Rob Blake Clear on Monarchs’ Playoff Mission

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From the moment we first started posting stories about the Kings’ plans to move their top minor league affiliate from Manchester to the West Coast, Monarchs fans were – understandably – disappointed. However, it certainly can’t be argued the team is going away quietly.
After recently wrapping up the best record in the AHL, and […]

O’Neill, Stothers Discuss Awards, Development

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It has been a banner year for the Manchester Monarchs, their last in the AHL. Having clinched the best record in the league, the team is gearing up for hopefully a deep playoff run.
Leading the way offensively for the team has been Brian O’Neill, who is in his third year as a professional after spending […]

Reign Coach in a Better Mood After Team Ties Series 1-1

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You just never know what you’re going to get with minor league hockey. Sure, the game is basically the same. However, there can be just enough differences to make things exciting and confusing, often all at the same time. For example, on Friday night, Ontario Reign P.A. announcer Dave Joseph commented post-game that he couldn’t […]

Blake and Stothers Excited for Adrian Kempe’s U.S. Debut

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Even though the Manchester Monarchs have already wrapped up home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, entering their final three games of the regular season this weekend, things are anything but calm around the team with the AHL’s be record.
Their 233 goals for are the second-most of any team in the Eastern Conference, and most by any […]

Blake on Trip to North Dakota, Waiting on LaDue’s Decision

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Now that it has been a full week since Paul LaDue and the University of North Dakota were defeated by Boston University at the Frozen Four, here is an update on where things stand with one of the Kings top defensive prospects…
Assistant GM Rob Blake – along with Nelson Emerson (Director of Player Development), Mike […]

Lombardi on Loyalty and Hockey Not Being His First Love

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There is still a tremendous amount of content to come following yesterday’s meeting with LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi. Two articles have already been published (see here). Now, here is the architect of the Kings’ two Stanley Cups talking more about the future…
On if he will continue to show such loyalty to players after the […]

Dean Lombardi – ‘This year, I’m batting about five percent’

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More from LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi…
On why the 2014-15 LA Kings may have underachieved:
“After every year, you make the list. Ron Wolf said if you’re right 50 percent of the time, you’re more than fine as a general manager. Most of the public only sees trades and free-agency signings. There are so many things […]

Lombardi on the Kings’ Players Locking Sutter Out

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More from Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who met with the media in Los Angeles earlier today…
On the New York Post report that claimed the players had locked Darryl Sutter out of the dressing room recently:
Unfortunately, it’s factually inaccurate… The timing is wrong, it happened in Tampa – not last week – then we won eight […]

Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Next Year’s Team

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First batch of quotes from Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s end-of-season meeting with the media today in Los Angeles…
On if the team will have a different style of play next season, one that is more skill-based:
“It’s a fair question. We always put that on the board every year we take a look at it. I […]

Rob Blake on Kings’ Signing of Brodzinski, Other Moves

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It’s that time of the year, the period in which NHL clubs begin signing their college prospects. As reported earlier today, Kings Assistant GM Rob Blake was in Minnesota on Tuesday to meet with prized forward Jonny Brodzinski. Within an hour of returning to Los Angeles this afternoon, he was on the phone with MayorsManor, […]