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2014-15 Los Angeles Kings Preview: Dynasty Brewing In L.A.?

The Los Angeles Kings became the first team to win two Stanley Cups in three years during the salary cap era when they defeated the New York Rangers in a five-game championship series last season. The Kings’ next challenge is to become the first repeat champion since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. Los Angeles came closer to repeating than many of the recent champions in 2012-13...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Richards Wants To Move Up The LA Kings Depth Chart

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Mike Richards, it sounds like anyway, kept his word to the Mad Professor. Faced with the possibility of his contract being bought out by the Stanley Cup champions, the 29-year-old Richards vowed to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi in June that he would be more committed to his workouts this summer to help bring back the Mike Richards of old...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Richards not content to be Kings' fourth-line center

Mike Richards, it sounds like anyway, kept his word to the Mad Professor. Faced with the possibility of his contract being bought out by the Stanley Cup champions, the 29-year-old Richards vowed to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi in June that he would be more committed to his workouts this summer to help bring back the Mike Richards of old. He would commit himself to trying to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Review and Preview: Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are living up to their royal namesake.#450341290 / gettyimages.comLOS ANGELES KINGSRoster changes: IN: Adam Cracknell (from St. Louis), David Van Der Gulik (from AHL Lake Erie) Roster changes: OUT: Willie Mitchell (to Florida), Linden Vey (to Vancouver) Re-signed: Marian Gaborik (UFA), Dwight King (RFA) Cap situation:2014-'15: 23 players, $69.79M...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings Injury Update: Jonathan Quick might not be ready for preseason games

According to Ryan Dadoun of NBC Sports, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is still recovering from his wrist surgery, and might not be able to start playing just yet.  Quick's surgery took place back in June, and was only expected to take 10-12 weeks to recover. Although he is still hoping to be ready for training camp, it is still a question of whether or not Quick...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dean Lombardi Not About To Give Away His Secrets On Analytics

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider, Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi isn’t one to surrender his own analytics blueprint, however. “You can get my book when I’m done,” he joked. He acknowledged that he has spoken on the phone “a number of times” with former Boston Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations...
Via Kukla's Korner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Whether Quick plays in preseason will ‘go right down to the wire’

Jonathan Quick was originally projected to spend 10-12 weeks recovering from his wrist surgery, but as it turns out he might need at least a bit longer than that, per the Los Angeles Times. Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that whether or not Quick plays in the preseason at all will “go right down to the wire.” If that happens, it could make Quick sluggish for the start of the season...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dean Lombardi Says The Kings Are Focused On Another Cup Run

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, The Kings general manager talked about the current approach from his players as they get ready for their Stanley Cup defense. It is, he noted, a subtle contrast from when they first won the Cup in 2012. “They were on a mission when they left [for the summer],” Lombardi said. “We’ve never had so many players back this early. When...
Via Kukla's Korner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Owners Should Stay In The Background

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, The migration of on-and-off-ice talent from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Los Angeles Kings franchise that has won two of the past three Cups is not lost on observers. At various points in the past 15 years, the Flyers (a) employed L.A. GM Dean Lombardi as their western scout, and Kings assistant coach John Stevens as their coach; (b) centered...
Via Kukla's Korner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings need bounce-back season from Richards

When the Los Angeles Kings traded for Mike Richards in June 2011, it was a given that they had landed a cornerstone center for years to come. Richards was regarded as one of the finest 200-foot young forwards in the NHL. The team did not envision Richards devolving into a fourth-line grinder who finished last season playing between Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis. The former captain...
Via Pro Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning strike twice with Yzerman, Cooper combo

They don’t have the hardware of, say, Dean Lombardi + Darryl Sutter or Stan Bowman + Joel Quenneville, yet the Tampa Bay Lightning’s front office duo of GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Jon Cooper seem like they have the potential to do something special. Sure, they both took very different paths to this very intriguing fork in the road, yet both appear bright and nimble enough...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Marian Gaborik inks seven-year contract with Kings

The Los Angeles Kings have inked forward Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract, team president and general manager Dean Lombardi announced Wednesday according to a press release. Gaborik, who led all playoff performers with 14 postseason goals and ranked fourth in points with 22, was an integral part of the Kings' run to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. He was acquired...
Via Fox Sports West
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings Keeping Mike Richards, Re-Sign Matt Greene To Four-Year Contract

Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was a finalist for the NHL’s general manager of the year award, in large part because of his ability to keep the Kings’ core together for so long. Two key pieces of said core will remain with the team for the foreseeable future. The Kings are holding on to both forward Mike Richards and defenseman Matt Greene after the team elected...
Via NESN.com
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks’ Murray takes GM of the Year award

The 2014 GM of the Year Award went to Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray. Murray is the fifth winner of the newly established trophy for the top executive in the NHL. He joked that he would easily switch places with Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who finished third in voting but whose team happened to win the 2014 Stanley Cup. Plenty of votes also went to Montreal Canadiens...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Leafs' Tim Leiweke didn't want Darryl Sutter in L.A.

