There’s no denying that being a General Manager in the National Hockey League is a year-round job. In addition to putting a team together for the NHL’s regular season, there’s scouting, the draft, salary cap related contract issues, trades, injury management and much more. Just this season alone, Kings GM Dean Lombardi oversaw multiple deals [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]