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Old 01-31-2008, 02:01 AM   #201
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:51 PM   #202
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The Kings brought up Dan Cloutier on re-entry waivers and put J.S. Aubin on waivers. - TSN





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Nice win for the Kings last night! I expect some high level talks between the two teams to heat up as well.
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Nice win for the Kings last night! I expect some high level talks between the two teams to heat up as well.
Kindl and a first for Blake....
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A former Los Angeles Kings defenceman understands what it's like to be the coveted prize and to also be in control of the situation.

It was just over a decade ago that the Detroit Red Wings called the Toronto Maple Leafs and made a pitch to acquire the services of Larry Murphy.

Murphy's contract included a no-trade clause, meaning he had the final say as to whether he'd doff the Maple Leaf in favour of the winged wheel.




"(Leafs GM) Cliff Fletcher called me in a few days before the trade deadline and sounded me out, to get an idea of places I might be willing to go," recalled Murphy, who won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie with the Kings in 1980-81.

When Fletcher called to inform him of Detroit's offer, Murphy talked it over with his wife and opted to make the move.

It was a wise decision that earned Murphy back-to-back Stanley Cups with Detroit in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Fast forward to this season and a current King finds himself in the catbird's seat.

Kings captain Rob Blake is the most coveted prize up for grabs as the Feb. 26 trade deadline fast approaches.

Blake wasn't in the lineup Thursday as the Kings dropped the Wings 5-3 at Joe Louis Arena.

In fact, he wasn't even in Detroit.

Expect that scenario to continue through the rest of the NHL season, unless the Wings happen to cross paths with the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

According to highly-placed league sources, Anaheim is where Blake will be headed at the trade deadline.

He wouldn't even be required to move house to play for the cross-town Ducks and since Blake owns a no-trade contract, he can make that call.

That's not the only reason why Blake won't be coming to Detroit.

A non-displaced fracture of the left ankle kept Blake out of the lineup Thursday.

A desire not to displace themselves of their future will keep the Wings from making a move for Blake.

In return for Blake, word is the Kings are seeking a player off a club's roster, a top prospect and a high draft pick.

As a rental player -- Blake will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end -- that's a hefty price.

Detroit moved a similar package last season to grab Todd Bertuzzi, the big forward who was supposed to put them over the top. That didn't work out very well at all, but it's got nothing to do with why they won't be willing to pay the Kings' ransom for Blake.

The Wings, who figure they will be contenders for years to come, won't to be willing to part with young defencemen Jakub Kindl or Jonathan Ericsson, likely targets that the Kings would pursue.

Instead, they'll pursue a depth defenceman. The Wings learned a harsh lesson last spring in how quickly a defensive corps can thin out when they lost both Mathieu Schneider and Niklas Kronwall to injury.

The Ducks don't possess Detroit's option of patience. They must win now.

Moves to bring back defenceman Scott Niedermayer and forward Teemu Selanne from self-imposed exile further skewered Anaheim's salary cap.

The Ducks won't be able to keep all their current pieces in place for next season.

Along with Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, Blake would give them an unprecedented three Norris Trophy-winning blue-liners and the right to call themselves Cup favourites.

The price for Blake will be one Detroit is unwilling to pay, but considering how they've loaded their guns for this season, it will be a price the Ducks can't afford not to pay.
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We'll see where Blake ends up, I think the Ducks/Sharks/Wings and maybe the Rangers are all going to vie for Robbie. Ducks will have to overpay to get him IMO even though the Kings need Robbie to clear the trade...



Meanwhile, I am really HAPPY with Brian Boyle the young 24 year old GIANT (6'6 225 pound) center, just got called up and is a PPG player (2 goals and one assist) in his first 3 games in the NHL....








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Further proof Bernier will be the next Roy....






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By the way Cloutier gets the nod against Columbus today...


Stamkos looking better and better everyday. Good job Dean.
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If USA Hockey is looking to promote its success this decade, the executives should take their marketing dollars to Hollywood. Amid the glitz and glamour of “Tinseltown” live three billboard quality ads for the United States.

Fourth-year center Dustin Brown, second-year wing Patrick O’Sullivan, and rookie defenseman Jack Johnson have all played integral roles in USA Hockey’s resurgence this decade. Now they’re three cornerstones for a rebuilding franchise in Los Angeles. But if Brown, O’Sullivan and Johnson can mimic their success from the international stage to the NHL, the Kings could quickly challenge Anaheim for hockey supremacy along the Pacific coast.

