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Los Angeles Kings: Teetering On The Edge?

LOS ANGELES — Now 43 games into the 2008-09 season, the Los Angeles Kings are at an all-too-familiar crossroads, one they seem to reach every season.

After a stretch in which they lost four out of their last five games with the final three all losses in which they put in what were easily their worst performances and their poorest efforts of the season, the Kings are on the edge of the very same cliff they seem to find themselves at year after year—right on the brink of dropping out of playoff contention with little to no hope of fighting their way back up the Western Conference standings.

Indeed, unless the Kings can quickly fight their way out of their current slump, their only consolation will be that they at least made it to mid-January before their playoff hopes were dashed once again, unlike last season when they were way, way out of playoff contention before mid-December. Read more of this post

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Lombardi’s Rebuilding Plan Making Unexpected Progress

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – PART 3: Frozen Royalty is back with Part 3 from an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. In this, the third and final installment, Lombardi discusses the Kings’ player development and evaluation infrastructure and the progress made in his rebuilding plan. And in case you missed parts one and two, you can read them here. Part 1: Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense and Part 2: Lombardi Talks About Goaltending, Top Defenseman Prospects.


LOS ANGELES — For long-time fans of the Los Angeles Kings, the wait has been interminable.

Aside from one run to the Stanley Cup Finals led by Wayne Gretzky in 1992-93, the Kings have been a big disappointment, qualifying for the playoffs just twenty-two times in their forty-plus seasons in the National Hockey League but advancing past the second round just once.

To be sure, that is a rather dismal record filled with mediocrity.

A big reason for that long history of mostly lousy hockey has been their propensity for trading away first round draft picks for way-over-the-hill NHL stars who gave the Kings next to nothing. Meanwhile, the traded away draft picks were used to select future NHL stars such as defenseman Raymond Bourque, to name just one out of way too many who went on to lead their teams to great success, including a number of Stanley Cup championships. Read more of this post

20 Minutes Isn’t Enough: Kings Outworked By Coyotes, 2-1

RECAP: The Los Angeles Kings were unable to shake off the after-effects of the two-day Christmas break until the third period on Friday night as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center; features post-game audio interviews.


LOS ANGELES — Perhaps they went a bit overboard with their Christmas holiday celebrations, or maybe they just drank too much egg nog.

Whatever the reason, the Los Angeles Kings came out of the two-day Christmas break looking rather sluggish in a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, disappointing an announced sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on Friday night. Read more of this post

Holiday Wishes For The Los Angeles Kings?

On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Kings had one of their wishes come true…on the strength of first period goals by Raitis Ivanans and Patrick O’Sullivan, a third-period marker by Peter Harrold and 24 saves by rookie goaltender Jonathan Quick, they broke their four-game winless streak (0-2-2) with a 3-0 shutout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The Kings are now home for the holidays, enjoying their time off with family and friends, just like the rest of us. In the spirit of the holidays, Frozen Royalty wants to know…

If you could have three Kings-related wishes, what would you wish for? Read more of this post

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