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After an absurdly long offseason, NHL hockey is finally back. Ahhh we missed you, hockey. Welcome back!

There is no Doughty about it, hockey is back!
There is no Doughty about it, hockey is back!
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With a new season comes a brand new set of Kings Links! I know you're absolutely giddy so let's get right to it.

Kings News

LA Kings Insider

KING TO IR; MCBAIN, LOVERDE TO ONTARIO; 23-MAN ROSTER SET Here is the official 23-man roster for the NHL season. There really aren't any surprises given the injuries that occurred during the preseason.

BLACK AND WHITE, EPISODE 1: THE DRAFT In case you were wondering what that weird little four minute video was the Kings premiered, it's a new behind-the-scenes show similar to 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic/Stadium Series.

OC Register

NHL predictions: Our staff's picks for the Stanley Cup, major awards Spoiler alert: it doesn't end happily for LA.

Kings look for new leaders, return to the postseason New narrative this season: Drew Doughty as a leader on and off the ice.

Hockey Buzz

5 Bold Predictions for the LA Kings Season Jason Lewis couldn't resist throwing his hat in the ring for trying to guess what happens this season.

LAKings.com

Kings introduce new off-ice elements as season begins Relevant: DraftKings Fantasy Sports Bar and Lounge.

TSN

Kings, Richards working on settlement Bob McKenzie brings an update on the Mike Richards-Kings contract termination situation.

In Other News

Grantland

2015-16 NHL Preview, Part 4: The Contenders Sean McIndoe brings us his take on who the top contenders in the league. He has Parts 1-3 linked in this piece if you want to check them.

NHL.com

Sixteen familiar faces in new places for 2015-16 A nice summary of some of the many changes that occurred in the offseason.

Sporting News

NHL preview 2015: Embrace change for the upcoming season Recapping last season's failures (or success in Chicago's case) and projecting what the team will work on for this new season.

SF Gate

Raffi just can’t get out of his own way Believe it or not, Raffi Torres is actually a moderately useful hockey player, who just doesn't seem to understand what he's doing wrong.

TSN

NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine Rick Westhead examines how cocaine usage has increased within the NHL.

Women's Hockey

A new contribution to the links lineup, this section will feature the latest updates and information on all things women's hockey coming out of the CWHL, NWHL and other leagues as well as anything related to promoting girl's/women's involvement in the game.

Hey... Did you hear the good news? NWHL hockey starts up in 4 days! Get your tickets: http://t.co/R8TH7WvTJ7 pic.twitter.com/DM8YeZOCBy

— NWHL (@NWHL_) October 7, 2015

Shape Magazine

Meet Dani Rylan, Founder of the NWHL Great story on Dani Rylan and the creation of the National Women's Hockey League.

NWHL.co

Double Overtime: A Dream That They Can Chase Ashley Johnston's story of playing hockey growing up and how this new league has impacted her life already.