LA Kings Summer Vacation – a chat w/ Jonathan Bernier

Jonathan Bernier (photo: D. Sheehan)

The long-rumored and highly speculated goaltending controversy in Los Angeles never really developed last season.
For anybody willing to listening, Kings coach Terry Murray proclaimed Jonathan Quick his starter prior to camp, during camp and numerous times throughout the season.
Then, Jonathan Bernier started off slowly when given a few chances in the early […]

Mike Richards – ‘Laperriere guided me in the right direction’

Just over a month has passed since an earthquake-like rumbling was felt around the National Hockey League, as the Philadelphia Flyers traded away two of their most important players.
From the moment he joined the Kings, Mike Richards has been asked a lot of questions about his now former teammate and best friend, Jeff Carter.
Yet, there’s […]

Stoll had questions from Richards, has answers for Murray

Stoll, Richards and Lombardi (LA Kings)

It’s been a summer of goodbyes and new relationships for many on the Los Angeles Kings roster.
Earlier today I posted comments from Alec Martinez and Jarret Stoll regarding Wayne Simmonds being shipped off to Philadelphia (link).
On the flip side, the team has been welcoming Mike Richards into the fold. […]

Stoll, Martinez talk LA Kings trading Wayne Simmonds

Martinez and Simmonds (photo: K. Spatz)

During a conversation with coach Terry Murray just a few days after the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs, he acknowledged that Wayne Simmonds “hit a bit of a wall” last season.
It wasn’t that surprising of a statement from the coach though. After all, Simmonds saw his goals, assists […]

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 on LA Kings first game – ‘hatred’ for Rangers, ready to fight Brandon Dubinsky again

Richards v Dubinsky (Photo by Bob Fina)

Drafted 24th overall by Philadelphia in 2003, Canadian Mike Richards played two more years of junior hockey before making his NHL debut for the Flyers.
The night was October 5, 2005 and they were playing the New York Rangers.
In the second period of that game, Richards scored what was described […]

Invitee Interview – David Friedmann talks Kings Dev Camp

Friedmann, Team Canada

Of the 35 kids participating in the Kings annual Development Camp, only one player – David Friedmann – still calls the OJHL home. It’s a junior-A hockey league, one step below the more well known major-junior leagues, like the OHL and WHL.
Back in the day, reigning NHL Rookie of the Year, Jeff […]

Lombardi has a plan for free agents, not just wingn’ it

For those not following along on twitter and/or facebook today, here is where things stand with free agency…
Back when Kings GM Dean Lombardi arrived in Los Angeles in the spring of 2006 he immediately began talking about building the team from the net out.
More recently, he’s acknowledged that the team needs to be stronger […]

No June Gloom from Los Angeles Kings LW Dustin Penner

If you follow the Los Angeles Kings, you know the story all too well. Needing scoring help, the team makes a trade at the deadline to help give them some extra punch down the stretch. After much excitement from the fan base, the player doesn’t produce as expected.
We’re not just talking about Dustin Penner. This […]