When Dean Lombardi was about to hire Darryl Sutter as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, he did what all general managers must do. He went to his boss and informed him of the move he was prepared to make. The conversation didn’t go well. Lombardi was told in no uncertain terms that hiring Sutter wasn’t the right move, may be “the worst decision you’ve ever made” and speculated...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings will not buy out contract of Mike Richards

The Kings have decided against buying out the contract of center Mike Richards, according to General Manager Dean Lombardi. Richards, who has been a key factor in the Kings' two Stanley Cup wins in the last three seasons, is in the middle of a 12-year contract worth $69 million. The agreement was signed when Richards was with the Philadelphia Flyers. A compliance buyout would...
Via Fox Sports West
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Changes to Los Angeles Kings’ Roster will be Strictly Voluntary

  Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America   By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG) Dean Lombardi is very good at his job. The Los Angeles Kings are fresh off their second Stanley Cup victory in three years, and while they have not yet reached the level of dynasty that some over-eager commentators wish to thrust upon them, they are not far removed. This year’s Stanley Cup winners could...
Via The Hockey Guys
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings Promote John Stevens To Associate Head Coach

The Los Angeles Kings have promoted John Stevens to Associate Head Coach, and re-signed both Assistant Coach Davis Payne and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford to new contracts, Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The Kings, who set an NHL record by winning three Game 7s on the road, and tied an NHL record by playing 26 postseason...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

John Stevens Promoted To Associate Head Coach In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have promoted John Stevens to Associate Head Coach, and re-signed both Assistant Coach Davis Payne and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford to new contracts, Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The Kings, who set an NHL record by winning three Game 7s on the road, and tied an NHL record...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

After second title, Dean Lombardi set to work on Kings' roster again

A day after their parade to celebrate this season’s Stanley Cup championship, the Kings will have to turn the page — and quickly. Already in effect, the buyout period for contracts is open until June 30. Compliance buyouts offer a rare opportunity — coming out of the last collective bargaining agreement — to make heavy salary-cap hits go away. The Kings have a player who...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dean Lombardi Has Some Off-Season Work To Do

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, If Lombardi sticks to his track record, he will try his hardest to keep Richards and make the other pieces fit. Other less sentimental general managers would likely take the easier, colder route and give him a compliance buyout. But Lombardi has always done things in his own way, and because of that, Richards — who has won at every level...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Marian Gaborik Trade Paying Off For The Kings

from James A. Conley of Shnarped, Marian Gaborik made Dean Lombardi and the LA Kings winners of this year’s NHL Trade Deadline. Now, the Kings are one game away from making Gaborik a champion. Playing on his third team in two seasons, Gaborik started the year alternating turns between underwhelming play and injuries on an also-ran club in Columbus. By March, his...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Darryl Sutter Sets The Tone For The Los Angeles Kings

from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register, The Kings seem to have taken on the personality of their coach, Darryl Sutter. Yes, he has one. Sutter, a man of few words, can also be defined by a few. Discipline. Preparation. Honesty. Consistency. Work. Work. Work. Sutter is, without contradiction, the most simple and most complex coach in the NHL. In 2 1/2 years on...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

GM of the Year Nominees Announced

NHL-Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings) and Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks) are the three finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Bergevin has been the Canadiens’ general manager for the past two seasons, and has received two GM of the Year Awards, so the team is certainly in good hands. Bergevin and Murray are finalists for the second...
Via Tha Sports Junkies 101
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Announces Finalists For General Manager of the Year Award

The NHL announced Friday that Dean Lombardi of the Los Angeles Kings, Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks are the three finalists for the 2014 GM of the Year Award. Murray’s Ducks set franchise records for points (116), wins (54), road wins (25) and finished with the best record in the Western Conference for the first time in team history...
Via NESN.com
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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