“Ever since I’ve been here there have been more American guys than normal. Not necessarily marquee players, but Americans in general,” Brown told NHL.com. “Now having three so-called core Team USA guys is something to build on for sure.”

Each of these three can author a remarkable international résumé.

At least one of them played for Team USA’s entry in the World Junior Championships from 2002-07. O’Sullivan played in three WJC’s from 2003-05, helping Team USA to its only World Juniors gold in 2004.

In fact, prior to arrival of the three aforementioned players in the USA program, the Americans had won just three medals in the first 28 years of the World Junior Championships. In the last seven, Uncle Sam has taken home two medals, O’Sullivan’s ’04 gold and Johnson’s bronze last year.


Brown, O’Sullivan and Johnson also have played in a combined four World Championships, and O’Sullivan and Johnson were tutored in Ann Arbor, Mich. at the United States National Team Development Program.

“The fact that they’re all U.S. kids I think speaks to just how good the hockey is getting in the USA because they all come from different areas,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “Hopefully we’ll get a few more.”

O’Sullivan, 23, who hails from North Carolina, left the USNTDP as an 18-year-old to play major junior hockey in Canada. After scoring 92 points for the Mississauga IceDogs of the OHL, he was named OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year.

Two years later, he scored three goals in helping Team USA’s WJC squad take home the gold. Now, in just his second NHL season, he’s playing top-line shifts for the Kings and producing with 13 goals and 17 assists through 58 games.

“He might be the most improved player I’ve seen in 12 months,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi, a native of Massachusetts, told NHL.com. “Quite frankly, he had no interest in playing in traffic, getting his nose dirty, protecting the puck, getting to the holes. In the summer, he spent a lot of time looking at those areas, looking himself in the mirror and his improvement in those areas is as much as I’ve ever seen.”


Brown, who is also 23 and a native of Ithaca, N.Y., teamed with O’Sullivan in the 2003 World Junior Championships, losing in the bronze-medal game. Now he’s one of the most complete players in the NHL. Brown leads the League in hits and could be on his way to a 30-goal season.

Brown has 24 goals and 241 hits, 41 Better than second-place Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek, also a young American player.

Johnson, from Indianapolis, is the baby of the bunch. He turned 21 last month and played in World Junior bronze-medal games both in 2006 and 2007. Team USA lost to Finland in 2006, but beat Sweden last year to take home its first medal since O’Sullivan’s gold.

Now Johnson, the third-overall pick of the 2005 Entry Draft, logs more than 20 minutes per game as a rookie defenseman. He has nine points so far this season.

“His progress for a first year, (I) couldn’t be more than happy,” Lombardi said. “This (summer) will be crucial for him. He can’t be satisfied. He’ll have to spend this summer analyzing his game. This kid’s not playing to play; he’s playing to be the best.”


While O’Sullivan admitted it is “pretty cool” to be on the same team with two other Team USA members, he said the level of comfort he gained in joining a team already stocked with one former teammate (Brown) was essential in his growth.

“Last year it was nice for me having Dustin because I didn’t really know anybody else on the team,” O’Sullivan said. “And, for Jack, we played against each other growing up and we’ve been in different camps together. So I’m sure for him it’s nice just seeing guys you know from before.

“It’s hard as a young player in this League to find that comfort both on the ice and off the ice. I think a lot of people don’t realize how hard that is. I could be wrong, but I’m sure (Johnson) likes having guys that he can talk to, younger guys around that are the same age that he can relate to.”

Because of their international résumés, Johnson, O’Sullivan and Brown are also taxed with being key components to the Kings future. They plan to use their successful Team USA experiences as a guide.

“We have one guy on this team that has won a Stanley Cup (Rob Blake), so everyone has to draw on their past experiences -- whether it’s NCAA, World Juniors, or World Championships,” Brown said. “With the U.S. program, we’ve played numerous times in numerous situations.”

Could the big one – the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver – be next?

Nobody wants to think about it. The dream is still a dream.

“All three of us would love to play for Team USA (in the Olympics) if we had that opportunity, but it’s a long ways away,” O’Sullivan said. “It would be pretty neat to say the least. Hopefully that will happen.”


