Commentary on the Kings, Jordan Staal, 2012 NHL free agent forwards, Tim Thomas, and remembering Soviet star Vladimir Krutov.



Williams has been a key factor in Kings playoff success this spring.

GRANTLAND.COM: Katie Baker on the fine performance in this year’s playoffs of LA Kings winger Justin Williams.

SECOND CITY HOCKEY: A Blackhawks fan has no love for the Kings.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier observes the Kings could win their first Stanley Cup 45 years to the day of the expansion draft which created their first roster.

SHUTDOWN LINE: Corey Sznajder on the “Jordan Staal to Carolina” trade rumors, and the reality (specifically, the steep price) which works against such a move.

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: David Johnson with statistical analysis of the 2012 NHL free agents forwards.

DRIVING PLAY: How the Boston Bruins could potentially shed Tim Thomas’ salary.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski remembers Soviet star Vladimir Krutov, who recently passed away at the age of 52.