Checking in with Willie Mitchell and his partially tested knee

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For the Kings to enter this season as an improved hockey club – or at the very least on equal footing, following the loss of Rob Scuderi to the Penguins this summer - the health of Willie Mitchell is paramount.
He didn’t play in the team’s first pre-season game on Sunday, nor will he suit up for [...]

Maxim Kitsyn: LA’s long-shot left wing

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It’s taken a while to get here, but the time is finally upon us. No, not the arrival of training camp – well, that too – but the pro debut of forward Maxim Kitsyn.
Originally selected by the Kings at the 2010 NHL Draft held at Staples Center, it’s been a long and winding road for [...]

Lombardi talks more positively about Willie Mitchell’s future

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In a bit of a change from several recent answers, Kings GM Dean Lombardi was speaking more positively when asked about the future of Willie Mitchell during today’s conference call. Take a look…
“That’s added to the dilemma, right?” Lombardi said, referring to Mitchell’s $3.5 million contract that would be ‘freed up cap space’ should he [...]

POLL: What should the Kings do with Rob Scuderi?

With the signing of Slava Voynov earlier today the Kings now have five defenseman under contract for next season – Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, Willie Mitchell. Robyn Regehr and Voynov.
They also have used up $56.76M of the allowed $64.3M salary cap on 15 players. That leaves an average of about $950K each for the remaining [...]

Voynov signs six-year deal, now comes the hard part

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One piece of Dean Lombardi’s summer chemistry project is now complete. With defenseman Slava Voynov agreeing to a six-year, $25 million deal, the Kings’ GM can now move on to other pieces of the puzzle.
First though, a few notes on Voynov.
Originally selected by LA in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft, Voynov has been playing [...]

Kings GM Dean Lombardi on who goes first – Voynov or Scuderi

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We’ve already posted some of the Dean Lombardi quotes from today’s conference call. Yet, there’s even more!
Here, the Kings GM goes into one of the key issues he’ll be dealing with in the coming days and weeks – possible contract offers for Slava Voynov (restricted free agent) and Rob Scuderi (unrestricted free agent).
This is what Lombardi had [...]

Pre-Game 5 – Doughty looking to feed Voynov’s hot stick

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Morning comments from Kings defenseman Drew Doughty…

Additional notes and quotes from the 2013 Western Conference Final can be found at the links below. We’ll also have morning comments from the LA Kings up in the next hour.
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WCF Wednesday June 5 – Matt Greene comments

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On upset about Jeff Carter being hit by Duncan Keith:
Yeah, but you can’t dwell on it. We’re here to win games, not worry about what happened in the past or what got called. That’s it, our focus has to be going into Game 4.”
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Thursday practice – Colin Fraser on Blackhawks and Voynov

On what to expect from Chicago:
“They’re a fast game team. They’re a team that likes to put the pressure on with speed and keep it on. Our identity of a team is to be fast but to be physical as well. We have to counteract their speed and hopefully slow them down with our physicality. (Reporter: “Sandpaper [...]