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The most obvious sellers on the market, the Kings are out of the playoff hunt and have a boatload of unrestricted free agents, some of whom even have value to other teams. The Kings have put together a solid young core, so and deals will be focused on complementing their best young players. With good young NHLers and a handful of fine prospects, the Kings have an exciting young base that should only be better and deeper after the deadline.

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SPECTOR'S NOTE: It's up to Blake to decide if he'll stay or go, and if he'll go where he'll go. He's previously suggested he could waive his NTC if the Kings approached him about it. This report seems to suggest that the Kings might be doing so.

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It was very nice to be seeing the Kings plan of developing young players like Boyle and Purcell tonight against the Flames. Those are just two players coming into the NHL and doing extremely well. Couple that with the already young proven NHLers like Kopitar, Brown, O'Sullivan, Frolov, Jack Johnson. Each of these players are playing better as the season progresses. The most improved young player has to be O'sullivan who is coming into his own and clearly getting comfortable at the NHL level. Brown definitely took his game to a whole new level this year, possibly will be the Kings Captain in the future. He is a really good example to the young guys that come up to the Kings. Then you see Boyle who is a monster 6'6 225 pound wrecking ball center, make you think that possibly the Kings have an Eric Lindros (minus the Concussions of course) on their hands. Laying out Phaneuf when he was coming to take out Boyle was great.


Which brings up another point with all these kids doing so well, Crawford is definitely going to be sticking around for another year at least. There is definitely more consistency and improvement for the team this year, even though we are in last place and I hate to say it, if the Kings continue on this pace, we will not be in last and not likely to get Stamkos.

It's an extremely rare time for a Kings fan after the game to extremely happy with the way their team plays and at the same time got a glimpse of just what the future holds. Kings still have the Berniers, Mollers, Hickeys to come and that's not even mentioning the forthcoming draft picks and prospects the Kings are likely to acquire by the trading deadline. The days of Kings being the laughingstock of the league are definitely numbered.


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Deano is gearing up and ready to unload players for picks and prospects.

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Also another rumor flying around on Hockey Future, is that the Kings are working on a BIG trade. Credible poster on there says a big trade is in the works.
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For many fans, the best hockey they'll see lies ahead.

But for teams like the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks, the 2007-08 season is as good as done.

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To those fans I suggest, do not fret. Your teams made significant improvements this season and success is not too far off.

That may be a difficult notion for Kings fans to swallow, but those who have been critical of GM Dean Lombardi must also admit the team has a solid foundation of youth from which to build on.

What some fans don't comprehend is when you elect to build through a youth movement, you need to surround those players with veterans to help them get over the hump.

So if the Kings signed a veteran or two that you don't necessarily care for, understand those players will, in all likelihood, be gone when the kids begin to hit their stride.

Players such as Anze Kopitar, Alexander Frolov, Dustin Brown, Patrick O'Sullivan and Jack Johnson all have the potential to be impact performers for years to come. And when that day arrives, Lombardi will surely surround them with a higher quality of unrestricted free agent.
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And for the second time this year, the Kings come roaring back from a 4 goal lead in the 3rd period.



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Apparently, the Kings are allocated one classic, near-miraculous comeback victory per season, having pulled that off against the Stars in November. They almost made it two with a spirited third-period rally -- scoring four goals to tie it, including two in the final 1:07 of regulation -- only to lose, 6-5, in overtime to the Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

Kings forward Anze Kopitar was the driving force in sensational fashion, tying it, 5-5, at 19:45, with his 27th goal of the season, and added two assists. Michael Cammalleri picked up three points, a goal and two assists, and Alexander Frolov had two assists, the second setting up Kopitar's goal. Kings defenseman Peter Harrold scored his first NHL goal, at 5:23 of the first.

"That's as good an overtime loss as you're ever gonna see. . . . That was a lot of blood and guts there in the third period," Kings Coach Marc Crawford said.

If those words aren't the catchy marketing slogan the Kings envision, how about this one? If you don't like what's happening on the ice right now . . . . well, wait one period.

Interesting for the fans, irritating for the masked men attempting to stop the puck. Which is why there was a brief huddle about the streaky nature of the squad afterward between three Kings goalies in the dressing room -- injured No. 1 Jason LaBarbera, Dan Cloutier and rookie Erik Ersberg.

