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NHL Makes Yet Another Bad Decision On Discipline With Hiring Of Chris Pronger

COMMENTARY: Former National Hockey League defenseman Chris Pronger might turn out to be a great hire by the league for their Department of Player Safety. Nevertheless, he should never have been considered for the job at all.


LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League has proven, once again, that the way they handle discipline of its players leaves a lot to desired, and that’s putting it mildly.

This time, it was not an on-ice incident, or a way-too-short suspension, which is the norm in the NHL. Nor was it an off-ice incident involving a crime, or a substance abuse incident. Nothing like any of that.

This time, the problem might run deeper.

On October 10, the NHL announced the hiring of former stalwart NHL defenseman Chris Pronger to work in their Department of Player Safety, alongside Senior Vice President, Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.

Pronger was a stellar defenseman in the league—a Stanley Cup Champion, Hart and Norris Trophy winner, five-time NHL All-Star, and a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, just to name some of the accomplishments on his resume. His record of achievement is indisputable.

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Former Kings Superstar Defenseman Rob Blake Joins LA Kings Braintrust As Assistant GM

ROB BLAKE NAMED ASSISTANT GM: Frozen Royalty brings you in-depth coverage of the Los Angeles Kings naming their former superstar defenseman Rob Blake as their new assistant general manager, replacing Ron Hextall. For those who are critical of bringing Blake back into the fold, be sure to read the next story on Frozen Royalty, featuring Dean Lombardi explaining why the criticism is unwarranted.


LOS ANGELES — July 18 turned out to be a big news day for the Los Angeles Kings, who named former Kings defenseman Rob Blake as their assistant general manager, replacing Ron Hextall, who has accepted the assistant general manager position with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Kings also signed winger and captain Dustin Brown to an eight-year contract extension. A story on that, with comments from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, as well as from Brown, will be published later here on Frozen Royalty.

Blake played the majority of his National Hockey League career with the Kings, who selected him in the fourth round (70th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, beginning his NHL career with the Kings in the 1990-91 season.

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LA Kings’ Dean Lombardi Sent Simon Gagne Back To His Roots In Trade With Philadelphia Flyers

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Shortly after the media left the Los Angeles Kings dressing room following their off-ice workout/optional skate on February 26, those of us who cover the team had to go into scramble mode, shifting away from the usual after-practice news and feature story angles, to the Kings trading away an established star in the National Hockey League.

Indeed, left wing Simon Gagne, who signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2011, was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he began his career in 1999, in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

If the Flyers make the playoffs this season, the Kings will get a third round pick in return. But if the Flyers fail to qualify for the post-season, the Kings will get a fourth round pick.

“Simon is an experienced veteran who will help us in a lot of areas,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. “We are glad to have him back.”

Holmgren told the media during a conference call that due to some key injuries, he was looking to add some skill and depth up front. He also indicated that under normal circumstances, the Flyers would not be able to acquire Gagne due to salary cap considerations. However, with a couple of players on long-term injured reserve, they were able to make the deal.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interviews After LA Kings Workout/Optional Skate, February 26, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the small handful of writers covering the Los Angeles Kings were off to whereever they decided to go to transcribe the interviews they just completed at the team’s practice facility for their daily news and notes or feature stories, news that they had just traded left wing Simon Gagne back to the Philadelphia Flyers came down, bringing us all to a screeching halt, and a very abrupt shift in terms of the story we would all be covering.

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