March 7, 2009
Dean Lombardi has officially waved the white flag on this season. I agreed with most of the moves Lombardi has made since becoming the GM, until now. I was shocked to read that he said it was a possibility that Patrick O'Sullivan might be further along as a player if he hadn't held out at the beginning of the season. Then to say Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Gaborik had too steep of a price tag! Dean, how much cap space do we have? The Kings are so close to becoming a playoff team. This trade was a step backward.
October 10, 2011 |
+ Welcome back, Winnipeg Jets. Their second incarnation began Sunday … but the Montreal Canadiens spoiled their party by inflicting a 5-1 loss. Fans, Jets put on a great show. + Congratulations to Jaromir Jagr. Back in the NHL after three seasons in Russia, he recorded his 1,600th point with an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers' opener. + The New York Rangers waived Sean Avery and no one else claimed him. His act has grown old. He was to report to the Rangers' American Hockey League farm team.
July 7, 2010 |
The Kings have again said no to signing free agent Ilya Kovalchuk, this time appearing to close the door and lock it behind them. General Manager Dean Lombardi ended his initial pursuit of the two-time 50-goal scorer Sunday but was "re-engaged" by Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman. After crunching the numbers of a proposal sent Wednesday by Grossman, the Kings calculated they couldn't sign Kovalchuk and have salary cap space to retain the young players who are becoming the franchise's cornerstones.
July 11, 2010 |
Ilya Kovalchuk will meet with Kings executives for the first time Monday, a chance for the Kings to sell him on the merits of living and playing here — and on compromising at the bargaining table. Kovalchuk's arrival in Los Angeles on Sunday added a new twist to a saga that began when the NHL's free-agent period opened on July 1. The Kings had two previous rounds of talks with his agent, Jay Grossman, but walked away each time after Grossman refused to relax his client's 10-year, $100-million price.
June 25, 2011 |
The Kings hit a snag while trying to grant Ryan Smyth's wish to return home to Western Canada when a tentative trade with the Oilers was derailed by concerns related to the post-concussion status of Edmonton forward Gilbert Brule. The Kings, surprised when Smyth asked out for family reasons, agreed to take a late draft pick and Brule's $1.85-million salary-cap hit to offset the Oilers' accepting Smyth's $6.25-million cap hit. The Kings planned to quickly trade, waive or buy out Brule to regain cap space to acquire a replacement for Smyth, who scored 23 goals last season.
January 28, 2010 |
The Kings are a prime contender to acquire high-scoring left wing Ilya Kovalchuk from Atlanta, but they're competing with Vancouver, Boston and another Eastern team for the two-time 50-goal scorer, according to hockey sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The Bruins could offer one of the first-round draft picks they got from Toronto for Phil Kessel, while the Canucks and Kings have youngsters whose salaries would suit the cash-pinched Thrashers. The Kings' depth on defense gives them bargaining chips, though they're unlikely to part with core defensemen Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty, Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi.