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Olli Maatta Now A Member Of The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 4, 2020) - The LA Kings have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Brad Morrison. "Olli is a well-rounded player who will fit well with our group of defensemen," said Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. "He is a young player that already has a lot of valuable NHL experience, including a pair of Stanley Cups, and we look forward to having him join our organization."

Maatta, 26, tallied 17 points (4-13=17) in 65 games last season with the Blackhawks, while averaging 18:25 time on ice. In nine playoff games, he led the team with a plus-seven rating and paced the defensemen with three goals and six points (3-3=6), while managing 18:17 TOI.

Prior to joining Chicago, Maatta spent six seasons with Pittsburgh from 2013-19 after being selected by the Penguins in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Are You A Fan Of These Virtual Games?

from Jack Harris of the LA Times,

Play-by-play announcer Alex Faust set the table at the top of Sunday afternoon’s show, dropping nuggets of research into his opening lines. Analyst Jim Fox took over from there, serving up a scouting report for a game that wasn’t supposed to be.

The two men weren’t previewing a real contest, the NHL season still suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, talking into cameras from the safety of their homes, they were trying their best to make a virtual substitute feel like the real thing.

In this absence of live action, the Kings have turned to video game simulations to keep some semblance of routine. Every time a real Kings game is scheduled to take place, such as Sunday’s delayed meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team instead stages a virtual rendition viewed by thousands on an online stream.

Laugh if you want. Three weeks ago, the idea of livestreaming video games to a sports-deprived fan base would have sounded comical. But with almost all real sports postponed for the foreseeable future, the industry has turned to virtual simulations to help fill the void.

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Afternoon Line- Alex Faust

Living in the bubble of professional hockey, I had assumed we could persevere through this. This is the toughest sport on earth, right? Sports serve as a diversion, a source of unification, a positive tonic even in the darkest times of trouble. The show had to go on, right?

And selfishly, as a healthy 31-year-old working amongst healthy, high-performance athletes, my thought process was: why should I worry?

-Alex Faust, play by play voice for the LA Kings.  Read more from Faust at LAKings.com.

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Alec Martinez Trade To The Vegas Golden Knights Is Official

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have acquired two second-round draft picks from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for defenseman Alec Martinez, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

The two second-round picks include Vegas’ in the 2020 NHL Draft and St. Louis’s selection in the 2021 NHL Draft that was previously acquired by the Golden Knights.

“Alec has been an important part of the organization for a number of years and was a key member of our Stanley Cup teams,” said Blake. “We thank Marty for everything he’s done for our organization, our fans and our community.”

Martinez was a fourth-round pick (95th overall) by the Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has played his entire career with LA. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native has appeared in 597 NHL games posting 198 points (62-136=198) and a plus-23 rating. He was a member of both the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championship teams, highlighted by his overtime Stanley Cup clinching goal in Game 5 against the New York Rangers in 2014.


Vegas release is below.

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Signs Point To Alex Martinez Joining The Vegas Golden Knights

added 5:00pm,

 

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Tyler Toffoli Headed To Vancouver

 

 

added 8:51pm LAK release is below.

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Video- Recap Of The Stadium Series Game

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Relive the excitement of the 2020 Stadium Series between the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche at the Air Force Academy.

 

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All Kinds Of Numbers For Stadium Series

The game on Saturday is at 8:00pm ET between the LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche.

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY (Feb. 14, 2020) – A look at the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ “By the Numbers.”

1 – The U.S. Air Force Academy is hosting its first outdoor hockey game in Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Falcons Football and Lacrosse teams, as well as, the Academy’s annual graduation.

1 – The NHL, Colorado Avalanche, USA Hockey and Athletica Sport Systems unveiled the first-Ever On-Ice Sled Hockey Sled Bench Prototype unveiled as part of the 2020 NHL Stadium Series Legacy Project.

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Toronto Acquires Jack Campbell From The LA Kings And Kyle Clifford Too

 

 

added 11:05pm, Toronto release is below.

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Drew Doughty Is In An Unfamiliar Place

from Lisa Dillman of The Athletic,

Drew Doughty knew there would be pain. He realized that last season.

But Doughty certainly didn’t anticipate the Kings’ struggles would last this long and run quite this deep. What looks to be their continuing membership in the Lottery Club is difficult to accept for someone with Doughty’s winning pedigree — a two-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Norris Trophy winner in 2016.

“It’s frustrating. Being one of the top guys, I never expected to be (in this position). I always expected that I would be able to help push my team to a playoff spot every single year,” Doughty said. “But now back-to-back years, being in last place, it’s been stressful and depressing a little bit.

“Sometimes you’ve got to sit back and realize you don’t have the team you once had.”

continued (paid)

Doughty's AAV is $11M through the 2026-27 season.

Full contract details.

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