POLL: When will Drew Doughty re-sign with the LA Kings?

Last week, when I was interviewed on FAN 960 in Calgary, the topic they wanted to discuss most was the Drew Doughty contract situation (listen here).
With news of other Kings moves starting to die down a bit – i.e. trade for Mike Richards, signing of Simon Gagne, summer Development Camp, etc. – Doughty’s contract negotiations […]

Look for LA Kings to add ‘sandpaper’ in next few days

Flyers West?
Nah, it may be time to resurrect ‘Oliers South.’
Before Kings GM Dean Lombardi was accused of trying to bring a Philadelphia brand of hockey to Los Angeles, he was on the verge of repeating the cycle of team leaders from the early ’90s.
After Wayne Gretzky arrived, the franchise eventually acquired nearly every one of […]

LA Kings Summer Vacation – checking in w/ Alec Martinez

LA Kings Alec Martinez (photo: D. Sheehan)

A few weeks back we published an article highlighting some of the various activities some of the Los Angeles Kings players have been involved in this summer.
Additionally, a few of them – Dustin Penner, Jarret Stoll, Trevor Lewis, etc. – have stopped by MayorsManor for more detailed interviews.
Here’s the […]

Another former Kings, Monarchs player signs in Europe

Several weeks back, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi was visibly irritated when talking about a few of the team’s prospects signing in Europe this summer.
Gone from the pipeline are center Corey Elkins, left wing Bud Holloway and forward Oscar Moller.
Today brings news that John Zeiler has joined the ‘other side of the […]

Lombardi and Robitaille on Kings pursuit of Brad Richards

When Kings GM Dean Lombardi speaks, he almost always makes sense.
People may not like what he has to say at times, but he pretty much tells it as it is.
Several years ago when some questioned his signing of Dan Cloutier to an extension before he was fully healthy, Lombardi explained that it was a calculated […]

Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Holloway, Moller’s European Vacation

Oscar Moller at Rookie Camp 2010

At the end of the regular season, Kings’ prospect Bud Holloway stopped by MayorsManor to help preview the Manchester Monarchs first round playoff series with Binghamton.
One of the questions we touched on was did he expect to be called-up this past season, given he was the leading scorer in Manchester […]

POLL: How should NHL resolve Kings-Oliers grievance?

Poor Gary Bettman. The guy gets booed everywhere he goes.
He rarely gets complimented for anything he does, at least not by fans.
And he finds himself in another lose-lose situation after the Los Angeles Kings officially filed a grievance against the Edmonton Oilers.
Regardless of how he resolves the mess, some percentage of people on the […]

After grievance filed, exclusive interview with Colin Fraser

Rich Clune, Colin Fraser at Dodger game

It’s been a busy week in the land of Mulletgate.
After the Mike Richards press conference on Wednesday, Kings GM Dean Lombardi let it be known he was still keeping his options open when it came to dealing with the aftermath of the Ryan Smyth trade – although indicating things […]

Mike Richards has ideas to help the LA Kings power play

Earlier this week we posted a conversation with LA Kings coach Terry Murray, where we talked about some of his plans for the power play next season.
Call it a follow-up piece to several discussions with Murray and GM Dean Lombardi about what changes need to take place to improve last season’s dismal 16.1% conversion rate.
With the […]

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 […]