Unless Dean Lombardi’s Middle Name Is “Houdini,” 2013-14 LA Kings Will Look At Least A Bit Different

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is expected
to receive a pretty hefty raise in a
new contract this summer.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After the Los Angeles Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, President/General Manager Dean Lombardi made good on his promise to bring back all of his players back for the 2013 National Hockey League season, giving them a solid chance to defend their championship.

One year later, the Kings advanced as far as the Western Conference Final, but only to be stopped in their tracks by the Chicago Blackhawks. But now, Lombardi is faced with that same challenge of trying to keep his team intact.

But can he? A huge obstacle in his path is the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which calls for a $64.3 million salary cap in 2013-14, considerably lower than the current $70.2 million.

“It’s unfortunate, the way this Collective Bargaining Agreement worked for us,” Lombardi lamented. “One of the by-products of going slowly was to be able to build this thing, and keep it together. We were clearly on that path, with $6 million in cap space this year, and we brought the whole team back.”

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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Turnover A Game 4 Win To Chicago Blackhawks

LOS ANGELES — Despite twice leading the game by one goal, turnovers proved too costly for the Los Angeles Kings, who dropped a critical 3-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of their Western Conference Final series.

With the loss, the Kings’ backs are against the wall heading into Game 5 in Chicago on Saturday (5:00 PM PDT, NBC), with the Blackhawks holding both a commanding 3-1 lead in the series along with all the momentum.

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2013 Western Conference Finals: Goaltending, Physical Style Should Help LA Kings Advance Past Chicago Blackhawks

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Heading into Game 1 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals, the Los Angeles Kings face their greatest challenge yet this season in the President’s Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

Having lost two of the three games against Chicago in the regular season might be a red flag for many. But the Kings won the last contest between the two teams on March 25, 5-4, at a time when the Kings were different team than the one the Blackhawks faced earlier in the season.

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Intangibles Are Now A Source Of Strength For The Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — A couple of days ago, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown reflected back on his team’s 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, the road they traveled to reach the National Hockey League’s Promised Land, and then compared that playoff run to their current journey towards the 2013 Stanley Cup.

In LA Kings Dustin Brown Has New Perspective On Winning And Losing, he said:

“You always remember what it feels like to lose,” he said. “You almost have to lose before you learn how to win. It’s a motivating factor.”

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Western Conference Semifinals: San Jose Sharks Win “Trade” In Big Way Over Los Angeles Kings

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Includes full video interviews with Los Angeles Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Brad Richardson, and head coach Darryl Sutter that are available only from FrozenRoyaltyNHL on YouTube. Also includes video of the National Hockey League’s announcement and explanation for their decision to suspend San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres.


LA Kings forward Brad Richardson, shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — On the eve of Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks (tonight, 7:00 PM PDT, Staples Center; Kings lead the series, 1-0), virtually everyone was focused on the late-second period hit by Sharks forward Raffi Torres on Kings center Jarret Stoll.

Stoll did not return to the game, and may not be back anytime soon.

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said Stoll was, “missing in action.”

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