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via Noah Love of the National Post,
Los Angeles Kings general manager hopes he can bring Gretzky back to the place where he left his biggest stamp.
Lombardi told Toronto radio station the FAN 590 on Tuesday that he would like the Great One to come back to the Kings in an advisory capacity.
While nothing has been finalized, Lombardi joked that Gretzky could be the team’s “minister of character.” L.A.‘s young squad will have star veteran leadership for the first time in years this season in Ryan Smyth.
from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,
(Rich) Hammond’s marching orders are to report as if he weren’t on the payroll, providing coverage for fans (and maybe absent reporters) with a style and authority a media relations staffer can’t match.
Although teams have had staff announcers, this sort of reporting arrangement might have seemed preposterous a decade ago. New technology and economic realities for the media business have made it plausible. Now the question is whether it can be credible.
If a success, one has to wonder whether other would-be newsmakers—in business, in entertainment, in government—someday will decide this is the way to get news out and remain in the public eye should traditional news organizations no longer dedicate resources the way they did before the revenue crunch.
“In this changing world as it relates to the landscape and consumption of sports news content, we are making an organizational commitment to give our fans one place to go—LAKings.com—to satisfy their appetite for Kings news and information,” Luc Robitaille, the team’s president of business operations, said in the announcement. “We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control.”
TORONTO (September 23, 2009) – Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Sean O’Donnell has been suspended for the remainder of the Kings’ pre-season schedule and two regular season games as the result of a match penalty in a pre-season game against the New York Islanders, September 22, the National Hockey League announced today.
At 16:37 of the second period, O’Donnell was assessed a match penalty for delivering a cross check to Matt Martin of the Islanders.
Adrian Dater of All Things Avs catches up with former Colorado player Ryan Smyth.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings today announced the appointment of long-time Los Angeles Daily News hockey writer Rich Hammond as beat writer/columnist for LAKings.com, the club’s official website. Hammond, who will travel with the Kings full-time during the 2009-10 season, will begin providing exclusive content to LAKings.com on October 1.
“In this changing world as it relates to the landscape and consumption of sports news content, we are making an organizational commitment to give our fans one place to go – LAKings.com – to satisfy their appetite for Kings news and information ” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control in his new position. Kings fans deserve the best Kings coverage, and we’re excited that LAKings.com will be the new home for Rich’s insightful, objective and thorough reporting and analysis.”
Hammond will cover all Kings games and practices. He will also provide feature stories, commentaries, video stories and more on the Kings and on the NHL.
added 5:12pm, Rich explains the hiring and his position.
from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
The Islanders came here hoping to be barreled over with support from a city supposedly desperate for its own NHL team. And how did the people of Kansas City react? With one huge, collective yawn.
The support for the preseason game against the Kings was so poor that every upper-deck section was blocked off by huge black curtains. You know, to block the many, many rows of empty seats.
Some threat, eh?
You know what this half-empty arena looked like? Any other Islanders home game.
from Randy Kovitz of the Kansas City Star,
When the New York Islanders approached Tim Leiweke about scheduling a preseason game at the Sprint Center, one name popped into his mind.
“We looked at the Islanders and thought, ‘They might have the first pick of the NHL draft,’ ” said Leiweke, president of AEG, which manages the Sprint Center. “Tavares is amazing. To have him coming into Kansas City is a great thing.”
Unfortunately for Kansas City, Tavares, a forward expected to be the next Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby rolled into one, won’t be part of a split squad when the Islanders face the AEG-owned Los Angeles Kings at 7 tonight at the Sprint Center.
Tavares, the first overall pick of the 2009 draft, played in the Islanders’ win over Calgary on Sunday night in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, assisting on a goal on his 19th birthday. Tavares and half his teammates flew home Monday, and he will be showcased when the Islanders play their first home exhibition game Wednesday night against New Jersey.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Brayden Schenn seems to have won the first-annual ``Oscar Moller Award,’’ given to the young player who generates the most surprising buzz in training camp. Schenn is still a longshot to make the team, but considering he didn’t even turn 18 until late August, he is doing quite well for himself in his first camp. Schenn talked the other day about his training-camp experience…
``It’s pretty much what I thought it would be,’’ Schenn said.
from Spectors’ Hockey,
Mike Kiley posts a Los Angeles blogger is reporting a rumor that has the LA Kings dealing forward Alexander Frolov to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Kris Versteeg and defenseman Cam Barker. Kiley doubts the Blackhawks would part with Barker without getting a quality defenseman in return.
Agent Allan Walsh (via his Twitter account) said he’s been told the Frolov rumor is “pure fantasy”, adding “people should really be questioning “sources” and wonder how this BS gets started.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Walsh’s response pretty much says all we need to know about this. I think the basis for the Frolov rumors is his UFA status next summer. If the Kings are out of the playoff race by the March deadline and if his contract talks aren’t going anywhere with the Kings I could see Frolov getting shopped but not before then.
more rumor talk…
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
“I was here for three weeks,’’ Kopitar said of his work with the Kings’ training staff. “I feel I did everything in my power to prepare for this season.’‘
Kopitar said he wouldn’t shy away from high expectations for the Kings this season.
“Everybody is expecting the playoffs,’’ Kopitar said. “We have to put some pressure on ourselves. ... That’s just the way it is.’‘
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