Locker Room Quotes: Ducks lose again on home ice

After not losing at home in regulation all season, the Ducks have now dropped two of their last three games in Anaheim. Here’s what the Wild and Ducks players were saying back in the locker room when it was over…
Ryan Getzlaf on tonight’s game:
We were sloppy. In our zone, we stood around and watched [...]

Word Association with Kings forward Dustin Penner

Next Friday in Winkler – a small town in Manitoba, about two hours south of Winnipeg – Dustin Penner will get his ‘Day with the Cup.’ Even thought it’s his second time with the NHL’s top trophy in five years, things will be different he recenlty told us.  “Last time I didn’t get to spend [...]

What were the Devils saying today? Parise and crew weigh in.

While the Kings slept in the their own beds after last night’s 3-1 loss to New Jersey (and flew east today), the Devils were halfway across the country by the time the clock struck midnight. Then, later this afternoon, here’s what a few of the guys had to say…
Q. Do you believe you changed their [...]

Brian O’Neill using Mike Donnelly as inspiration

If your last name is O’Neill, isn’t it only appropriate that you make your professional debut on St. Patrick’s Day?
After signing a one-year contract with the LA Kings a few days prior, that’s exactly what Brian O’Neill did this past Saturday for the Manchester Monarchs. Adding an exclamation point to the evening, he also scored [...]

Trade Rumors – five things at play for the LA Kings

In less than two weeks, most fans will turn their attention back to the action on the ice. For now, it seems all everybody wants to talk about are trade rumors. Who’s leaving, who’s staying, what would it cost to get this guy or that guy?
Here’s a quick recap of the five things [...]

Lombardi and Robitaille on Kings pursuit of Brad Richards

When Kings GM Dean Lombardi speaks, he almost always makes sense.
People may not like what he has to say at times, but he pretty much tells it as it is.
Several years ago when some questioned his signing of Dan Cloutier to an extension before he was fully healthy, Lombardi explained that it was a calculated [...]

800 and Other Numbers

Saturday night at Staples Center was a lot of things to many different people.
It was Mattias Norstrom tribute night. It was Ilya Kovalchuk’s only appearance on LA ice this season. It was a night of nostalgia, seeing several former players that were here during the Andy Murray years – guys like Glen Murray, Mathieu Schneider and [...]

Future Fridays – Interview with NHL prospect Nick Bjugstad

On a Saturday afternoon earlier this summer, things were lining up perfectly. Almost too perfectly.
Twenty one summers prior, Scott Bjugstad signed with the Kings after spending one season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  While he scored only five goals over the next three years in Los Angeles, it still allowed him entry into a very small club – players [...]