2014 Archive Stories Kings

Quick makes exhibition debut in Kings win

Tue Sep 30, 2014

A lot of breath-holding, among Kings executives and coaches, ended Tuesday night. More than three months after goalie Jonathan Quick had wrist surgery, and 11 days after he joined his teammates for the start of training camp, Quick finally got back on the ice for a (semi-)competitive game. Quick, one of the NHL’s top goalie

Kings hit the road for a final week of preseason preparation

Mon Sep 29, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Hopefully, they weren’t looking forward to any three-legged potato-sack races. The Kings hit the road Monday afternoon for a three-game, six-day, preseason-ending trip, their last (relatively) stress-free time together before they open the regular season on Oct. 8. The more rah-rah members of the coaching

Kings' Carter in midseason form

Sun Sep 28, 2014

ANAHEIM – Laconic off the ice, smooth on it, Jeff Carter never seems to expend excessive energy. That might actually make opposing goalies feel worse. Carter, the Kings’ second-line center, has nothing to prove in this preseason, but he’s already showing himself to be in top goal-scoring form. Carter had a hat t

Doughty isn't rushing his return to Kings' lineup

Sat Sep 27, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Nobody will ever refer to Drew Doughty as “Mr. September,” but that’s not a problem. For the third time in four years, Doughty is going through an unconventional training camp. This time, he’s in the late stages of recovery from an offseason upper-body injury but appears to be close to a return.

Toffoli settles in on Kings' second line

Fri Sep 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Now it’s different. Now there are expectations. Tyler Toffoli had a dream run through last season’s playoffs. He totaled seven goals and seven assists in 26 games, played a valuable second-line role and assisted on the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Kings. At age 22, Toffoli seems w

Clifford played for Kings with broken wrist

Thu Sep 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES – It’s amazing how light the 35-pound Stanley Cup can feel, even with a broken wrist. To the list of legendary “hockey player with serious injury’’ stories, add Kings winger Kyle Clifford, who revealed Thursday that he played four games in the Stanley Cup Final last June with a broken wrist.

Kings will minimize celebration for second Cup

Wed Sep 24, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – It’s been a subdued Summer of Stanley for the Kings, and that’s probably how it will end. The Kings host the Ducks in an exhibition game Thursday night, and that will be their last game inside Staples Center until Oct. 8, when they open the regular season against San Jose. That night, the Kings will r

Doughty's debut a relief for Kings

Tue Sep 23, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – The Kings recorded their first big “victory” of the season Tuesday morning when star defenseman Drew Doughty made his training-camp debut, four days later than teammates. Doughty had been out because of an upper-body injury, apparently suffered during informal summer skating. From the start,

For Kings' Greene, his career is all about location

Mon Sep 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Matt Greene helped the Kings get this far, so why leave now? Greene, who arrived in 2008 via trade from Edmonton, has been a leader and defensive stalwart. He’s seen the Kings go from bottom-dwellers to Stanley Cup champions, and the ride is ongoing. Facing free agency, and starting over with a new team

For defending champion Kings, avoiding injury is goal

Sun Sep 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES – The Kings have only one goal Monday. Win or lose, just stay healthy. Only bad things can happen in the first exhibition game. After three-plus months of inactivity, hamstrings and groins are particularly vulnerable to injury, and even the most innocent-looking hit can ruin a season. The Kings and Arizona Coyot

A fit Richards might finally reach Kings' expectations

Sat Sep 20, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – Trust but verify. That’s the approach the Kings took with Mike Richards this summer. When General Manager Dean Lombardi decided, last June, not to buy out the rest of Richards’ large contract, he did so with a pointed caveat. Richards needed to report to training camp in improved shape. No longer wo

Quick looks sharp, Doughty out as Kings start camp

Fri Sep 19, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – The Kings pulled a bit of a magic trick when training camp opened Friday morning. Jonathan Quick appeared to be ready to go, and Drew Doughty vanished. Quick, whose participation in the early part of camp had been in question after his wrist surgery in June, looked sharp in goal during a one-hour practice, but Doughty,

Kings' goal is back-to-back titles as camp starts Friday

Wed Sep 17, 2014

EL SEGUNDO – They’ll work, yes, but toward a goal that can’t be achieved until the end of the season. Training camp figures to be a drama-free environment for the Kings, who take the ice Friday morning in preparation for their Oct. 8 season opener and the defense of their second Stanley Cup in three years.

Kings' five key questions entering camp

Wed Sep 17, 2014

The Kings have won the Stanley Cup in two of the past three seasons, but every team has some questions to answer during training camp, right? Well, maybe the champs have fewer to answer than most, but here are five they should address: 1. WILL QUICK BE READY TO GO? Or perhaps the better question is, how patient wil

Kings to retire Rob Blake's No. 4 jersey

Mon Aug 11, 2014

Rob Blake, whose complicated tenure with the Kings included the loudest of cheers and the most vociferous of boos, will have his No. 4 retired by the team before the Jan. 17 game against the Ducks. Blake, a former defenseman who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, will become the sixth player to have his number ret

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