10 Tidbits on Scott Parse (updated)

Whenever Kings GM Dean Lombardi is speaking to a group of people, there are usually a few memorable quotes.
HockeyFest in September was no exception. He got the attention of quite a few people by claiming “Scott Parse is near the top three on the team in terms of skill.”
When coach Terry Murray later announced that […]

Kyle Clifford on the Impending Roster Decision

For Kings GM Dean Lombardi and Coach Terry Murray ‘decision day’ wasn’t Tuesday.
For now, they remain undecided on Propositions 10 and 13.
Something should be announced soon though, as they’re going to have to vote one way or the other on Kyle Clifford (Barrie Colts / OHL) and Brayden Schenn (Brandon Wheat Kings / WHL). Neither […]

10 Tidbits on Mattias Norstrom

He never won the Stanley Cup. He only scored 14 goals with the team. He made a single appearance in the NHL All-Star Game. And there are very few, if any, truly defining moments from his 11 years in Los Angeles.
Yet, Mattias Norstrom will forever be remembered as the Captain of the Kings.
He’s back in […]

Kovy Finally Arrives in LA

Later tonight Ilya Kovalchuk will rejoin the Kings for the first time since his visit to their training facility back on July 13th.
Only this time around, Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene probably won’t be as accommodating as they were during his last trip to Los Angeles. Having spurned the team for a better […]

Future Fridays – Interview w/ Derek Forbort

When you’re drafting an 18-year old kid it’s a gamble, regardless of the round.
However, when he’s 6-foot-5, plays defense, has an off the charts hockey IQ, has already won a gold medal with Team USA and was recruited to a college hockey program that’s won seven national titles …well, the odds are slightly in your […]

Two Minutes In the Box… with Willie Mitchell

It seems like nearly every team in the league is always looking to add another top-six forward and a quality defenseman.
Over the summer, the Kings were in that same position. So, while the Ilya Kovalchuk negotiations dominated the early headlines, perhaps the deal deserving equal attention was Dean Lombardi’s ability to acquire Willie Mitchell.
The Kings […]

Ryan Smyth on the almost-King, Ray Whitney

For the first time in…well, a really long time…the Kings were buyers at the NHL Trading Deadline last season – instead of the sellers the team had become the last five plus years.
Rather than trading away players for future assets, they acquired two rentals for a playoff push, Freddy Modin and Jeff Halpern. Neither were […]

Looking Back with Jonathan Bernier

By now, even casual Kings fans know who Jonathan Bernier is.
However, the goalie of the future is still waiting for his chance somewhat. Sure, he set the world on fire last year in the minors – becoming the AHL Goaltender of the Year. Yet, here in LA, Jonathan Quick was having his own strong season and […]

Camping Guide 2010 – Interview w/ Michal Handzus

The Zeus is loose. Just look at the hair.
When Dean Lombardi signed Michal Handzus to a four-year free agent contract in the summer of 2007, he hoped Zeus would return to the player he was out east (where he posted back-to back 20 goal seasons for the Flyers) – not the player he was the […]

Camping Guide 2010 – Interview w/ Thomas Hickey

A little more than four years ago two former NoCal sports executives headed south to take over a pair of struggling Los Angeles franchises.
Ned Colletti has since rebuilt the Dodgers into a team with a strong core and plenty of prospects. Ironically, they’ve been known for decades as a pitching-first franchise – today, it’s one […]