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Has Dean Lombardi Solved The LA Kings’ Goaltending Woes?

LOS ANGELES — With the exception of should-be-a-Hall-of-Famer Rogie Vachon, Mario Lessard and Felix Potvin (for about one season), “goaltending” and “Los Angeles Kings” should not be used in the same sentence unless the idea is to cause uncontrollable laughter or crushing despair, depending on who you might be talking to. Read more of this post

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Oscar Moller Among LA Kings’ Second Round Of Training Camp Cuts

Oscar Moller Photo: LA Kings/NHL

Oscar Moller
Photo: LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 20, the Los Angeles Kings made their second round of training camp cuts, highlighted by the assignment of center Oscar Moller to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate.

Also assigned to Manchester were centers Justin Azevedo, Corey Elkins, Andrei Loktionov, Juraj Mikus and Jordan Nolan, left wings Bud Holloway, Dwight King and David Meckler, right wings Scott Parse and Geoff Walker, defenseman Patrick Mullen and Viatcheslav Voynov and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Earn Split In Split-Squad Pre-Season Series

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings opened the 2009-10 pre-season schedule by earning a split in their split-squad series against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. Read more of this post

LA Kings Earn Split Against Phoenix Coyotes in Rookie Tournament

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Andrei Loktionov carries the puck in a 6-1 loss against Phoenix Coyotes prospects. Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

Los Angeles Kings center prospect Andrei Loktionov
carries the puck in a 6-1 loss against Phoenix Coyotes prospects.
Photo courtesy Thomas LaRocca/LAKings.com.

EL SEGUNDO, CA – After the first game of their 2009-10 Rookie Tournament, a 6-1 blowout loss to the young prospects of the Phoenix Coyotes, one might think that the Los Angeles Kings’ prospects should have stuck with the drills they were working on during the first three days of their rookie camp.

Indeed, the Kings prospects were a step slow from the opening face-off on Wednesday night at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. They were outworked and outhustled throughout by the Coyotes prospects who seemed to be intent on skating on, over and through their counterparts.

In that first game, the Kings took some early penalties, immediately putting themselves at a big disadvantage. The Coyotes were all over the Kings from the start and things quickly spiraled out of control from there.

“You get four power plays in the first period, that really set the tone [for Phoenix],” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “We were outshot 17-4 in the first period. It gets to be an easier game once you get a 2-3 goal lead.” Read more of this post

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