Two Minutes in the Box… with Wayne Simmonds

Whenever trade rumors involving the LA Kings come up lately, one of the first names mentioned is Wayne Simmonds.
And why not? Teams love players like Wayne. He’s young, physical, very coachable and continues to improve each season.
Two years ago he burst onto the scene – forcing his way onto the Kings according to coach Terry [...]

Interview with Dave Torrie, GM of the Soo Greyhounds (OHL)

Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver…are all names that come to mind when thinking of places in Canada.
Sault St. Marie isn’t one of them. Located about six hours from the hockey hotbed of London, Ontario, the OHL Arena Guide notes “For a city as isolated as Sault Ste. Marie, visiting fans are a seldom-seen rarity.”
However, it hasn’t stopped [...]

OHL GM speaks out on Kings prospects

If you like GMs that aren’t afraid to speak their mind, leaders like Dean Lombardi and Brian Burke, then you’ll probably love Dave Torrie.
For the last seven years he’s been at the helm of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.  Although he could be described as an Ontario, Canadian hockey lifer, his ties to Los [...]

Wayne ‘TheTrain’ Simmonds – attracting more interest everyday

Just a few weeks ago it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Wayne Simmonds would be changing his number soon. All signs pointed to the Kings signing some Russian winger who scores a lot of goals. That didn’t happen. He, sorta, went to the Devils.
Meanwhile, Simmonds, who just completed his second season in Los Angeles, [...]

Future Fridays – Interview w/ Brock Beukeboom

Call it the Jeff Halpern pick.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been known to wheel and deal his draft picks – trading up, trading down and often bundling them with an ‘asset’ when trading for another team’s player.
At the 2009 NHL Draft, Lombardi did a two-for-one deal, sending the Kings fourth and fifth round selections (#107 [...]