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Ryan Smyth Is Still With The Los Angeles Kings…For Now, Anyway

LOS ANGELES — Contrary to reports on June 24 that a deal had been completed, veteran left wing Ryan Smyth is still a member of the Los Angeles Kings, and it appears that no deal will happen for the next few days, at least.

Gilbert Brule
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“Without getting into the details, no, I don’t think we’re closer,” Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi told reporters following Day 2 of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 25.

The reported deal had Smyth going to the Edmonton Oilers, where he began his NHL career in 1995-96, playing eleven seasons in an Oilers jersey. In exchange, the Kings would receive a fourth or a fifth round draft pick, and forward Gilbert Brule.

Brule, 24, has one year left in a $1.85 million contract, but that’s $1.85 million more than the Kings are willing to carry on their books for him.

In other words, the addition of Brule in the deal is simply to move his salary off the Oilers’ books. Likewise, the Kings would not have retained his services, either, opting to apply that $1.85 million towards the acquisition of a top six left winger. Read more of this post

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Frozen Royalty Audio: Still Road-Weary LA Kings Slip Past Oilers In 3-2 Shootout Win

LOS ANGELES — For whatever reason, the Edmonton Oilers have given the Los Angeles Kings fits lately.

Indeed, the last five times the two teams have faced each other at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Oilers have earned shootout victories. And on December 23, the two teams once again went into a shootout, as the still-road-weary Kings struggled against the young, fast, but less talented Oilers. Read more of this post

2010 NHL Entry Draft: Top Prospects Getting That Anxious Feeling

DRAFT COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty was at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles on June 24 to interview some of the top prospects in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The following is a look at the emotional side of the draft for these young players. Audio interviews also available.


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LOS ANGELES — The top prospects in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft have been here in Los Angeles for the past couple of days, soaking in the atmosphere and local color.

Indeed, they got the grand tour of Hollywood, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Wax Museum on June 23.

Later that day, they attended the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game at Anaheim Stadium where they met legendary former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and took batting practice before the game. Read more of this post

2010 NHL Entry Draft: LA Kings To Select 19th In The First Round

DRAFT COVERAGE: Frozen Royalty continues its coverage of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft with a look at what prospects the Los Angeles Kings could be looking at when their time on the clock comes up during the first round.


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LOS ANGELES — Just about every year at the National Hockey League Entry Draft, there are one or two players who stand out above all the rest, considered to be the top prizes in that year’s draft class. Indeed, the 2010 class is no exception, with forwards Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin considered to be the cream of the crop.

Hall and Seguin are locks to be selected with the first and second picks (Edmonton has the first selection and Boston owns the second overall pick) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which begins with the first round on Friday, June 25, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles (4:00 PM PDT). After that, the draft is often one big crapshoot in terms who gets selected after that, and that will be the case once again this year. Read more of this post

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