Lombardi on contracts he’s working on – ‘Every nickel counts’

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So far, the summer of 2013 hasn’t been quite the magical ride for Dean Lombardi that he experienced last year.
Not only did the Kings fall short of their goal – winning a second Stanley Cup – he also was faced with a shrinking salary cap to go along with three Unrestricted Free Agents and more […]

What the Kings can offer Rob Scuderi now

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Welcome back to summer school. This is Salary Cap 101, week two.
Please take copious notes, there will be a pop quiz later this week.
We pick things up following the trade that went down over the weekend between the LA Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let’s begin with a few quick reminders – (a) when evaluating a […]

Lombardi talks more positively about Willie Mitchell’s future

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In a bit of a change from several recent answers, Kings GM Dean Lombardi was speaking more positively when asked about the future of Willie Mitchell during today’s conference call. Take a look…
“That’s added to the dilemma, right?” Lombardi said, referring to Mitchell’s $3.5 million contract that would be ‘freed up cap space’ should he […]

Lombardi on potential new contracts for Scuderi and Penner

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It’s no real secret at this point, the LA Kings have major salary cap troubles this summer. As Kings GM Dean Lombardi pointed out earlier today though, finally pulling the trigger on the Jonathan Bernier trade has gone a long way towards determining what the team will be capable of doing to round out their […]

POLL: What should the Kings do with Rob Scuderi?

With the signing of Slava Voynov earlier today the Kings now have five defenseman under contract for next season – Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, Willie Mitchell. Robyn Regehr and Voynov.
They also have used up $56.76M of the allowed $64.3M salary cap on 15 players. That leaves an average of about $950K each for the remaining […]

Voynov signs six-year deal, now comes the hard part

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One piece of Dean Lombardi’s summer chemistry project is now complete. With defenseman Slava Voynov agreeing to a six-year, $25 million deal, the Kings’ GM can now move on to other pieces of the puzzle.
First though, a few notes on Voynov.
Originally selected by LA in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft, Voynov has been playing […]

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 […]

Lombardi on the Willie Mitchell injury situation and what’s ahead

Defenseman Willie Mitchell, arguably the Kings best overall player on the blueline last season, has missed all of 2013 after injuring his knee during the lockout (explained here).  As he told us recently, it’s been a frustrating experience to go from finally winning a Stanley Cup to sitting on the sidelines waiting to return. However, after […]

Lombardi on a possible contract extension for Rob Scuderi

More from the scrum with Kings GM Dean Lombardi earlier today…
Question: A month or so ago you mentioned about starting talks with Rob Scuderi (who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer) about an extension. Can you give us an update on that situation?
Answer: “I think you’ll see us now, and we just started […]

The curious case of Dustin Penner, here we go again

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In some circles, LA Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi is referred to as ‘Dealer Dean,’ largely because of his frequent swapping of draft picks and prospects. More recently though, he’s been all about big-name trades, landing the top prize each of the last two seasons on Deadline Day – Dustin Penner from Edmonton in 2011 and Jeff […]