VIDEO: O’Reilly scores short-handed OT goal to beat Kings

Friday night in Colorado, Willie Mitchell returned to the Kings line-up for the first time since June 2012, playing just over 23 minutes. Up front, Nick Shore – a product of Denver University – scored a goal, picked up an assist and won 9-of-21 faceoffs. After coming in to relieve Ben Scrivens at the start [...]

AUDIO: Guest spot on NHL Network Radio – LA Kings season preview

On Tuesday I joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon for another guest spot on NHL Network Radio (XM 92 / Sirius 207). Because not everybody has satellite radio, we thought it best to share the audio here.
In the segment we took a look at all the key issues surrounding the Kings heading into the 2013-14 NHL [...]

Checking in with Willie Mitchell and his partially tested knee

For the Kings to enter this season as an improved hockey club – or at the very least on equal footing, following the loss of Rob Scuderi to the Penguins this summer - the health of Willie Mitchell is paramount.
He didn’t play in the team’s first pre-season game on Sunday, nor will he suit up for [...]

Top 10 LA Kings prospects – 2013 pre-season rankings, numbers 1-5

Now that you’ve had a chance to hopefully digest the first part of these rankings (posted here), where we looked at the lower half of the top 10, it’s time to get into the high rent district. This edition of our Kings pre-season prospect rankings features a new number one overall, another player who climbed six [...]

AUDIO: Guest spot on NHL Network Radio – talking Clifford, Kings plans

Over the weekend I joined host Nick Alberga for another guest spot on NHL Network Radio (XM 92 / Sirius 207). Because not everybody has satellite radio, we thought it best to share the audio here.
In the segment we discussed MayorsManor breaking the news of Kyle Clifford’s new two-year contract with the Kings, Willie Mitchell’s [...]

LA Kings Media Roundtable Part 4 – talking defense and division

We know you’ve been patiently waiting all week for the next installment from the annual KingsCast summer forum – aka the Kings Media Roundtable.  So, here we go with episode four…
Along with a handful of other people who cover the team, we recently spent time debating key issues currently surrounding LA’s hockey team.  In the initial video [...]

AUDIO: Guest spot on Edmonton radio – talking Brown and Clifford

With all the breaking news surrounding the LA Kings this week, I once again took a few laps around the hockey radio airwaves – with guest spots on the NHL Network (Sirius/XM), Sportsnet in Calgary and The Team in Edmonton.
If you missed the Calgary spot, it’s posted here.  We talked about a handful of topics, including the [...]

Lombardi has a Mitchell update and too many defensemen

Earlier today we shared some comments from Kings GM Dean Lombardi regarding ongoing contract negotiations with several of the team’s young players.
In addition to re-signing Keaton Ellerby to a one-year contract, Lombardi also added unrestricted free agent Jeff Schultz last Friday. Now, when you add in the qualifying offers he made to Alec Martinez and [...]

Lombardi talks more positively about Willie Mitchell’s future

In a bit of a change from several recent answers, Kings GM Dean Lombardi was speaking more positively when asked about the future of Willie Mitchell during today’s conference call. Take a look…
“That’s added to the dilemma, right?” Lombardi said, referring to Mitchell’s $3.5 million contract that would be ‘freed up cap space’ should he [...]

Dean Lombardi’s latest update on Willie Mitchell

Going all the way back to this conversation with Kings GM Dean Lombardi in early April, there’s been a dark cloud hanging over the future playing career of defenseman Willie Mitchell.
When the lockout shortened season began it looked like he’d be back in a few weeks, then maybe months.  Once he was shut down for [...]