Lombardi weighs in on the Kopitar mystery, plus overall health of team

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Yesterday we posted comments from Kings forward Anze Kopitar after specifically asking if he was injured during the team’s playoff run this year (Why not start the end-of-season conference call off with a bang, right?).
Basically, the Slovenian center confirmed our earlier reports that he wasn’t injured. So, what exactly was going on that saw his […]

Kopitar – no significant injury during the playoffs, no surgery coming

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When your cap hit is more than a million dollars above every other forward on the team, high expectations come with the territory. So when Anze Kopitar scored just 10 goals during the regular season and had only two more through 17 post-season contests, it wasn’t surprising that questions were popping up all around him. In […]

Kings officially saying goodbye to two prospects this week

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As they say, the show must go on.
So, right in the middle of the NHL playoffs – and just as the Blackhawks and Red Wings were set to face off in Game 7 – we were on the phone with Kings Vice President and Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall.
Why would we be talking prospects now […]

For once, Drew Doughty’s teammates come to his rescue

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Earlier this week, Sharks forward Logan Couture took some good-natured shots at his friend Drew Doughty.
It wasn’t that surprising either, considering he’s often the butt of jokes by roommate Trevor Lewis, former defensive partner Willie Mitchell and several other teammates. And, Couture was referencing Doughty’s supposed love of the Toronto Blue Jays – something we tested […]

MayorsManor goes one-on-one with Kings GM Dean Lombardi

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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 […]

NHL Awards – selections submitted for 2013 regular season honors

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]