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 […]

FREE REPLAY: Lombardi Conference Call on Trade Deadline

Following the conclusion of today’s 2016 NHL Trade Deadline, LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi hosted a conference call with the media where he shared a myriad of opinions related to what his team has been up to and their mindset moving forward.
Enjoy a free replay of the call via the audio player below and/or […]

AEG Executive Explains Kings Landing 2017 NHL All Star Game

Recently, we provided several details about some of the Kings’ upcoming plans for next season, which will be their 50th in the NHL. Part of the fun being worked on includes a two-game Frozen Fury weekend in Las Vegas, a new grey jersey, and the 2017 NHL All Star Game.
Earlier today, commissioner Gary Bettman made […]

‘Kempe is good enough to play in the NHL right now’ – LA Kings Top Scout

Loyal readers of MayorsManor are very familiar with Mark Yanetti. As Director of Amateur Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings, he has his finger on the pulse of the team’s prospects like few others. His job, in a nutshell, is to help the team find the prospects they draft (or sign via free agents if […]

Rob Blake Interview Part 2 – on Zykov, Dowd, and Bissonnette

Continued from Part 1
On having veterans like Paul Bissonnette and Ray Emery on the Reign team:
“They won last year with those guys helping out.  You know the young guys coming out of college, coming out of junior they need help understanding that.  When you can have guys that have played in the pro and I […]

Rob Blake Interview Part 1 – on Mersch, AHL in Ontario

After the Ontario Reign’s 3-0 win over the San Jose Barracuda, Reign General Manger Rob Blake met with the media postgame.
On Michael Mersch playing in Ontario Compared to LA:
“I thought he had a tremendous training camp also in that aspect.  He does a lot of things that are hard to find in the league, puck […]

AHL: Gulls Finally Ready to Take Flight in San Diego

After two wins in their pre-season debut, the Anaheim Ducks new AHL team has arrived home in San Diego to prepare for Saturday night’s season opener, which will kick off their inaugural season.
In advance of the game, several players and coaches were made available to the media this week. Asked about finally making […]