Found May 21, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
One week from now, eight months will have passed since Drew Doughty signed a lucrative contract extension that ensures that the longtime Kings fan will remain a King for a long time. On becoming a player who would earn six million dollars in 2011-12 after having played under an entry level contract for the previous three seasons, he knew exactly where his priorities lay after ending his contract holdout. I know the boys wont let that one slide, Doughty said at his September 30 press conference from the teams training facility in El Segundo. I owe it to them to take them to more than one dinner. Hes buying more than lunch, thats for sure, Dustin Brown said. Has he ever. In the most transformational season of his igniting career, Doughty has become more horse than howitzer. As the anchor of one of the leagues most versatile defenses, he displays a fierce competitive streak and through the playoffs has made the most of his 25 and a half minutes of time at both ends and all four corners of the ice. As reported last week its not the pinpoint accuracy of his wristshot or the ability to hammer pucks through to the net that has made him such an important player to Los Angeles, as it might have been during his breakout 2009-10 season. Its the leap forward in his balance and professional equilibrium that has allowed his innate skill and competitiveness to transfer over to the way he plays in all situations. Backed by the voices of his teammates and coaches, the ever-noticeable Doughty has thrived in the environment he has been placed in. Hes definitely grown a lot since his very first year here, Brown said. I think hes had to do what most young players dont, and thats grow under the spotlight. Most guys spend a few years in the minors and come up, and hes been in the spotlight ever since hes been here, and hes handled it pretty well. Part of thats just the type of person he is, and part of its just the type of guys we have in that room collectively pushing him in the right direction. Hes definitely one of those guys he acts like hes not going to listen to you, but he does. That goes a long way. One player who has long had Doughtys ear has been occasional defensive partner and experienced professional Willie Mitchell. Having turned 35 the day after the Kings eliminated the Canucks, and looking to pay forward the mentoring he received from players such as Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Zubov, he has been one of the guiding voices who has a history of being a positive presence for younger players, just like people helped me along my career. Its difficult, Mitchell said. There can only be so many bosses in the room. Sometimes when youre hearing it from every which direction, its tough to absorb. Sometimes as a teammate and a peer, it doesnt matter whether youre 35 or 22, you need to be a good teammate and vent and let him work through that on his own with the coaching staff. Like I said, its a fine line, because you dont want to take away who he is, and like I said, who he is is a guy who loves the game, has fun being at the rink, wants to make a difference, wants to be in the middle of it, wants the puck on his stick in that defining moment, and that enthusiasm and love of the game is what makes him a special player, so you dont want to make him so by the book and this is how you got to be that it takes all of his creativity away as a player. So I think hes just doing a good job himself, just starting to find that balance between being really prepared as a player, but also not taking away what makes him such a special player. Both are vocal players important to the teams success on the ice and cohesion in the locker room. There has always been an open stream of communication between the two, and Doughty credited Mitchells stay-at-home play as particularly influential in his own development. Ive learned a lot from him and played with him as his d-partner . . . hes big on being positive all the time, and about having fun, too. So hes been a great leader on our team, and hes doing a great job at it. If he sees something its moreso defensively if he sees something I did wrong, or something I could have done different, hell definitely point it out to me. Its a good thing, because I always want to be learning and getting better, and to have him back there has been a big help. Hes 22 years old and the most important piece of a well-rounded Los Angeles defensive corps. Considering the poise and effectiveness hes shown in leading the team to a 11-2 playoff record he has eight points and a plus-nine rating there exists a wise-beyond-his-years quality partially shaped by the character around him that has allowed his own strong leadership characteristics to emerge. And on the other side, theres the consistent jawing and good-natured sparring with his teammates, something Dustin Brown recalled with a smile as he discussed parenting arrangements both at home and on the road. We roomed together, and I told him that he had the thermostat, and I think hes only missed it about three times since, Brown said. Me and Lewie Trevor Lewis talk about it. Im his chaperone on the road, and Lewie his chaperone at home.

