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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

Travis Zajac battles Mike Richards (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kings Face Future Salary Cap Purgatory

You do not play hockey for good seasons. You play to win the Stanley Cup. It has to be the objective — Guy Lafleur We all love hockey, and by […]

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Should the Kings Get Cap Relief During Voynov’s Suspension?

It’s one thing for an alleged incident of domestic violence to thrust one’s playing status into limbo. It is another one still when the resulting uncertainty all but freezes an […]

Referees have seen better days. (Flickr/Dan4th)

5 of the Funniest Hockey Commercials Ever Made

Despite solid gains in recent years, hockey is still an underrated sport, at least in the United States. Nobody reading this piece has to be convinced of the sport’s unparalleled […]

by · November 15, 2014 · 0 comments · Humor
Heatherington tries to emulate his game after Robyn Regehr. (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Los Angeles Kings’ $160 Problem

Brother, can you spare sixteen hundred dimes? Going into Saturday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings had a financial problem, triggered by a longer-term salary cap […]

The Anaheim Ducks starting goalie for the season. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

The 5 Biggest Early Surprises of the 2014-15 NHL Season

The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror — Hans Georg Gadamer Most people seem to enjoy opinion-based lists, whether they be found here at The Hockey Writers or elsewhere […]

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Will the Kings’ Jonathan Quick Win the Vezina This Year?

It goes without saying that it’s early, thus any recitation of stats has to be taken with a grain of salt. One bad game can skew the numbers quickly, and […]

Justin Williams (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Is the Ice Tilting the Wrong Way for the Kings?

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics — Mark Twain When you’re the defending Stanley Cup champs and it’s early in the new season, there isn’t […]

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

‘That 70s Line’ Leads the L.A. Kings to Early-Season Success

Much like outstanding player nicknames, hockey history is filled with some terrific forward line names. Who hasn’t heard of the ‘Legion of Doom’ trio of Eric Lindros, John LeClair and […]

Could the Arizona Coyotes Be Headed to Seattle in 2018?

Could the Arizona Coyotes Be Headed to Seattle in 2018?

The Seattle Coyotes. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Of course, were the Arizona Coyotes to exercise the out-clause of their arena lease and move to the Seattle […]

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Kings Ready, Willing and Able to Defend Their Crown

Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love — Ovid Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC – AD 17) probably wasn’t referring to the Los Angeles Kings with […]

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5 of the Funniest Nicknames in NHL History

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive — Thomas Chandler Haliburton A little over a year ago, I wrote a piece listing what I believed […]

by · September 30, 2014 · 9 comments · Humor, Top 10 Lists
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5 Things to Watch on the 2014-15 Los Angeles Kings Team

Sometimes it just feels like the only thing you do is play hockey and eat — Henrik Lundqvist Between barbecuing, outdoor parties and general miscellany, summer is indeed the season […]