Right Wing, 5-10, 182 lbs., 31
34 - *Jared Aulin, Center, 6-0, 192 lbs., 21
37 - Kip Brennan, Left Wing, 6-4, 228 lbs., 23
39 - Noah Clarke, Left Wing, 5-9, 193 lbs., 24
41 - Jason Allison, Center, 6-3, 215 lbs., 28
43 - Jon Sim, Left Wing, 5-10, 190 lbs., 25
47 - Yanick Lehoux, Center, 5-11, 200 lbs., 21
48 - Petr Kanko, Right Wing, 5-10, 201 lbs., 19
49 - Ryan Flinn, Left Wing, 6-5, 248 lbs., 23
51 - Chris Schmidt, Center, 6-3, 212 lbs., 27
52 - Jerred Smithson, Center, 6-2, 197 lbs., 24
55 - Pavel Rosa, Right Wing, 6-0, 195 lbs., 26
56 - Alex Kim, Center, 5-11, 195 lbs., 24
57 - George Parros, Left Wing, 6-5, 232 lbs., 24
58 - Dan Welch, Left Wing, 5-9, 197 lbs., 22
59 - Mark Rooneem, Left Wing, 6-1, 196 lbs., 20
61 - Jeff Giuluano, Left Wing, 5-9, 205 lbs., 24
62 - Scott Barney, Left Wing, 6-4, 208 lbs., 24
66 - John Tripp, Right Wing, 6-3, 223 lbs., 26
71 - Vladislav Balaz, Left Wing, 6-3, 180 lbs., 19
72 - Leon Hayward, Center, 5-11, 200 lbs., 23

All training camp practices and scrimmages will be at the HealthSouth Training Center, unless otherwise noted.

September 11 - Medical exams
September 12 - First Day On-Ice

Group 1 Practice - 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Group 2 Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Group 3 Practice - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

September 13

Group 2 Practice - 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Group 3 Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Group 1 Practice - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

September 14

Group 3 Practice - 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Group 1 Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Group 2 Practice - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

September 15

Non-Game Roster Practice - 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Black vs. White Scrimmage Game - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

September 16

Black vs. White Scrimmage Game - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

September 17

Black Team Practice - 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
White Team Practice - 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

September 18

Game Roster Morning Skate - 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Non-Game Roster Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Rookie Game vs. Anaheim - 3:30 PM, Staples Center
Pre-Season Game vs. Anaheim - 7:30 PM, Staples Center

September 19

Game Roster Practice - 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Non-Game Roster Practice - 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

September 20

Game Roster Morning Skate - 10:15 AM - 10:37 AM
Non-Game Roster Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Pre-Season Game vs. Phoenix, 7:30 PM, Staples Center

September 21

Game Roster Morning Skate - 10:15 AM - 10:37 AM
Non-Game Roster Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Pre-Season Game vs. San Jose, 5:00 PM, Centennial Garden, Bakersfield

September 22

Game Roster Practice - 9:30 AM - 10:45 PM
Non-Game Roster Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

September 23

Game Roster Morning Skate - 11:30 AM - 11:52 PM, Pepsi Center
Non-Game Roster Practice - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, HealthSouth
Pre-Season Game at Colorado - 7:00 PM, Pepsi Center

September 24 - Off-Day

September 25

Game Roster Practice - 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Santa Fe Ice Arena, Las Vegas

Non-Game Roster Practice - 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Santa Fe Ice Arena, Las Vegas

September 26

Game Roster Practice - 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Santa Fe Ice Arena, Las Vegas

Non-Game Roster Practice - 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Santa Fe Ice Arena, Las Vegas

September 27

Game Roster Morning Skate - 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Santa Fe Ice Arena, Las Vegas

Non-Game Roster Practice - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Santa Fe Ice Arena, Las Vegas

Pre-Season Game vs. Colorado, 7:30 PM
MGM Grand Garden Arena (at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino), Las Vegas

September 28 - Off-Day

September 29

Practice - 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Golf Tournament - 11:00 AM

September 30

Practice - 11:30 AM - 11:52 AM, Phoenix
Pre-Season Game at Phoenix - 7:00 PM, America West Arena, Phoenix

October 1

Practice - 11:30 AM - 11:52 AM, Sacramento
Pre-Season Game vs. San Jose - 7:00 PM, Arco Arena, Sacramento

October 2

Practice - 10:45 AM - noon, HealthSouth

October 3

Morning Skate 10:15 AM - 10:37 AM, HealthSouth
Pre-Season Game at Anaheim - 7:30 PM, Arrowhead Pond

October 4-5 - Off-days

October 6

Practice - 10:45 AM - noon

October 7

Practice - 10:45 AM - noon

END OF TRAINING CAMP
 
10-30-02
The Daily News is reporting that Los Angeles Kings' winger Adam Deadmarsh suffered a bruised right hand during Tuesday's game at the Atlanta Thrashers.

