LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi On Sekera Trade: Players “Made Me Start Working, To Go Out And Get’em Some Help”

AUDIO: Includes audio of the media conference call with Dean Lombardi discussing the Andrej Sekera trade on February 25.


Newly-acquired LA Kings
defenseman Andrej Sekera.
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National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Even before the Los Angeles Kings lost defenseman Slava Voynov to his indefinite suspension, resulting from him being charged with domestic violence against his wife, it was no secret that they were looking for help on their blue line to fill the void left by big, physical, stay-at-home defenseman Willie Mitchell, who they could not fit under the salary cap last summer.

With both players out of their lineup, the Kings struggled, especially in their own end. That continued until their current eight-game winning streak, prompting President/General Manager Dean Lombardi to acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes on February 25, in exchange for defenseman prospect Roland McKeown and a conditional first round pick.

As first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the conditions for the first round pick are: if the Kings make the playoffs, the pick will be in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. If not, the pick will be in the 2016 draft.

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LA Kings Darryl Sutter: “The Stanley Cup Train Was Last Year. Some Guys Have To Get Off That Train”

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With one game left before the National Hockey League’s All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture.

Indeed, if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would not qualify for the post-season party.

So what’s to blame for the Kings’ “malaise,” a term used by President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in a recent Canadian radio interview?

Although the recent losses of forwards Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis) and Tanner Pearson (fractured fibula) are playing a role, the problems have been present since the season began last October. As such, you can chalk it up, in large part, to instability on the Kings’ blue line, with veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr in and out of the lineup due to various injuries, along with the loss of Slava Voynov to his ongoing suspension.

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Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Appears On Montreal Hockey Talk, December 12, 2014

ONTARIO, CA — On December 12, 2014, prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, I was a guest on MontrealHockeyTalk.com’s pre-game show, sharing what’s been happening with the Kings of late with hosts Steven Hindle and Corey Collard.

During the approximately 17-minute interview, we talked about Anze Kopitar’s season-long struggles, the emergence of Brayden McNabb, the strong play of Jake Muzzin, the loss of Slava Voynov, the impact of Darryl Sutter, and more.

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LA Kings Committed A Major Blunder With Slava Voynov, But So Did Some Fans

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, shown here during a recent practice session (prior to his suspension).
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

 

LOS ANGELES — As reported on Twitter, at virtually the same time, Orange County Register reporter Rich Hammond and LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen, followed a couple of minutes later by NHL.com writer Curtis Zupke, suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov skated with teammates during the team’s game-day morning skate on December 2 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, a violation of the terms of his suspension imposed by the National Hockey League after he was accused of domestic violence on his wife in October.

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LA Kings Get Salary Cap Relief For Slava Voynov Suspension

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, shown here during a recent
practice session (prior to his suspension).
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — Just one day after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office charged Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov with one felony count of “corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury” to his wife, Marta Varlamova, the National Hockey League announced that the Kings will get salary cap relief for Voynov’s salary.

In a press release, the league announced, “The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’ Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.”

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