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LaBarbera Traded To Canucks

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Kings have traded Jason LaBarbera to the Vancouver Canucks for a seventh-round draft pick in 2009.

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Could Quick Be The Kings Goalie Answer?

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

From the aforementioned list only Vachon, in the early 1970s, provided top-notch goaltending for more than a few seasons. The Kings’ inability to find and develop elite goalies transcends generations and general managers and generally defies common sense.

That’s why it’s tempting to get excited about Quick, who has two shutouts in his first four starts this season and will start for the fifth consecutive time when the Kings play the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Staples Center.

He stays square to the shooters. He doesn’t get rattled. He’s competitive and he’s a quick learner—after being banished to the ECHL last season because he showed up late to a couple of practices, he now takes practice as seriously as games.

“To his credit, he actually handled it pretty well,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said.

Son of a father who’s a route salesman for Entenmann’s bakery and does construction work on the side, the 22-year-old native of Milford, Conn., knows the value of hard work.

read on

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No Goalie Trade For Kings At This Time

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The NHL’s holiday trade freeze ends at midnight local time tonight, but General Manager Dean Lombardi said Friday he’s not planning to look for a goaltender—for now.

About a month ago the Kings were discussing a multi-team deal that would have brought Nikolai Khabibulin from Chicago, but the trade fell apart when one team tried to switch a player in the mix.

There isn’t much out there, anyway, Lombardi said. “You hear of any goalies available that I’m not hearing of?” he asked, joking.

continued

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The Nurturing Of Drew Doughty

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

(Drew) Doughty, the second overall pick in June, walked out of the Ontario Hockey League in spring and into the Kings’ lineup in fall. He logs 25 minutes a game, showing sleight-of-hand skills handling the puck and a he-shoots-he-scores ability from the blue line.

Such a package needed to be handled with care. Where to store him away from the rink was easy. You can even set it to music.

The “I Love L.A.” life is handled by defenseman Matt Greene, who was asked to take in Doughty at his Hermosa Beach residence. The “On the Road Again” chore is handled by Dustin Brown, who rooms with Doughty on trips.

It’s a tag-team big brother setup that strays into parenting at times.

Said Brown: “He sleeps for hours. I have to make sure he gets out of bed and gets to the rink on time.”

Said Greene: “I have a five-second buffer that I employ with him. Just think before you talk.”

read on

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Kings Showed Interest In Khabibulin

via Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

...the Kings were, until late last week, in the running for Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. No longer, it seems. Talks ended without a deal, but it had nothing to do with Khabibulin’s salary or any injury concerns. But that should answer the question about whether the Kings are willing to go after a veteran goalie this season.

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Kings Offer $11.50 Ticket Prices For All Seats In January

from LAKings.com,

The Los Angeles Kings today announced a special 36-hour Holiday Ticket Sale.

All tickets – including available tickets in the lower bowl—currently unsold for the six Kings games at STAPLES Center in January will be available for purchase for $11.50 in a unique RUSH Sale Presented by Sports Chalet and Kings flagship radio station KTLK 1150….

We are excited about our young team and the more we can expose this team to the fans and to our city the better,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille….

In January, the Kings play the following six games: Saturday, Jan. 3, against Philadelphia; Thursday, Jan. 8, against the Ducks; Saturday, Jan. 10, against New Jersey; Monday, Jan. 12, against Tampa Bay; Thursday, Jan. 15, against the Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings; and Thursday, Jan. 29, against Chicago.

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Waiver Wire Pickup Of The Year

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Last season, the waiver pickup of the year was goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

This year, while still early, it may just be Kyle Quincey. In a move that didn’t exactly turn many heads in mid-October, the Los Angeles Kings picked up 23-year-old defenseman off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. And they’ve been head over heels ever since.

“This is an example of not only getting a good player, but also of our infrastructure working,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi told ESPN.com on Friday.

When Quincey went on waivers, Kings pro scout Rob Laird made his case. “This guy can play,” Laird told Lombardi.

“He was right on,” Lombardi said of Laird. “That’s a great job by a guy that works in the trenches and goes out there and works his butt off.”

continued plus Sundin and Wings/Sharks talk…

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Kings Need Better Goaltending

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

So how is it that the Kings can play up to the level of the NHL’s top teams but still hover around .500?

That they can commit thoughtless mistakes—one of which led to a successful penalty shot Wednesday by the New York Rangers—but still take the second-best team in the East to overtime and then have every reason to feel dissatisfied after a 3-2 loss?

The conclusion is inescapable: They will go nowhere, and might soon regress, if they don’t upgrade their goaltending.

continued

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All Kopitar - Video Style

An all access look at Los Angeles Kings superstar Anze Kopitar takes us for a tour of Manhattan Beach with his family.

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