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 net just five times while wearing a Kings uniform. He then signed a free agent deal with Carolina last summer, only to be traded to New Jersey – which worked out great, as he now finds himself in the Stanley Cup Finals.

First up below is our one-on-one with him at yesterday’s Media Day, followed by some footage of the general Q&A…

Additional questions (and watch as a┬ácompletely bored Adam Larrson looks on)…

If you missed our Stanley Cup Finals preview show earlier today – with guests like Luc Robitaille, Kelly Hrudey, Marty McSorley, Bruce McNall, Dustin Brown, Bob Miller and Jim Fox – it’s streaming for free here, give it a listen.

Also, be sure to check out more videos with the Kings as they prepare for the Stanley Cup Finals, links are available in the ‘Recent Articles’ section near the top right corner of this page…and the full video archives are available here.

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