Tag Archive for Dean Lombardi

You’re all a bunch of Jeremy Roenicks

Well, not all. Just the ones who didn’t play during the lock-out. Played during lock-out: Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan, Dwight King, Alec Martinez, Slava Voynov, Jake Muzzin, Jonathan Bernier. Didn’t play: Dustin Penner, Justin Williams, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll, Colin Fraser, Drew Doughty, Rob Scuderi,…

Why was it stupid to trade Andrei Loktionov? Let’s review

Yesterday Dean Lombardi traded the most NHL-ready playmaker in the Kings prospect pool to New Jersey for a 5th round draft pick. Ever since Lombardi inexplicably chose not to petition to have Loktionov’s name engraved on the cup (while simultaneously petitioning for Davis 9 games Drewiske and Kevin 25 games Westgarth) we’ve been waiting for…

Recyling old rumors

The Loktionov and Bernier trade requests are getting more virtual ink this week, though it doesn’t appear to be motivated by actual trade talks. Spectors Hockey | NHL Morning Rumor Mill – January 31, 2013 James O’Brien, citing a report from the LA Kings blog Mayor’s Manor, reports Kings center Andrei Loktionov has requested a…

Kings’ cap situation in 2013-14, compliance buy-outs – pt. 3

We discussed the Kings’ cap situation and possible buy-out candidates a few weeks ago in this post and this one. To summarize: The cap’s going down to $64.5 million.  Voynov, Martinez, Muzzin, Clifford, Lewis, Nolan, Loktionov and Bernier are RFA this summer. I’m nearly 100% sure Martinez, Muzzin, Lewis and Bernier all have arbitration rights.…

I think Simon Gagne might get dealt soon

And, no, I’m not reporting a rumor. I don’t know any rumors, and I don’t have sources anyway. So why am I saying such things? Here’s my reasoning: Gagne – Richards – Brown sucked Saturday. They were by far the worst line on the ice. This point in and of itself means nothing. Sutter was…

Why did the Kings lose Thomas Hickey? I’ll tell you why

I was sad to see Thomas Hickey go this morning. In an alternate universe, it’s Hickey and not Alec Martinez or Slava Voynov playing in LA with his name on the Stanley Cup. Does that sound crazy? Consider that Hickey’s injuries early on are what kept him from getting his “cup of coffee” early on,…

Westgarth for Stewart, and I say Lombardi’s not done yet

Kevin Westgarth, loved and appreciated by pretty much everyone, lost his roster spot at some point in the spring of 2012, so it’s not a surprise that Dean Lombardi moved him when he got the chance. I have to say though, I am once again surprised by the excellent return (former 25th overall pick RW…

2013 Kings’ opening night line-up?

The 2013 season starts in 10-14 days. Camp starts in less than a week, I suppose. Anze Kopitar and Willie Mitchell sound like they’re out with knee injuries for at least a few weeks. Tyler Toffoli has been tearing up the AHL. Jonathan Quick either has just been cleared to play (surgery, remember?) or is…

THE DREW DOUGHTY RETIREMENT PLAN

Back when Doughty was holding out, I made a spreadsheet — unpublished until now — projecting the growth of his retirement nest egg until Doughty’s ultimate retirement from the NHL at age 100, his consciousness long since having been uploaded into a robot. Here is that spreadsheet: