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from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,
Acquiring Heatley, who asked to be traded from his first team, Atlanta, and more recently asked the Senators to deal him, would be “too risky,” Lombardi said, an emphatic response that drew applause from the audience assembled at the Nokia Theatre for the final day of the Kings’ first Fan Fest.
Lombardi’s unequivocal answer also should silence the Heatley-to-L.A. rumors that have refused to die, probably fueled by the ample cap space the Kings will have and their need for a pure scorer.
“I would like to focus more on this group reaching its potential,” Lombardi said. “A big part of this process is culture, making an identity. What does it mean to really be a King?”
Apparently, it doesn’t mean whining when things don’t go well and being a bad influence on a group of young players who are only now beginning to become leaders and forge an identity as a team.
more on Heatley and other LA Kings topics…
The LA Kings have been doing a great job in promoting their Hockey Fest so they deserve a little attention…
Kings Vision, the Los Angeles Kings’ Online Video Network featured at LAKings.com, will be streaming live coverage of both the Opening Ceremony and the Triple Crown Speaker Series during LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, a three-day interactive festival set to open later tonight at LA Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Live coverage of Hockey Fest ’09 begins tonight at 6:30 p.m PT. when Kings Vision takes you inside the Nokia Theatre for team/alumni/and special guest introductions followed by a special acoustic performance by Eddie Kowalcyck of LIVE. After Eddie’s performance, the Kings Care Foundation, the Kings award-winning children’s charity, will make a special announcement. To tune into tonight’s coverage, visit http://www.lakings.com/hockeyfestlive
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Consistently missing the playoffs while your biggest rival wins the Stanley Cup and your primary Staples Center co-tenant hangs another NBA championship banner will reduce your profile in a busy sports town.
The Kings, though far enough along in another rebuilding phase to challenge for a playoff spot this season, are still battling for a greater presence here and a bigger fan base. Operating from a position of relative weakness means that to make an impression they must be bold and come up something with more than slick slogans that turn into bad jokes when the team goes sour.
They’ve come up with an idea that isn’t original but is a first for them and could become a regular event.
Starting Friday the Kings will hold a three-day Hockey Fest at LA Live and the Nokia Theatre, across from Staples Center.
from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,
...for the first time in years, there is excitement about hockey in Los Angeles—and it seems real and feels real. At the end of August, the Kings are looking to capitalize on that excitement with a three-day fan extravaganza called “Hockey Fest ‘09” that brings together the present-day team with the club’s stars from the past.
“When I first got here, not one player stayed here over the summer and worked out,” said Lombardi, who’s entering his fourth season as GM. “Here we were in the most beautiful place to play and not one player stayed, which is abnormal.
“This year, we had bunch of guys here at the end of June not only working out but pushing themselves, which is a huge step in building a culture here, building an identity.”
The Kings recently held tryouts for the 2nd edition of the METAL Ice Crew. Meet Carrlyn, who is trying out with the hopes to return for a 2nd season!
Also, her father, Frank Bathe, used to play for the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers. Watch (below) Bathe fight Lindy Ruff.
from Brad Oswald of the Winnipeg Free Press,
U.S. cable’s pre-eminent sports network, ESPN, is marking its 30th anniversary later this year with an ambitious and fascinating documentary series, 30 for 30, that will see a very interesting and unusual collection of directors—some Academy-Award winners, some first-time film-makers—contributing docs that explore some of the most important (but, in some cases, unexpected) sports stories of the past three decades….
Football-inclined film-maker Peter Berg (the guy behind both the big-screen and TV-series versions of Friday Night Lights) is making a documentary that’s simply titled #99—despite his gridiron inclinations, it turns out that Berg has always been a big hockey fan, and he has chosen to make a film about the impact of the 1988 trade that made Wayne Gretzky a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
Berg was an L.A. resident and a huge Kings fan when the trade happened, and he readily admits that the news of the trade rocked his world in the most dizzyingly positive of ways.
The LA Kings held their Ice Crew auditions yesterday. Click for pics...
Jim Fox of the LA Kings broadcasting crew answers questions from Kings fans at Inside the Kings…
Are we there yet? Is this team going to be competitive? Black hole, better than Black hole or worse? Could you comment on pieces/parts you can’t wait to see together. Thanks Jim
I think the personnel has improved from last year…not many “impact” pieces have left and the acquisition of Smyth and Scuderi bring 2 impact players to the lineup…both guys do not need to change their game…they need to play the way they have for years…Scuderi’s style is be a simple “shut-down” defenseman…many time this is not thought of as an “impact” role…but if you are as effective as Scuderi, then the impact is invaluable…
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
The Kings will most likely announce a new contract for Teddy Purcell soon. The fact that today is Friday could complicate the final stages of contract approval, etc. Talks with Jack Johnson’s agent have also been going well but seem to be headed toward a short-term deal, which would be interesting. I’m not sure if either of those will get finalized today.
via LAKings Twitter,
At 11am PT, LAKings.com will have an important player-related announcement!
added 1:54pm, The Kings updated their Twitter, Johnson is signed.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The Kings conducted a conference call late Monday in which fans were able to call in and pose questions to General Manager Dean Lombardi, assistant general manager Ron Hextall, team captain Dustin Brown and new acquisitions Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi.
Some interesting tidbits emerged:
Hextall, asked about the expectations for next season, was straightforward. “Quite frankly, I fully expect to be in the playoffs, but we’ve got some work to do to fill our team out,” he said. “Obviously, in training camp our guys have a lot of work to do. I think you go into every season with your goal to make the playoffs and I think for our club this year it’s realistic.”
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