LOS ANGELES — Here are some news tidbits from the Los Angeles Kings that have been sitting around, gathering dust, while I took a couple of days off from writing after a marathon of a week last week…
Brown, Johnson and Quick Invited To US Olympic Camp
On June 30, USA Hockey announced that 34 players representing 22 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from August 17-19, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois.
The camp is designed to assist in the preparation of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will compete at the XXI Olympic Winter Games to be held from February 12-28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Three Kings were invited, including right wing Dustin Brown (photo above right; courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL), defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Kings did not make qualifying offers to forward Vladimir Dravecky and goaltender Daniel Taylor. The rest of their restricted free agents received qualifying offers, with the exception of Corey Elkins, who was signed to a one-year, entry-level contract on March 31.
The restricted free agents who received qualifying offers are: Drew Bagnall, Jack Johnson, Scott Parse, Joe Piskula, Teddy Purcell and Kevin Westgarth.
Development Camp Dates
The Kings’ annual development camp will be held July 6-12. Virtually all of the Kings’ prospects attend each year, so if your hockey addiction needs a fix, I recommend that you drop by the Toyota Sports Center during the camp. There is usually a scrimmage game as well and the action is better than you might expect. Think of it this way…good hockey in July. Need I say more?
A detailed schedule for the camp has not yet been announced.
Former Kings forward Alyn McCauley has been hired by the Kings as a pro scout.
He will be most remembered by Kings fans as one of several free agents signed by the Kings in recent years who was injured when he was signed and never played a significant number of games before leaving the organization.
McCauley’s best year in the NHL came in the 2003-04 season with the San Jose Sharks when he scored twenty goals and added 27 assists for 47 points and earned a +28 plus/minus rating in 82 games.
But he never came close to those numbers in ten NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sharks and a whopping ten games with the Kings (scored one goal) in 2006-07 when Kings President/General Manger Dean Lombardi signed him to a three-year deal that was rumored to be worth $2 million per season.
Former Kings head coach Marc Crawford made a big push to sign McCauley.
“I was impressed with how the Kings organization, Dean Lombardi and Marc Crawford in particular, pursued me,” said McCauley on July 2, 2006.
One can only hope that McCauley is more successful for the Kings as a scout than he was as a player and contributes a lot more to the franchise than the goal he scored in ten games. One also has to wonder what McCauley is getting paid since he earned $6 million from the team for doing virtually nothing for them as a player, not that it was his fault.
I won’t go into the blame thing regarding signing injured free agents, since that has already been debated ad nauseum over the last three years…
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