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Los Angeles Kings Fill 3rd Line Winger Spot: Alexei Ponikarovsky Signed

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 27, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract worth $3 million.

The deal also paid the 30-year-old native of Kiev, Ukraine a $200,000 signing bonus, bring his salary cap hit to $3.2 million for the 2010-11 season.

Last season, Ponikarovsky scored 21 goals and 29 assists for fifty points with 61 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 6-4, 229-pound winger scored 19 goals and tallied 22 assists for 41 points with 44 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games with the Maple Leafs before being dealt to the Penguins on March 2, 2010, in exchange for forward Luca Caputi and defenseman Martin Skoula. Read more of this post

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Los Angeles Kings: Something New Is In The Air

LOS ANGELES — These days, the air smells different in the Los Angeles Kings’ dressing room at Staples Center.

Over the summer, the “Event Level” corridor and most of the dressing rooms at Staples Center were renovated.

Included in the renovations was the Kings dressing room, which has a much more clean, modern look to it. The renovations include wood-like paneling, new carpet, a four-speaker stereo system, a mini-theatre where the players and coaches can watch and analyze video, and more.

But the newly-remodeled dressing room is not the only reason the air smells different. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Hand Pittsburgh Penguins First Road Loss

LOS ANGELES — With the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, in town for a visit, a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans descended onto Staples Center on Thursday night.

A good portion of the crowd came to see Sid The Kid, a bona fide superstar, and to see the defending champs. But even more were there to see if Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings are for real. Read more of this post

July 1 Was The Time For Dean Lombardi To Gamble

COMMENTARY: Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi filled a hole on July 2 with the signing of unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Scuderi but still has a huge, gaping hole to fill on left wing. Should he have gambled on one of the top free agents on July 1?


LOS ANGELES — After day two of the National Hockey League’s annual feeding frenzy, otherwise known as the first couple of days when teams can sign unrestricted free agents, the Los Angeles Kings have filled a need on their blue line.

On July 2, they agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi, 30, who just won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a four-year deal that is reported to be worth $13.6 million, an average of $3.4 million per season—a nice raise from the $725,000 he earned last season.

The 6-0, 218-pound defenseman scored a goal and added fifteen assists for sixteen points with a +23 plus/minus rating and eighteen penalty minutes in a career-high 81 regular season games last season.

In the playoffs, Scuderi scored a goal and tallied four assists for five points with six penalty minutes in 24 games, averaging 20:29 of ice time. Read more of this post

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