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From the Los Angeles Times:
Former Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Stevens, who was fired by the team in December, is the Kings’ choice to fill the assistant coaching vacancy created by Mark Hardy’s resignation and has been offered the job, and his hiring could be announced next week, confirmed an NHL source, who was granted anonymity because the organization is not ready to make the decision public.
Key Kings executives know Stevens well. Kings Coach Terry Murray, previously part of the Flyers’ staff, worked with Stevens in Philadelphia, and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and assistant GM Ron Hextall are familiar with him from their past employment in the Flyers’ organization.
Rob Blake will announce his retirement tomorrow so why not present to you some of the big time hits given out by Blake.
from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy, facing a fourth-degree felony sexual abuse charge, has resigned, a club spokesman said Saturday….
In a statement, the Kings said Hardy had resigned on Friday and they would have no further comment on the matter. The statement said a search for a new assistant coach would begin immediately.
Jarret Stoll helped to enhance the faceoffs in NHL 11. Take a look at the behind the scenes video…
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Dean Lombardi did an interview this morning with a friend of mine, Dustin Nielson, who does the morning show for 1260-AM in Edmonton. Some of the interview covered some familiar ground, but at one point Lombardi was asked about the future of Alexander Frolov, and whether he saw Frolov returning to the Kings or whether it was time to move on….
He’s a good player. I guess at times, like you say, you think he’s capable of more, but he’s still a productive player. But you still now have to really be astute in how you attach a price tag to that, or you’re going to get yourself in trouble down the road, and then all this building we’ve done makes no sense if we can’t keep these young players that have come through our system. So I’m not too optimistic, given what he’s looking for. The other thing we’re confronting here, don’t forget, is the KHL, and they’re offering an awful lot of money…
from Patrick Rishe of Forbes,
I undertook a simplified statistical analysis of data from the 2005-06 through the 2009-2010 season in an effort to answer this question quantitatively.
I presumed that managerial inefficiency was akin to spending the most money for the least amount of victories and postseason appearances. Thus, the metric used to assess managerial inefficiency was to identify teams with the highest average payroll cost per win AND with no more than 1 post-season appearance in the last 5 years.
Using this metric coupled with the postseason filter, the 3 most inefficient franchises of each league from the last 5 years are:
1) Edmonton Oilers, 2) L.A. Kings, 3) Toronto Maple Leafs…Oh no, Canada. To hockey lovers north of the border, it is probably disturbing that 2 of the 3 least efficient NHL franchises reside in traditionally strong hockey markets. These 3 teams were each between $1.1 - $1.2 million in player costs per win over this stretch.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was arrested in Washington, D.C., and has been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse, a report on KABC-TV’s website said. Hardy was taken into custody overnight and that “the complaint came from a woman in her 20s who claimed to be a relative of Hardy’s,” according to the report.
added 2:39pm, Helene Elliott of the LA Times has some updated information on this.
The Los Angeles Kings put together a video of many of the off-ice bloopers that were caught while filming during the season.
Many of them featured Heidi Androl, so let’s roll the tape…
via a Chris Johnston tweet,
Ryan Smyth says he has a fractured ankle. He’s heading back to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Keep an eye on the Los Angeles Kings; they are going to be real aggressive in trying to add a big name this offseason.
Plan A will be a run at star winger Ilya Kovalchuk on July 1. If the Kings strike out there, they might then go after unrestricted free-agent forward Patrick Marleau if he hasn’t been re-signed by the Sharks. Marleau played under Kings GM Dean Lombardi during the exec’s time in San Jose, so that’s a natural fit.
If they can’t land Kovalchuk or Marleau, then the trade route is always there. The Kings’ system is loaded with assets after years of proper rebuilding, and there will be NHL teams needing salary-cap relief with forwards for sale.
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