June 17, 1989 |
On the eve of today's National Hockey League draft, the usual flurry of activity that comes with the gathering of general managers included the naming of Rick Dudley as coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Dudley, who was interviewed for the Kings' head coaching position eventually filled by Tom Webster, is coming off a successful season with the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in New Haven, Conn. Dudley led the Nighthawks into the Calder Cup final. Dudley, a former Sabre player, replaced Ted Sator, who was fired Thursday.
May 3, 1989 |
The Kings fired Coach Robbie Ftorek on Tuesday, inviting him to a noon meeting with General Manager Rogie Vachon, who informed him that his contract would not be renewed. It was a move that had long been expected, and not even Ftorek was very surprised. Ftorek was not fired because of the Kings' record this season or because the Kings did not win the Stanley Cup. Their regular-season mark was 42-31-7, their third-best ever, good for fourth place overall in the league, up from 18th the previous season.
June 1, 1989 |
As Tom Webster, new coach of the Kings, outlined his coaching philosophies at a news conference Wednesday at the Forum, a row of players who had been drawn to the meeting sat up and took notice. They liked the part about how he treats his veteran players. "You have to be open-minded enough as a coach to listen to your players," Webster said. "If you don't, you'll miss the boat. To quote Gordie Howe, that's why we were given two ears and one mouth." Howe, he said, was his idol.
December 7, 1987 |
A coaching change was of no immediate benefit to the Kings, who were bombarded by the Washington Capitals, 10-3, Sunday night before a crowd of 10,321 at the Capital Center. The Capital punishment included six third-period goals on seven shots, including five by the Capitals on their first five shots of the period.
June 13, 1987 |
The key to the successful use of the National Hockey League draft is an accurate assessment of the future value of 18-year-olds. Risky business at best, and infrequently rewarding. The Kings can only hope they will find such gems as Luc Robitaille, who was their ninth pick in the ninth round and 171st overall in 1984, and Jimmy Carson, their first in the first round and second overall, in today's NHL entry draft at Detroit.
May 4, 1989 |
The list of candidates for the coaching job that became available when the Kings fired Robbie Ftorek Tuesday is taking shape. It is being compiled by General Manager Rogie Vachon and probably won't include anyone who would demand to be general manager as well as coach. "Rogie is our general manager and he'll be back; that's for sure," owner Bruce McNall said Wednesday from New York, where he is attending meetings of the National Hockey League's expansion committee. "I know you're hearing about some good coaches who would only come if they could be general manager, too. I've heard the same thing.
March 11, 1987 |
The Kings traded away a big part of their history Tuesday, sending center Marcel Dionne, the second-highest scorer in National Hockey League history, to the New York Rangers. The trade was made at Dionne's request and was completed just before the league's trading deadline of noon, PST. "Marcel called me last night (Monday), and he asked me to move him," King General Manager Rogie Vachon said. "We had a good talk. He said that he's been here a long time.
July 15, 1989
Rick Wilson, 38, former assistant coach of the New York Islanders, was hired as an assistant coach of the Kings, General Manager Rogie Vachon announced. He joins Coach Tom Webster and assistant coach Cap Raeder.
September 7, 1990
The Kings traded left wing Craig Duncanson to the Minnesota North Stars for goalie Daniel Berthiaume, General Manager Rogie Vachon announced Thursday. Duncanson was then sent to the Winnipeg in exchange for center Brian Hunt. The North Stars also traded left wing Dave MacKey to Vancouver for considerations. Berthiaume, 24, was 1-3-0 with a 3.50 goals-against average in five games with the North Stars and 10-11-3, 3.72 with Winnipeg last season.