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LA Kings Looking For Kevin Westgarth To Be An Upgrade As Enforcer

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings rid themselves of the sloth-like skating and one-bad-penalty-after-another performances by left wing enforcer Raitis Ivanans when they passed on signing him to a new contract this past summer.

That left the enforcer spot open, and it is all but a foregone conclusion that 6-4, 228-pound right wing Kevin Westgarth will be promoted from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate. Read more of this post

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Gann Matsuda On TheHockeyWriters.com: Los Angeles Kings’ Fourth Line Already Taking Shape

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings skate through the second week of their 2010 training camp, most of their opening night lineup appears to have already been set.

Indeed, there are no surprises regarding the 37 players still in camp after the first round of roster cuts came on September 24, with more on the way after their next pre-season game on September 28 when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

Still up for grabs are spots on the fourth line, although some favorites are already apparent.

Perhaps the strongest candidate to center that line is the 5-11, 192-pound Brad Richardson, who scored eleven goals and tallied 16 assists for 27 points in 81 regular season games with the Kings last season. He also contributed a goal and an assist in six playoff games.

The 25-year-old native of Belleville, Ontario played both center and left wing last season, his versatility making him that much more valuable.

“I feel comfortable in any position,” said Richardson. “Whereever I end up, left wing or center, that’s fine with me.”

“I’ll do whatever I can and whereever I fit in, that’s fine,” added Richardson. I’ll just try to be a good teammate, and, hopefully, work my way up.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Make Final 2009-10 Training Camp Cuts

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 28, the Los Angeles Kings made their final training camp roster cuts. Read more of this post

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


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