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It’s A Matter Of Trust For Dean Lombardi, LA Kings, AEG

As reported in the first installment of this series (see Lombardi Answers His Critics), the Los Angeles Kings and President/General Manager Dean Lombardi are under heavy fire from a vocal segment of their fan base who are furious about the direction of the team, but they also have those who support their rebuilding efforts.

In this, the second and final installment in the series, Frozen Royalty takes a close look at one of the root causes of the Kings’ disconnect with their fans.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — These days, one has to wonder if Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi has added “professional gambler” to his job title.

Indeed, given the serious gambling he has been doing, both with his roster and with his relations with Kings fans, it’s not hard to imagine Lombardi spending hours on end at a high-limit blackjack table at a Las Vegas strip casino.

But whether he is being dealt winning hands or losing ones is a debatable question.

For those who support the rebuilding efforts, Lombardi is clearly being dealt winning hands the majority of the time.

But for those who view his rebuilding efforts, his emphasis on youth, and his free agent acquisitions, among other actions, as a recipe for disaster, Lombardi is entering the third year of a losing streak that is so bad that he has not won a single hand while losing a fortune the size of the gross national product of United States. Read more of this post

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Kings Re-Sign Ersberg, Gauthier, Moulson and Piskula

PROSPECTS SIGNED: Ersberg signs two-way deal

On July 16, the Los Angeles Kings re-signed forwards Gabe Gauthier and Matt Moulson, defenseman Joe Piskula and goaltender Erik Ersberg to new contracts. Read more of this post

Qualifying Offers and Other News

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On June 25, the Los Angeles Kings made qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents:

Erik Ersberg, goaltender
Gabe Gauthier, forward
Peter Harrold, defenseman
Matt Moulson, forward
Patrick O’Sullivan, forward
Joe Piskula, defenseman
Brad Richardson, forward

Players not receiving qualifying offers were forwards Petr Kanko and Dany Roussin

Restricted free agents had to receive a qualifying offer today, or they would become unrestricted free agents, able to sign with any team without compensation to the Kings.

In other news, on June 24, the Kings announced that they have added an additional game to their 2008-09 pre-season schedule against the San Jose Sharks that will be played at the E-Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday, October 5, 2008.

From the “in case you missed it” file…

On Friday, the Kings placed goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers. Twenty-four hours later, when he cleared waivers, the Kings bought out the remainder of Cloutier’s contract, which will have a $1.03 million salary cap hit over the next two seasons.

However, there is a glitch in the process in that Cloutier is seeking a third opinion on his medical condition. If the third doctor says that Cloutier is unfit to play, that could nullify the buy out.

Two doctors, Kings physician Dr. Ronald Kvitne, and a doctor Cloutier consulted when he sought a second opinion, have found that he is fit to play.

If the first two doctors’ opinions hold up, the contract buy out will be finalized.

Stay tuned…


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Los Angeles Kings: Pre-Season Opener A Winner

ANAHEIM, CA — Don’t look now, but just four days into their 2007 training camp, the pre-season schedule has already begun for the Los Angeles Kings, and on Thursday night, they eked out a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks in front of an announced crowd of 16,973 fans at Honda Center in Anaheim. Read more of this post

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