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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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews With Gaborik, Muzzin After LA Kings 4-3 SO Win Over Montreal

LOS ANGELES — Marian Gaborik scored two goals and added a shootout goal to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens at Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 5.

Anze Kopitar was credited with the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout.

You can watch videos of post-game interviews with Gaborik and defenseman Jake Muzzin below.

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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 Have Re-Discovered “Kings Hockey,” Perhaps Just In The Nick Of Time

AUDIO: Includes audio of media interviews with Matt Greene, Jake Muzzin and head coach Darryl Sutter after practice on Feburary 23, 2015.


LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene, shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After winning seven straight games to move themselves, for at least one day, anyway, into third place in the Pacific Division, the Los Angeles Kings are firing on all cylinders, and as previously reported in this space, they’re doing it by playing Kings Hockey, a term used by the players off and on since last season.

Kings Hockey is when they smother opposing teams in the defensive zone, recovering pucks and breaking out quickly from their zone. That allows the Kings to generate speed through the neutral zone on attack. That speed is critical to their ability to beat opposing defensemen to loose pucks deep in the attacking zone, allowing them to get in on the forecheck, and create scoring chances off of that.

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Despite Predicament, LA Kings See Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams, shown here
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With a 2-3-0 record on their annual Grammy road trip, the Los Angeles Kings came up well short of what they needed to do, given their precarious position in the standings.

Despite that, ending the trip with two wins is something they can and hope to build on.

“We were able to salvage a road trip,” said right wing Justin Williams. “It could’ve gotten really ugly.”

“It seems like we’re a team that puts itself in a lot of holes,” added Williams. “We’ve put ourselves in a big one now, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We see it. We’ve won a couple of games, and we know if we win the next few, we’re right back in the mix of making the playoffs. But the hardest part is getting in, and we’ve got to make sure we do that in order to defend [as Stanley Cup Champions].”

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