Blake and Yannetti on Their Evolving Relationship, and the LA Kings 2018 Draft

At this time last year, fresh on the heels of taking over as LA Kings General Manager just two months prior, Rob Blake was pretty transparent heading into the 2017 NHL Draft – it was largely Mark Yannetti’s show to run. Fast forward one year, and I checked in with both guys to see how […]

Yannetti Talks LA Kings Outlook Heading Into 2018 NHL Draft

As astute readers of this website know, there are few people in the world of hockey we find more fascinating than Mark Yannetti. He has been an integral part of the LA Kings success at the NHL Draft for nearly a decade now and he’s one of the sport’s true deep thinkers. As he will […]

Understanding Kyle Clifford and the LA Kings Becoming One And the Same

His jersey will never be hanging from the rafters inside the arena, nor will he get a statue outside Staples Center. However, his contributions to the LA Kings organization are immeasurable, often unnoticed, and far greater than most people will ever realize.
Last month, Clifford played his 500th NHL game and Dustin Brown, who served as […]

Yannetti Evaluates Kings Selections from 2017 NHL Draft

Although the Los Angeles Kings have gone through significant upheaval in their management ranks over the past few months, the 2017 NHL Draft was largely business as usual. While GM Rob Blake was present at the draft table, the event was largely run by Mark Yannetti, Director of Amateur Scouting – just as it has […]

2017 NHL DRAFT PREVIEW: Blake and Yannetti on Kings Philosophy and Needs

Everything still has a feeling of newness surrounding the LA Kings organization. While their Vegas brethren have been dominating most of the headlines this week, that is likely to change quickly as the spotlight now turns toward the 2017 NHL Draft.
GM Rob Blake held a media call early Thursday to share a few thoughts about […]

Problem Identified: What the LA Kings Have Been Missing for Three Years

Since 2014, coming off a run that included two Stanley Cup parades in three years, the Los Angeles Kings have been plagued with constant questions surrounding what’s gone wrong. Theories have ranged from the loss of defenseman Slava Voynov to bad trades, from injuries to bad contracts, from a coach unwilling (or unable) to change […]

Rob Blake on How and Why John Stevens Was Promoted

Following today’s LA Kings press conference to announce John Stevens as the team’s new head coach, General Manager Rob Blake shared a plethora of additional insight into how and why the promotion occurred:
Blake on finding a head coach right away:
“Well, I think I’ve experienced it first hand, which goes a long way. Also, the experience […]

The Final Interview: Darryl Sutter on the How and Why of Being Fired, plus What Lies Ahead

When all was said and done, Darryl Sutter remained Darryl Sutter right up until the very end… and even beyond.
Just days removed from being fired in Los Angeles, he was back in a very familiar setting – about an hour outside of downtown, watching the Kings AHL affiliate in Ontario. Unlike previous visits, which provided […]

Stothers Dissects First Round Match-up Ahead Of Game 1

In their first year as an AHL team, the Ontario Reign have found plenty of success. Having left Manchester as Calder Cup champions, the Reign followed up their championship season by winning the inaugural Pacific Division crown. On top of that, the team placed fourth in league wide attendance, seeing nearly 3,000 more fans per […]

Lombardi Opens Up About Scuderi, Versteeg, Gaborik and the Blackhawks

We already have the audio from today’s conference call with Kings GM Dean Lombardi up on the homepage. Below are selected comments from the call, where he opened up about Rob Scuderi, Kris Versteeg, Marian Gaborik, the Chicago Blackhawks, and more…
On the acquisitions of Scuderi and Versteeg:
“Huge. Rob was fairly easy. The biggest thing too […]