Deadmarsh suffered the injury trying to break a fall in the first period. He did not play in the second or third periods.

Deadmarsh wore a splint on his hand following the game and did not practice on Wednesday. He could miss Thursday's game at Chicago.

Right wing Ziggy Palffy, who has missed six of the last seven games with a left groin strain, may return to the lineup against Chicago.
 
10-30-02
Late Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that center Jason Allison, who suffered an injury to his right knee after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton during the first period of Tuesday's game at the Atlanta Thrashers, a 4-0 win for the Kings, will miss the next eight to twelve weeks of the season.

Allison returned to Los Angeles today and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam performed by Dr. Ronald Kvitne of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. The MRI revealed a tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

Surgery will not be required and Allison will begin rehabilitation work immediately.

Allison was placed on the injured reserve list. Taking his place on the roster will be center Steve Kelly, who was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
 
10-29-02
(UPDATED 11:59 PM PST) Los Angeles Kings' star center and team leader Jason Allison suffered what is being called a "potentially serious injury" to his right knee after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton during the first period of Tuesday's game at the Atlanta Thrashers, a 4-0 win for the Kings.

With the Kings on the power play in the first period, Allison got the puck in the neutral zone on right wing, and carried the puck full speed towards the Atlanta zone. But at the red line, he was met by Sutton, who led with his right leg, and initiated the knee-on-knee contact.

Sutton was hit with a roughing penalty for his part in a scrum following the play, but no call was made on the knee-on-knee contact.

Allison, who did not return to the game, was preliminarily diagnosed with a knee sprain. But according to sources, further examination by the Thrashers' medical staff indicated that it was likely that Allison has torn both the medial collateral ligament and the anterior cruciate ligament.

Allison will return to Los Angeles on Wednesday for further evaluation, including an MRI exam. But if the Thrashers' doctor is correct, Allison will miss the rest of the season.

He left the arena on crutches with a brace to immobilize the knee, and said that he was in a lot of pain.

Kings' head coach Andy Murray referred to the injury as being "very serious," and that Allison could be out two months or more. There is also concern that the injury could end Allison's season.

Referees Stephane Auger and Ian Walsh--both inexperienced officials--ruled that the hit was clean. To be fair, the play happened very quickly, and could have been viewed as clean. But video replay from the side clearly shows that Sutton led with his leg. In any case, Auger and Walsh missed the call badly. Allison was sent flying sideways in such a way that made it obvious that his legs were taken out.

Murray was incredulous that no call was made on play. So much so that he was berating the officials throughout the period, and received a bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct at 16:22.

Murray continued to vent his anger after the game, stating that the NHL must hold players who commit such careless acts responsible for their actions.

Sutton's hit on Allison was indeed careless and irresponsible, if not dirty. According to sources, an NHL Supervisor of Officials was present at the game, and would be sending a videotape of the incident to the NHL office for further review and possible disciplinary action.

One must also question why two younger, inexperienced referees were paired up by the league. Clearly, an inexperienced referee should always be paired with a veteran referee in every game.
 
10-25-02
Los Angeles Kings right winger Ziggy Palffy was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game at the New York Rangers, a 6-2 win by the Kings.

Palffy, who originally suffered a left groin strain during the Kings/Red Wings game at Staples Center on October 12, was placed on the injured reserve list on October 19 (retroactive to October 13). He missed three games before returning to the lineup on October 23, when he played well at Detroit (3-3 tie).

But only a few minutes into Friday's morning skate, he felt pain, and left the ice.

Palffy is listed as day-to-day.
 
10-23-02
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings activated right wing Ziggy Palffy off the injured reserve list, and he is expected to play tonight when the Kings skate at the Detroit Red Wings (4:30 PM PDT).

