July 1 Was The Time For Dean Lombardi To Gamble

COMMENTARY: Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi filled a hole on July 2 with the signing of unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Scuderi but still has a huge, gaping hole to fill on left wing. Should he have gambled on one of the top free agents on July 1?

LOS ANGELES — After day two of the National Hockey League’s annual feeding frenzy, otherwise known as the first couple of days when teams can sign unrestricted free agents, the Los Angeles Kings have filled a need on their blue line.

On July 2, they agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi, 30, who just won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a four-year deal that is reported to be worth $13.6 million, an average of $3.4 million per season—a nice raise from the $725,000 he earned last season.

The 6-0, 218-pound defenseman scored a goal and added fifteen assists for sixteen points with a +23 plus/minus rating and eighteen penalty minutes in a career-high 81 regular season games last season.

In the playoffs, Scuderi scored a goal and tallied four assists for five points with six penalty minutes in 24 games, averaging 20:29 of ice time. Read more of this post

Brown, Johnson, Quick Invited to US Olympic Camp, Other LA Kings News

LOS ANGELES — Here are some news tidbits from the Los Angeles Kings that have been sitting around, gathering dust, while I took a couple of days off from writing after a marathon of a week last week…

Brown, Johnson and Quick Invited To US Olympic Camp

On June 30, USA Hockey announced that 34 players representing 22 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from August 17-19, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois. Read more of this post

Frolov Hurt, Westgarth Returns to Manchester

EL SEGUNDO, CA – On March 23, the Los Angeles Kings assigned forward/enforcer Kevin Westgarth to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and announced that winger Alexander Frolov will miss the next 7-10 days due to an undisclosed upper body injury. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Send Bernier, Westgarth Back To Manchester; Richardson Returns

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 22, the Los Angeles Kings assigned goaltender Jonathan Bernier and right wing Kevin Westgarth to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. They also announced that forward Brad Richardson has returned to the Kings after his conditioning assignment with the Monarchs. Read more of this post


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