West Coast Bias on NHL Radio with Bernstein and Remenda

Guests Dennis Bernstein and Drew Remenda joined us for the March 9, 2014 edition of West Coast Bias on NHL Network Radio.
With the NHL Trade Deadline now over, it was time to dissect who were the real winners and losers heading into the league’s final stretch of regular season games. Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth [...]

LA Kings have found their man on defense, trading prospects

When we mentioned the Kings going off-the-radar yesterday, we weren’t joking.
If you’ve been reading MayorsManor, you know that L.A.’s top priority has been to get a heavy-playing defenseman. Now, they think they’ve found their man – and so far, they’ve managed to do it without giving up Justin Williams for salary purposes.
In fact, as [...]

Ron Hextall on Lombardi, Simmonds, the Kings, more

There’s no denying Ron Hextall has almost always been associated with the Flyers. However, he’s greatest accomplishment in hockey came in Los Angeles when the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012. The former goaltender was an integral part of GM Dean Lombardi’s inner-circle and helped craft the roster that eventually claimed the most coveted [...]

Matt Moulson has a lot on his mind, just not Dean Lombardi

Matt Moulson made his return to Los Angeles on Thursday night, but it didn’t quite stir up the feelings one might think.
Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ninth round of the 2003 draft (263rd overall) – yes, the ninth round, a round that doesn’t even exist anymore – Moulson is lamented by many [...]

AHL: Toffoli nets two in Monarchs win, roster move could be next

The Monarchs likely took to the ice with revenge on their minds Saturday, after dropping the first game of a back-to-back set against the visiting St. John’s IceCaps the night before. With Kings GM Dean Lombardi in attendance once again, Manchester used a four goal second period to ultimately come out on top 5-3 in [...]

Prospect Game Watch – Valentin Zykov

The following article is part of a continuing series this season, where MayorsManor correspondent David Hofreiter provides commentary on prospects playing in the Canadian-based major junior leagues and US-based college hockey programs. He’ll spend time tracking a player, then offer some opinions and observations based on a single game or multiple games, depending on the [...]

Rangers Brian Boyle still relishes opportunity to show off for Lombardi

With three first round picks in hand entering the 2003 NHL Draft, then-Kings GM Dave Taylor and his staff headed to Nashville, Tennessee for the league’s annual event. Meanwhile, back home in LA, the team threw a lavish party for their season ticket holders.
Fast forward to the present and the Kings’ current roster features three [...]

Prediction Time – LA Kings 2013-14 opening night roster

After all the hand-wringing and head-scratching that went on this summer over the Kings roster, it’s all about to become crystal clear in the next 48 hours. Some people will like the results, others won’t. Regardless, there are several tough choices ahead for GM Dean Lombardi, coach Darryl Sutter and their key lieutenants.
Based on everything we’ve [...]

Maxim Kitsyn: LA’s long-shot left wing

It’s taken a while to get here, but the time is finally upon us. No, not the arrival of training camp – well, that too – but the pro debut of forward Maxim Kitsyn.
Originally selected by the Kings at the 2010 NHL Draft held at Staples Center, it’s been a long and winding road for [...]

Ned Colletti talks Dean Lombardi, Brian Burke – and cowboy boots

Make no mistake about it, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is a baseball guy. Heck, his job demands it. However, there’s no denying his ties to NHL hockey as well.
Back in March, Colletti shared some stories with us here about his friendship with Tony Granato, the Jarome Iginla trade, his relationship with Kings GM Dean Lombardi [...]