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Kings GM Dean Lombardi, left, and coach Darryl Sutter have built a great team in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill, AP)
After shocking the hockey world and becoming the first 8-seed in American sports to win its league’s championship, the Los Angeles Kings seemed to be in a good position to return to the Stanley Cup Finals in a shortened 2013 season. Alas, after moving past St. Louis and San Jose, the Kings were defeated in five games by the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane’s goal in the second overtime proved to be the dagger for the Kings’ season in Game Five.
In 2013, the Kings continued to provide a blueprint for teams to build towards success. They had top-end talent brought up through their system in Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, and Jonathan Quick. They had great players like Justin Williams, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter acquired through trades. The Kings also had talented young players, like Slava Voynov, Jake Muzzin, and Tyler Toffoli step up and contribute over the course of the season.
The man responsible for putting most, if not all, of that talent together is Dean Lombardi, who has been the Kings’ general manager for seven years now. Lombardi was disappointed with the end result of the season, but still was happy with how his team played in this short season, according to Cam Tucker of Pro Hockey Talk.
“You’re almost frozen. There’s so much going through your head, there’s nothing going through your head. … It’s almost like you don’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone — or whatever that saying is — until you’ve experienced it,” said Kings general manager Dean Lombardi during a conference call Sunday, as per the L.A. Times.
“You can’t condone losing — you never want to do that — but I have to condone their sense of honor.
“They didn’t quit. They fought through and given the history of it, they deserve to be commended for what they did accomplish.”
If I was Lombardi, I wouldn’t worry too much about the Kings’ inability to repeat as NHL champs. No team has done that since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998. The future still remains very bright for the Los Angeles Kings, and they should be in contention for the Stanley Cup again for many seasons to come.
Joe has been writing for the Sports-Kings since July 2012, covering football and hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @jpray_SK.
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The day after the Los Angeles Kings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi shared his thoughts on a variety of topics.
A recap of the biggest talking points.
What the last 24 hours has been like:
I think the disappointment is obviously the losing but I think theres a bit of, this is something Ive always said...
After the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup defense came to a crashing end in the Western Conference finals, general manager Dean Lombardi felt he couldn't fault his team for its effort or its tenacity.
Lombardi also believes the Kings can stay in annual Cup contention for quite a while.
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Understandably despondent following Saturday's 4-3 loss in double overtime and the team's elimination...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Inside what is always a somber dressing room when the clock strikes midnight on a team’s season, GM Dean Lombardi grabbed Jarret Stoll and hugged him tightly.
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from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Moments after the Kings' season ended in the longest game in franchise history, General Manager Dean Lombardi walked into the dressing room and was confronted by silence.
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The picture above shows two of the most respected players in the National Hockey League after a hard fought series, and final game 5 that ended the Los Angeles Kings season by the hands of Patrick Kane (left), also ending the possibility of a repeat Stanley Cup Champion for the first time since Scotty Bowman lead the Detroit Red Wings to back-to-back wins in ’97 and ’98...
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Oh, Darryl Sutter, your style of engaging with the media is one part Tortorellan, one part Babcockian and one part, "Whee, this is fun! Whee! Whee! Listen to me, hee hee!"
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No word on if the Penguins took them up on the offer.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports the Rangers may seek to speak with Kings assistant John Stevens about their head coaching vacancy.
Stevens was the head coach in Philadelphia for 3+ years guiding them to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2007-08.
Brooks adds that the Canucks have shown interest in Stevens.
...Stevens is an interesting candidate. He had mixed...
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