Rich Clune on Bud Holloway leaving Monarchs for Europe

Rich Clune in camp (photo: Ikiri)

During the Kings training camp last September, high-energy forward Rich Clune was starting to turn some heads.
Many thought he might even have a chance to crack the line-up in Los Angeles rather than spend a third season in Manchester (AHL).
Originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2005, Clune has since [...]

POLL: How should NHL resolve Kings-Oliers grievance?

Poor Gary Bettman. The guy gets booed everywhere he goes.
He rarely gets complimented for anything he does, at least not by fans.
And he finds himself in another lose-lose situation after the Los Angeles Kings officially filed a grievance against the Edmonton Oilers.
Regardless of how he resolves the mess, some percentage of people on the [...]

After grievance filed, exclusive interview with Colin Fraser

Rich Clune, Colin Fraser at Dodger game

It’s been a busy week in the land of Mulletgate.
After the Mike Richards press conference on Wednesday, Kings GM Dean Lombardi let it be known he was still keeping his options open when it came to dealing with the aftermath of the Ryan Smyth trade – although indicating things [...]

Matt Kemp unwilling to follow James Loney onto Kings ice

Over the past several seasons the Kings and Dodgers have maintained a friendly marketing relationship.
Players from both sides have visited the home turf of the other sport and helped promote their team and a greater sense of community between their fans.
Prior to last night’s Kings-themed evening at Dodger Stadium, I spoke to first baseman James [...]

James Loney eying LA Kings, thinking Bo Jackson v2.0?

Deion Sanders did it. Brian Jordan did it too. Most famously, Bo Jackson did it.
They were all two-sport stars.
However, that was football and baseball. To the best of my knowledge, no modern pro athlete has ever gone from the playing field to a sheet of ice in the NHL.
Could the Dodgers’ James Loney be the [...]

Trevor Lewis ready to make some noise at center or wing

Martinez, Parse, Lewis at Dodger game

Just about everything Kings forward Trevor Lewis does, he does quietly.
Despite begin taken 17th overall at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, you rarely hear about him as a ‘former first rounder’ like you do with Jonathan Bernier or Thomas Hickey.
At the time, he was playing in the USHL – not [...]

Kings coach already juggling lines for next season

Murray with Williams (photo: D. Sheehan)

Granted, he didn’t take the team to the playoffs his first year behind the bench in Los Angeles.
However, in year two, Kings head coach Terry Murray guided the club to 101 points and they returned to the post-season for the first time in nearly a decade.
He backed that up [...]

Mike Richards has ideas to help the LA Kings power play

Earlier this week we posted a conversation with LA Kings coach Terry Murray, where we talked about some of his plans for the power play next season.
Call it a follow-up piece to several discussions with Murray and GM Dean Lombardi about what changes need to take place to improve last season’s dismal 16.1% conversion rate.
With the [...]

Mike Richards on LA Kings first game – ‘hatred’ for Rangers, ready to fight Brandon Dubinsky again

Richards v Dubinsky (Photo by Bob Fina)

Drafted 24th overall by Philadelphia in 2003, Canadian Mike Richards played two more years of junior hockey before making his NHL debut for the Flyers.
The night was October 5, 2005 and they were playing the New York Rangers.
In the second period of that game, Richards scored what was described [...]

LA Kings Lombardi – ‘Kopitar may be the new Blake Griffin’

Mike Richards, Mike Richards, Mike Richards.
Don’t worry, we’ll get back to him later – there are plenty more notes and quotes from today’s press luncheon that I’ll post later.
How about we shift gears though for a moment…
Among the myriad of topics that Kings GM Dean Lombardi waxed poetically about for more than 30 minutes after [...]