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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.

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Recent Articles by Walter

Tyler Toffoli has had a torrid November, making him a hard to ignore option in most fantasy formats. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Fun and Interesting L.A. Kings Tweets, Part 2

Twitter! It’s like being stalked by committee — David Tennant Most of us appreciate — at least to some extent — the freedom that Twitter affords us. We can follow […]

(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

2014-15 Los Angeles Kings Season Preview

It’s preview time. Despite two Cups in three seasons, it’s still difficult for long-time Kings fans to think of our team as not only the best in the NHL, but […]

Investor Victor Coleman could help get the arena project off the ground. Credit: 360 Architecture)

Investor Victor Coleman Behind Latest NHL-to-Seattle Efforts

After nearly derailing just a few short months ago, Seattle’s roller coaster ride toward obtaining an NHL franchise appears to be back on track. Reportedly, a local heavyweight investor is […]

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It's time for the Leafs to let Randy Carlyle go (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

The 5 NHL Teams Most Likely to Surprise in 2014-15

A few days ago, I wrote a piece predicting the five most overrated teams going into the 2014-15 NHL season, as measured by current Las Vegas odds to win the […]

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Vegas Speaks: The 5 Most Overrated NHL Teams for 2014-15

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — W.C. Fields It’s summertime, and the barbeque grill has firmly supplanted the frozen surfaces of NHL rinks in just about […]

Five Fun and Interesting Los Angeles Kings Tweets

Five Fun and Interesting Los Angeles Kings Tweets

Here at The Hockey Writers, we do our very best to slice, dice and otherwise report anything and everything about hockey to our loyal readers. During the summer, of course, […]

(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

Wash, Rinse, Repeat: Can the Kings Win It Again This Year?

I like to be against the odds — Barry Bonds Mr. Steroids may forevermore be persona non grata in baseball, but there is something about going against the naysayers that […]

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

The NHL to Seattle: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When last I wrote on the subject, the sun, moon and stars were aligning perfectly. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was openly discussing expansion, a contingent of Seattle politicos were […]

Adrian Kempe (Photo: Håkan-Nordström)

The Los Angeles Kings 2014 Draft Class: Down and Dirty

The recently-crowned Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings practice a blue collar, grind-it-out style that’s oddly refreshing in the wide open Western Conference. Fancy passing? Try Chicago or Vancouver if […]

Kings Are Kings of NHL After Winning Second Stanley Cup

Kings Are Kings of NHL After Winning Second Stanley Cup

There’s nothing quite like your first Stanley Cup. That is, until you win your second. Such are the feelings the Los Angeles Kings are experiencing after another amazing run through […]

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kings Look to Put a Stranglehold on the Rangers

In many ways, the Los Angeles Kings are a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. They went into the regular season with five players with 30-goals seasons on […]

Justin Williams (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

5 Reasons Why the Kings Will Beat the Rangers

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were the Los Angeles Kings. The never-say-die Kings take on the upstart Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers for the rights to […]