Cloutier was pulled during a team-wide, train wreck of a second period, in which Chicago scored four goals in 4:06 to go up, 5-1.

He was replaced by Ersberg, who was making his NHL debut at age 25.

Ersberg was more than adequate, stopping 18 of 19 shots, including Patrick Sharp's breakaway at 13:15 of the third. Sharp scored the winner at 1:48 of overtime.

"They're such a streaky team, offensively and defensively," said a bemused Cloutier. "We were just talking, all three goalies here. It's got to be so tough on the coaching staff.

"Down 5-1 in the NHL, going into the third period, is not easy to do. That was a character builder. It's the way we get down, the chances we allow for five or six minutes. It's hard to pinpoint it. If we could find a way to start games the way we played in the third period, we'd be a hell of a hockey team.

"We wouldn't be having this discussion. For me, I've got to be better on some of those goals. I know it's a young team. We've been saying that for two years now and I think it's time to come up with something else."

He was not dodging blame.

"I'm an older guy," Cloutier said. "I have to make saves at certain times of the game. We're down 2-1, there's still a lot of hockey left."

But Kings defenseman Jack Johnson pointed out that the team in front of Cloutier wasn't exactly providing much support.

The Kings would not have grabbed a point without Johnson's standout effort on rookie forward Jonathan Toews, stopping him in the waning seconds of regulation just before Kopitar's goal.

Crawford called it the play of the game, saying: "His effort to fight off a very competitive Toews and keep the play alive. . . . "

Said Johnson: "I just got lucky. I think if I do that 100 more times, don't think I'd bat it out of the air like that again, but I'll take it. I think he [Toews] gave up there a little bit on the play, I took one more stride to catch up to him. There was still plenty of time to make another attack at him."
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Kings trade Stuart to the Red Wings...no word on the return. I predicted this 4 days ago! Whoohooo!
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No kidding, and not a bad haul for the Kings either. It's not going to be long until they're contenders...unless they deviate from what they're doing.
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Kings made out pretty darn good yesterday. I hate to see that 4th rounder go since that's usually where the Wings do their best work in the draft but hey, there's a better than outside shot of re-signing stuart and he'll upgrade the top 4 on the blue line. once we get back to full strength, it'll be a nice little dogfight between ducks, stars, and wings.

p.s. glad to see that blake didn't end up in anaheim
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I'm kinda pissed off that Blake forced the Kings their hand. Stupid NTC, however I expect Dean Lombardi to lowball Blake in the offseason when Blake is a FA.

Keep in mind the Kings have it all geared towards this draft, 10 picks in the first four rounds and half of that is in the first two rounds. I don't think that will be the number when we get to draft day. Cammy will definitely be traded for a pick and prospects.
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Patrick O’Sullivan’s five-point night Feb. 21 reinforces the notion the 23-year-old is destined for stardom. His value in keeper leagues is already quite high (just try trading for him), but by next season it will probably be too late.

O’Sullivan is one of the rare players with the ability to reach offensive production well into the 90s. It will be a few years before we see anything like that, but he looks like a prime candidate to break out next season with 70-plus points.

His role with the team is increasing. In the past 42 contests, the Kings forward has seen at least 17:30 of ice time in 40 of them. Prior to that, he saw that much ice on just five of 21 occasions. He is part of the top penalty-killing unit (averaging 2:45 of ice time per game when down a man) and has lately been on the first unit of the power play.

The savvy sophomore’s minus-10 rating may be of some concern, but he was a minus-5 after the first eight games of the season.

O’Sullivan is currently centering the second line with streaky Alexander Frolov on the left side and sniper Mike Cammalleri on the right. The trio combined for 11 points Thursday and given Frolov’s tendency to get very hot for several games in a row, expect him to drag his linemates along for the next couple of weeks…
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With the team arriving late from St. Louis last night, today’s practice was optional on ice and only four players – Raitis Ivanans, Jon Klemm, Dan Cloutier and Derek Armstrong – participated in drills with the coaching staff.

The rest of the players, in an attempt to get refreshed and revitalized after playing four games in six nights, took practice outdoors and threw the football around and kicked soccer balls at the park across the street from Toyota Sports Center.

The biggest news from practice, however, was that Jason LaBarbera had undergone sports hernia surgery this morning and is out for the season.

