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Frolov Looking For More Money Than The Kings Want To Pay

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…

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Bad Numbers

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:

NHL

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.

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Kings Assistant Coach Hardy Arrested

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.

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added 2:39pm, Helene Elliott of the LA Times has some updated information on this.

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Bloopers- Kings Style

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…

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Ryan Smyth Out Of World Championship With Fractured Ankle

via a Chris Johnston tweet,

Ryan Smyth says he has a fractured ankle. He’s heading back to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Kings Want To Add Offense

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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Jack Johnson Named Team USA Captain

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of Michigan) was today named captain of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team that will play in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship, May 7-23, in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany….

In addition, four alternate captains were named, including Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators), Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of North Dakota), Eric Nystrom (Syosset, N.Y./Calgary Flames/Univ. of Michigan) and Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota).

more at USA Hockey…

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  Tags: jack+johnson, team+usa

Kings May Only Get Better

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

...The Canucks saluted the Kings too. “They’ve got a great team,” Henrik Sedin said. “If they can stay together, they’re going to be an unbelievable team for a lot of years.”

That prediction has a better chance of coming true if they get better goaltending, or at least the consistency Quick displayed before his late-season fade. Smyth made a point of consoling Quick after the game.

“I thought he had an excellent year. He’s the one reason we’re here in the playoffs. And I just wanted to tell him that and that he’s a big difference,” Smyth said.

His play is also one of the reasons they’re done, though depth up the middle and a lack of speed on defense were keys too.

Those thoughts are for General Manager Dean Lombardi to ponder in the coming months. On Sunday players couldn’t help but ponder what might have been.

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Save Of The Night

Roberto Luongo robs Ryan Smyth.

Watch a different angle below…

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Shane O’Brien Discusses His ‘Clown’ Fight

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

O’Brien raised his index finger and gestured to the crowd, palms up, as if to request more applause for his pugilistic feats. Kings Coach Terry Murray criticized him and called him a clown. O’Brien’s employers reportedly didn’t like it much, either, and called him in for a chat before he spoke to the media in Vancouver on Saturday.

“I wasn’t trying to show anybody up or anything like people keeping saying and talking about,” he told reporters in Vancouver before the Canucks flew to Los Angeles. “It was a big game, there was some emotion, the crowd was standing and next thing I know I was raising my hands in the air.

“It was probably a little immature and uncalled for, but at the same time, I don’t know, for those of you out there who have been in a fight sometimes you don’t think before you act—I’m pretty good at that. I’ve got to start thinking before I do stuff. I’ve done a lot worse in my life.”

He also complimented the Kings’ coach.

read on and watch the video of the fight if you missed it earlier…

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  Tags: shane+o'brien

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