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It’s Los Angeles Kings day on PHT

Aug 9, 2013, 8:59 AM EST

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Los Angeles Kings.

After stunning people with their dominant play in the 2012 playoffs after finishing the regular season with the eighth seed, the Los Angeles Kings went into 2013 with the goal of becoming the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 to successfully defend the Stanley Cup.

In the salary cap era, repeating is an extraordinarily difficult task and their quest was further complicated by the loss of defensemen Willie Mitchell and, for most of the season, Matt Greene.

Those injuries left a serious hole in their blueline, but it also created an opportunity for 24-year-old Jake Muzzin and he largely took advantage of that. The Kings provided themselves with further relief at the trade deadline by acquiring Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres.

Los Angeles finished with the fifth seed and Jonathan Quick posted an unimpressive 2.45 GAA and .902 save percentage in 37 games. However, Quick was able to step up in the playoffs and led the Kings all the way to the Western Conference Final before they were eliminated by the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

Offseason recap

The Los Angeles Kings went into the summer in a difficult cap situation, which made trading restricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier arguably a necessity.

They found a willing partner in the Toronto Maple Leafs, who provided them with a capable replacement backup goaltender in Ben Scrivens and a promising forward in Matt Frattin. Just as importantly, Toronto was willing to retain $500,000 of the players cap hit, which means Scrivens and Frattin come with a combined hit of roughly $1 million for the Kings.

They were also able to retain the services of defensemen Robyn Regehr and Keaton Ellerby as well as forward Kyle Clifford. However, they ultimately let free agent blueliner Rob Scuderi return to Pittsburgh.

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  1. joeharkins - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    go kings go ..!

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Kings are the probable favorite to take their division – regular season and playoff.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Would any of the “downthumbers” care to make a case that another team is more likely? Ducks Sharks and Canucks will compete, and all the projections I’ve read place the Kings higher than their division rivals.

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Kings have shown that they are built for the playoffs and if they hadn’t been screwed over by the refereeing in the Sharks series I believe they would have beaten the Hawks. Going 7 games in that series messed them up physically.

      As far as regular season is concerned they haven’t won the division. I doubt that changes any time soon. The Sharks and Canucks are the reigning division champions pre the new divisions and I fully expect they will perform well as they have done in the past in the regular season. It is the playoffs that are question mark for the Canucks considering the past two seasons and its always a question mark for the Sharks.

      Those three teams will battle to get out of the division in the playoffs. Regular season it’ll be Sharks or Canucks cuz that’s where they’ve excelled in the past.

      • kaptaanamerica - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        my mistake, it was anaheim that won last season, but i don’t think they will compete for the division title this year. the Sharks are still a solid regular season team though and I still believe they’ll challenge to win the division. I believe Anaheim or the Coyotes will finish fourth in the division.

  3. blomfeld - Aug 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    IF …

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a ‘true’ fan of the glorious Kings of Los Angeles my son!

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!! :) :) :) :)

  4. hockeyflow33 - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    If you block videos today I’ll post nothing but positive comments for the next year

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      it appears that we are in agreement about something;)

  5. lowenni - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Anyone else see Tyler Toffoli being a darkhorse Calder candidate? He looked pretty impressive for someone who was given a limited role in the games I saw–if he’s given a chance in the top six he could really make a name for himself such as Brandon Saad or Brendan Gallagher did this year, sort of coming out of nowhere.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      He will have competition. Brandon Pirri led the AHL in scoring with 75 points, was also +11. Very likely will be called up for good this year.

  6. barroomhero80 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    GKG

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