LA Kings Extend Contracts For Dean Lombardi, Terry Murray And More

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On June 24, the Los Angeles Kings announced that President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall, Vice President/Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs Jeff Solomon and Head Coach Terry Murray were signed to two-year contract extensions. Read more of this post

Jonathan Bernier Shows Skill, New Attitude In Brief Stint With LA Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — For much of the 2008-09 season, Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect Jonathan Bernier was not a happy camper.

First, he was upset that he was unable to crack the Kings lineup out of training camp, even though an injury contributed greatly to that.

Not long after that, when goaltender Jonathan Quick was called up from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate, Bernier pouted.

“When we called up Quick, [Bernier] did not work hard in practice,” Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said in an earlier interview. “He thought this was going to be an easy ride to the NHL.” Read more of this post

LA Kings Sign Defenseman Jacob Muzzin; Activate Jarret Stoll From Injured Reserve

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 4, the Los Angeles Kings signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jacob Muzzin to a three-year, entry level contract. They also activated center Jarret Stoll from injured reserve.

Muzzin, 20, is the captain of the Sault Ste. Marie (Soo) Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. In 37 games this season, the 6-2, 216-pound native of Woodstock, Ontario has scored ten goals and has added 36 assists for 46 points (leading the OHL in overall scoring by defensemen) with 58 penalty minutes.

Last season, Muzzin was named to the OHL Western Conference All Star Team.

In four seasons with the Greyhounds, Muzzin has scored 23 goals and has contributed 74 assists for 97 points in 203 regular season games. In 23 playoff games, he has a goal and seven assists for eight points. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 2009 Opens

LOS ANGELES — The dreaded lull is coming to an end.

For hockey fans, the period immediately following the July 1 unrestricted free agent signing spree through the opening of National Hockey League team training camps is usually so slow in terms of news that desperate hockey fans will eat up just about anything that’s published or broadcast, no matter how ridiculous, outlandish or just downright phony it might be.

Logo courtesy Los Angeles Kings

Thankfully, we are now about one week away from the opening of rookie camps across the league, with training camps opening a week later.

Here in the Los Angeles area, hockey fans are getting a head start on ending the dreaded lull.

For all of you Los Angeles Kings fans out there, unless you’ve been marooned on a deserted island, stuck in the middle of the Sahara Desert, on a long backpack trip through a wilderness area, or just taking a vacation from all things hockey, you have certainly seen and heard the total media blitz (television commercials, radio spots, Kings officials talking it up on radio interviews, newspaper and web stories) about the Los Angeles Kings HockeyFest 2009. Read more of this post

LA Kings Sign Teddy Purcell, Justin Azevedo, Drew Bagnall

LA Kings winger Teddy Purcell (right). Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/National Hockey League.

LA Kings winger Teddy Purcell (right).
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/National Hockey League.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On July 20, the Los Angeles Kings signed right wing Teddy Purcell, center Justin Azevedo and defenseman Drew Bagnall to new contracts.

Purcell and Bagnall were signed to a one-year contracts while Azevedo was signed to a multi-year, entry-level deal.

Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but Purcell’s contract is reported to be a one-year, one-way deal worth $600,000.

Purcell, 24, scored four goals and contributed twelve assists for sixteen points in forty regular season games with the Kings last season. He also played in 38 regular season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate), scoring sixteen goals and adding 22 assists for 38 points with twelve penalty minutes. Read more of this post

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