Devils’ Alexei Ponikarovsky recalls brief time with LA Kings

Last season Alexei Ponikarovsky spent his only year in Los Angeles. Signed as a possible replacement for the departed Alexander Frolov, Poni proved not to be the answer GM Dean Lombardi was looking for at left wing. Coming off a five-year run where he averaged 20+ goals, the 6-foot-4 forward found the back of the […]

Lombardi has a plan for free agents, not just wingn’ it

For those not following along on twitter and/or facebook today, here is where things stand with free agency…
Back when Kings GM Dean Lombardi arrived in Los Angeles in the spring of 2006 he immediately began talking about building the team from the net out.
More recently, he’s acknowledged that the team needs to be stronger […]

POLL: Who should the LA Kings re-sign?

The Kings have a plethora of restricted free agents to evaluate – most notably, Drew Doughty and Wayne Simmonds.
However, they also have four unrestricted free agents they need to make decisions on by July 1st – Peter Harrold, John Zeiler, Michal Handzus and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Let’s focus on the latter two.
Earlier today I posted comments from […]

Los Angeles Kings Players are Quick to Praise

While much has been made of the Kings power play success in the first playoff two games with San Jose – and rightfully so, considering the regular season numbers – the play of Jonathan Quick shouldn’t (and hasn’t) gone unnoticed.
After a variety of reasons were given for his poor play down the stretch last year, […]

Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mr. Game Three?

Poni on Ryan Smyth mullet night

When Alexei Ponikarovsky signed with the Kings in July 2010 the hope was that he’d be able to replace the goals lost with the departure of Alexander Frolov.
It seemed reasonable enough, Ponikarovsky had averaged 20 goals for five straight seasons. If he couldn’t replace them all, he should at least come […]

Kings down Sharks 4-0, Game 2 notes and video

It was a night of ‘Oh yeah, that’s happened before.’
* On December 27, 2010 the Kings beat the Sharks in San Jose by a score of 4-0.  Ditto last night.
* Last year vs. the Canucks, the Kings lost game one of their opening round series with Vancouver and then won the second game to […]

Kings Take The Field For Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

Dustin Brown – captain or catcher?

Over the last few seasons, the Kings and Dodgers have developed a more-than-friendly relationship.
In fact, when cross promoting each other, the home team had a perfect 6-0 record until just a few months ago.
Later this afternoon the boys in blue will take the field at Dodger Stadium against the hated […]

POLL: Who Will Seize The Opportunity?

With Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar out of the line-up for the final seven games of the regular season (and longer), nearly every Kings player is talking about guys needing to step up.
And although that seemed to be the theme of the day at practice yesterday, coach Terry Murray was stressing opportunity…
As in, “an opportunity […]

Kings Earn More ‘Biggest Points of The Season’

Coaches and players love to tell you these are the biggest points of the season – even though two points in March count the same as two points in October.
Regardless, as Matt Greene said before the Kings current four-game road trip started, “We need points. There’s no real formula for what we’re doing right now. […]

Two Players Away From Perfect Line Combiinations

Stress level among Kings fans is nearing an all-time high today.
Will they, won’t they, who goes, who stays…
How about a slightly humorous look at something to lighten the mood for just a second.
Much has been made of coach Terry Murray’s Rubik’s Cube like changes to the line combinations.
Yet, the Kings may just be two players away […]