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Dean Lombardi: Gambling Big On Justin Williams

INTERVIEW WITH DEAN LOMBARDI: In part 3 of a series of stories based on an interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Frozen Royalty focuses on what Justin Williams is likely to contribute next season, as well as the higher expectations the 2009-10 Kings will face. Look for part 4 in this series coming soon.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite seeing his team fail to qualify for post-season play for the sixth consecutive season, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi expects his team to end that long drought in the 2009-10 season.

One glaring flaw with that expectation is that he seems be banking rather heavily on winger Justin Williams to not only provide a significant boost to the offense, but also to stay relatively healthy.

But Williams has hit the thirty-goal mark just twice in his career and has otherwise struggled just to remain in the lineup, suffering from a myriad of injuries, including two serious knee injuries, casting serious doubts on his ability to regain his thirty-goal form.

Indeed, the odds against Williams returning to form, let alone staying healthy, would seem to be very, very high, if not astronomical. Read more of this post

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Gauthier Out; Williams, Drewiske In

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 20, the Los Angeles Kings announced that defenseman Denis Gauthier will miss the next one to two weeks with an “upper body injury,” believed to be a hand injury. They also activated winger Justin Williams from injured reserve and have recalled defenseman Davis Drewiske from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate. Read more of this post

Lombardi Gambles Big Time At The Trade Deadline

ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi makes a splash with a risky trade deadline deal—a huge gamble that could easily backfire.


LOS ANGELES — The 2009 National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone and, rather unexpectedly, the Kings made a dubious three-way trade on March 4 that sent forward Patrick O’Sullivan and a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for right wing Justin Williams. The Hurricanes then sent O’Sullivan and a second round selection in the 2009 draft to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Erik Cole and a fifth round pick in the 2009 draft.

The second round pick the Kings sent to Carolina was acquired in 2007 in the trade that sent center Craig Conroy to the Flames.

O’Sullivan leaves the Kings after playing in 62 games for them this season, scoring 14 goals and adding 23 assists for 37 points and he was surprised when he learned of the deal.

“I was a little bit surprised,” said O’Sullivan. “I signed for three years in the summer here. I think the young group of guys that are with LA, we’ve kind of grown together the last couple of years. I think the organization has drastically improved in that time, but I think anybody is tradable at any time. I’m just happy that it’s to a place that has a lot of history and is a great hockey market. I’m really excited to [go] and play there.”

In 188 career regular season NHL games, all with the Kings, O’Sullivan has scored 41 goals with 68 assists for 109 points with 66 penalty minutes. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown Shines As NHL First Star of the Week

NEW YORK – On January 26, the National Hockey League named Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown as their First Star of the Week for the week ending January 25, 2009. Read more of this post

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