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Los Angeles Kings Move Quickly To Plan B: Sign Left Wing Simon Gagne To 2-Year Deal

The Los Angeles Kings signed left wing Simon Gagne to a two-year deal on July 2, 2011.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi was not what one would consider to be truthful on June 26, when he said that the Kings would not be interested in pursuing the top players in the unrestricted free agent market.

“It’s safe to say that there’s a potential for a midrange move,” he insisted.

As it turned out, Lombardi hoodwinked the media into believing that. But once the July 1 signing frenzy began, it became obvious that his sights were set much, much higher.

Indeed, when the 9:00 AM Pacific time opening of the free agent frenzy began, Lombardi, Kings Governor and President/Chief Executive Officer of the Anschutz Entertainment Group Tim Leiweke, the Kings coaching staff, and others were already in Mississauga, Ontario, where they made a live, in-person presentation to the prize of the 2011 unrestricted free agent class, center Brad Richards, and his agent, Pat Morris, at the headquarters of Newport Sports Management. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings Are Unlikely Suitors For Brad Richards During Free Agent Frenzy

LOS ANGELES — The annual unrestricted free agent frenzy begins on July 1 at 9:00 AM Pacific time, and while everyone knows the Los Angeles Kings have a couple of big holes to fill among their top six forwards, do not expect them to be in the running for the biggest fish of all, Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Read more of this post

New On KingsCast: Post-Season Media Roundtable 2011, Parts 2-3

Just days before his sudden and unexpected passing on May 19, Jonathan Moncrief of Examiner.com and Inside Sports joined Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period, John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor, Dave Joseph of ESPN Radio Los Angeles, and Examiner.com, Matt Reitz from View From My Seats, Charles E. Smith, Jr. from Inside Sports, and yours truly on KingsCast’s 2nd Annual Los Angeles Kings Post-Season Media Roundtable, which was recorded on May 14, 2011. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Manufacture 3-1 Win Over Dallas Stars

LOS ANGELES — Without top scorers Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, the Los Angeles Kings must manufacture goals any way they can, and adhere to their system 100 percent if they are to have any hope of winning against any team, not just the top teams in the National Hockey League. Read more of this post

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