LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Dishes On The Trade Deadline

LA Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi speaking to the media during the on-ice celebration after the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 13, 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — The 2016 National Hockey League trade deadline has come and gone, and perhaps a bit surprisingly, outside of a minor league trade in which they acquired forward Brett Sutter from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward prospect Scott Sabourin, the Los Angeles Kings remained on the sidelines on deadline day, February 29.

“We were pretty much done yesterday,” Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said during a media conference call. “Once we got the defenseman, the only other thing we were looking at was obviously, with [left wing Marian] Gaborik out, looking for the experienced player who can play in your top six. I talked to a lot of people today, but I didn’t anticipate anything, and it didn’t surprise me.”

As Lombardi alluded to, he had already been quite busy, acquiring veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi on February 26 and forward Kris Versteeg on February 28. Those trades were preceded by the acquisitions of center Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn on January 6.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Kopitar, Doughty, Sutter After LA Kings Drop 4-2 Decision At Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA — Corey Perry recorded the ninth hat trick of his National Hockey League career to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center in Anaheim on February 28.

Perry also contributed an assist for a four-point performance.

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Rob Scuderi Looks To Regain Success In Return To LA Kings

LA Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi
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EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Early in the first period on February 27, when the Los Angeles Kings hosted the Buffalo Sabres, a video played on the Staples Center scoreboard, honoring a player from their not-so-distant past.

But this player is also a part of their present and foreseeable future—veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi, who was acquired by the Kings on February 26 from the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

As the video tribute ended, Scuderi, who was on the ice, waiting for the puck to drop, turned and waved to acknowledge the crowd as they stood and roared their appreciation.

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Time For LA Kings To Press The Reset Button

Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When the Los Angeles Kings practice at home, once their practice session ends, players trickle off the ice—Jeff Carter is usually the first—one here, two there, maybe three at a time.

But on February 5, after a lengthy practice session that lasted over an hour, those present at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California witnessed a very rare sight: all but five or six players streamed off the ice at once, heading into the dressing room.

The unusually rigorous skate was not punitive, even though the Kings dropped a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center in Los Angeles the night before.

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LA Kings Looking For Improvement, Consistency After All-Star Break

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the National Hockey League’s All-Star break behind us, there is a bit of concern about the Los Angeles Kings as they enter February, a month in which they will play nine out 13 games on the road, including their annual Grammy road trip, a grueling seven-game road swing this time around.

Indeed, the team that led the Pacific Division by twelve points not so long ago has seen their lead drop to seven at the All-Star break.

The Kings’ lead over their division rivals has shrunk as they’ve sputtered in recent games—they have lost three out of their last five, and ended January winning just four of their last nine games.

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