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 the main session were some of the injuries to key players coming out of last season.

We didn’t get much on how Justin Williams is recovering from his recent shoulder surgery, other than Lombardi saying he was “more than fine” and left LA a few weeks ago.

Not that the GM wasn’t in the mood to share news on Williams, it was just a case of him being ready to go deep on Anze Kopitar. Only this time Lombardi wasn’t preparing to talk about one of his favorite topics, baseball – however, he did through a change-up at us.

He first said Kopitar is ‘close’ when asked if he’s back skating. “I heard that he was running,” shared Lombardi. “I don’t know if he went out for a twirl, it’s not skating per se. Bottom line though, everything I heard last week is he’s way ahead of schedule.”

Dean was just getting warmed up too…

“Kopi’s worked hard. I’m hoping this turns into a Blake Griffin (situation)…they said how hard he worked and appreciated the game,” Lombardi said, comparing his young center’s situation to that of the Clippers draft pick, who missed his entire NBA rookie year after damaging his knee in pre-season. “I sensed when he (Kopitar) left here, how hard he was working on his upper body. I had never seen him work that hard before. I think part of it was when you finally get hurt and you have to sit out…I hear Blake Griffin talk about that, ‘In the end, it was really good for me to appreciate what I have.'”

Lombardi concluded by saying, “I (get) a new sense of vengeance and focus from Kopi. I’m hoping I’m right. But, everything I’m getting is, he’s way ahead of schedule.”

[UPDATE – OK, OK…if you just can’t wait any longer, the first Mike Richards article is up now (link) – he looks ahead to the first game of next season, talks ‘hatred’ for the New York Rangers and about fighting Brandon Dubinsky]

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Kings GM Lombardi on Coach Murray’s performance last season

Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Kings’ poor power play

Kings GM Lombardi wants ‘pissed off’ players

Dean Lombardi ‘troubled’ by Ryan Smyth trade request

Lombardi on Dustin Brown as his captain

RECAP:  Dean Lombardi meeting with ‘shareholders’

order here –> MayorsManor Store
SAVE $5.00 TODAY – USE COUPON CODE SAYITTSHIRTS (expires 8/8/2011)

Recent Articles

Zykov Valentin Kings

REPORT: Kings Top Prospect Set to be Traded

Although the NHL is in trade freeze period, that does not stop junior hockey clubs from making deals. In fact, with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) trade window open from December 19 to January 6, 2015, it appears Baie-Comeau Drakkar is about to make a significant trade. From what we’ve gathered, forward Valentin Zykov looks […]

Doan Quick MayorsManor Kings Coyotes NHL hockey

Five Things You May Not Know: Coyotes at Kings Edition

Over the past five years, the Kings have engaged in some spirited rivalries with the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, yet few games have been as consistently intense as a matchup between the Kings and Arizona Coyotes. Guys have been suspended, hits have been questionable, and even the two captains have engaged in a […]

Worcester v Manchester

SOURCE: San Jose Has Interesting Plan for AHL West Move

Following up on the “AHL Coming West” story John Hoven has been tracking here on MayorsManor over the past year, we have some fresh news to pass along, all the way from the East Coast. According to a very reliable source close to the situation, expect the San Jose Sharks to announce their piece of […]

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

LA Kings 2014-15 Prospect Rankings: The Coveted Top 5

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [Read More...]

More Prospect News