Palffy, 30, missed the last three games due to a left groin strain suffered on October 12 during the Kings/Detroit Red Wings game at Staples Center. He was placed on the injured reserve list on October 19 (retroactive to October 13).
 
10-22-02
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have extended the contract of Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Taylor through the 2005-06 season.

Taylor, 46, became the team's general manager of April 22, 1997, and in more than five seasons, his teams have earned a 190-165-53-11 record. This includes three consecutive seasons in which the team earned more than ninety points in the standings (1999-2002), the best three years in terms of points in franchise history (the switch to earning points for overtime losses notwithstanding).

"The consensus among ownership and management is that Dave's leadership, direction and decision-making ability has brought the Kings to the doorstep of being a Stanley Cup-contending team," said Kings' President Tim Leiweke. "Dave has spent his entire professional career in the Kings organization and we feel he will continue to guide this team to a championship level."

"I appreciate the opportunity provided to me by Tim and our ownership," said Taylor. "I look forward to continuing our efforts to bring a Stanley Cup Championship to Los Angeles."

The Kings also announced that they have assigned left wing Derek Bekar to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Bekar, 27, played in four games with the Kings this season, racking up four penalty minutes.
 
10-19-02
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have placed right wing Ziggy Palffy on the injured reserve list, retroactive to October 13, due to a left groin strain.

Taking Palffy's place on the roster is center Derek Armstrong, who was recalled from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Armstrong, 29, has played in two games with the Monarchs this season, scoring three goals. He was acquired from the New York Rangers on July 16, 2002, for a conditional pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Armstrong, who is 6-0 and weighs 195 pounds, has played in 86 career NHL games with the Rangers, Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders. He will wear number 32 with the Kings.

Palffy, who suffered the injury during the Kings/Detroit Red Wings game on October 12, is listed as day-to-day, but is eligible to return to the lineup on Wednesday, when the Kings beging a five-game road trip at Detroit.
 
10-18-02
The Los Angeles Kings are expected to recall forward Derek Armstrong from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, and he will likely see action on Saturday when the Kings host the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center.

Armstrong recorded a hat trick last Saturday against Lowell.

With forward Bryan Smolinski suffering from a charley horse above his right knee, and with winger Jaroslav Bednar also injured, Armstrong will be an insurance policy if Smolinski and/or Bednar are unable to play.
 
10-8-02
The Los Angeles Kings announced on Tuesday that Kings' players will wear the
old silver, black and white jerseys that the Kings wore from 1988 through the
end of the 1997-98 season, in honor of Wayne Gretzky
, whose jersey number 99
will be retired by the Kings during pre-game ceremonies on Wednesday, when the
Kings open the 2002-03 season against the Phoenix Coyotes.

And during pre-game warm-ups, the Kings' players will all wear jerseys with the
number 99 on their backs with Gretzky's name on them.

At the end of the pre-game warm-ups, Kings' fans will be able to bid on each of
those jerseys, which will be autographed by Gretzky on one of the "9's," and by
the Kings' player who wore it on the other "9."

Bidding will take place on the main concourse level, and all proceeds raised
will go to the Kings Care Foundation and the Wayne Gretzky Foundation.

Also on Tuesday, the Kings signed free agent defenseman Brad Norton to a
one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Kings also announced that they have placed defenseman Aaron Miller on
injured reserve, and have assigned defenseman Jason Holland to the Manchester
Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Norton, 27, made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers on January 21, 2002.
In twenty-two games with the Panthers last season, Norton recorded two assists
and 45 penalty minutes. In addition, he appeared in forty games for the
Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, registering ten assists and 62
penalty minutes.

Norton, who is 6-4 and weighs 234 pounds, was a free-agent tryout, who
participated in the Kings' Development Camp this summer, as well as in training
camp. In six pre-season games, Norton recorded one assist.

Miller is expected to be out until early-to-mid-November after undergoing
sports hernia surgery on September 13.
 
10-7-02
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have assigned center Derek
Armstrong
, left wing Ryan Flinn, and right wing Steve Heinze to the Manchester
Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Kings now have twenty-five players remaining on their 2002 pre-season
roster, including fourteen forwards, nine defensemen, and two goalies.

All NHL teams must finalize their twenty-three man rosters for the 2002-03
regular season on Tuesday.
 
10-3-02
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have assigned center
Scott Barney and left wing Kip Brennan to the Manchester Monarchs of the
American Hockey League.

