2008 NHL Draft: Lombardi’s Plan Comes Together

LOS ANGELES — The 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft has now come and gone, and unlike last year, Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi has few detractors in terms of the moves he made on draft weekend.

To be sure, last year at this time, Lombardi was almost universally blasted for his selection of defenseman Thomas Hickey with the fourth overall selection and for many, the anger about that move has not dissipated all that much. Read more of this post

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 to play in the Swedish Elite League next season. Read more of this post

Another Miracle…Almost

LOS ANGELES — The concept of playing defense was definitely not the first thing on the minds of the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks who squared off in front of an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center during a matinee shootout on Saturday.

Jonathan Toews scored a goal and added an assist and Patrick Sharp scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist to lead the Blackhawks to a 6-5 overtime victory over the Kings. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Month vs. Pacific Division Proves Difficult

LOS ANGELES — In the month of November, the Los Angeles Kings failed to take advantage of facing Pacific Division rivals in eleven straight games, taking a nose dive right into the cellar of the National Hockey League’s Western Conference.

Kings head coach Marc Crawford referred to November as a “divisional month.” And even though no team qualifies for the playoffs or is eliminated from the post-season party in the second month of the season, the Kings have certainly made their quest for a playoff berth much more difficult. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Do You Believe It?

LOS ANGELES — Whenever Los Angeles Kings Hall-of-Fame play-by-play announcer Bob Miller says, “do you believe it” during a Kings telecast you know something special has happened to the Kings, and when Miller uttered those words on Saturday night (November 10), once again, the unbelievable was unfolding before our eyes. Read more of this post

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