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Kevin Gravel Signs Two-Year Contract, Bissonnette Shares

At #16 on our list of Top 25 Under 25 (years old) in the Kings organization, Kevin Gravel didn't have much in the way of job security. After landing an AHL-only deal, though, Gravel eventually became a fixture in the Manchester lineup. After a Calder Cup run in which Gravel appeared in every game, he finally got a full contract from the Los Angeles Kings. The news was broken on a wider scale by Jon Rosen, but the original reveal came from the Macko and Cauz show on TSN Radio. Yesterday, they interviewed Paul Bissonnette to discuss his old Coyotes squad and his current Monarchs squad. When asked about guys he was particularly happy for in the Manchester dressing room after the Calder Cup win, Bissonnette responded: "One that stands out would probably be Kevin Gravel. He was drafted by the Kings and I think he had a really tough last year of college and they ended up, I think, signing him just to an American [Hockey] League deal. And since I've been here, he was by far the most improved and I found out yesterday the team actually re-upped him and gave him a max contract with a signing bonus for two years. I was ecstatic for him because he deserved it and that was something he missed out on because he had a tough last year of college... they didn't necessarily have to give him that signing bonus but he earned it and they went out and did that, and that just says all you need to know about Dean and the staff in LA." Great way to top off an already great year.

Kings Links - Calder Cup Edition

Everything about the Monarchs' Calder Cup win, including player reactions.

Manchester Monarchs Win Calder Cup

It took 5 games to clinch the series, but they managed to finish their Quest for Calder.

Game 4 Recap: Close Enough to Taste It

Monarchs dominate in a blowout game, take a 3-1 series lead.

Game 4 Preview/Game Thread: Manchester vs Utica

The Monarchs are looking to bounce back from a forgettable Game 3 while Utica hopes to tie the series.

Recap, Game 3: Too Little, Too Late

Manchester falls in regulation as their road woes resurface and they lose two players to injury.

Recap, Game 2: No Dowd About It

Berube stands tall in net as Manchester's top line struggles to make plays and depth scoring comes through in the end.

GAME 2, Preview/Lines: Comets @ Monarchs

The Monarchs look to take a 2-0 lead. They'll look for some secondary scoring, too.

Recap, Game 1: Big Three Lift Manchester to OT Win

Manchester's big line combines for seven points, and Weal sets up Mersch for the overtime winner.

GAME 1, Preview/Gamethread: Comets @ Monarchs

Manchester looks to keep their home win streak alive while Utica hopes to play spoiler.

Calder Cup Final Preview: Utica vs Manchester

The Monarchs battle the Comets in a bid for their first Calder Cup. Here's how to watch, and what to watch for:

Monarchs Make History, Advance to Calder Cup Final

With the sweep, the Manchester Monarchs are doing something that has never been done in franchise history.

Monarchs Shore Up Defense, Win Game 3

Their victory was all but a Shore thing after they took the first lead.

Mersch Manages More Magnetism

Michael Mersch wields wizardry (yes, I love alliteration) with a hat trick (finally!) to help power the Monarchs to a 2-0 series lead.

Monarchs' Mersch Maintains Magic

Alliteration is awesome! Michael Mersch gets the party started for the Manchester Monarchs and was a dominant force all game.

Monarchs - Wolf Pack Series Preview

A quick look at the LA Kings' and New York Rangers' top farm teams.

Monarchs Advance to Eastern Conference Final

On the back of Nick Shore's game-winning-goal, the Monarchs hang on to beat the WBS Penguins 2-1 and win the series 4-1.

Weal Twicky - Monarchs Dominate Game 4

Jordan Weal is up to his old tricks as Monarchs take Game 4 by a score of 5-2.

Monarchs Drop Game 3, Score Once

It wasn't Manchester's best game and they got beat because of it. They still lead the series 2-1.

Manchester Monarchs Games 1 and 2 Recaps

A brief recap is Games 1 and 2 from Manchester, NH as the Monarchs take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Round 2 on their Quest for Calder.

Manchester Monarchs Moving On

It was a close call, but the Monarchs survive the series against the Portland Pirates and will head to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Kings Links: Manchester Monarchs - Going 4 It

Our AHL affiliate attempts to close out their first-round series after a last-second loss in Game 3.

Wath 4 It - Monarchs Drop Heartbreaker in Portland

Wathier stuns Manchester and keeps Portland alive -- for now.

KUWTK: Monarchs Make Shore-t Work of Portland

It wasn't pretty but Monarchs' offense came alive to beat the Portland Pirates in the second game of the series.

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Monarchs Playoff Coverage: Quest for the Calder

Lots of news surrounding the Kings' top prospects and their Quest for the Calder Cup.

Keeping Up w/ the Kids - Monarchs Playoff Preview

Lots of news surrounding the Kings' top prospects and their Quest for the Calder Cup.

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Monarchs Sign Jonny Brodzinski For Tryout

The Manchester Monarchs have signed three-time 20-goal scorer Jonny Brodzinski to an ATO. The 21-year-old sniper from Blaine, Minn. decided to forego his senior season and joined fellow Huskies Kevin Gravel and Nic Dowd shortly after St. Cloud State was eliminated from Frozen Four contention by defense prospect Paul LaDue and his North Dakota team. Brodzinski has been sidelined by a minor ankle sprain and is expected to be inserted into the lineup once he's fully healthy. Here is what we had to say about him last year. I suspect that the Kings will sign him to an ELC soon, although I suppose there's no real rush to get it done immediately.

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Monarchs' Stothers voted AHL coach of the year

Head Coach Mike Stothers took what appeared to be a pretty decent roster on paper and turned them into the best team in the AHL. The Monarchs didn't look like they were going to be as stacked as they were last year, when Tanner Pearson, Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli all started the year in Manchester. Without the top line and Martin Jones, no one expected this group to completely dominate the AHL. However, many guys stepped up, including Nick Shore (who was red hot most of the time he was there), J.F. Berube and rookie Patrik Bartosak. Congratulations to Coach Stothers on a job well done. Hopefully it results in a Calder Cup.

Adrian Kempe Signs ELC

Great news! Our Swede is staying for good!

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Monarchs' Fourth Line Assists in Rally Win

Paul Bissonette, Josh Gratton and Ryan Horvat all chipped in offensively today as the Monarchs came back from an early 1-goal deficit in the first period to secure the win against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Monarchs and Modo March 9 - 23

Some news on the Swede! Oh, and the other kids in Manchester, too.

Monarchs and Modo Jan. 19 - Feb. 9

Time to check in on some of the top prospects in the Kings' system. Since Nick Shore is no longer terrorizing AHL goalies, who is now the Monarchs' leading scorer?