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LaBarbera, who has not played since Feb. 18 due to a groin injury, will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery this morning. His 2007-08 season, the first of a two-year contract extension singed on July 3, 2007, will end with LaBarbera posting a 17-23-2 mark, stopping 1,220-of-1,341 shots (.910 SV%) with a 3.00 GAA.

"He is going to be out for that,” head coach Marc Crawford said. “It is unfortunate, he has had a decent season for us. I think he has proved he is a capable of being an NHL goaltender. He had the bulk of the time for us. It is a tough injury, but on the positive side he will have a long period of recovery and hopefully he can start fresh at the start of next season."

With LaBarbera out, the goaltending duties will fall to rookie Erik Ersberg and veteran Dan Cloutier.

Ersberg, the first Swedish goaltender in Kings history, has stopped 79 of 85 shots (.929 save percentage) in his first three NHL games, though he has not earned a win, posting an 0-1-2 mark.

“I thought he has played well, his rebound control has been quite good. He skates well, he looks like he has a good demeanor and an overall good package in terns of what he does in the net,” Crawford said. “It is unfortunate for him, he has been there and probably deserves to have his first win by now but hasn’t gotten it.”

Regardless of his 0-1-2 start, Ersberg has enjoyed his three games with the Kings.

“It was a great experience to start some games and play some games up here,” Ersberg said. “It was a lot of fun. We didn’t get too many points, but I think I played okay.”

When asked about his rebound control, something that Crawford had pointed out as a positive, Ersberg said: ”It is something I worked on this year in Manchester with the goalie coaches. It is an important part of the game and helps your ‘D’ out, so if you can do that well, it makes them not have to take some long shifts.”

"I think that what we are doing now is saying 'hey, Erik has been playing well and let's see if he can continue to play real strong.' Obviously, he isn't tired or anything,” Crawford said. “Dan [Cloutier] came in here and he had no pressure on him with Jason being the No. 1 goalie, and he played well.

”But since Jason's injury and he became the guy, so to speak, maybe we can lesson that burden on them. Both of them just have to go out to play. We are in a situation where we are seeing where these players are at. It is exciting, Ersberg is young and looks like has a little something, much like at the start of the season when we had a young goaltender, Jonathan Bernier, come in and show that he had something you could look forward to. He is going to get a chance to play right now, we are excited for him."
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Kings sealed up the number one overall spot. STTTAAAAAMKOOOOSSS.
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Enough already.

Enough bluster. Enough talk of a different future.

Enough mediocre/simply bad hockey.

It is time for Philip Anschutz to sell the Kings. Time to wave goodbye.

Please.

It has been 13 years of failure for the Kings under Anschutz. Thirteen years with one playoff series victory. Thirteen years of pained, absentee ownership.

Devoted Kings fans deserve better. The Kings deserve better. A lot better.

They don't deserve another year of watching the playoffs go by. They certainly don't deserve this horrific season, in which their only claim is: worst team in the NHL.

Anschutz would have a lot to answer for when it comes to the Kings, except he doesn't speak about his team. Our Garbo doesn't speak publicly at all.

Billionaire Phil is a veritable recluse living in Colorado, running an international empire that's believed to include more than 100 companies.

If the Kings are more than some toy, more than an anchor for his Staples Center and downtown development, he should say so. Better, he should prove it.

But he hasn't, and he won't.

He has the country's largest cattle and farm property, its largest theater chain, largest oil fields, a railroad, a telecommunications firm, arenas in London and Berlin and Kansas City, a movie production company, newspapers and Celine Dion to worry about.

It's not like he hasn't done wonders for Los Angeles, and vice
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versa, but when it comes to the Kings, his commitment simply isn't there.

He'll bring in David Beckham for his Galaxy. Build "L.A. Live" and the Home Depot Center. All while the Kings flounder, again. While the organization rebuilds again and gamely speaks of better days to come.

Only it has been 13 years of talk, of letdowns and failed promises.

Time to sell the team to somebody whose focus is not spread so thin. Who is less concerned with running the world than winning an NHL championship.

Disney was another world-wide company that owned and failed at running a hockey team. They sold the Ducks to Henry and Susan Samueli in 2005, and two years later Anaheim hoisted the Stanley Cup.

It's not like it can't be done. The Kings need someone less fractured and more involved, need an owner whose connection goes beyond some weekly report and approval of expenditures.

