LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi publicly apologizes to Oilers

Did you think we had heard the last of Mulletgate?
If so, you were wrong. With the Kings scheduled to travel to Edmonton this weekend – for the first time this season – GM Dean Lombardi was a guest today on Mark Spector’s radio show (Team 1260, Edmonton).
As usual, Lombardi had plenty to say. For example, [...]

Colin Fraser is pointless against the Vancouver Canucks

Ryan Smyth to Edmonton. It’s the trade that just won’t go away.
Last week, it was Smyth’s return to LA as a member of the Oilers that dominated the headlines. Now, it’s the other side of that trade that will be a focal point of tonight’s game.
Colin Fraser, the player who was eventually acquired [...]

Ryan Smyth – ‘I had a short time here and it was alright’

On January 22, 1995, Ryan Smyth made his NHL debut – playing for the Edmonton Oilers in Los Angeles versus the Kings.
And 1,080 games later, he was back in Southern California – in a different building though – yet, back in an Oilers jersey and ready to take on the Kings once again. [...]

Ex-Oilers, now Kings, talk about the ‘slippery’ Ryan Smyth

Jarret Stoll and Anze Kopitar rockin’ mullets, in honor of Ryan Smyth (photo: LA Kings)

Do the Kings and Oilers ever just play a ‘regular’ game?
For several decades now, it seems like there is always something on the line. From the Kings beating the Oilers in the Miracle on Manchester to Wayne Gretzky’s milestone points vs. [...]

Mike Richards trade for Simmonds and Schenn revisited

In the 40-plus year history of the Los Angeles Kings franchise, there have been some pretty big trades. Obviously, none bigger than a deal that went down in August 1988 with the Edmonton Oilers.
However, several moves since then have also created some earthquake like tremors within the LA hockey community. For example, just [...]

VIDEO: Barry Melrose gives Kopitar ‘Mullet of the Week’

In what has to be the greatest hockey award ever created, Barry Melrose put out his ‘Mullet of the Week’ award winner today…and Anze Kopitar, who played like a mad man in the Kings first two games of the season, was the proud recipient.
Who ever would have thought after the trading of Ryan Smyth a [...]

Willie Mitchell and Mike Richards developing a bromance at camp

It may not be spring, but love is in the air.
Like the first day of school every fall, the opening of training camp for the LA Kings each September brings similar feelings and events with it.
You have the young kids, who are intimidated by the older guys – even though they’ll never admit it. You [...]

Look for LA Kings to add ‘sandpaper’ in next few days

Flyers West?
Nah, it may be time to resurrect ‘Oliers South.’
Before Kings GM Dean Lombardi was accused of trying to bring a Philadelphia brand of hockey to Los Angeles, he was on the verge of repeating the cycle of team leaders from the early ’90s.
After Wayne Gretzky arrived, the franchise eventually acquired nearly every one of [...]

Exclusive: Tyler Toffoli on Team Canada camp experience

Last summer the Kings sent six players to Hockey Canada’s summer evaluation camp for their 2011 World Junior team.
This year, Tyler Toffoli was the lone representative.
The week long camp ended Sunday night and I spoke with Toffoli yesterday about the overall experience. Here are his thoughts on ten items related to being at camp…
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POLL: How should NHL resolve Kings-Oliers grievance?

Poor Gary Bettman. The guy gets booed everywhere he goes.
He rarely gets complimented for anything he does, at least not by fans.
And he finds himself in another lose-lose situation after the Los Angeles Kings officially filed a grievance against the Edmonton Oilers.
Regardless of how he resolves the mess, some percentage of people on the [...]