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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The rope-a-dope thing gets old after a while. Because one of these times it might burn them. One doesn't imagine that general manager Dean Lombardi is overly pleased. The veteran GM has done a lot of research over the past few years, talking to executives and former players from championship teams in other sports, trying to give his Kings every edge in maintaining their top-level ways. This is a franchise that wants to be a dynasty-in-the-making.
This wasn't the opening three months the GM had in mind. Lombardi hasn't been with the Kings on this road trip, instead he's been with his AHL club Manchester over the past two weeks getting a close eye on his prospects. No doubt he's liked what he's seen down there, as the Monarchs have the second-best record in the AHL led by a number of kids who are going to be good NHLers, like center Nick Shore, 22, who might get a look up top before the season is out.
How the rest of this season plays out for the Kings will determine just how many roster spots open up for some of those youngsters in Manchester.
Does Lombardi start re-tooling with youth just a bit this summer or does his veteran, championship core once again give him proof not to tinker too much?
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
If the Stanley Cup playoffs were to begin right now, the Los Angeles Kings would be in them by the skin of their teeth. They would have limped into the post-season with four losses in their past five. They would enter the tournament with their most productive players in terrible slumps – Anze Kopitar with one goal in his past 13 and Jeff Carter with one in his past 12. Nobody is talking about Drew Doughty as a candidate for the Norris Trophy and Marian Gaborik has alternated between being injured and ineffective.
They’d be preparing to play one of the league’s hottest teams, one that has nine wins in it’s past 10. That team would be the Chicago Blackhawks and we all know what happened when they faced each other last spring.
So how do you feel if you’re the Kings? Are you worried that, yet again, you’re spinning your wheels a third of the way through the season and your top players are not producing? Or do you take solace in the fact that your team defies all the conventional beliefs in hockey and actually does have a switch that it seems to be able to flip at its leisure?
By Mike Shackil,
The 2013-14 NHL regular season will be remembered fondly as the first full season following the acrimonious lockout the year before. The Los Angeles Kings were able to win the Stanley Cup, winning three seven-game series in the Western Conference portion of the playoffs before beating the New York Rangers in five games.
One of the other greatest moments of the 2013-14 regular season was the introduction of the Stadium Series. Several regular season games last season took place at outdoor venues, an event that historically only took place on January 1st for the Winter Classic. And, thankfully, this year that tradition will return with Los Angeles facing off against the first team they disposed of in last year’s playoffs: the San Jose Sharks.
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added 6:15pm, added official release from the Kings below...
NEW YORK (December 2, 2014) – The Los Angeles Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating the terms of defensemanSlava Voynov's suspension, the National Hockey League announced today.
Voynov skated with teammates today during a Club practice. Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.
If you missed what happened earlier today...
via Lisa Dillman tweets,
Voynov skating w team does not mean change in legal case - talked to his lawyer just now prelim set for dec 15
Just got on the ice early - DL thought it would be good for Voynov to be around teammates for the day
from Rich Hammond tweets,
Yeah the Kings definitely did not get permission for this Voynov stuff. They’re trying to claim he could skate because it was optional.
If this was an optional skate, it was highly coincidental that every single Kings player was on the ice.
Both Dillman and Hammond have more tweets on this topic...
added 2:22pm, Jon Rosen tweets,
Sutter: "It was an optional skate and everybody went. He's supposed to come out after with the injured guys...
Sutter, 2/2: ... right after practice. Everybody went today..."
added 2:30pm, Dillman tweet,
Understand that the Kings explained the situation to the league #voynov
from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,
''It’s pretty simple,’’ defenseman Drew Doughty said. ''We just need to be a better hockey team. We know the potential we have when we’re on our game, and we haven’t lived up to that potential hardly at all, this entire season. All of us in here, we know what we’ve got to do to be better, individually and as a team.’’
Doughty estimated that the Kings have been satisfied with their effort in only approximately half of their 24 games this season.
''We’re not panicking because we know the experience and heart we have on this team,’’ Doughty said, ''and we know that we’re going to turn it around.’’
Early-game play remains a significant concern for the Kings, who have held a lead after the first period in only one of their last eight games.
Jim Fox with a zinger at the end of the video and Bob Miller is not impressed.
Old-fashioned hip check by Demers on Jarret Stoll.
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