The Kings have twenty-eight players remaining on their 2002 pre-season roster,
including seventeen forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies.
 
10-2-02
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have assigned center
Steve Kelly to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Kings now have thirty players remaining on their 2002 pre-season roster,
including nineteen forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies.

Also on Wednesday, the Kings signed free agent forward Scott Barney to a
one-year deal.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Barney, 23, was selected by the Kings in the second round (29th overall) of the
1997 NHL draft. The 6-4, 208-pound forward had suffered from serious back
injuries, and did not play hockey over the last three seasons.

In other news, the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League announced
that they have signed goalie B.J. Boxma to a contract.

Boxma was then assigned to the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the West Coast Hockey
League.

Boxma, who is 6-0 and weighs 180-pounds, split time with both the Kootenay Ice
and the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League during the 2001-02
season. He combined to finish with a 26-19-3 record, four shutouts, a 3.06
goals against average (GAA) and a .888 save percentage.

Boxma, 21, played with 32 games with the Ice, Boxma posted a 15-14-2 record,
three shutouts, a 2.89 goals against average and a .886 save percentage.

In 20 games with the Broncos, he collected an 11-5-1 record, one shutout, a
3.37 goals against average (GAA) and a .894 save percentage.

Later on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings and the National Hockey League
announced their protected/unprotected lists for the 2002 Waiver Draft, which
will be held on Friday, October 4 at 9:00 AM Pacific time.

Protected
Jason Allison, F; Eric Belanger, F; Ken Belanger, F; Brad Chartrand, F; Adam
Deadmarsh, F; Mikko Eloranta, F; Craig Johnson, F; Ian Laperriere, F; Andreas
Lilja, D; Chris McAlpine, D; Aaron Miller, D; Jaroslav Modry, D; Mattias
Norstrom, D; Zigmund Palffy, F; Erik Rasmussen, F; Mathieu Schneider, D; Bryan
Smolinski, F; Lubomir Visnovsky, D; Felix Potvin, G; Jamie Storr, G.

Unprotected
Derek Armstrong, F; Derek Bekar, F; Steve Heinze, F; Jason Holland, D; Steve
Kelly, F; Jan Nemecek, D; Pavel Rosa, F; Chris Schmidt, F; Richard Seeley, D;
Travis Scott, G.
 
10-1-02
On Tuesday, the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings' minor league affiliate)
announced that they have waived center prospect Jim Henkel and defenseman
prospect Jason Crain.

Neither player has made much of an impression on the Kings' coaching or
scouting staffs in recent training or development camps.

The Kings announced that Thursday's broadcast of the Kings/Phoenix Coyotes
pre-season game from Oklahoma City will air live on 710 AM in the Los Angeles
area due to ESPN Radio 1110-KSPN's coverage of post-season baseball
(Angels/Yankees). The Kings/Coyotes game begins at 5:30 PM Pacific time.

And as of January 1, 2003, all Kings games will be heard on 710 AM as ESPN
Radio 1110-KSPN moves to 710 on the AM radio dial.

This season's Kings Radio Network affiliates are:

KSPN 1110 AM-Southern California/Flagship
KGEO 1230 AM-Bakersfield, CA
KVTA 1520 AM-Ventura, CA
KAVL 610 AM-Palmdale/Lancaster, CA
KSHP 1400 AM-Las Vegas, NV
KKAL 99.7 FM-San Luis Obispo, CA
KLOA 1240 AM-Ridgecrest, CA
KATJ 1590 AM-Victorville, CA
KMET 1490 AM-Banning, CA
KIIS 1220 AM-Santa Clarita, CA
 
9-30-02
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have assigned center Jared
Aulin
, left wing Michael Cammalleri and defenseman Joe Corvo to the Manchester
Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Kings have thirty-two players remaining on their 2002 pre-season roster,
including twenty forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.
 
9-27-02
On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have assigned the
following players to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League:

Cristobal Huet - Goaltender
Yanick Lehoux - Center
Mike Pudlick - Defenseman
Pavel Rosa - Right Wing
Travis Scott - Goaltender
Richard Seeley - Defenseman
Tomas Zizka - Defenseman

The Kings have thirty-five players remaining on their pre-season roster,
twenty-two forwards, ten defensemen and three goalies.
 
