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Oscar Moller Among LA Kings’ Second Round Of Training Camp Cuts

Oscar Moller Photo: LA Kings/NHL

Oscar Moller
Photo: LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 20, the Los Angeles Kings made their second round of training camp cuts, highlighted by the assignment of center Oscar Moller to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate.

Also assigned to Manchester were centers Justin Azevedo, Corey Elkins, Andrei Loktionov, Juraj Mikus and Jordan Nolan, left wings Bud Holloway, Dwight King and David Meckler, right wings Scott Parse and Geoff Walker, defenseman Patrick Mullen and Viatcheslav Voynov and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Read more of this post

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Thomas Hickey And Colten Teubert Show Improvement At LA Kings Development Camp

Thomas Hickey Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

Thomas Hickey
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last summer, Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey was in Southern California for the team’s annual development camp for their young prospects. But for him, the camp was filled with off-ice training and exercises and a lot of watching from the bench.

Indeed, Hickey ended up spending last year’s development camp off the ice and on crutches due to off-season surgery to repair a torn ankle ligament. But one year later, he was on the ice at the Kings’ 2009 development camp and was a standout among the defensemen.

“It’s a big relief,” said Hickey, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. “It was tough sitting on the sidelines last year. I still learned a lot because there’s a lot of stuff that goes on off the ice but this year [I’m] getting Read more of this post

LA Kings Announce 2009 Development Camp Details

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 2, the Los Angeles Kings announced that their annual Development Camp is scheduled for July 10 – 12, 2009, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Read more of this post

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


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