NHL Awards – selections submitted for 2013 regular season honors

Towes Kopitar

Beginning Monday, the NHL will start to announce the nominees for the 2013 Regular Season Awards, beginning with the three Calder Trophy candidates. This comes on the heals of having members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (myself included) submit our nominees in various categories just before the playoffs began. We were asked to provide [...]

Mark Hardy and a pair of Kings prospects continue to push for more

Berube Kings mask 2013

When Mark Hardy joined the Ontario Reign as an assistant coach in September 2011, it was a classic case of nobody knowing exactly what to expect – including Hardy himself.
A veteran of 900 NHL games on defense for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, and another 10 years behind the bench as an [...]

Drew Doughty and Trevor Lewis – hockey’s lovable odd couple

Lewis and Doughty LA Kings

It’s funny how life plays out sometimes.
Nearly seven years ago, on opening night of the OHL season, two teenagers crossed paths for the first time. They couldn’t have been more different. One was an outgoing, brash defenseman. The other, a quiet and extremely shy forward.
Trevor Lewis scored a goal in Owen Sound’s 4-3 loss that [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Lombardi confirms interest in signing Kings’ top college prospects

Lombardi 280 x 150

While the Kings were seemingly represented by dozens of prospects in junior hockey over the past few seasons, this year saw a bit of change – as most of LA’s key amateur players were on the rosters of U.S. college teams.
However, the shifting tide isn’t that surprising because Los Angeles has had a greater than average number of former NCAA players on their [...]

Lombardi explains what he wanted to accomplish at the trade deadline

Lombardi 280 x 150

With the NHL Trade Deadline now behind us, Kings GM Dean Lombardi was made available for questions earlier today. Among the many things discussed was the actual process he went through in acquiring defenseman Robyn Regehr, possible trades for an additional forward, Willie Mitchell’s injury, the development of key prospects, plans for the 2013 NHL [...]

Ray Whitney explains what’s wrong with the NHL today

Whitney Stars NHL

A conversation with Ray Whitney is always a treat because he’s honest – brutally honest.  The Dallas Stars’ forward has appeared on MayorsManor numerous times through the years and he never fails to disappoint, the guy brings it each and every time.   After the perennial Kings Killer scored the second goal of last night’s game at Staples Center, he was still raring [...]

Dwight King and a Roberto Luongo look-a-like contest

Luongo Roberto Canucks

One of the reasons we’re so fond of our Word Association segment is that it can be akin to sifting for gold. Amid the typical media questions – that some players find ridiculously boring – the format can suddenly produce a hidden treasure. And that’s what happened as we gathered comments to use in our [...]

Word Association: Kings players take on the hated Canucks

word association - Canucks

Drew Doughty was the first Kings player to openly talk about his hatred of the Canucks a few years ago.  Since then, several others have gone on the record with their disdain for the gang from Vancouver.  However, the other thing most commonly noted is that they’re a good team, usually followed by comments about [...]

Robitaille on Carter – ‘Only five guys in the NHL can do that’

Jeff Carter LA Kings MayorsManor

Earlier today, Luc Robitaille joined Elliotte Friedman and Kelly Hrudey on Hockey Night in Canada radio (broadcast in the U.S. weekdays on Sirius/XM NHL Radio). He talked about several different topics during the 10 minute interview, including saying this about Jeff Carter…
“First of all, he has something you can’t teach,” the Kings’ President of Business [...]

Dean Lombardi – ‘Becoming emotionally attached again is a difficult thing’

Lombardi 280 x 150

After sending Simon Gagne back to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional draft pick, Kings GM Dean Lombardi held a conference call where he addressed a number of items, including – the trade details, injury updates, calling up prospects, what he’ll be looking for at the Trade Deadline and much more.  Here’s the first batch of [...]