When It Comes To Mike Richards, Loyalty Becomes A Double-Edged Sword For LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (center, with Stanley Cup behind his right shoulder), shown here during the
the team’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship rally at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 14, 2012.
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LOS ANGELES — On June 28, as expected, the Los Angeles Kings placed veteran center Mike Richards on unconditional waivers. Once he clears waivers, the Kings will buy out his contract.

Although the buy out will give the Kings immediate salary cap relief, giving them an estimated $4.5 million extra to work with under the cap per capfriendly.com and generalfanager.com (Kings salary cap would be an estimated $61.8 million, down from $66.4 million), the buy out will be amortized over ten years, as far as the salary cap is concerned, with the Kings taking the following cap hits:

Sutter Dressing Room Barricade Incident Was Much Ado About Nothing For LA Kings

LA Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown, shown here addressing the crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles during
the team’s 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Rally.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Much has been made of the April 11, 2015 story in the New York Post, which reported that Los Angeles Kings players locked head coach Darryl Sutter out of their dressing room after a road loss “within the last two weeks.”

After their 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on April 11, the Kings’ final game of the 2014-15 season, several players flatly denied the claims made in the New York Post story.

But since then, we have learned that the incident did happen, just not the way the New York Post reported it, and evidence suggests that the whole thing is, as renowned English playwright William Shakespeare wrote…

Much Ado About Nothing.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Brown, Kopitar and Sutter Media Interviews, 4/13/15

LA Kings forward Dustin Brown
Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the National Hockey League’s post-season party, otherwise known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs, gets started, teams that failed to earn an invitation to the party are back at their practice facilities for exit interviews, cleaning out lockers, and end-of-the-season medical examinations.

The Los Angeles Kings did not clean out their lockers on April 13, but they were all at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California for medical exams.

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What’s It Going To Take For The LA Kings To Make The Playoffs: By The Numbers, March 22, 2015

LA Kings winger Marian Gaborik
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LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles Kings hit the road on a five-game road trip that will be critical to their playoff hopes, it’s time, once again, to take a closer look at what they will need to do the rest of the way in order to secure a playoff berth.

The last two times Frozen Royalty has done the math to project the point total the Kings would need in order to qualify for post-season play (January 28 and March 9), 97 points was the result of all that number-crunching.

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Darryl Sutter Says LA Kings’ Top Players “Hit A Wall From The Last Three Years”

VIDEO: Includes video interviews with Los Angeles Kings forwards Marian Gaborik and Tyler Toffoli, along with head coach Darryl Sutter.


LA Kings left wing Marian Gaborik, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As reported in this space on March 9, the Los Angeles Kings have been on quite the tear since the National Hockey League All-Star break, with a 13-6-1 record over their last 20 games, good for 27 out of a possible 40 points.

That’s a rather lofty winning percentage of .675.

“We just had to tune our game up and make sure that everybody does their thing, work on special teams, use our forecheck and speed, and make sure that we work as five guys out there,” said left wing Marian Gaborik. “We have been doing that really well lately.”

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