Honestly, Simon Gagne is just trying to be honest

When Ryan Smyth was traded to the Oilers last summer, the Kings were left with a big hole on the left side – a position they were already thin in. So, it wasn’t much of a surprise when GM Dean Lombardi signed free agent Simon Gagne to take his place. The seven-time 20 goal scorer, […]

Why Andrei Loktionov needs to be sent to Manchester

Before all the Loktionov lovers lose their mind, relax.
If you’ve heard any of my recent radio/podcast interviews, the kid has talent. He’s still young, he’ll be fine. The Kings thought the cake might be done, they pulled it out of the oven, had a bite and it’s not fully cooked yet. […]

What’s wrong with the Kings? Geez, it’s simple – just ask!

There are many guesses on how to fix the LA Kings right now. However, the final verdict on if the coaching change will be the thing to do the trick won’t be known for several months.
In the meantime, message boards and social media outlets continue to be a haven for conspiracy theories, including ‘The […]

Making the case for Darryl Sutter as coach of the LA Kings

Life at the top is hard.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a major corporation, a head coach in the NFL or the GM of the LA Kings.
The reason those people get paid big money is to make big decisions.
There’s a sign in Dean Lombardi’s office at the Kings training facility in El Segundo […]

POLL: LA Kings Player of the Month – November 2011

Time for some more house cleaning. Sure, this poll should have gone up on Thursday morning. Life happens. And yes, this poll is for the month of November. So, it does not take into account anything that occurred Thursday night vs. Florida or Saturday afternoon vs. Montreal.
Here we go…
First, a look […]

Warming up the leftovers with Clifford, Greene, Westgarth

Things have been a little busy lately, so it’s time to play catch up this morning. Sometimes, you have ‘extra’ quotes that just never see the light of day because of timing, other news stories popping up, etc. Then, they’re lost forever. Rather than let that happen, let’s back track for just […]

Simon Gagne on LA’s loss to Montreal – ‘We kind of shut down’

With the injury to Mike Richards, Kings coach Terry Murray was forced to mix up his lines. Simon Gagne found himself on the top line, reunited with Anze Kopitar.
On Saturday afternoon, Gagne had four shots on goal in over 21 minutes of total ice time.
After LA lost 2-1 to the Habs, here’s what he had […]

Kings vs Blackhawks pregame primer – a few fun facts

Before we get into the fun of hearing from a trio of Kings defensemen regarding tonight’s match-up with the Blackhawks, let’s first run through a few quick notes and stats…
– For Simon Gagne and Mike Richards, today’s game may be a little more personal than it is for other members of the Kings. It […]

Coach Murray on shots – ‘That’s how you score you goals’

If you thought the Kings looked like a different team against Detroit than the group who played Anaheim and Minnesota in the previous three games, Murray would agree with you.
“That was the one thing that maybe disappointed me as much as anything in the game, is that we were not skating anywhere near the way […]

Ducks at Kings Freeway Faceoff – pregame primer

Tonight will be game number 103 between the Kings and Ducks.
Last year, Anaheim took the season series four games to two.
Through 17 games played by each team, the scales are titled towards the Kings – they have more wins (8 to 6), points (19 to 15), have scored more goals per game (2.41 to a […]