Future Fridays – Interview w/ Brock Beukeboom

Call it the Jeff Halpern pick.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been known to wheel and deal his draft picks – trading up, trading down and often bundling them with an ‘asset’ when trading for another team’s player.
At the 2009 NHL Draft, Lombardi did a two-for-one deal, sending the Kings fourth and fifth round selections (#107 [...]

Throwback Thursdays – Interview w/ Noah Clarke

While hockey may still be Canada’s game, U.S. born players were the media darlings of the recent NHL Draft in Los Angeles. In fact, there were a record number (11) of Americans taken in the first round, including the Kings’ Derek Forbort.
A few picks later, two Southern California players were taken – Gardena’s Beau Bennett [...]

10 Tidbits on Alex Ponikarovsky

While it was the Karate Kid receiving the remake treatment this summer, it will probably be another Ralph Macchio flick, The Outsiders, that will have more staying power as the calendar flips to the winter months.
Earlier today the the Los Angeles Kings announced the signing of unrestricted free agent Alexei Ponikarovsky. And although he was [...]

Tuesday’s Tidbits… via not-so-instant replay

More than three months have passed. That’s plenty of time for the Kings 101-point fever to subside.
Coming off their best regular season since ’90-91, the team was entering the playoffs for the first time since 2002. A lifetime ago, given the turnover in the front office and with player personnel.
When you watch a [...]

Here We Go Again…

In April the Kings returned to the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
After losing a grueling six game battle with Vancouver, some suggested the Kings were only a player or two away from making a serious run next season.  ‘Who would the Kings add over the summer?’ almost immediately had loyal fans worked up into a frenzy.  Message [...]

Future Fridays – Interview w/ Seth Ambroz

Seth Ambroz is a name you’ll want to remember.
Like the frosty winds of a Minnesota winter, his story was swirling towards a perfect storm.  Now things are starting to look more like a coulda, shoulda, woulda situation.
He was scheduled to start at the University of Minnesota in a few months, where he coulda been in [...]

Throwback Thursdays – Cowboy Bill Flett

Several decades before Alexander Frolov began driving Kings’ management and fans batty with his sporadic and irregular play, the team had another superstar in the making…Cowboy Bill Flett.
Known as a hard partier during his playing days, Flett passed away in 1999 from liver related complications.  Had he still been with us, yesterday would have been his 67th birthday.  [...]

He’s Back… How Appropriate

When the New Jersey Devils tweeted “HE’S BACK: Ilya Kovalchuk signs with the Devils.” around noon yesterday, it seemed like the NHL’s summer reality show had come to an end.
Just like your parents always told you though – things aren’t always what they seem.
Yes, He’s Back!  In the news, on the market and so much [...]

Tuesday’s 10 Tidbits… on the deal with the Devil(s)

Yes, it’s true…as of 7am this morning, Wayne Simmonds is still listed as #17 on the Kings roster.
One of the many fascinating rumors surrounding the last few weeks of the Kings’ negotiations with Ilya Kovalchuk was that Simmonds had been asked to change his number, should the Kings sign Kovy.  It’s now a moot point.  The Russian superstar signed a bazillion dollar contract yesterday [...]

Kovy "No thank you LA"

Sometimes no means yes.
With one giant tweet from the New Jersey Devils earlier this morning “the decision” was known…Ilya Kovalchuk was NOT coming to Los Angeles.
After weeks of speculation, posturing and contentious negotiations, things were over.  Kovy was staying in New Jersey.  He wasn’t worried that Snookie and the Situation packed up and left for Florida.  [...]