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, […]

Dean Lombardi Offers a Mike Richards Update

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During Thursday night’s Kings at Canucks contest, Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi offered updates on Mike Richards (including the real possibility of his return to the NHL), Jonathan Quick’s heavy workload, mentioned the absence of Slava Voynov, the challenges his team has faced this season compared to their 2012 Stanley Cup defense, and many other […]

Luc Robitaille: From 1985 Scouting Report to 2015 Statue

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When it comes to the long and storied career of Luc Robitaille in Los Angeles, one could go on for days and days reliving the highlights of his time with the Kings – all the way from his playing days on the ice to leading the business side of the organization in more recent years. […]

Former Coach on Sekera – “One of my favorite players ever”

In 21 years of coaching hockey at the professional and major junior level, Manchester Monarchs coach Mike Stothers has seen hundreds upon hundreds of players take the ice for his various squads. From Mark Recchi and Bobby Ryan to Gino Odjick and PJ Stock, Stothers has worked with a wide variety of player-types.
On Wednesday, the […]