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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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Kings Fall, Can’t Get Up; Sharks Take Game One

In 1989, a ridiculous series of medical alert television commercials was launched, introducing the now-infamous line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” as a helpless senior struggled to right […]

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The Kings Versus the Sharks: A Series Preview

If you gulp down a beer, furrow your brow and turn your head slightly to one side, you may have trouble distinguishing the Los Angeles Kings from San Jose Sharks […]

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The Single Biggest Strength and Weakness of West Playoff Contenders

About a week ago, I penned a piece in which I detailed the single biggest strength and weakness of the eight Eastern Conference teams currently in position for a playoff […]

by · April 9, 2014 · 1 comment · Uncategorized
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The Single Biggest Strength and Weakness of East Playoff Contenders

Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not eliminating our weaknesses — Marilyn von Savant As it turns out, Marilyn is both literally and figuratively a savant, as she was […]

by · March 31, 2014 · 4 comments · Uncategorized
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It’s Starting to Feel Like ‘Groundhog Day’ In L.A.

This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather — Bill Murray, as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day. It […]

by · March 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Los Angeles Kings
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Jonathan Quick’s Ridiculous Save Punctuates Record Win

Those of you looking for a glimpse into a hockey writer’s mind, be aware that when we’re sober, we’re a strange dichotomy of creativity and symbolic patterning. If he wasn’t […]

by · March 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Los Angeles Kings
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Will Marian Gaborik Re-Sign With the Kings?

For some reason, questions like the one I’ve posed in the title remind me of the following classic Calvin and Hobbes piece: Calvin: Hobbes, I have a conjectural moral question. […]

by · March 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Los Angeles Kings
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The Top Five Los Angeles Kings Trades of All Time

This statement won’t carry much shock value, but the Los Angeles Kings have made a lot of bad trades over their 46+ year history. It bears repeating: a lot of […]

(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Report: Kings Consider Moulson Golden

I am Canadian — Molson Beer marketing slogan I make a very poor Nostradamus. After all, just this past August I suggested the Edmonton Oilers would contend for the playoffs […]

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It’s Time Mike Richards Stepped it Up in Los Angeles

Let’s face it: Mike Richards is a winner. Drafted 24th overall in the much-heralded 2003 NHL entry draft, the 5’11″, 200-pound centerman from Kenora, Ontario has accomplished quite a bit […]

(Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)

Kings Reported to Be Targeting Sam Gagner

The fact that the Kings are urgently searching for more offense on the trade market is about as much of a surprise as Charlie Sheen recently becoming engaged to a […]

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.

Seattle NHL Expansion Announcement Could Happen ‘Within Weeks’

With respect to sports and in the wake of the Seattle Seahawks’ dominating Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos, Seattle is now, as former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick is […]

by · February 22, 2014 · 7 comments · News/Commentary, NHL Rumors