9-23-02
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings assigned the following players to the
Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League:

Jason Crain, Defenseman
Eric Healey, Left Wing
Jim Henkel, Center
Dane Jackson, Left Wing
Joe Rullier, Defenseman
Chris Schmidt, Center
Jerred Smithson, Center
Jimmy Verdule, Defenseman
Alexei Volkov, Goalie

The Kings also sent two players back to their junior teams, right wing Petr
Kanko (Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League), and defenseman Aaron
Rome (Swift Current Broncos, Western Hockey League).

The Kings have forty-two players remaining on their training camp roster,
including twenty-four forwards, thirteen defensemen and five goalies.
 
9-20-02
On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have assigned left wing
Mark Rooneem to the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (Canadian
Juniors).

The Kings have fifty-three players remaining on their 2002 preseason roster
(thirty forwards, seventeen defensemen and six goalies).
 
9-18-02
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have cancelled their
scrimmage game scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2002, at 7:30 PM
.

The team will have a regular practice instead from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, at the
HealthSouth Training Center in El Segundo, California.
 
9-17-02
The Los Angeles Kings held the first scrimmage games of their 2002-03 training
camp
at the HealthSouth Training Center in El Segundo, California, on Monday
and Tuesday nights.

Both games were spirited, physical contests with the Kings? young prospects
doing all they could to try to win a spot on the Kings? roster, while a few of
the Kings? veteran players worked to get into shape for the new season.

Among the Kings? young prospects, forwards Mike Cammalleri and Petr Kanko stood
out. They were both all over the ice and were dangerous on most shifts. Kanko
also worked hard in the corners and was never out of good defensive position.

Kanko, who was selected by the Kings in the third round (66th overall) of the
2002 draft, has made a big impression on the coaching staff, and is likely to
be in the lineup on Thursday when the Kings host San Jose in their first
pre-season game.

?I think it?s basically a carry over from our summer camp, where he was one of
our top two players,? said Kings? head coach Andy Murray. ?He?s strong on his
skates and really competitive. I just like the way he plays the game, with a
bit of an edge.?

Both figured in the scoring for Team White.

Center prospect Yanick Lehoux also played well in the two games.

Forward prospect Scott Barney is also skating well after being out of hockey
for the last three seasons due to back injuries.

Right wing Pavel Rosa has apparently improved his skating while playing in
Europe the past few years. He appears to be more confident on the ice.

Center prospect Jared Aulin has not stood out, but one cannot make too much out
of what happens in two scrimmage games. Nevertheless, if he expects to make the
Kings? roster, he is going to have to pick up his game.

The same can be said about forward prospect Alexander Frolov, a highly-touted
prospect from Russia.

Frolov showed in the scrimmages that he has a lot of skill, but it is obvious
that it is going to take some time for him to adjust to the North American
style. No one should be surprised if he winds up being assigned to the
Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings? AHL affiliate) to
start the season.

Defenseman Joe Corvo looked good with the puck and on the power play. He
appears to have a great chance to win the sixth defenseman spot on the Kings?
roster.

As for the veteran skaters, center Eric Belanger skated with a lot of jump and
fire in the two games. His speed is there, he is playing a physical game, and
has been all over the ice. Although only a few of the veterans have played,
Belanger has been the best of the bunch.

BOX SCORE - GAME 1 (Monday)

Black: 0-0-0--0
White: 1-2-4--7

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1. White, Rullier (power play) (Armstrong,
Rosa), 8:42. Penalties: Rullier, White (interference), 2:06; Corvo,
Black (obstruction hooking), 2:46; E. Belanger, Black (boarding),
7:12; Smithson, White (high sticking), 12:48; Barney, White
(tripping), 16:04.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2. White, Chartrand (Eloranta, Barney),
5:05. 3. White, Kanko (Allison, Cammalleri), 10:35. Penalties:
Schmidt, White (obstuction hooking), 16:51.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 4. White, Kanko (power play) (Visnovsky,
Modry), 0:31. 5. White, Visnovsky (Eloranta, Smithson), 2:48. 6.
White, Modry (Lehoux, Cammalleri), 7:18. 7. Rosa (Bekar), 18:25.
Penalties: Lilja, White (holding), 4:14; Verdule, Black (slashing),
19:42.

