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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi and Goalie Martin Jones Clear The Air On “Holdout”

TRAINING CAMP COVERAGE: Includes video interviews with Martin Jones, Mathieu Garon (pro tryout), Anze Kopitar, Matt Frattin, Jarret Stoll, and Darryl Sutter.


Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Martin Jones
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — All summer long, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi (and Vice President/Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon) were kept busy trying to get all of their restricted free agents (RFA) signed to new contracts. But for an unusually long time, one of their RFA’s, one who has not played in the National Hockey League, remained unsigned, generating whispers that he was in the midst of a contract dispute, and could be a training camp holdout.

That young player was goaltender prospect Martin Jones, who was noticeably absent from the Kings’ 2013 Rookie Camp, generating even more concern that he was a holdout.

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Is Forgotten Right Wing Prospect Bud Holloway On His Way Back To The LA Kings?

PROSPECT WATCH: Also featured is Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi’s and Manchester Monarchs head coach Mark Morris’ thoughts on the development of goaltender prospect Martin Jones.


LA Kings right wing prospect Bud Holloway
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LOS ANGELES — If the name “Bud Holloway” doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry, you’re not alone. After all, he became a forgotten member of the Los Angeles Kings organization after bolting to the Swedish Elite League after the 2010-11 season.

Holloway, whose real first name is “George,” was selected by the Kings in the third round (86th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 6-0, 201-pound native of Wapella, Saskatchewan spent his junior hockey days with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. His best season with the Thunderbirds was in 2007-08, his final season in the WHL, when he scored 43 goals and tallied 40 assists for 83 points in 70 regular season games.

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LA Kings Goalie Prospect Martin Jones Is Making Progress In Spite Of Tough Season With Manchester

LA Kings goaltender prospect Martin Jones has been be under the
spotlight as the clear-cut number one goalie for the AHL’s
Manchester Monarchs this season.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — Heading into the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and again this past summer, Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier expressed his desire to become a number one goaltender in the National Hockey League, as all netminders aspire to be in their professional careers.

Bernier even asked to be traded before the playoffs began. However, at the time, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi was not in a position to grant his request because he had no goaltenders in the system ready for backup duty at the NHL level.

That fact was all too apparent once the NHL lockout ended, and the questions about Bernier being traded started up again. In fact, just prior to the start of the abbreviated 2013 season, Lombardi indicated that he would not be able to trade Bernier yet.

“I don’t think that’s feasible at all right now, for the team,” said Lombardi. “He’s an important part of this team. Let’s face it. Our guys in the minors aren’t ready for that role, and that’s an important role.”

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LA Kings Prospect Jean-Francois Berube Is Struggling To Earn #1 Goalie Spot With ECHL’s Ontario Reign

LA Kings goalie prospect Jean-Francois Berube continues to struggle to
secure the number one goaltender spot with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan

ONTARIO, CA — Even though 22-year-old goaltending prospect Martin Jones was never selected by a National Hockey League team during their annual Entry Draft, Los Angeles Kings scouts saw something special while he played for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

After signing with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent, Jones’ development has progressed faster than expected, and he has replaced Jeff Zatkoff as the number one goaltender for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League Read more of this post

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