LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Talks Defense, Goaltending

INTERVIEW WITH DEAN LOMBARDI: In part 1 of a series of stories based on an interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Frozen Royalty looks at the Kings’ improved defense and goaltending in the 2008-09 season. Look for part 2 in this series coming soon.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — Looking back at the 2008-09 season for the Los Angeles Kings, what likely stands out to most is their 14th place finish in the fifteen-team Western Conference, not to mention the fact that they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Indeed, to many, that is nothing more than utter failure and it is difficult to argue with that.

But Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is looking beyond the standings to gauge his team’s progress since the 2007-08 season and he is looking at his team’s marked improvement on defense. One look at the numbers tells much of the story.

The 2007-08 Kings gave up goals in bunches, ranking 28th in the thirty-team National Hockey League, giving up 3.21 goals per game. They were also ranked dead last in penalty-killing with a 78.0% rating. Read more of this post

Colten Teubert Adds Greater Maturity And Composure To His Game

ONTARIO, CA — In his second game with the Ontario Reign, the ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, 19-year-old defenseman Colten Teubert had the puck on his stick, moving it up ice with his team on a crucial power play, trailing the Phoenix Roadrunners with a little over five minutes left in their game on March 21. Read more of this post

LA Kings World Junior Championships Wrap-Up

On January 5, Los Angeles Kings prospects Thomas Hickey and Colten Teubert earned a Gold Medal in helping Canada hand Sweden a 5-1 loss in the finals of the 2009 IIHF World Junior (Under-20) Championships in Ottawa.

Hickey, Canada’s team captain, contributed three assists in the tournament in six games. The two defensemen helped lead Canada to their fifth straight Gold Medal at the tournament.

Kings prospect Oscar Moller served as captain of Team Sweden, scoring a goal and adding three assists in six games, earning the Silver Medal.

Defenseman prospect Viatcheslav Voinov represented Russia, scoring a goal and adding three assists in seven games, earning the Bronze Medal.

Moller will return to Los Angeles on Wednesday.


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Lombardi Talks About Goaltending, Top Defenseman Prospects

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – PART 2: After taking New Year’s Day off, Frozen Royalty is back with more from an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. In this installment, Lombardi focuses on his team’s future in goal and two of his top defenseman prospects. Check back on Tuesday, January 6 for Part 3 of this series and if you missed Part 1, check out Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense.


LOS ANGELES — Throughout the over forty-year history of the Los Angeles Kings, goaltending has arguably been their biggest Achilles Heel.

The only Kings goaltender who could be considered to be in the truly elite category was Rogie Vachon, who backstopped the Kings from 1971-72 to 1977-78, winning many games all by himself while playing on mostly horrid teams. Indeed, Vachon was so good that it is a heinous crime that he still has not been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sure, the Kings got stretches of solid goaltending from the likes of Mario Lessard, Kelly Hrudey and for a little more than one season, Felix Potvin. But outside of that, Kings goaltenders have been mediocre at best, and they often fell far short of that mark.

Much to the dismay of the Kings and their fans, in recent seasons, their goaltending woes have continued, but that might be changing sooner rather than later. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: As we end 2008 and ring in the New Year, I sat down with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi to talk about his team, their progress in their rebuilding plan and much more. Part 2 is coming soon right here on Frozen Royalty.


LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles Kings near the midpoint of the 2008-09 season, they continue to surprise many because they have managed to avoid the bottom of the league standings and are still in contention for a playoff spot. After ending the 2007-08 season tied in points with the last-in-the-league standings Tampa Bay Lightning, that is a considerable improvement.

Of course, with just slightly more than half the schedule remaining and with a torturous road schedule ahead of them—27 of their final 39 games will be on the road—the Kings could still find themselves plummeting in the standings as their road record this season has not been good. Nevertheless, this team has already shown growth and progress over last season, and their future looks even brighter at this point in time than conventional wisdom would seem to dictate. Read more of this post

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