Shots on Goal
Black: 7-11-3--21
White: 7-7-6--20

Power Play Conversions: Black: 0 of 5; White: 2 of 3. Goalies: Black,
Jamie Storr (31:15; 10 shots, 8 saves); B.J. Boxma (11:15 of the
second period; 13, 8). White, Felix Potvin (20:00; 7 shots, 7 saves);
Cristobal Huet (start of second period; 11, 11); Alexei Volkov (start
of third period; 3, 3). Referee: Pierce. Linesmen: Boyer, Valentine.


BOX SCORE - GAME 2 (Tuesday)

Black: 1-2-1--4
White: 0-1-0--1

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1. Black, E. Belanger (Aulin), 4:16.
Penalties: Lehoux, White (slashing), 6:56; Rooneem, Black (slashing),
9:10; Rullier, White (holding)., 16;13; Kelly, Black (hooking),
20:00.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2. White, Cammalleri (power play) (Lehoux,
Kanko), 1:29. 3. Black, Kelly (Schneider, Jackson). 13:21, 4. Black,
Bednar (Seeley), 13:52. Penalties: Pudlick, White (tripping), 8:00.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5. Black, Bednar (empty net) (unassisted),
18:55. Penalties: Pudlick, White (interference). 5:26.

Shots on Goal

Black: 14-8-3--25
White: 4-5-4--13

Power Play Conversions: Black: 0 of 2, White: 1 of 2. Goalies: Black,
B.J. Boxma (20:00; 4 shots, 4 saves), Alexei Volkov (start of second
period; 8, 9); White, Cristobal Huet (40:00; 13 shots, 14 saves),
Boxma (start of third period; 3, 3).
 
9-14-02
On September 14, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have signed
defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom to a multi-year contract
extension
.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Kings, but it has been learned that
Norstrom signed a four-year deal, worth $14.5 million.

The contract voids the final year of Norstrom?s previous contract. He will be
paid $2.5 million this season, a $500,000 raise.

Norstrom, who would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this
season, will earn $4.5 million, $4 million and $3.5 million over the final
three years of the deal.

?We are happy to have Mattias commit to our team,? said Kings? Senior Vice
President and General Manager Dave Taylor. ?He is a tremendous role model for
all of our players and a key ingredient to our future success.?

?He?s our captain and a tremendous role model,? Taylor added.

Norstrom said that he wanted to stay with the Kings.

?My first choice has always been to stay in Los Angeles and the Kings made it
clear to me that they wanted the same thing,? Norstrom explained. ?I like the
direction our team is headed and I?m excited to be part of the Kings? future.?

The signing was not only to lock up Norstrom with a long-term contract. It was
clearly a signal to the Kings? players by the team?s management and ownership
to try to show the players that they are committed to building a winner.

?I think obviously they learned from what happened with Rob [Blake] a couple
years ago,? Kings? defenseman Mathieu Schneider said. ?Rob did a tremendous job
of keeping it out of the dressing room, but it was there right down to the
end?trade rumors and so on.?

?It?s the same thing that might have happened with Matty, and to have your
captain in that situation makes it difficult for everyone,? he added. ?He?s not
just another player on the team, so that?s great.?
 
9-13-02
On Friday, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced that they will host the Los
Angeles Kings in a rookie game on Thursday, September 19, at 1:00 PM PDT at the
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
.

This exhibition game, the first between the two clubs featuring only their
prospects, is free, with doors opening at 12:30 PM. Parking is also free, and
lots open at noon.

General seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also on Friday, the Kings announced that defenseman Aaron Miller has undergone
successful abdominal surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Miller, who suffered the injury during off-season workouts, will be out of
action for six to eight weeks.

The surgery was performed today by Dr. Craig Miller.
 
9-12-02
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that single-game tickets for
the 2002-03 season will go on sale on Saturday, September 21, 2002, at 10:00
AM
.

Tickets will be on sale through TicketMaster by calling (213) 480-3232, (714)
740-2000, (805) 583-8700, or (619) 220-TIXS, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Tickets will NOT be on sale at the Staples Center box office until September
22.

Pricing for tickets is as follows: $110.50 (Center Ice Lower; $85.50 (Lower
Level Corners); $62.50 (Lower Level Behinds); $49.50 (200 Level); $29.50 (Upper
Level Betweens); and $22.50 (Upper Level Behinds).

