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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

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Free Agency Week Wrap-Up

EL SEGUNDO, CA — While many of the National Hockey League teams were signing unrestricted free agents starting on July 1, the Los Angeles Kings parted ways with two of their veteran defensemen, one being traded away while the other bolted for greener pastures.

On June 29, just three days before the unrestricted free agent signing period began, the Kings sent defenseman Lubomir Visnovskyto the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for center Jarret Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene. Read more of this post

Fitting End To Miserable Season

LOS ANGELES — In their final game of the 2007-08 season, the Los Angeles Kings dropped a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on Saturday afternoon.

It was a rather fitting end to yet another miserable, disastrous season. 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

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