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Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Still Can’t Put It All Together In Shootout Loss To Oilers

LOS ANGELES — In recent weeks, if it’s not one thing, it’s another, for the Los Angeles Kings.

Indeed, whether it has been uninspired play, too many penalties, poor puck support and the inability to generate a forecheck, or not getting traffic and pucks to the net, the Kings have been struggling to find their game, and that was evident once again in a 4-3 shootout loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers during a matinee affair on April 10 at Staples Center. Read more of this post

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Gauthier Out; Williams, Drewiske In

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 20, the Los Angeles Kings announced that defenseman Denis Gauthier will miss the next one to two weeks with an “upper body injury,” believed to be a hand injury. They also activated winger Justin Williams from injured reserve and have recalled defenseman Davis Drewiske from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate. Read more of this post

Lombardi Gambles Big Time At The Trade Deadline

ANALYSIS: Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi makes a splash with a risky trade deadline deal—a huge gamble that could easily backfire.


LOS ANGELES — The 2009 National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone and, rather unexpectedly, the Kings made a dubious three-way trade on March 4 that sent forward Patrick O’Sullivan and a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for right wing Justin Williams. The Hurricanes then sent O’Sullivan and a second round selection in the 2009 draft to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Erik Cole and a fifth round pick in the 2009 draft.

The second round pick the Kings sent to Carolina was acquired in 2007 in the trade that sent center Craig Conroy to the Flames.

O’Sullivan leaves the Kings after playing in 62 games for them this season, scoring 14 goals and adding 23 assists for 37 points and he was surprised when he learned of the deal.

“I was a little bit surprised,” said O’Sullivan. “I signed for three years in the summer here. I think the young group of guys that are with LA, we’ve kind of grown together the last couple of years. I think the organization has drastically improved in that time, but I think anybody is tradable at any time. I’m just happy that it’s to a place that has a lot of history and is a great hockey market. I’m really excited to [go] and play there.”

In 188 career regular season NHL games, all with the Kings, O’Sullivan has scored 41 goals with 68 assists for 109 points with 66 penalty minutes. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Still In The Playoff Hunt

LOS ANGELES — A little over two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Kings were circling the drain as they often do around this time of year, spiraling quickly out of playoff contention.

After their last game at Staples Center before leaving the friendly confines for a three-game road trip, the Kings knew they were about to embark on do-or-die mission to Dallas, Minnesota and Colorado.

“We need to win these next three games, that’s the bottom line,” said left wing Patrick O’Sullivan. “Otherwise, it starts to slip further and further away and it gets to the point where it’s impossible to recover. It’s really important to win these three games and come back with some momentum after the All-Star break.”

“We’ve got to find a way to win,” center Anze Kopitar stressed. “This is a time when teams show what they’re made of. This is going to be the ultimate test for us and we’ve got to respond. This road trip is huge for us. We’ve got to find a way to win.”

Although they lost the first game at Dallas, they earned a point in the standings in the 3-2 shootout loss. And with wins at Minnesota and Colorado, the Kings returned to Los Angeles picking up five out of a possible six points in the standings.

In short, they were still alive. Read more of this post

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