Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Los-Angeles-Kings

LA Kings Fire Crawford

From TSN,

The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Marc Crawford.

Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi made the announcement Tuesday that Crawford will not return next season as the team’s head coach despite having one year left on his contract.

continued…

Note: Kings press release

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marc+crawford, obvious

Kings Fans Get Answers

LA Kings executives met with season ticket holders…

from Inside the Kings,

The next fan had wide-ranging criticisms, mostly about the signings of underachieving free agents, and summed up his question by basically asking, ``Why should I give you my money now, and not wait two or three years to see how this turns out?’‘

(Ron) Hextall said, ``I’m not going to try to sell you on the fact that we’re going to win the Stanley Cup next year, because quite frankly I don’t see it happening. We’re trying to build the team. ... The guys we signed last year, we didn’t expect them to step in and be star players. Michal Handzus, that was the worst year I’ve seen him have. ... You won’t see how good he is until we get to the playoffs and he shuts down a guy like Ryan Getzlaf or Joe Thornton.

much more...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Kopitar Big In Slovenia

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Kopitar will face two of his L.A. teammates, Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan on Team USA Sunday. Today he faces Kings’ assistant coach Mike Johnston.

“He’s a star player,” says Johnston, a veteran of seven world championships. “If you are looking for a player to build a team around, he’s that kind of guy. He’s a key guy to what we’re trying to put together in L.A. He’s already capable of dominating games. He has size, poise and maturity.”

Kopitar’s goal of holding Canada to five goals?

“Don’t believe him. He’s going to go out and try and control and dominate the game,” said Johnston

Canadian captain Shane Doan sees a lot of the young Slovenian playing against him with the Phoenix Coyotes.

“He’s big and strong and he has a great shot. Even though you have guys on him, he’s capable of beating them. He creates space for the guys he plays with.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: anze+kopitar

Kings Losing More Money In Salary Cap Era

from Rich Hammond of the LA Daily News,

The Kings declined to release specific numbers, but said they’re losing more money per year now than before the lockout. At the start of the lockout, the Kings claimed to be losing $8 to $10 million a year.

“We’re building our organization differently, to meet the reality that we’re losing even more than we did before the lockout,” chief marketing officer Chris McGowan said. “We have to run a better business.”

Thus, the ticket-price increases, even coming off a season in which the Kings tied for the fewest points in the NHL. The Kings believe the increases are necessary, in part, to help stabilize their bottom line.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Evaluating The Talent

Even though the LA Kings failed to reach the playoffs, Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings has been keeping busy.

It is not an easy job to continue blogging when the team you cover is done for the season, but Rich has been giving daily updates on the Kings and his player evaluations have been great.

Stop by and check them out if you have a chance.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

The Kings And Their Goalies

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

While some are still clamoring for a major trade or free-agent signing, Dean Lombardi attempted to explain why that’s not likely to happen. Here’s what he said:

“That possibly is not even there to tempt you. We saw this two years ago, when we put Cloutier on the two-year deal. It didn’t work out. You can talk about trades. How many proven No. 1s do you feel really good
about (trading for)? I don’t think there’s much of a shot. I don’t think there’s a No. 1 out there like that. Vokoun fits that category, but we tried that last year and it didn’t work out. Is there going to be that caliber of player on the market? I don’t think so…”.

more on the LA goalie situation…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

What Did You Expect

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

Sometimes, reality is just far more amazing than fiction could ever be. Those who have been to regular-season finales recall that the Kings give away a car to a fan during the second intermission. Fans—I believe five of them—line up, select a key one-by-one and attempt to start the truck. So, they did, just now. And they failed. All of them. They each took a key, and none of them started the truck.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

All Cammalleri

from Inside the Kings,

Q: If you had to wager a guess; are you a member of the Los Angeles Kings next season?

Cammalleri: I would think so. My contract says that I am and I haven’t heard otherwise.

Q: Do you want to be back?

Cammalleri: I definitely want to be a King. It will be interesting to see what we do.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+cammalleri

LA Just Doesn’t Get It

from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,

With just 30 wins this season, the LA Kings have been playing meaningless hockey since before the onset of winter. This in itself is not necessarily a problem; the Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing meaningless hockey for about 41 years and people still care about them. Of course, Kings fans care about their team too, and it would be wrong to suggest that they don’t. A total of 16,784 people travelled to the Staples Center on Tuesday night to watch a late-season game which for the home side held no promise at all.

But it’s in the wider community that this team is in trouble. If a franchise survives on the oxygen of publicity, then this is an organisation gasping for air. It would be wrong to say that Los Angeles hates a loser, simply because it takes effort to hate. If you are a loser, LA will just ignore you to death.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Kings Lose Johnson To Broken Foot

via Inside the Kings,

“Jack Johnson suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right foot in the Kings vs. San Jose game on Tuesday night (March 18). He is out for season and he’s expected to resume skating in approximately four weeks.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jack+johnson

« Previous       ‹ First  < 129 130 131 132 133 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts