All the pieces are in place for
He spends his summers in Los Angeles and knows many of the
"This is home for me," Laich said.
Laich also likes the Kings’ foundation and believes he has a lot to give at 34. He runs through drills at Kings training camp with the pep of a rookie and not like a 13-year
"The joy of the game increases every single day," Laich said. "I thought I loved the game at the age of 20. I'm 34. I love it more every single day, and that kind of love makes you fight so much harder for another day and another chance."
Laich is taking his tryout with optimism and realism. Injuries have played a part in his career downtick, and financial considerations forced the
Still, Kings coach John Stevens is intrigued with Laich as a possible bottom-six forward.
"He's a really good checking player, so depending on how he performs in camp, he can clearly be a guy that brings some experience to your team and some secondary scoring," Stevens said.
Precedence is on Laich's side.
"I still feel like just a kid," Laich said.
Stevens said Jonathan Quick would get considerable work in the preseason, which begins Saturday at Staples Center.
Stevens noted that Quick looked great Friday, but he would consult with goalie coach Bill Ranford.
"Johnny will get what he needs," Stevens said. "I would suspect that he would play in most of the games that we have available to us, just because of the way they're spread out, but Billy and I are still formulating a plan."