In addition, tickets for both Kings' preseason games at Staples Center
(September 19 vs. San Jose and September 26 vs Phoenix) are currently on sale,
as are tickets for theexhibition games in Bakersfield (September 22 vs.
Anaheim) and Las Vegas (October 5 vs. Colorado at the MGM Grand Garden Arena).

For more information, call (888) KINGS-LA.

The Kings also announced that the Wayne Gretzky Jersey Retirement Gala Dinner,
which was to be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on October 7, has been
moved to Staples Center, also on October 7, at 6:00 PM.

The charity dinner is a part of the special festivities that will see the Kings
retire Gretzky's number 99 jersey on Wednesday, October 9, when the Kings host
the Phoenix Coyotes in the Kings' home opener.

Expected to attend the dinner are some of Gretzky's former teammates, including
Rob Blake, Paul Coffey, Pat Conacher, Tony Granato, Kelly Hrudey, Jari Kurri,
Luc Robitaille, Warren Rychel, Kevin Stevens, Dave Taylor and Rick Tocchet, as
well as past coaches Barry Melrose and Cap Raeder.

All proceeds from the evening, which will also feature David Foster and other
special guests, will go to the Kings Care Foundation and The Wayne Gretzky
Foundation.

For ticket information, call (213) 763-7793.
 
9-10-02
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings released their 2002 Training Camp roster,
as well as their camp schedule
.

Their training camp begins on Thursday, September 12, when the players report
for medical examinations and physical testing.

Their first on-ice sessions will be on Friday, September 13, at 10:00 AM PDT.
Fifty-three players will attend the Kings' training camp, divided into two
squads.

Among the fifty-three players are thirty-one forwards, sixteen defensemen, and
six goaltenders.

Five players are non-roster invitees.

The Kings' training camp will be held at the HealthSouth Training Center in El
Segundo, California, and all on-ice sessions are free and open to the public.

The complete training camp roster can be viewed (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) at: www.lakings.com.

The training camp schedule is as follows (all events are at the HealthSouth Training Center, unless otherwise specified):

9/12 - Medical Examinations

9/13 - Practice (Black Team), 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
9/13 - Practice (White Team), 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

9/14 - Practice (White Team), 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
9/14 - Practice (Black Team), 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

9/15 - Practice (Black Team), 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
9/15 - Practice (White Team), 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

9/16 - Black vs. White Scrimmage Game, 7:00 PM

9/17 - Black vs. White Scrimmage Game, 7:00 PM

9/18 - Kings Golf Tournament

9/19 - Morning Skate (Game Roster), 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
9/19 - Practice (Non-Game Roster), 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
9/19 - San Jose vs. Kings, 7:30 PM, Staples Center

9/20 - Practice (White Team), 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
9/20 - Practice (Black Team), 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

9/21 - Practice (White Team), 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
9/21 - Practice (Black Team), 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

9/22 - Practice (Non-Game Roster), 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
9/22 - Anaheim vs. Kings, 5:00 PM, Centennial Garden, Bakersfield

9/23 - Off Day

9/24 - Practice (Black Team), 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
9/24 - Practice (White Team), 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

9/25 - Practice (Non-Game Roster), 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
9/25 - Kings vs. Colorado, 7:00 PM, Pepsi Center, Denver

9/26 - Practice (Non-Game Roster), 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
9/26 - Phoenix vs. Kings, 7:30 PM, Staples Center

9/27 - Practice (Black Team), 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
9/27 - Practice (White Team), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

9/28 - Practice (Non-Game Roster), 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
9/28 - Kings vs. San Jose, HP Pavilion, San Jose

9/29 - Practice (Non-Game Roster), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
9/29 - Kings vs. Anaheim, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim

9/30 - Off Day

10/1 - Practice, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

10/2 - Practice, 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM

10/3 - Kings vs. Phoenix, Ford Center, Oklahoma City

10/4 - Off Day

10/5 - Kings vs. Colorado, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

*NOTE: All times are subject to change, and they often do.
 
10-7-92
On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they have assigned center Derek
Armstrong
, left wing Ryan Flinn, and right wing Steve Heinze to the Manchester
Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Kings now have twenty-five players remaining on their 2002 pre-season
roster, including fourteen forwards, nine defensemen, and two goalies.

All NHL teams must finalize their twenty-three man rosters for the 2002-03
regular season on Tuesday.