LA TV station shows wrong Kings mascot

At first it was NBC LA botching the Kings’ logo, then it was FOX’s Liz Habib butchering some highlights, and now it’s CBS’ turn to screw up something LA Kings-related. CBS rolled some Kings mascot footage before showing Kings-Coyotes highlights from Game 4, but they used the Sacramento Kings mascot. Disappointingly, the blunder gives CBS LA into repeat offender status...

Second chance for Doughty

No one has ever questioned Drew Doughty skill level. Only Steve Stamkos was drafted higher in 2008, and even questioned that move. But the one knock against him since his days in junior has been his compete and conditioning level. The nickname "Doughnuts" is not exactly flattering to a player with out of this world talent.  But when he broke into the league as an 18...

Power play, net presence absent in Kings' loss

There may be a few dents in the Los Angeles Kings' seemingly impenetrable shell, after all. By dropping a 2-0 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, the Kings lost for the first time in over a month and showed that home close-out games while nursing a three-games-to-none series lead don't necessarily bring out the best of their recent playoff...

One More Goal For The Kings

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, ... Controversy aside, the reality is that the best team clearly won the series. There’s no denying that. And while you have to admire the incredible tenacity the Coyotes showed right to the end, playing a superb game Tuesday night in trying to stay alive, the deeper and more talented squad is representing the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals...

Kings edge Coyotes in OT, reach Cup

Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time as a franchise after beating the Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. Penner gathered a bouncing puck and beat Mike Smith between the pads for the game-winner, extending the Kings' road winning streak...

Matthew Barry: Kings Are Going to The Stanley Cup Finals!

"We're gonna need a bigger bandwagon" - Dustin Penner It was great to be there. A Cessna twin prop to the Glendale airport, food with tons of Kings fans before the game, nail biting game, controversy, bad refs (both ways) ... Dustin Penner's goal means the 19 year drought is over. God I love hockey. I have a 16 hour day ahead of me tomorrow. How...

Did Drew Doughty Deserve An Extra 2 Minutes

Would you have assessed 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct to Drew Doughty?  The call was 2 for interference and don’t forget it was in OT.

Dustin Brown Doesn't Deserve Suspension for Controversial Hit on Michal Rozsival (Video)

The Kings are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993. Now, they just have to wait to find out if their captain will be on the ice with them for Game 1 next Wednesday. Dustin Brown's status should not be in question, but in this suspension-crazy era of NHL hockey, there will be plenty ready to call for him to be banned after a controversial hit just seconds...

Return to road might be advantage for Kings

The Los Angeles Kings can't really explain their success on the road in these playoffs. They just hope it continues. The Kings blew an excellent chance to wrap up the Western Conference Finals on Sunday afternoon, as they lost 2-0 to Phoenix at Staples Center. The series now shifts to Phoenix, where the Coyotes should, theoretically, retain the advantage, but this hasn'...

Kings outlast Coyotes in OT, clinch Cup berth

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time as a franchise after beating the Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. Penner gathered a bouncing puck and beat Mike Smith between the pads for the game-winner, extending the Kings&...

Playoff Videos After Hours: Kings Advance To The Finals!

Here comes a Playoff Videos After Hours edition that has the Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Kings...           A hearty congrats to the LA Kings and the ECF goes on....have a great night everyone!

Kings finally return to Stanley Cup Finals

GLENDALE, Ariz. Staples Center will feel a whole lot roomier when the Kings return to Los Angeles. The Lakers are gone and the Clippers are gone. The Kings will have the run of the building and the undivided attention of its fans as they chase a goal whose seeds were planted more than two decades ago. Well probably have to get a bigger bandwagon, said forward Dustin Penner, who...

With Game 4 loss, Kings show mortality

During yesterday's matinee, the Phoenix Coyotes finally broke through against the Los Angeles Kings, winning their first game of the series by a 2-0 score. Jonathan Quick was not perfect and the Kings offense was not dynamic. In short, they looked beatable-- a description they avoided through their first 13 games.Was the Kings' first loss in 32 days a product of their weakness...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.