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Frozen Royalty Audio/Video: San Jose Sharks Toss 4-Goal Wrench Into LA Kings Stanley Cup Banner Raising Party

LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup banner was raised to
the rafters at Staples Center in Los Angeles
on October 8, 2014.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Like they did after the raised their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship banner, the Los Angeles Kings came out flat after they raised their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship banner on October 8, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the San Jose Sharks made easy work of the Kings in a 4-0 win.

Whether or not the Kings were distracted by the festivities may never be known—they denied that after the game. In any case, they were flat and not close to being in synch, making it easy for the Sharks to pick them apart.

Frozen Royalty caught up with defenseman Alec Martinez, winger Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter after the game. You can also listen to a “state of the league” press conference with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, and see a quick video of the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup banner being raised.

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Frozen Royalty Audio With LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi – LISTEN

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — While the Los Angeles Kings held their annual HockeyFest event back on September 14, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen and I had the opportunity to sit down with President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in his new office for what turned out to be about a 15-minute interview.

That interview spawned a three-part series of stories here on Frozen Royalty that, hopefully, you’ve already read about Lombardi’s role in the Kings’s recent success. If you take him at his word, he had nothing to do with it. Of course, that could not be farther from the truth, so yours truly reviewed what his plan was when he first joined the franchise, and then examined how it all turned out.

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LA Kings: It May Not Be About Dean Lombardi Now, But At One Time, It Was

COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: How much truth is there behind Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi’s claim that, “…it ain’t me,” when discussing his role in his team winning two Stanley Cup Championships in the last three seasons? One look at the Kings’ team culture, which extends well beyond the dressing room, and has become just as important as the talent level of the team, will provide much of the answer. Final installment of a three-part series.


LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, shown here addressing the crowd at their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship rally at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 16, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — It didn’t take Dean Lombardi very long after his arrival in Southern California to lay out his plan for building the Los Angeles Kings into a perennial Stanley Cup contender. But what would probably surprise many, as reported in Part 2 of this series, acquiring high-end, skilled players was not at the top of the to-do list, even though that would have to happen at some point.

Instead, Lombardi stressed that his team would be built by drafting young players and taking the time to develop them—their skills and their character—in the minor leagues. He would build a team in which, as he said when he was hired on April 21, 2006, “…every one of them who puts on a Kings jersey, no matter where they go, feels ‘once a King, always a King.’”

As the Kings fought their way through the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, overcoming adversity became a common theme. Indeed, they had to claw and scratch their way back from a 3-0 series deficit in the opening round against San Jose to win that series, 4-3. They won three seven-game series in which they faced elimination, and they came back from two-goal deficits to win games time after time after time.

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2014-15 Los Angeles Kings: “Make The Playoffs First”

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during their
2014 training camp on September 19, 2014, at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you ask National Hockey League players, they will usually tell you that each season, their goal is to win the Stanley Cup.

But during the first day on the ice at the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp, that was not the case at all.

“Make the playoffs first,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “That’s the first significant step.”

To be sure, that formula has worked for the Kings in two out of the last three seasons.

In 2011-12, the Kings qualified for the playoffs by the skins of their teeth as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference.

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