While I do not mean to use the "it feels like yesterday" cliche, it really does feel like that when thinking about the Los Angeles Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in three years. In reality, that happened nearly two months ago and since then, as jubilated as they have felt, the loyal fans of the Kings have been both anxious and impatient for this season to start. On Tuesday, the team got one step closer to kicking off the 2014-15 campaign.
At the Toyota Sports Center on Tuesday, many of the Los Angeles Kings took to the ice in preparation for the team's training camp, which is slated to begin at the TSC on Friday, September 19. As per LAKingsInsider's Jon Rosen, the Kings on the ice were as follows:
Players Eric Nystrom and former King George Parros were also on the ice on Tuesday, although neither is a member of the Kings.
Jon Rosen also reported that the Toyota Sports Center, the Kings' practice facility, is undergoing a series of renovations. With that said, most of training camp will take place at the team's regular home, the Staples Center, although camp will begin at the TSC on September 19 and 20.
As for non-Kings attending training camp, goaltender Jeff Deslauriers will be there on a tryout basis.
A native of St. Jean-Richelieu, Quebec, Deslauriers has played parts of three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. At 6' 4, 203 pounds, the 30-year-old certainly has the size needed to cover the net, plus he's a feisty one as you can see from a fight he had with Anaheim netminder John Gibson (then with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals) in January of this year. Deslauriers was then a member of the Wilkes-Barres/Scranton Penguins.
With his wrist surgery in June, goaltender Jonathan Quick has needed the entire summer to recuperate. Actually, the 2012 Conn Smythe winner was given 10 to 12 weeks for his wrist to fully heal, which means that there is a chance - albeit slim - that Quick will not be ready for the regular season. Should that be the case, Deslauriers, assuming his training camp is a success, could fill in as Martin Jones's backup. Of course, I am putting the cart before the horse with this speculation - and that's all it is: speculation - so instead, we'll wait and see how everything plays out in the coming weeks.
One thing is for certain, though: the new season is just around the corner, and fans of the Los Angeles Kings could not be any more excited about not only the drop of the puck but the raising of their team's championship banner.