EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since the end of the 2008-09 season, it seemed like everyone in the Los Angeles Kings organization was talking about higher expectations for the 2009-10 season and that talk has only increased and grown louder, so to speak, as the Kings hit the ice for the first time in their 2009-10 training camp on September 13 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
One of the first things noticed during the first day on the ice was that players who were not on the ice wore t-shirts with the phrase, “Only Reason We’re Here,” on the back.
Translation: the Kings expect to make the playoffs this season.
“This is the year we’re going to take a step where it’s going to be fairly evident that we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with down the road if we stick with it [their plan for building the team],” said President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. “We’re ready to put expectations on this group already and that’s usually odd to say, particularly when you’re that young on the back end.” Read more of this post