Gallant's era with Panthers gets underway

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) Gerard Gallant never had a coach that he didn't enjoy playing for, and he wants the Florida Panthers to feel that way about him. So far, so good. The Gallant era with the Panthers officially opened Friday with the start of training camp, his first formal workout with the club since being hired as its 13th head coach on June 21. Over the three months...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Glut of veterans have Panthers looking for big things this season

For the first time since 2011, the Florida Panthers have the playoffs on their mind. After spending the past two seasons in the cellar of the Eastern Conference, the organization invested heavily in improving their roster this offseason, committing more than $80 million to retain young talent and lock up key free agents. Feel like you've heard this before? Well, it should sound...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers hope to be more than ‘paper tigers’

The Florida Panthers nearly stole the spotlight away from the Wings and Leafs during HBO's 24/7 series, and of the Atlantic Division's non-playoff teams I'd argue that the franchise may be a Phoenix Coyotes East off the ice (their financial situation is quite the mess), but on the ice, the Panthers have the greatest chance of serving as not only a playoff spoiler for...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers sign Kings d-man Willie Mitchell

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Panthers got a little bit of everything Tuesday: Scoring, toughness, goaltending and someone whose fingerprints just happened to be on the Stanley Cup a couple weeks ago. At day's end, it was $60 million spent on about six players. And that might be a small price to pay if the franchise's fortunes wind up turning around. The Panthers wasted...
Via Fox Sports West
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Kings have “no room” for Willie Mitchell

The Los Angeles Kings won’t be bringing back Willie Mitchell. The defenseman will head to free agency after the Kings reportedly said they have “no room” for him. Can confirm that Kings won't be re-signing Willie Mitchell: "Unfortunately, no room." Was a huge part of that team. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 26, 2014 Mitchell still has plenty to offer...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Kings have “no room” for Willie Mitchell

The Los Angeles Kings won’t be bringing back Willie Mitchell. The defenseman will head to free agency after the Kings reportedly said they have “no room” for him. Can confirm that Kings won't be re-signing Willie Mitchell: "Unfortunately, no room." Was a huge part of that team. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 26, 2014 Mitchell still has plenty to offer...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Colorado Avalanche May Be Targeting A Defenseman

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, Defense is an area where the Avs might try to do the most shopping. Roy used the newly crowned champion Los Angeles Kings as a template for what he hopes to have for a "top six" on defense. Roy said the Kings had strong top-three defensemen in Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez, with good complementary role players as...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings, Lord Stanley visit Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES -- Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell tells the story of his first experience with the Stanley Cup. Mitchell took the Cup with him on a fishing trip. He noticed a man nearby looking intensely at the Cup. "I just wanted to make his day and I pulled over and said 'Hey, do you want a picture with this thing?' " Mitchell recalled.   The reaction was one Mitchell...
Via Fox Sports West
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Sutter on Kings' slow starts during playoffs: What does 'start' mean?

LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Sutter wants to know, what constitutes a "good start"? The Kings head coach has been asked time and time again in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs why his team starts off so slow. So far in the Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles has looked tired in the first period of Game 1, unengaged in the first period of Game 2 and listless in the first period of Game...
Via Fox Sports West
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

After A Severe Concussion And Knee Surgery, Willie Mitchell Is Back In The Game

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, “I couldn’t focus on you to answer a question,” said Mitchell earlier this week, on the concussion that sidelined him for almost eight months in the 2009-10 season. “You know? It just hurt. And probably for me, at the time I was in Vancouver, and the team was in the playoffs on that run, and you feel like you could help, and you...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings' Willie Mitchell: Injuries put life in perspective

LOS ANGELES -- Before the Los Angeles Kings' first game of the 2013-14 NHL season, the last time Willie Mitchell had been on any ice at all he was hoisting the Stanley Cup. And then... Nothing. One of the toughest defensemen in the game, he suffered from concussions and now says he lost nearly a year of his life being plagued by the residual effects. When the concussions didn...
Via Fox Sports West
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings' Mitchell happy to be back and contributing

It will be one year ago Sunday since the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in the 2013 Western Conference Final. For most of the Kings, that was the low point of what has been an incredible three-year run. For Willie Mitchell, it was something different. It was the end of a lost season, one in which Mitchell did not play a single...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Finals: Comeback Kings Strike Again in Double Overtime

