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LA Kings Defenseman Keaton Ellerby Will Need To Get The Lay Of The Land Quickly

LA Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby, shown here speaking to the media
following practice on February 13,
2013, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings just five days ago, defenseman Keaton Ellerby already seems like a Southern California native, at least a little bit, anyway.

“I went down for lunch in Hermosa [Beach] with [defenseman Jake] Muzzin and [right wing Jordan] Nolan, and then just waited around,” Ellerby said, describing what he did during the Kings’ day off on February 12. “I picked up some sushi last night, checked the beach out…”

Sounds a lot like what the locals might do on a day off, right? Not so fast, at least, not in this case, anyway.

“I toured around a little bit yesterday,” said Ellerby. “It’s going to take awhile to get used to everything, and all traffic, stuff like that.”

Ellerby started the day off getting some much needed extra rest.

“I kind of slept in,” said the 24-year-old, 6-5, 217-pound native of Strathmore, Alberta. “I came in, and did the whole tour of the [Kings practice] facility yesterday.”

After that, it was time to get the lay of the land…

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For LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi, “Constructive Paranoia” Is Much More Than A Catchphrase

Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.
Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images
and the Los Angeles Kings

EL SEGUNDO, CA — A little over six years ago, when Dean Lombardi took over as President/General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings, the team was, for all intents and purposes, a mess, both on the ice and off.

Lombardi’s plan, to tear down the team completely and rebuild it through the draft, not to mention completely changing the culture of organization, generated significant support from fans.

But Lombardi also drew the ire of many detractors who claimed that a championship team could not be built without bringing in established stars, and as the team struggled and failed to make the playoffs in his first three season at the helm, the numbers of his detractors seemed to grow exponentially, and their voices grew louder and louder.

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Sluggish Start By Los Angeles Kings Was All Too Predictable

LA Kings left wing Dustin Penner (right), shown here with goaltender
Jonathan Quick (left), during a recent practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Following the Los Angeles Kings’ third period collapse, resulting in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on January 22, based on the reaction across the World Wide Web, one would think the sky is falling, Dustin Penner is back to being the worst player in the history of the game, and the Kings are doomed.

Of course, in an abbreviated season, every game counts that much more, and there is almost no time for a team to catch up if they dig themselves into a hole early in the season.

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LA Kings Training Camp: King, Nolan Looking Forward To Proving Themselves In First Full NHL Season; Hickey Dishes On His Future

TRAINING CAMP: Left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan shared their thoughts about the coming season, as well as what playing in the American Hockey League during the lockout did for their conditioning and preparation for the NHL season. Also, defenseman prospect Thomas Hickey talked about his future in the weeks before he was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders.


Los Angeles Kings left wing Jordan Nolan.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last season, forward Jeff Carter coming to the Los Angeles Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets made all the headlines as being the lynch pin, at least from the player personnel aspect, to the Kings’ dominating run through the playoffs, on their way to their first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

But even though they didn’t get as much of the media exposure, just as important was the contributions of three rookies, left wings Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, along with defenseman Slava Voynov.

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LA Kings LW Prospect Andy Andreoff Is Catching Up To Pace Of The Game In The AHL

LA Kings left wing prospect Andy Andreoff, shown here during a
game with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
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Photo: Steve Babineau/Manchester Monarchs

LOS ANGELES — Almost from the moment he was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third round (80th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, left wing Andy Andreoff made it clear that he was going to leave his mark, one way or the other.

Shortly after the 2011 draft, Andreoff left several marks during the Kings’ 2011 Development Camp for their young prospects with some chippy play that included dropping the gloves.

“I play with a little edge,” the 6-1, 201-pound native of Pickering, Ontario said at the time. Read more of this post