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“The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton’s word.”
-LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Smyth/Fraser trade with Edmonton. Fraser is injured and Lombardi is not happy with that. More at Helene Elliott’s twitter account.
added 9:13pm, David Staples of the Edmonton Journal with his opinion,
My take is there’s plenty of room for medical specialists to disagree about an injury, and to do so in good conscience. If Lombardi has a real complaint, he can take it to the NHL. Until he does, this comes off as something of a snit fit from a GM not used to having a star player holding a gun to his head and demanding a trade to a single specified location.
added 9:15pm, Helene’s story just made it at The Fabulous Forum, where the story gets a little more in-depth.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Alec Martinez, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Martinez, who turns 24 on July 26, recorded 16 points (5-11=16) and 18 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games with the Kings in 2010-11. He appeared in all six postseason games with the Kings, recording one assist and two penalty minutes. Martinez also suited up for 20 regular season games with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs in 2010-11 and had 16 points (5-11=16) and 14 penalty minutes.
Among NHL rookie defensemen last season Martinez was tied for sixth in goals, 10th in assists, eighth in points, fifth in plus-minus (+11), eighth in shots (74) and ninth in hits (69).
Note: Martinez was originally scheduled for salary arbitration hearing on July 27
Update 5:21pm ET: From Helene Elliott via Twitter—
Alec Martinez contract w/Kings is $737,500 per year for two years.
from Helene Elliott of The Fabulous Forum,
Asked Tuesday if there were anything new regarding his negotiations with Doughty, Lombardi said no, and added this via email:
“I am getting the feeling on Drew that unfortunately this could take a while. As we just saw this past week free agency produces a frenzy for players at all levels. We must be judicious about not getting into this market for our own players. Therefore it is critical with Drew that the dollars reflect a fair rate of return regarding the term of the contract. We must be prepared to do what it takes to get it right.”
Lombardi also said the Kings would match any offer sheet Doughty might sign with another team.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Hextall said the Kings, who have nearly $12.6 million of salary cap space, will consider other moves, but added, “I don’t see anything of impact happening.” He also said management will now zero in on re-signing defenseman Drew Doughty, who became a restricted free agent Friday. Doughty can sign an offer sheet from another team but the Kings have the right to match it.
They have exchanged proposals with Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, but no deal is imminent for the 21-year-old defenseman, who might command an average of $7 million a year. Lombardi was in the offices of Meehan’s firm, Newport Sports, Friday but they didn’t meet. Although that seems odd, Hextall called the process “normal negotiations back and forth.”
read on for some Simon Gagne talk…
from Rich Hammond at LAKings.com,
Members of the Kings’ front office staged a one-day invasion of Toronto with a singular mission: win over Brad Richards, the prime target in this summer’s free-agent market.
The NHL’s signing period for unrestricted free agents started at 9 a.m. Pacific time Friday, and the Kings wasted no time in making their substantial pitch to Richards—a seven-time 20-goal scorer—in the office of his agent, Pat Morris.
In a meeting that lasted more than two hours, the Kings made their offer to Richards. The presentation had a multi-media aspect as well, as the Kings showed Richards a video that included greetings from Kobe Bryant and other local athletes and celebrities.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Colin Fraser and a seventh-round draft choice in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Ryan Smyth, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Fraser, 26, played in 67 games this past season with the Oilers. He recorded five points (3-2=5) and 60 penalty minutes. It was his first season in Edmonton after spending the previous four campaigns with Chicago, including the 2009-10 season when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and Fraser recorded career-highs in goals (seven), assists (12) and points (19).
A 6-1, 193-pound native of Sicamous, British Columbia, Fraser has played in 224 career NHL regular season games. He has 41 points (16-25=41) and 168 penalty minutes. He has also played in five career NHL postseason contests. He was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third-round (69th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft
From Bob McKenzie (twitter):
As @DarrenDreger reported, Ryan Smith is heading back to the Edmonton Oilers.
From Darren Dreger (tweet):
Sounds like it could be player for player. Smyth for Brule?
From Pierre Le Brun (twitter):
Source close to Ryan Smyth says he’s headed to Edmonton. Kings and Oilers still working out details. Is this drama finally over?
Update 7:22pm ET: From Helene Elliott (twitter)
ryan smyth goes back to edmonton for Brule and a pick. just wish he hadn’t denied that he wanted out. no shame in doing best for family.
Update 11:41pm ET: No news from the teams, yet, but Helene Elliott provides another update—
ok, it’s done. it’s Smyth to Edmonton for a fifth-round pick and Brule. but the Kings will move Brule along as soon as possible.
updated 12:08am 6/25/11, via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Confusion reigns supreme on Smyth to EDM deal. Tambellini says it’s not done. Misunderstanding on terms of conditional draft pick. Hmmm.
Los Angeles Kings forward Ryan Smyth could be returning to Alberta, but not with the Edmonton Oilers.
According to TSN’s Gord Miller, the Calgary Flames are closing in on a deal for Smyth, who would have to waive his no-trade. The Flames would send a late round pick back to Los Angeles.
Smyth is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.5 million this season, although the cap hit is $6.25 million.
Yesterday, Eric Duhatscheck at the Globe & Mail quoted Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the topic of Smyth:
Lombardi confirmed he had primarily dealt with three teams, and “particularly two right now.”
“I’m not in a great position here,” continued Lombardi. “I’m trying to adapt. I’ve talked to one team a number of times and they’ve been very forthright in terms of trying to get a deal together - and I hope to have that wrapped up here in a day or two.”
Update 2:40pm: At the same TSN link above, Miller reports this deal is already done, “pending ownership approval.”
from Rich Hammond of Kings.com,
The Kings wasted no time in making a major offseason move, as they acquired All-Star center Mike Richards from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in exchange for winger Wayne Simmonds, center Brayden Schenn and a 2012 second-round draft pick.
In Richards, the Kings get a two-time 30-goal scorer who, at age 26, should be just entering his prime years. The move gives the Kings an enviable one-two punch at center with Anze Kopitar and Richards, both of whom are point-per-game threats.
Richards, who served as the Flyers’ captain, is under contract through the 2019-20 season and is known as a strong two-way player in all situations.
“This is an incredible add to our hockey club,” Kings coach Terry Murray said. “‘m very, very excited about it. You don’t want to lose anybody, to take anybody off your hockey club. Simmer has been a great trooper and a great player for us, and I wish him all the luck, but on the other side of it, with adding a guy like Mike Richards, this really helps us start to live up to our own expectations, of just moving on and becoming a real good team. He’s a proven, quality player, a quality guy. He’s a captain. It’s going to be a tremendous fit, I think, to our hockey club.”
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
It is not done but CGY is working to acquire Ryan Smyth. Smyth has final say with his NTC but it may be as close as he gets to EDM.
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