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

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L.A. Kings 2014-15 Season in Review: The Defense

Bravery is a rampart of defense — Sallust This past week, I posted part one and part two of a four-part series analyzing the performance of the Kings’ players this […]

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L.A. Kings 2014-15 Season in Review: The Wingers

A couple of days ago and in the first of a three-part series reviewing the performances of Kings players in the wake of a 2014-15 season that fell just short […]

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L.A. Kings 2014-15 Season in Review: The Centers

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work — Thomas Edison The 2014-15 edition of the Los Angeles Kings may not have struck out 10,000 times […]

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Can the Kings’ Drew Doughty Win the Norris Trophy?

What’s the point of competing for a trophy if everyone gets a trophy? — Glenn Beck This past Monday, the NHL announced the names of the three Norris finalists for […]

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

Latest News Could Land Seattle an NHL Franchise by 2017

After nearly three years of false starts in Seattle’s attempt to lure the NHL and NBA to town, a fast track toward a new Seattle franchise appears to be underway. […]

Based on prior history, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman probably expects the NHLPA to cave sooner or later. (Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE)

NHL to Seattle: If You Build It, We Will (Probably) Come

Field of Dreams was an overrated 1989 Kevin Costner flick about the ghosts of the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” scandal coming to play in a newly built baseball stadium, situated […]

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

10 Things That Went Right for the L.A. Kings This Season

Last week, I wrote a piece enumerating ten things that went wrong for the Los Angeles Kings this season — things that ultimately torpedoed their efforts to make the postseason. […]

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10 Things That Went Wrong for the L.A. Kings This Season

The fall from grace was painful indeed for the Los Angeles Kings. Champions in 2012 and 2014 and conference finalists in 2013, the Kings had arguably the NHL’s most successful […]

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Los Angeles Kings: And Then There Were Three

Our team has a lot of talent. I hope that soon we will break out with four or five goals and avoid overtime — Peter Bondra With apologies to the […]

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Los Angeles Kings News, Facts and Miscellany

Although the internet is a repository of information so large that even the 2% that isn’t tied to pornography is massive, finding salient news and information about the Los Angeles […]

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Kings of New York: L.A. Sweeps into Playoff Spot

Six days ago, the Los Angeles Kings were down. Way down. Oh, maybe not literally, as they were still very much in the playoff race. However, they had just lost […]

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Desperate Times and Measures: Kings Recall Mike Richards

Desperate times call for desperate measures — Obert Skye, Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret Including Monday night’s critical battle with the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center, the […]