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NHL Rumors: Doughty, Nylander, Penguins, Senators, More

NHL Rumors: Doughty, Nylander, Penguins, Senators, More

October 17th, 2018 In today's rumor rundown, there are rumors William Nylander and the Maple Leafs are meeting in Switzerland today while Matt Duchene and the Senators have already met. Drew Doughty talked about using Toronto as a negotiation tool and the Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with what they have in spite...
Quick Injury Masks Kings' Bigger Issue

Quick Injury Masks Kings' Bigger Issue

October 13th, 2018 A collective sense of despair fell harshly upon Southern California on Saturday afternoon, as superstar goalie Jonathan Quick sustained a lower body injury in practice. Quick will be sidelined indefinitely, with no set timetable for his return. The 12-year veteran is coming off a...

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September 11th, 2018
Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings built a legacy that did not start until professional ice hockey had been around for over six decades.  Many people who follow their respective hockey teams may be able to cite starting rosters, prospects, team history, and recent play; however, how many people can cite when and where the birth of professional hockey took place?  Perhaps a few.  For those who cannot, professional hockey began in 1903-04, where the Portage Lake Hockey Club became the first organization to pay all of its players.  Below, see the construction of the famous Amphidrome, where the first professional ice hockey team would eventually play. According to cchockeyhistory.org, the iconic arena could pack in over 1,000 screaming fans; however, this is not an article about the Amphidrome; this is an article about the history of the Los Angeles Kings.  Yet, very little could be said of the Kings' history without paying credence to the birth of professional hockey because the Portage...
September 1st, 2018
Kings History

The late sixties were an eventful period to say the least. Peace rallies opposing the continued American military presence in Vietnam were growing like wildfire, the Beatles maintained their dominance of the music charts with the release of their "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band" album, and the summer months were dubbed the "summer of love" for more reasons than one. In the world of sports, the NFL's first-ever Super Bowl saw Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers handily defeat Hank Stram's Kansas City Chiefs, while charismatic boxer Muhammad Ali was unjustly stripped of his World Heavyweight Champion titles for his refusal to serve his country in the aforementioned war in Vietnam. On the ice, the Toronto Maple Leafs outlasted the Montreal Canadiens in six games to take home the franchise's 13th Stanley Cup. Much to the chagrin of Leafs fans, they are still waiting for No. 14 to be paraded up and down Yonge Street. Elsewhere in the NHL, the league doubled in size by welcoming...
August 3rd, 2018
Kings Transactions

It's been more than a year since the Los Angeles Kings made a pair of perplexing transactions involving goaltender Ben Bishop — first acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Peter Budaj, Erik Cernak, and a couple of picks, then dealing him to the Dallas Stars for a fourth-round pick — all within 72 days. They're a pair of trades that still confound even a season removed. However, in order to completely understand the trades, the context in which they took place, and the impacts they had on the Kings and others, we need to do a little time travel back to the beginning of the 2016-17 NHL season and visit both coasts. Lightning's Goaltending Situation Our first stop is sunny Tampa, where Ben Bishop was coming off the best season of his then seven-year NHL career. He made 61 starts, posting a 35-21-4 record with a sparkling .926 save percentage (SV%) and a tiny 2.06 goals-against average (GAA). He was nominated for a Vezina Trophy and was a key member in the Lightning's...
July 23rd, 2018
St Louis Blues

In March of 1965, a formal process began headed by then NHL President Clarence Campbell so that the league would expand its operation to include a second division of six teams. Gone would be the days of the so-called "Original Six" franchises. Joining them would be a half-dozen new teams that would see the NHL reach further into the United States, including both the mid-west and west coast. Numerous cities sought to be a landing spot for one of these six new teams, including places that were initially passed over by the NHL such as Cleveland, Buffalo, Vancouver, Louisville and Baltimore. Some of these same cities would eventually house NHL franchises as the league continued to experience growth and stability. However, it would be early in 1966 that the league determined the six new acceptable cities which would be awarded an NHL team. These "Second Six" of the NHL were comprised of the Minnesota North Stars, Oakland Seals, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia...

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10 Greatest LA Kings of All Time

  If you are explaining, you are losing— J.C. Watts If true, the L.A. Kings have done one hell of a lot of 'splainin' over their 45-year history. However, thanks to the heroics of Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and company, they now finally have a Cup. Therefore, the... July 7th, 2018

Top 3 All-Time Kings Goalies

It has been a season of celebration across the National Hockey League. The league has celebrated 100 years of existence with several Centennial Celebrations at various points of the 2016-17 season. Events like the NHL Centennial Classic, an outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto... March 26th, 2018

Remembering the Los Angeles Kings' Triple Crown Line

This post was originally written in November 2012. Growing up in the 1970's as a hockey fan in Los Angeles, I was intimately familiar with three things very few Angelenos had even a remote grasp upon: 1) Los Angeles had an NHL hockey team, 2) said hockey team was named the Kings, and 3) the... August 7th, 2017

Miracle on Manchester, Still Greatest NHL Playoff Upset of All Time

While digesting the Montreal Canadiens absolutely shocking upset of the first place, Presidents Trophy winners, the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs last night, I thought to myself *What is the greatest upset of all time?* A few noteworthy upsets immediately came to mind... April 29th, 2010