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A Look Back And A Look Ahead: Marc Crawford

LOS ANGELES — After a dreadful, frustrating 2007-08 season, the Los Angeles Kings are not dwelling on the past. Rather, they are looking forward, and given what they have in terms of young prospects and a boatload of picks in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft in June, they believe their future is bright. Read more of this post

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Kopitar To Leave Kings; Frolov Might Follow

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi’s grand rebuilding plan suffered a major blow on Tuesday when star center Anze Kopitar announced that he will return to Europe play in the Swedish Elite League next season. Read more of this post

Cloutier Shines In 2-1 Overtime Loss To Canucks

LOS ANGELES — Prior to Monday night’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings, news out of the Kings’ practice facility was that goaltender Dan Cloutier would get the start in goal.

Once that news came out, if you listened carefully enough, you could probably hear a collective groan from Kings fans across the region.

Seriously speaking, Cloutier has been anything but good for the Kings since his arrival in Los Angeles last season. In fact, the term “sieve,” would probably be considered too positive a description by some.

But you wouldn’t know it on Monday night, when Cloutier made 38 saves and almost single-handedly kept his team in the game. But in the end, the Canucks escaped Staples Center with a 2-1 overtime victory in front of an announced crowd of 14,653 fans. Read more of this post

Emergency Call-Up Ersberg Shines For LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Now that the distraction of the trade deadline has come and gone, the Los Angeles Kings can now finish their regular season and look ahead to the future in earnest.

Part of that future might be rookie goaltender Erik Ersberg, who was recalled under emergency conditions from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on February 21.

Ersberg shined in his first four appearances, earning a 1-1-2 record with a 1.68 goals-against average (GAA) and a .952 save percentage. His win, which was his first in the National Hockey League, came on March 6 in a 2-0 shutout victory over one of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, the Ottawa Senators.

In that game, Ersberg was the number one star of the game, stopping forty shots and swallowing up rebounds as if he was covered with some kind of adhesive. Pucks seemed to stick to him, something that was a common theme for him throughout the four appearances. Read more of this post

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