Is Shane Doan 72 hours away from joining the LA Kings?

Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes MayorsManor hockey

One thing is certain, with each passing hour Shane Doan is less likely to remain with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Showing the patience of a saint and dedication that exceeds beyond loyalty, Doan has waited about as long as he can to sign a new contract with the only NHL franchise he’s ever known.
As we discussed on last weekend’s [...]

Kaunisto eyes twitter return, not ready for Europe though

Ray Kaunisto Monarchs Kings MayorsManor

“I’ll be back!”
That’s not Arnold Schwarzenegger uttering his famous line, it’s actually NHL prospect Ray Kaunisto talking about his impending return to twitter.
“I’m just taking a little hiatus,” he told us during a recent phone interview from his home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan – YooperVille USA, if you will.
Never afraid to speak the truth, [...]

Dustin Penner pushing Dean Lombardi towards PennerMania

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Things are slowly starting to settle down for Dustin Penner after getting a late start to his summer. Even with wrist surgery three weeks ago, he’s not complaining though. A few days earlier he signed a new contract with the Kings and he can finally start to look forward.
“I fully expect to be ready by [...]

Penner weighs in on the one-year anniversary of the trade

Pennermania, circa 2011

Happy Anniversary.
Those just might be the least honest words to ever appear on MayorsManor.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of what’s turned out to be one of the most disappointing trades in LA Kings history.
After struggling for long stretches in the first half of last season the team went on a hot streak in [...]

LA Kings’ Willie Mitchell on his past, present and future

Willie Mitchell will be staring at part of his past when he steps onto the ice tonight in New Jersey.
“Where it all started. That’s the first thing I think about when it comes to playing the Devils,” the 10-year NHL veteran said. “It doesn’t matter how many teams you’ve played for, and I’ve [...]

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 [...]

LA Kings go eight for eight with Doughty – Drewmageddon is over

If the summer long drama between the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Drew Doughty has been resolved with an ‘all’s well that ends well’ solution, we’ll know soon enough.
The primary fact at the moment though is that a contract has been agreed upon and he’ll be rejoining his teammates soon, as they prepare for what [...]

Alec Martinez hopes to have money left over for new sticks

Martinez and Dean Lombardi (photo: C. Ikiri)

Earlier in the week, we had Kyle Clifford on to talk about his new equipment endorsement with Bauer – ‘head to toe Bauer’ as The Colonel said.
Meanwhile, although defenseman Alec Martinez may have signed a contract extension with the Kings this summer, he hasn’t landed a stick deal yet. Nor [...]

Jack Johnson not worried about much, including his plus-minus

Jack Johnson of LA Kings (photo: K. Spatz)

Kings defenseman Jack Johnson has few worries away from the rink, especially after signing a seven-year, $30.5-million contract extension back in January.
So, he was free to spend his summer on things other than stressing about a the trials and tribulations that can come with negotiating a new deal [...]

Kopitar, Penner and Hunter on the LA Kings new top-line

Somebody should send Justin Williams a thank you card.
His ‘flu-like symptoms’ have been a blessing in disguise today.
During the Kings first on-ice sessions today, the focus instantly changed from ‘Where’s Drew Doughty?’ to ‘Hey, who is that #47 playing on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Penner?’
It was right wing Trent Hunter, a [...]