Anze Kopitar won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as well as the Selke Trophy at this year’s NHL Awards. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is for the player with the best sportsmanship. Kopitar definitely seems like a player with good sportsmanship. He won the award over Loui Eriksson and Alexsander Barkov. This is Kopitar’s first Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, but was nominated and lost out to Jiri Hudler last year. Kopitar is definitely a player who deserves the Lady Byng Trophy.
Anze Kopitar won the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward. Kopitar won it over Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler. Kopitar is definitely a very good defensive forward and always seems to be all over the ice whenever I watch him play. This is Kopitar’s first Selke Trophy after being nominated a few times but always losing out to Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews. Kopitar definitely deserves it.
After coming close twice and barely losing out to Erik Karlsson last year, Drew Doughty finally won his well deserved Norris Trophy. Doughty has been amazing every season for the Kings and is definitely one of the best defensemen in the NHL every season and was acknowledged for it this season. Doughty won the Norris Trophy over Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. Doughty played every game for the Kings this season and got 14 goals, which is pretty good for a defensemen, and got 37 assists. Doughty is truly a great defenseman and I’m happy he finally got a Norris Trophy to show for it.
Anze Kopitar is now the new LA Kings captain after Dustin Brown being stripped from that honor a few days earlier. Brown was unnamed captain because of his poor performances in the past five or six seasons. Where as, Kopitar as named captain because he’s a top player, already an alternate captain, and has led the Kings in scoring the past 9 seasons. Even Drew Doughty said that Kopitar was the right choice to now led the Kings and that the feeling in the locker room won’t change much. I think Kopitar is a good choice as captain and think he’ll lead the Kings well.
Kings center Vincent Lecavalier retires after 17 seasons in the NHL. He spent 2 and a half season with Philadelphia, half a season with the Kings, and 14 seasons with Tampa Bay, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2004. Lecavalier played 1,212 regular season games; getting 421 goals and 528 assists. He also played 75 playoff games; where he got 26 goals and 30 assists. Lecavalier also won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for top scorer in 2007 with 52 goals. He scored 10 goals and got 7 assists in 42 games for the Kings; where he ended his career. Vincent Lacavalier truly had an amazing career.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter signs a new contract to stay in LA for another 2 years with an option of a third. Sutter will receive about 3 million a year. Sutter first became the Kings’ coach back in December of 2011 to replace former coach Terry Murray. In just over 4 seasons, Sutter has a 186-112-45 record with the Kings and has led them to a Stanley Cup in both 2012 and 2014. In my opinion, that makes him a pretty good coach. Sutter said there was no hesitation when it came to signing the contract and he had no intentions of going anywhere else. The main is that the Kings have kept their star coach who will hopefully lead the Kings to more glory.
Sadly, the Kings get knocked out of the playoffs in the first round to the San Jose Sharks.The Kings only won one game during the entire series. The Kings couldn’t break through San Jose’s defense during the whole series. The main reasons San Jose came out on top was there speed, and Joe Pavelski. Maybe next year the Kings can make one of those deep runs in the playoffs like they used to a couple years back.
The LA Kings are playing against the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs instead of the Nashville Predators because of the fact that they lost the Pacific to Anaheim in the last game of the season. The Sharks will probably be a very tough, physical, and rivalry driven series.It’s hard to tell who will come out on top but hopefully its the Kings.
At the moment of writing this the Kings have just lost in shootout to the Winnipeg Jets, which was their last game of the season. It was a huge disappointment to the Kings considering the Kings had a convincing 3-0 lead and lost it in a matter of minutes. That then cause the game to go to shootout considering regulation ended 3-3 and nobody scored in overtime. The worst part about this loss is that the Kings are done for the season and have no games left. However, Anaheim have 1 game left and are 1 point behind the Kings. That means that if Anaheim beat Washington tomorrow in regulation they become Pacific Division champions. But if Anaheim lose or at least go to overtime, the Kings win the Pacific. The annoying thing is that if the Kings had gotten the full 2 points against Winnipeg the would have clinched the division considering they have a better goal difference. I think that tomorrow at 4:30 pm, all Kings fans become Washington Capital fans for the day and hope they can beat the Ducks. I mean they have our Conn Smythe Trophy winner(Justin Williams) after all. After all that said there is just one thing that needs to happen. The Ducks don’t get 2 points tomorrow.
The Kings have snatched up one final player before the trade deadline. This time its not a familiar face, its Kris Versteeg of the Carolina Hurricanes. Versteeg is more famously known for his stints with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2008-2010 and 2013-2015 where he won 2 Stanley cups with them in 2010 and 2015. In my opinion, this trade was an absolute steal for the Kings since the Kings only traded away Valentine Zykov and conditional fifth round pick. Hopefully Kris will be a very useful forward for the Kings.