LA Kings HockeyFest 2011 – schedule and past notes

For the third straight year, HockeyFest is on the move.
And if it’s anything like the prior two, this is a can’t miss event for Los Angeles Kings fans.
Each year the event has been tweaked slightly, largely based on feedback by fans and players attending the event.
What started out at LA Live in 2009, then moved [...]

Details on Ryan Smyth’s ‘Official’ Trade to the Oilers

Last summer it was Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations, this summer it was the Ryan Smyth trade.
Yes, two entirely different players – and two entirely different situations – yet, some things just take longer than they should.
The week long, back and forth, on-again-off-again saga is now complete and the Kings ended up with basically what they wanted [...]

Kings coach Murray on why he wants Handzus back

Remember high school math? You learned a bunch of stuff you thought you’d never use.
Well, here’s your chance.
Michal Handzus‘ four-year career as an LA King could best be described as a bell curve (go look it up if you forgot).
The signing itself was panned and the first year didn’t do much to squash the chatter. [...]

LA Kings coach Terry Murray is NOT happy w/ Scott Parse

Dean Lombardi had overwhelming praise for the fact that Justin Williams even returned to play in the post-season, let alone how well he performed in game one. The Kings GM said ‘a lot of guys’ wouldn’t have played and risked further injury (at this stage of their career), opting instead to shut it down and [...]

GM Dean Lombardi on the LA Kings’ poor power play

So – Kings GM Dean Lombardi says he likes the ‘calmness’ coach Terry Murray brings to the team and thinks he still has room to grow – just like the players (full article and quotes here).
But, what about the team’s poor power play?
Well, he talks coaching, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and more…
Lombardi – “I [...]

Dean Lombardi on Coach Terry Murray’s Performance

Earlier today Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi spoke about Dustin Brown as the team’s captain this season (article here).
Now, here’s what he had to say about the performance of coach Terry Murray…
Lombardi – “I liked his calmness. I think one of his strengths was when were in that slide there, he kept his composure. I think [...]

Lombardi on Dustin Brown as captain this season

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi used nine minutes to answer the first question asked of him during today’s post season recap. So, to say there is a lot of content to go through would be an understatement.
Overall, Lombardi was, as he always is – introspective, detailed, mindful of things he’s said in the past, consistent [...]

RECAP: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on NHL Live

Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was a guest on NHL Live this morning.
Below is a recap of what was discussed (as always, these are near exact quotes, with selected paraphrasing for brevity)…
* [topic: Kings have been good on the road lately] True. However, I think a lot of that is when you’re a young team [...]

…And Now You’re Caught Up – Deadline Edition

Although this format is usually used for a weekly look at ten Kings-related news items you may have missed, this week it’s a special edition – all about what went down on Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline.
Here are links to some commentaries, videos and stories you may want to check out…
* Trade Call – this is video [...]

VIDEO: Justin Williams on Contract Extension

In a move that may not generate as much press today as the Dustin Penner trade – yet is actually a much more important deal for the team – Justin Williams signed a four-year $14.6-million contract extension late last night.
He would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer, which looks to be rather thin [...]