The math of keeping the team together

Dean Lombardi got a lot of praise for “bringing back everyone” from the cup-winning roster. This was never really totally true, though, since Kevin Westgarth, Simon Gagne, Andrei Loktionov and Davis Drewiske were all moved either before the lock-out-shortened 2013 season started, or before the trade deadline. And Willie Mitchell has yet to play a…

Dan Quayle, Kings Assistant GM?

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First, Daniel Carcillo. Now, this rumor that Rob Blake will be replacing Ron Hextall as Asst. GM. It’s a two-for-Tuesday of Superdickery. Maybe this is Lombardi’s way of protecting himself, by hiring someone no one on Earth would ever think is ready to be an actual GM. Hextall could have replaced Lombardi if Lombardi ever…

Flyer Quota Intact – Lombardi acquires Daniel Carcillo

Yesterday, Ron Hextall left for the Kings’ East Coast Affiliate. Today, Dean Lombardi traded a conditional 5th round pick for ex-Flyer Daniel Carcillo, maintaining the Philly West population at seven (Carcillo, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, Colin Fraser, John Stevens, and Lombardi). I’ll leave it to someone else to point out that Lombardi seems…

Greatest Hockey Legends: Jim Fox

Fox stood just 5’8″ though was built solidly at 185 lbs. Despite his lack of size the Kings drafted the right winger 10th overall in the 1980 Entry Draft following three straight 100+ point seasons in the OHA. In his final year with the Ottawa 67s, he led the entire league with 101 assists and…

Salary Arbitration Workshop: why is Trevor Lewis eligible?

Twenty-one NHL free agents file for salary arbitration Twenty-one NHL free agents have elected to take their teams to arbitration in an attempt to solve contract disputes, including […] Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Nolan […] You may have noticed, as I immediately did, that Trevor Lewis is apparently eligible for arbitration, despite my assertion that he…

Jersey numbers for new prospects, anyone?

I’m out of town, so I’m missing development camp for the first time since they started having them. Does anyone who attended have the roster sheet with the jersey numbers that the Kings usually provide? I’m looking especially for the new prospects, and Maxim Kitsyn (and anyone else I’m missing — see the reserve list,…

New CBA Limits on Burying Contracts in the Minors

The 2005 CBA contained a loophole though which clubs could make a player’s cap hit “disappear” by sending the player to the AHL. This was commonly referred to as “burying” a contract. The 2013 CBA closed this loop-hole. The new rule, in its simplest form: for all players in the minors, any cap hit above…

Suddenly the Kings have nine NHL defensemen

Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Matt Greene, Robyn Regehr, Jeff Schultz, Keaton Ellerby, Willie Mitchell, Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez. Mitchell may or may not be healthy (ever); Muzzin and Martinez are qualified RFAs. If we’re still looking at Regehr/Doughty and Muzzin/Greene, are we to assume that Schultz or Ellerby will be playing top four minutes…

Ex-Kings Pt. 2: Around the World

This morning (I think it was this morning), I did a rundown of ex-Kings scattered across the NHL. Here’s the follow-up, comprising ex-Kings everywhere else. Teams and leagues listed are current as of the 2012-13 season. A couple of interesting things I learned putting this list together: (1) Petr Nedved is still playing, in the…

LA Kings 2013 Draft Bullets

I don’t have a whole lot to add to what’s already been written about yesterday’s draft, other than: Justin Auger was selected with the 3rd round pick acquired in the Simon Gagne trade. Patrik Bartosak was selected with the 5th round pick acquired in the Davis Drewiske trade. Valentin Zykov was selected with a 2nd…

Former Kings Stumpel, Norstrom, Murray, victims of massive fraud scheme

Scammed ex-NHL star fighting back […] Bryan Berard […] former […] No. 1 draft pick, [is attempting] to recover the millions he invested with an unlicensed financial investor who bills himself as a “lifestyle coach”[,] and a convicted cocaine dealer who reinvented himself as a race car driver. […] Berard is […] trying to unravel bank transfers…

My 2 Cents on Bernier for Frattin and Scrivens

Jonathan Bernier was the first King drafted by Dean Lombardi, with the 11th pick in 2006. I have closely followed Bernier’s career for longer than I have any other current King. Seven years. I was aware of Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar when drafted, but can’t say I was following closely, not until they arrived…

Kings Anagrams: I am a bold nerd

Having established the true identity of toenail crud, we’re moving on to someone in the current Kings organ-EYE-zation. This mystery man’s name is an anagram of many things, among them: I am a bold nerd. Odd lamebrain. Bad old marine. Born amid deal. Admirable Don. Mad bandolier.  

Are the Kings “screwed”? (And is it news?)

I told you all many months ago that the Kings would have to get rid of two of their $3MM+ contracts in order to get under the cap. I gave a short list of (pick two of) Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. This was of course long before we all knew…