The comeback Kings strike again in double overtime. The New York Rangers blew not 1, not 2, but 2 two-goal leads in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers had a 2-0 lead, a 3-1 lead, and a 4-2 lead. Each time, the Kings came firing back and eventually forced overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, Dustin Brown deflected in a Willie Mitchell shot from the point 10:26...
Via Standing O Sports
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Another OT loss puts Rangers in 2-0 hole

For the second straight game, the LA Kings never held a lead, but still managed to win in double overtime, giving them a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final. Dustin Brown deflected a Willie Mitchell shot from the point through Henrik Lundqvist to send the series to New York with […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings master the rope-a-dope again, win 5-4 in double OT

That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings: 'Definitely lost some hair' over Game 1 win vs. Rangers

LOS ANGELES -- Cardiac Kings, Comeback Kings - the Los Angeles Kings have earned a few affectionate nicknames during their 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. Those aren't going away anytime soon. For the second time in as many games, the Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game. The last one was Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. This one - the first opening round game...
Via Fox Sports West
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Williams’ Game Face Could Not Be Broken By Willie Mitchell Rubbing His Stick

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams has been known around the NHL for his impressive track record in playoff Game 7′s, and for good reason. Heading into Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago Blackhawks, Williams was 6-0 in six career Game 7′s with six goals and six assists. Williams definitely brought focus and intensity to his seventh Game 7 as well, as evidenced...
Via Next Impulse Sports
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Darryl Sutter Knows What He Is Doing

from Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News, Darryl Sutter is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. Except for postseason success, Sutter is a mystery worth trying to solve. Sutter has the Kings leading Chicago 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals with Game 4 today at Staples Center. The Kings are two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Willie Mitchell relishes postseason opportunity

CHICAGO -- Darryl Sutter took a page from Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau's book this week when he inserted defenseman Willie Mitchell into Game 1 of the Western Conference finals as a surprise game-time decision. The Kings' veteran D-man hadn't played since April 28 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Sharks. Mitchell was day-to-day with a lower...
Via Fox Sports West
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Willie Mitchell returns in Game 1 for L.A.

The Los Angeles Kings got a bit of help for Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Defenseman Willie Mitchell took warm-ups and dressed for the first time since Game 6 of the first round against the San Jose Sharks. Mitchell missed time with a muscle injury and is paired up with Alec Martinez on the blue line. With Mitchell back in, Matt Greene was scratched to make room for him...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Hilarity: Kings Obviously Wizards

Image c/o GeekTyrant Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Earlier this week, before the Los Angeles Kings made history by becoming just the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the series, this particular...
Via Flyerdelphia
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ahead of Game 2, Kings say they 'learned our lesson dearly last game'

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Last Thursday night now seems like it was ages ago. The Kings have had three days off and were able to skate twice at home at the Toyota Sports Center. Now back at the SAP Center for Sunday night's second game against San Jose, the disastrous game 1 is fully behind them. "We learned our lesson dearly last game and we need to play our style of hockey,...
Via Fox Sports West
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mitchell articulates penalty killing needs

As has been discussed recently, the Kings’ penalty kill has been performing well below the high standard that had developed into the team’s identity. Only the Kings and Vancouver Canucks have finished amongst the top 10 teams in penalty killing percentage in each of the last three seasons. “Mostly it’s teams coming in here worrying about how we penalty kill instead of us...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Kings Coach Sutter upbeat as training camp begins

It took nearly nine minutes into his opening training camp media session Thursday for Kings Coach Darryl Sutter to utter one of his favorite words. Awesome. Sutter used that in relation to the possibility of one of the young forward prospects Linden Vey, Tanner Pearson or Tyler Toffoli emerging in camp. "If one of them jumps out, awesome," Sutter said. Even before...
Via Fox Sports West
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Kings return to camp after short summer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- After two long seasons and one short summer, the Los Angeles Kings are ready to get back to work. The Kings went through their first workouts of training camp Thursday, adding several new pieces to the core of a team with a Stanley Cup title and two conference finals appearances in the last two seasons. Los Angeles had plenty of time to recover from its...
Via Fox Sports West
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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