Kings fans are among the most loyal in all of L.A. sports. Their overall numbers don't compare to Lakers and Dodgers fans, but their devotion is unquestioned.

Actually, it's incredible.

Despite the Kings owning the worst point total in the NHL, fans continue to flock to Staples. Continue to show up at the rate of more than 16,000 per game. Continue to support the NHL's most feeble brand of hockey.

Two years ago, this culture of losing was supposed to all change. The NHL finally adopted the salary cap that the team's then-president, Tim Leiweke, had long championed.

No longer would the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings outspend everyone else on the way to titles. It was an even playing field.

Leiweke announced it was a new day, and fired almost everyone of significance in the organization, including - sort of - himself.

"We've had one playoff win in 10 years," Leiweke said then. "Ownership is angry. We're tired of losing and want to win."

Two years later, they must be in a real rage.

Two years later, they plead patience. Leiweke's new president, Dean Lombardi, arrived with a reputation of being an astute observer of young talent and a keen drafter.

And Lombardi has drafted well, built a promising core for the future. The veterans he signed to complement that youth have not been as successful, but he has pretty much done what he was hired to do.

"My biggest point after taking the job was to get the infrastructure in place to turn this around," Lombardi said. "It takes resources for proper scouting and development. Just like in baseball.

"It all takes some time to get up and running. He (Anschutz) has given me the resources. And that's all you can ask for."

For his part, there is no doubt Leiweke - the team's main face during these Anschutz years - is passionate about the Kings. But he's running about half of the Anschutz empire through AEG and recognized he could not give the Kings the time deserved when he hired Lombardi.

Meanwhile, Billionaire Phil remains on his ranch and the Kings continue to stumble. They haven't made the playoffs since 2002, and of course, won't this year either.

Leiweke recently admitted AEG had done a poor job with the Kings, but that's a revelation? He promised in two years they would have a good team, and where have we heard that before?

I asked to speak to Anschutz for this column and was told it wouldn't happen. No surprise.

I asked to speak to Leiweke and was told he was out of town. No surprise there, either. Poor Lombardi had to speak for the organization, and he has been around for less than two years.

Anschutz has owned the Kings, though he hasn't been around, for 13 years. That's long enough.

That's a track record of losing. It's indisputable. It should be as obvious to Leiweke as it is to every clear-thinking Kings fan.

Anschutz is not what is best for the Kings. Los Angeles - and the NHL - deserve a winning franchise here. Deserve an owner whose focus is on his team.

The puck stops with Anschutz, and it's time he passed it on.
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Well Dilbeck doesn't have a clue about the Kings CLEARLY and I read that article a couple days ago.


If you want actual intellegent articles on the Kings, then look up Rich Hammond. This Dilbeck guy doesn't know anything about what AEG has done for the Kings, and compared to past ownerships, AEG puts a ton of resources into the Kings. They literally buillt and bought the minor league system (Two minor league teams in Manchester, Reading with a hockey team in Europe as well). Built Staples Center and as well built state of the art practice facilities for the Kings.

Then they hired a GM that knows how to build an actual team with his expertise being in the draft and prospects. Building the team from the ground up and for this moron to state we should start all over and have an owner that will do what the Kings have done in the 80s by trading all of our assets and picks for washed up veterans. We could have had Ray Bourque etc from those high draft picks. I don't want to go back to these eras.

Don't forget, they also hired Luc Robitaille, a well known reputable hockey face, as president of sports business operations.

Dilbeck needs to get off his ass and do some actual research on owners and what they have contributed to the Kings...
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the Kings sent him to Vail for season-ending surgery. In pain, Cloutier flew to Colorado in a middle economy-class seat and was lodged by the Kings at a Super-8 Motel about 50 kilometres from the clinic where he was treated daily.

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Cloutier's wife, Nikki, accompanied her husband to the American League, where they lived in a hotel. They were expecting their first baby in December. As the due date neared, Cloutier asked the Kings to move them into an apartment. The team balked and said the Cloutiers should stay in their hotel.

"I said: 'I can't, we're expecting a baby here. I don't know if it's a big thing to you guys, but to me it's the most important thing,'" Cloutier said. "Finally, I called the [Players' Association] and they said after 28 days you're entitled to get a place."




Awaiting word from Rich Hammond who will ask Dean Lombardi about these allegations..
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