Walter McLaughlin

Walter McLaughlin is a Los Angeles Kings correspondent for The Hockey Writers. He is an avid sports fan, having followed the Kings since living in L.A. in the mid-1970's, as well as suffering through Seattle sports teams' general futility. He has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and has worked in community banking for over 20 years, specializing in SBA loans. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife of 25 years and two daughters.

Recent Articles by Walter

The architect of two Stanley Cup winning teams, Dean Lombardi landed Andrej Sekera in a deal with Carolina. (credit:  NHL Network).

Pre-Deadline Deal Makes Both Kings, Sekera Winners

There is no question that when the sun sets on the 2015 trade deadline at 3PM Eastern Standard Time on March 2nd, there will have been a number trades completed […]

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

ESPN: Los Angeles Kings a Leader in Analytics

Without question, the Los Angeles Kings have been able to turn it on during the playoffs over the last three seasons — big time. There’s something about the roster, systems […]

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Stadium Series: Kings/Sharks Rivalry One of NHL’s Best

Tonight’s Stadium Series matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks doesn’t hold the Original Six allure of Boston/Montreal, nor does it carry the heft of Chicago/Detroit. Even […]

With mountains, lakes, forests and money, about the only thing Seattle doesn't have is the NHL - yet. Credit: Spmenic, at Wikimedia Commons.

10 Reasons Why the NHL Must Expand to Seattle

The expansion of choice has become an explosion of choice — Sheena Iyengar Ever since investor Chris Hansen exploded on the scene three years ago vowing to build an arena […]

Dion Phaneuf (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

The Defense Can’t Rest: 3 Players the Kings Are Targeting

Having won two of the last three Stanley Cups, the Los Angeles Kings know how high the climb to the top of the mountain really is. Just two weeks away […]

Jeff Carter eventually landed with the the Los Angeles Kings, but not until after a short pitt stop with the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE)

It’s Time For the Kings to Go Back to the Future

Three straight Western Conference Finals appearances. Two Cups on the mantle. If there were ever an NHL franchise with little right to complain about their current state or uncertain future, […]

by · February 7, 2015 · 25 comments · Los Angeles Kings
The Decline and Fall of the Kings’ Mike Richards

The Decline and Fall of the Kings’ Mike Richards

The fall from penthouse to outhouse for Mike Richards has been well-documented, with pundits and fans everywhere scratching their heads trying to figure out what exactly went wrong. Four years […]

Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk  - Photo By Andy Martin Jr

5 of the Most Incredible Shootout Goals You’ll Ever See

Do a quick search for the word ‘shootout’ here at The Hockey Writers (top right corner of the page) and you’ll notice a plethora of posts questioning its validity, suggesting […]

by · January 28, 2015 · 0 comments · Top 10 Lists
Travis Zajac battles Mike Richards (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

The L.A. Kings Waive Mike Richards: Early Reactions

stun·ning (stŭn′ĭng) adj. 1. Causing or capable of causing emotional shock or loss of consciousness. For Kings fans, the news about Mike Richards being placed on waivers was a puck […]

(Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)

NHL to Seattle: The NBA Blocks the Shot

The simmering topic of NHL expansion to the city of Seattle may have plenty of support, but also its share of detractors. Those in favor of adding an expansion team […]

by · January 25, 2015 · 2 comments · News/Commentary
Mike Richards posted 32 points this season (Photo by Bridget Samuels).

Will Long-Term Contracts Ultimately Hurt the L.A. Kings?

To the average fan, management’s general strategy of locking up key players to long-term contracts is not only pleasing, but often downright exciting. Witness this report from 2011: The […]

This guy is in Anaheim's heads a bit...from the LA Kings. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Kings First Half Report Card

In any team sport, the best teams have consistency and chemistry — Roger Staubach Captain Comeback’s observation carries a patently simple message. It isn’t usually the most talented club that […]