VIDEO: Jim Fox on NHL Live talking LA Kings

Jim Fox joined NHL Live yesterday afternoon to talk about trade rumors, Drew Doughty covering Steven Stamkos, the Kings lack of goals, an improving power play, aggressive defenseman, Dustin Penner, the recent clock controversy, etc.

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GM Dean Lombardi compares rebuilds by Oilers and Kings

Several teams around the NHL have gone through painful rebuilds over the last decade, with a few already cashing in and finding success. Pittsburgh is typically the franchise most point to for how to ‘get it right.’ More recently, the Blackhawks have been receiving praise, having won the Stanley Cup in 2010.
Entering the season, many [...]

LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi publicly apologizes to Oilers

Did you think we had heard the last of Mulletgate?
If so, you were wrong. With the Kings scheduled to travel to Edmonton this weekend – for the first time this season – GM Dean Lombardi was a guest today on Mark Spector’s radio show (Team 1260, Edmonton).
As usual, Lombardi had plenty to say. For example, [...]

Remembering Winnipeg and Gretzky’s last game with the LA Kings

For several years in the mid 90’s it seemed like the Kings were on a ‘Closing Down the Arena’ tour, as they made their final visits to old Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden, Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the Capital Centre just outside Washington DC and several others.
However, it was their second-to-last skate around the ice [...]

Marco Sturm happy to move on from the lows of LA

Sturm in LA, January 2011 (photo: C. Ikiri)

When you’ve played over 900 games in the NHL, a 17-game stint with a team isn’t exactly something that’s going to stick out in your mind. Still, returning to LA tonight with the Florida Panthers to face his former team – and we use that term rather loosely [...]

LA Kings at Colorado Avalanche – what to watch for

Today’s will be just the second back-to-back series of the season for LA…and, unfortunately, they’ll be doing it at high altitude.
On the plus side, the Kings have dominated the Avs of late – winning eight of the last nine games, including five straight and the last three in Denver.
Colorado’s home record is also one of [...]

Mike Richards trade for Simmonds and Schenn revisited

In the 40-plus year history of the Los Angeles Kings franchise, there have been some pretty big trades. Obviously, none bigger than a deal that went down in August 1988 with the Edmonton Oilers.
However, several moves since then have also created some earthquake like tremors within the LA hockey community. For example, just [...]

LA Kings trade for a kid with more questions than answers

So, Kings GM Dean Lombardi made another trade with the Philadelphia Flyers today. At least that’s how it’s going to read in some places. Yet, there is so much more to this deal. Or is there?
Jammed by the salary cap and total number of player contracts under contract, the Flyers needed a [...]

Mike Richards moves from Philly teacher to LA student

Richards at Kings camp (photo: M. Zampelli)

In some news that went a little under the radar this summer, the Kings traded away Wayne Simmonds and two other assets for former Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards.
A few days later, his former left wing, Simon Gagne, signed a free agent contract to join him in Los Angeles.
After [...]

Remembering Pavol Demitra – as exciting as they come

It’s perhaps what every athlete, their families, front office personnel, team owners and sports fans fear most…a plane crash.
In what was absolutely devastating news to the hockey world today, we all learned that a tragic accident occurred in Russia – killing more than 30 members of the KHL’s Lokomotiv organization.
Among the lives lost was former [...]