2010-11 Los Angeles Kings Year-In-Review: Coaches And Front Office Had Their Ups and Downs, Too

2010-11 YEAR IN REVIEW: Part 3 of a series.


LOS ANGELES — Despite earning a 46-30-6 (98 points, seventh place in the Western Conference) record this season, just three points less than their 46-27-9 (101 points, sixth place in the Western Conference) record in 2009-10, the Los Angeles Kings, along with just about everyone who follows them and the rest of the National Hockey League, expected the team to not only make the playoffs this season, but to at least advance to the second round.

Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray certainly isn’ the next coming of legendary coaches Toe Blake or Scotty Bowman, but his achievements
with the Kings outweigh his failures and weaknesses.
Photo: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images via the Los Angeles Kings

Extenuating circumstances, namely, the loss of star center, leading scorer and top defensive forward Anze Kopitar to a serious ankle injury and not having right wing Justin Williams at full strength—both were injured in late March—severely diminished the Kings’ chances of winning their first round playoff series against the much more talented San Jose Sharks.

But even without Kopitar, and with Williams playing with a separated right shoulder, the Kings exposed the Sharks’ weaknesses and could have won the series if they adhered to their system and structure. But they failed miserably in that regard, dropping the series in six games. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Manufacture 3-1 Win Over Dallas Stars

LOS ANGELES — Without top scorers Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, the Los Angeles Kings must manufacture goals any way they can, and adhere to their system 100 percent if they are to have any hope of winning against any team, not just the top teams in the National Hockey League. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio and NHL Video: LA Kings Gift-Wrap 4-3 OT Win For Dallas

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings are hoping that going back out on the road for a four-game trip will put them back on track after they dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Dallas Stars on March 7 at Staples Center. Read more of this post

LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Makes Two Big Moves On Deadline Day

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi
spoke to the media about the Penner trade at Staples Center
in Los Angeles on February 28, 2011.
Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — Nearly forty hours have elapsed, at the time of this writing, since the National Hockey League’s 2011 trade deadline at noon Pacific time on February 28. Now that the ice chips have settled, it is a good time to take a close, calm look at the trade that brought left wing Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings.

Indeed, on that day, the Kings sent defenseman prospect Colten Teubert to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange, along with a first round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional third round pick in the 2012 draft.

That third round pick in 2012 will become a second round selection should the Kings win the Stanley Cup this season. Read more of this post

Gann Matsuda On The Hockey Writers: LA Kings Need To Get Drew Doughty, Power Play Out Of Doldrums

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Despite getting blown out of the HP Pavilion by the San Jose Sharks, 6-3, on November 15, the Los Angeles Kings are still on top of the Western Conference standings with an outstanding 12-4-0 record to start the 2010-11 National Hockey League season.

Indeed, the Kings have played well throughout those 16 games, with their very poor performance at San Jose a couple of nights ago being the exception. Flying that high so far, one would probably think that the Kings are firing on all cylinders. Read more of this post