2010-11 Los Angeles Kings Were Reminiscent Of A Roller Coaster Ride

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2010-11 YEAR IN REVIEW: The Los Angeles Kings took their fans, media, and anyone else paying attention, on a wild, bumpy ride this season.

LOS ANGELES — The Stanley Cup Conference semi-finals are almost over, with three of the four conference finalists decided, and with the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings heading into a seventh and deciding game at San Jose on May 12.

The Los Angeles Kings season ended on April 25, 2011, when the San Jose Sharks defeated the Kings, 4-3, in Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series, sending the Kings off to another long summer.
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images and the Los Angeles Kings

It has been a little over two weeks since the Los Angeles Kings were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs in six games by the Sharks, and Frozen Royalty has been taking a break, catching its breath, so to speak, and taking some time to do other things.

But the time has come to look back on the 2010-11 season for the Kings, one that is filled with highs and lows, some expected, others not.

Those highs and lows typified their season, taking everyone on a season-long roller coaster ride. Read more of this post

LA Kings Add Offensive Depth By Acquiring Left Wing Marco Sturm

TRADE: Also includes post-game audio interviews from Minnesota Wild/Los Angeles Kings game on December 11, 2010.

LOS ANGELES — If anything has been crystal-clear about the Los Angeles Kings over the last couple of seasons, it is that they have a gaping hole in their lineup at left wing on their first line.

President/General Manager Dean Lombardi tried to fill that hole during the summer by going after then-unrestricted free agent superstar left wing Ilya Kovachuk. But he signed with the New Jersey Devils and has led them to the second-worst record in the National Hockey League this season as of this writing. Read more of this post

Former LA Kings Defensive Stalwart Mattias Norstrom Left The Game On His Own Terms

Former LA Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom (center), was honored by the Kings
during a pre-game ceremony on October 30, 2010, when the Kings hosted
the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — On a night in which the Los Angeles Kings handed the once-vaunted New Jersey Devils a 3-1 defeat, shutting down the mighty $100 million superstar Ilya Kovalchuk in the process, the Kings took time to pay tribute to their past, and to one of their own.

Former Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom was back in Los Angeles on October 30, and was honored by the team during a pre-game ceremony.

“It is fun, it’s great being back,” said Norstrom, who played in 780 regular season games with the Kings over eleven seasons after being acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on March 14, 1996. “I haven’t been back here for two-and-a-half years. The last time I was back was with the [Dallas] Stars in the Spring of ’08.”

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LA Kings Gamble By Signing Defenseman Willie Mitchell, Hoping For Big Payoff

EL SEGUNDO, CA — All summer long, fans of the Los Angeles Kings have been waiting with bated breath for their team to make off-season moves to improve the team, only to be let down in a big way, especially with superstar left wing Ilya Kovachuk all but a virtual lock to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils, even after his initial contract was rejected by the National Hockey League because it circumvented the league salary cap [the NHL’s decision was later affirmed by an arbirator].

Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi had his sights set squarely on signing Kovalchuk, but even though the Kings were a major player in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes, they lost out to the Devils during the early July free agent frenzy. Read more of this post

New On KingsCast: Still Waiting For Kovalchuk

The Ilya Kovalchuk Saga is still not over, as the National Hockey League has voided his 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils, and now the National Hockey League Players Association has filed a grievance against the league—they are now heading to arbitration. Read more of this post


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