Kings coach Murray says Wayne Simmonds ‘hit a wall’

Obviously, there is more to player evaluation than just stats.
However, let’s start there for Wayne Simmonds…
2008-09 – nine goals, 14 assists, 23 points, 73 PIM, minus-8, 127 shots
2009-10 – 16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points, 116 PIM, plus-22, 127 shots
2010-11 – 14 goals, 16 assists, 30 points, 75 PIM, minus-2, 117 shots
Many people were predicting a ‘breakout’ […]

GM Dean Lombardi on the LA Kings’ poor power play

So – Kings GM Dean Lombardi says he likes the ‘calmness’ coach Terry Murray brings to the team and thinks he still has room to grow – just like the players (full article and quotes here).
But, what about the team’s poor power play?
Well, he talks coaching, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and more…
Lombardi – “I […]

Dean Lombardi on Coach Terry Murray’s Performance

Earlier today Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi spoke about Dustin Brown as the team’s captain this season (article here).
Now, here’s what he had to say about the performance of coach Terry Murray…
Lombardi – “I liked his calmness. I think one of his strengths was when were in that slide there, he kept his composure. I think […]

Lombardi on Dustin Brown as captain this season

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi used nine minutes to answer the first question asked of him during today’s post season recap. So, to say there is a lot of content to go through would be an understatement.
Overall, Lombardi was, as he always is – introspective, detailed, mindful of things he’s said in the past, consistent […]

Two Questions, Five Goals and Jerry Maguire

For a team that’s only 20 years old, it was more than 25 years in the making.
No team had come back from being down four goals in the playoffs since Minnesota clawed their way to a 5-4 victory over Chicago on April 28, 1985.
Until the Sharks last night.
Meanwhile, the line of Kyle Clifford, Brad Richardson […]

Kings lose 3-2 in overtime – highlights from SJ video feed

For the Los Angeles Kings, there’s nothing to be ashamed of – they just didn’t get the win.
A few quick post-game notes:
* Earlier this week coach Terry Murray was asked about the possibility of Drew Doughty‘s ice time increasing to around 30 minutes per game in the playoffs (article here). With the extra time needed […]

Kings Win, But Still Want More

“Made the playoffs…. Now time to get home ice!” – Dustin Brown’s tweet after the game.
No need for a fancy press conference or long extended quotes from the team captain. That statement says it all.
The Kings have been a very workman like group this year. There isn’t a flashy superstar carrying the load offensively or […]

One Small Step For Kings, One Giant Step By The Captain

Earlier today we looked at famous old sayings about the importance of defense in team sports.
Then tonight, Dustin Brown put ‘if you want something done right, do it yourself’ front and center.
In his pre-game interview on MayorsManor the Kings’ captain said “we need him to contribute more offensively” when talking about his new linemate, Trevor […]

RECAP: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on NHL Live

Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi was a guest on NHL Live this morning.
Below is a recap of what was discussed (as always, these are near exact quotes, with selected paraphrasing for brevity)…
* [topic: Kings have been good on the road lately] True. However, I think a lot of that is when you’re a young team […]

PennerMania By the Numbers (and video)

Monday saw the trade. Tuesday was the physical. Wednesday featured the first practice.
Thursday night was all about Dustin Penner’s debut as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited.” said Penner just prior to the game.
* Penner was the 10th left wing to start along side Anze Kopitar […]