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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have announced an eight year contract extension with team captain Dustin Brown, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Brown, who has one year left on his current deal, will remain a King through the 2021-22 season.
LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Kings captain and defenseman Rob Blake has been named the club’s Assistant General Manager, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Blake – the Kings’ all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a defenseman – replaces Ron Hextall who is leaving the Kings organization to take a front office position with the Philadelphia Flyers.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Carcillo, 27, has spent the last two seasons with the Blackhawks. In 23 games last season, he had three points (2-1=3) and 11 penalty minutes. In four postseason games with Chicago he had one assist and six penalty minutes
from the Philadelphai Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Ron Hextall has been named Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“We are very pleased to welcome back Ron Hextall to our management team,” said Holmgren. “Ron has a wealth of experience in the front office in various capacities which will be a valuable addition to our staff.”
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract with defenseman Alec Martinez, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Martinez, who turns 26 years old on July 26, appeared in 27 games for the Kings this past season, recording five points (1-4=5) and 10 penalty minutes. Martinez also played in seven of the Kings’ 18 postseason games, recording two assists and eight penalty minutes.
Martinez has played his entire four-year NHL career with the Kings, appearing in 142 regular season contests (12-21=33) and 38 penalty minutes plus 33 postseason games. The 6-1, 206-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, was originally selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract with defenseman Jake Muzzin, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Muzzin, 23, appeared in 45 games for the Kings last season, recording 16 points (7-9=16) and 35 penalty minutes. Among NHL rookie defensemen he ranked second in goals, tied for fifth in assists, tied for third in points, first in plus-minus (+16, second overall among rookies), tied for third in power play goals (three), fifth in shots (77) and fifth in hits (70). Muzzin was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March and was selected as the Kings Best Newcomer (Mark Bavis Memorial Award). Muzzin also played in 17 of the Kings’ 18 postseason games, recording three assists and six penalty minutes.
from Brandon Sneed at ESPN,
The East Side Motel on Kingston Road in Toronto seems like the last stop for dying souls, where you're not quite completely gone but way closer than you ever planned. The place is populated with druggies and their dealers. Hookers work the Kingston Road sidewalks, and when they land clients, this is where they book a room. Its rooms are rented by the government -- a place to put families who can't afford anywhere else -- or by the hour. Faded green paint flakes from the walls like ashes. Filmmakers have used the place to show rock bottom.
This is where former NHL first-round picks Anthony and Chris Stewart grew up. Even now, several miles and so many dollars away from East Side and the things that landed them there, they still feel it every day. It haunts them, a chronic sickness. Theirs was Room 29. Their parents, their five sisters and them. A door near their room led to the hotel basement, which had a stocked kitchen. Late at night the brothers broke in and gorged. "It was a nice break from toast, syrup and ketchup," Anthony recalled. "And you know, some days, just ketchup."
Their favorite ways to get some laughs were to throw rocks at hookers and to watch them through the windows having sex, and then run away when they got caught.
via Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Kings center Jarret Stoll was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday morning, having suffered a seizure in his Hermosa Beach home, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.
Lombardi said that a battery of tests was run on Stoll and that it was expected he would be released later in the day. He said Stoll was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance and Lombardi visited him there later Wednesday morning.
“Everything is OK. They’ve run some tests and they still had another one to run,” Lombardi told The Times. “The bottom line is that he’s fine. Now the issue is what caused it.
“There are a myriad of things that can cause them.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
For all those Maple Leafs fans who weren’t quite sure what to make of Sunday’s big trade, consider this message from the man who was worked most closely with Jonathan Bernier the past several years.
'He’s the real deal," Kings goalie Bill Ranford told ESPN.com Sunday. "He’s really highly regarded by us. He’s not only a great goalie but he’s a great person. They’re going to love him there."
I can tell you that for GM Dean Lombardi and the rest of the Kings front office, this was a tough pill to swallow. They feel they’re trading away a future star, franchise goalie. But they had to. You can’t keep two star goalies in a cap system, not with the cap going down next season and the Kings needing to re-up Slava Voynov (done) and Rob Scuderi (not done yet) and other RFAs.
And there was a promise to keep. Lombardi, true to his word, told Bernier a year ago that he’d deal him either at the trade deadline or before the draft, a promise he reiterated at the player-exit meetings a few weeks ago, providing he could find a deal that made sense for the Kings.
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