Lombardi Talks About Goaltending, Top Defenseman Prospects

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – PART 2: After taking New Year’s Day off, Frozen Royalty is back with more from an exclusive interview with Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. In this installment, Lombardi focuses on his team’s future in goal and two of his top defenseman prospects. Check back on Tuesday, January 6 for Part 3 of this series and if you missed Part 1, check out Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi Excited About Defense.


LOS ANGELES — Throughout the over forty-year history of the Los Angeles Kings, goaltending has arguably been their biggest Achilles Heel.

The only Kings goaltender who could be considered to be in the truly elite category was Rogie Vachon, who backstopped the Kings from 1971-72 to 1977-78, winning many games all by himself while playing on mostly horrid teams. Indeed, Vachon was so good that it is a heinous crime that he still has not been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sure, the Kings got stretches of solid goaltending from the likes of Mario Lessard, Kelly Hrudey and for a little more than one season, Felix Potvin. But outside of that, Kings goaltenders have been mediocre at best, and they often fell far short of that mark.

Much to the dismay of the Kings and their fans, in recent seasons, their goaltending woes have continued, but that might be changing sooner rather than later. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Cut Down To 22

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On October 6, the Los Angeles Kings cut their roster down to 22 players.

Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League were defenseman Alec Martinez, right wing Teddy Purcell, goaltender Jonathan Quick and right wing Kevin Westgarth.

The Kings also returned defenseman Thomas Hickey to his junior team, the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.


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Thomas Hickey: All Fired Up

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite being hobbled by off-season ankle surgery, Los Angeles Kings defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey is all fired up about his increased chances of making it to the National Hockey League next season, even though he is just nineteen years old. Read more of this post

Forward Prospect Bud Holloway Signs Entry-Level Deal

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 24, the Los Angeles Kings signed forward prospect Bud Holloway to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Holloway, 20, scored 43 goals and added 40 assists for 83 points with 55 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games this season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He also scored five goals and contributed five assists in twelve WHL playoff games. Read more of this post

LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Is Dodging Bullets

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi has been dodging a lot of bullets lately.

Whether they are being fired by the media or by Kings fans, Lombardi has been taking heavy fire since June 22, the first day of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft, when he defied conventional wisdom by selecting defenseman Thomas Hickey with the fourth overall pick.

The selection of Hickey, who was not among the top ten prospects according to all the major scouting services, was widely panned by the media and fans alike.

And then on July 1, the first day that NHL teams could sign unrestricted free agents, Lombardi once again drew heavy criticism from fans for his failure to sign any of the attractive free agents that day, including forwards Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Scott Gomez. Read more of this post

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