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Federal Courts Give Dan Cloutier Another Chance With The Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you thought the nightmare that was Dan Cloutier would never again emerge from the dark recesses of your mind, guess again.

Cloutier has returned to the Los Angeles Kings and will be on the roster for the team’s 2009-10 training camp, hoping to earn a roster spot.

On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Harold Reese ruled that the Kings and the National Hockey League must reinstate Cloutier as a roster player, extend his contract through the 2009-10 season and pay him the full value of his contract through the end of his contract. Read more of this post

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It’s A Matter Of Trust For Dean Lombardi, LA Kings, AEG

As reported in the first installment of this series (see Lombardi Answers His Critics), the Los Angeles Kings and President/General Manager Dean Lombardi are under heavy fire from a vocal segment of their fan base who are furious about the direction of the team, but they also have those who support their rebuilding efforts.

In this, the second and final installment in the series, Frozen Royalty takes a close look at one of the root causes of the Kings’ disconnect with their fans.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — These days, one has to wonder if Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi has added “professional gambler” to his job title.

Indeed, given the serious gambling he has been doing, both with his roster and with his relations with Kings fans, it’s not hard to imagine Lombardi spending hours on end at a high-limit blackjack table at a Las Vegas strip casino.

But whether he is being dealt winning hands or losing ones is a debatable question.

For those who support the rebuilding efforts, Lombardi is clearly being dealt winning hands the majority of the time.

But for those who view his rebuilding efforts, his emphasis on youth, and his free agent acquisitions, among other actions, as a recipe for disaster, Lombardi is entering the third year of a losing streak that is so bad that he has not won a single hand while losing a fortune the size of the gross national product of United States. Read more of this post

Cloutier Buyout Official

According to Rich Hammond of the Daily News and his great Inside the Kings blog, the buyout of beleaguered goaltender Dan Cloutier has been approved by the National Hockey League.

For more details: Cloutier update.


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Fitting End To Miserable Season

LOS ANGELES — In their final game of the 2007-08 season, the Los Angeles Kings dropped a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon.

It was a rather fitting end to yet another miserable, disastrous season. Read more of this post

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