LA Kings 2015 Training Camp, Day 1: Turning Failure Into Success and Doughty’s Six-Pack Abs

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (foreground), fights off forward Milan Lucic during a drill on the first day of the team’s 2015 Training Camp on
September 18, 2015 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — National Hockey League teams hit the ice for the first time during their 2015 training camps on Friday, but for the Los Angeles Kings, remnants of a bitter aftertaste remain after they missed the playoffs last season, just one year after they won their second Stanley Cup Championship in 2014..

With their 2014-15 season ending on April 11, 2015, it has been a long, drawn out five months for the team to reflect on what went so very wrong. Despite that, thoughts turned quickly to learning from their mistakes, and how to move forward and build success from failure.

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2015 NHL Awards Show That League, Writers Still Have Serious Credibility Issues

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: West Coast players were shut out once again from the major National Hockey League awards, the league’s annual showcase of its best and brightest, just another reminder of how much of an embarrassing joke the NHL awards have been for years.

LOS ANGELES — The 2015 National Hockey League awards have come and gone, and once again, they have proven to be a complete joke.

Year after year after year, the NHL awards turns out to be an embarrassing knock on the league’s credibility, not to mention that of some of the writers who vote for five of the six player awards (having been a voter for these awards in previous seasons, that includes yours truly) because of the blatantly obvious advantage given to players from Eastern Conference teams, primarily due to the fact that they get far greater attention from the media in Eastern time zone cities and in much of Canada.

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Issues Challenge To Doughty, Kopitar, Quick

LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi speaking to the media during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi held another one of his patented, epic media conference calls on June 2, 2015, and during that call, he made it crystal-clear that he is expecting much more next season from his top three players, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick.

Lombardi stressed that the challenge begins with their conditioning.

“I’m expecting these three to come back—they’ve never been at the top of our list, in terms of conditioning, and I think that’s going to be the first step for these guys, [for them] to say, ‘OK, it’s my turn,’” said Lombardi. “I think our top players have a chance now to become our best conditioned players. I think any great team—and you can look at the [Nicklas] Lidstroms, the [Steve] Yzermans, the [Tom] Bradys, all those teams, Kobe Bryant—the top players set the mark. It’s not the coach or anybody that gets in their ear. They show up in the top condition, ready to go for a full 82 games.”

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LA Kings Dean Lombardi On Tanner Pearson, The Best Way To Improve and…Sleeping?

AUDIO: Includes audio of the media conference call with Dean Lombardi on February 25.

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi speaks to the media, if he has the time, he’ll provide chapter and verse about his actions, his plans, and just about anything else under the sun related to the Kings, the National Hockey League, and sometimes, non-hockey-related topics.

During a media conference call on February 25 in which the main topic was the trade in which the Kings acquired veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes (click here for related story), Lombardi also discussed several other subjects.

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LA Kings Darryl Sutter: “The Stanley Cup Train Was Last Year. Some Guys Have To Get Off That Train”

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With one game left before the National Hockey League’s All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture.

Indeed, if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would not qualify for the post-season party.

So what’s to blame for the Kings’ “malaise,” a term used by President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in a recent Canadian radio interview?

Although the recent losses of forwards Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis) and Tanner Pearson (fractured fibula) are playing a role, the problems have been present since the season began last October. As such, you can chalk it up, in large part, to instability on the Kings’ blue line, with veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr in and out of the lineup due to various injuries, along with the loss of Slava Voynov to his ongoing suspension.

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