Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ontario Reign announce 2010-11 schedule...Teubert?

The Ontario Reign, billed as the "proud affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings", have announced their schedule for next season.  Before you ask, the NHL schedule usually comes out the day after the MLB All Star Game held in mid-July. (udpate: the NHL has decided to release the schedule three weeks early this year, it's coming out 6/22)

Former LA Kings first round draft pick Colten Teubert has finished up each of the last two seasons with the Reign, following his junior team's completion of their CHL season.  To date, he's already played 24 games in the ECHL, including 6 playoff games.  He could possibly begin next season in Ontario...along with Kings goaltending prospect Martin Jones of the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

We did an interview with Teubert back in March while he was with the Reign - covering things like possibly being traded at the deadline in a package for Ilya Kovalchuk or Ray Whitney, his thoughts on Thomas Hickey, Canada-USA memories at the World Juniors, guys taken below him in the draft already playing in the NHL and much more. You can read the interview by clicking here.

There should be plenty of news about Teubert, Jones and other Kings prospects throughout the summer.  For now, here are the Reign's home games in October/November:

Saturday, October 23, 2010 vs. Stockton
Thursday, November 4, 2010 vs. Alaska
Saturday, November 6, 2010 vs. Alaska
Friday, November 19, 2010 vs. Victoria
Saturday, November 20, 2010 vs. Victoria
Friday, November 26, 2010 vs. Las Vegas
Saturday, November 27, 2010 vs. Las Vegas
Sunday, November 28, 2010 vs. Utah

For a complete schedule...and ticket information...visit

The Mayor


Doughnuts with the Morning Coffee

LA Kings defenseman...and Norris Trophy candidate...Drew Doughty checked in with the guys at NHL Live this morning to discuss basketball, golf, the NHL awards, Philly vs. Chicago, Chris Pronger, playing at the Olympics and more.

Here are the highlights of the 10 minute conversation:

* He's back home in London, Ontario...will probably return to LA sometime in late July.

* Breaking down the Stanley Cup Finals - I don't know who's going to win.  I kinda think Chicago is going to win.  I'd like to see Philly win because they're the underdog, coming back from 0-3 in their earlier series.

* Are the Blackhawks as fast as they look?  They have skill in all areas of the ice.  They're hard to play against, they're really good at moving the puck.  They have good hands, good shots.  They don't take it easy on anybody.  From their first line to their fourth line they have scorers that can put the puck in the net.  They're a solid, all around team.

* Handicap the Norris race -

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One small piece to a much a bigger puzzle

The day after appearing on NHL radio (see yesterday's article) and stating that his priority may be to "make sure I keep what I have", GM Dean Lombardi took the first step of what should be an interesting summer...he resigned winger Scott Parse.

A one-time college hockey player, Parse was drafted prior to Lombardi joining the organization.  At the 2004 entry draft the Kings claimed him in the sixth round.  He made his NHL debut this season, picking up an assist in his debut...and went on to score 11 goals and 24 points in his 59 games with the team.

The Kings announced the two year deal in a press release HERE.  It appears the deal is for $900k per season.

The Mayor

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recap: Lombardi on NHL Live

Today on NHL Live...LA Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi stopped by.  Below is a quick recap of the conversation where they talked about the draft, Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Ron Hextall and several other things - including how to improve the team this summer.  Of course, the segment was full of great quotes by usual.

Take a look...

* What are you looking for at the draft?  It's the ol' cliche, I'm looking for the best available player.  You don't want to fall into the trap of drafting by position when dealing with 18 year olds.  The only time you want to draft by position is when you're trying to decide between two players and you value them the same.  You use the term "asset value" - and the market place traditionally values defenseman more.

* The Kings have two good ones in Doughy and Johnson (not really a question).  That's what I told the owner when I first came in, we didn't have a young defenseman in the system. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dean Lombardi - LIVE!

NHL Live - broadcast on XM204 and shown on the NHL Network - will have a special guest tomorrow... LA Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi.

No word yet on if they'll be taking calls or just an interview.  Either way, there are PLENTY of topics that are sure to come up...Frolov at the World Championships, Fro's free agency, the Quick / Bernier debate, Scheen at the Memorial Cup, Manchester's playoff run, the upcoming draft in LA...and tons more.

Dean usually provides some sort of a new Dean-ism when given forums like this.  Can't wait for what he comes up with.  My guess is it's going to have a baseball twist to it.  We'll see.

If you can't catch it on radio or television (sometime between 9-11am PST), check back here. will have a full recap.

IN DEAN WE TRUST - visit the store today

The Mayor

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Last Kid Standing

And we're down to one.

Although the Kings made an early exit from the playoffs this season, nearly all of their top prospects were making significant playoff runs...until about 48 hours ago. Friday night it was the CHL scoring champion, Brandon Kozun and his goaltender Martin Jones calling it a season. Last night it was Bernier, Hickey, Voynov, Clifford, Holloway, etc. when the Manchester Monarchs were defeated in the AHL Eastern Conference Finals by the Hershey Bears.

So, who's left? None other than last year's number one draft pick.  The kid the Kings picked fifth overall.  Brayden Schenn.  His Brandon Wheat Kings were an unlikely pick to be playing in the CHL Memorial Cup finals later today...yet, after finally knocking off the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night (in a game where Schenn had three assists), here they are...just one win away from the Cup.

Today's final will be shown on the NHL Network at 4pm PST.  You should go out of your way to watch the game.  The semi-final was one of the best hockey games of the year - and this is in a year that included a great World Jr tournament and several incredible Olympic games.  The host crowd in Brandon was wild and boisterous throughout the game...while the action on the ice matched it...a back an forth affair that had you on the edge of your seat the entire game.

The defending champion Windsor Spitfires may prove to be too tough for the Cinderella Wheat Kings...but, that won't stop the home town crowd from trying to will their team to the Championship.

Oh, and did I mention that the likely #1 pick at next month's draft, Taylor Hall, plays for Windsor?

If you haven't watched any of the Memorial Cup action yet, here's something that should catch your eye...for all the negative press the hockey world gets for their generally antiquated presentations of games on TV, the CHL has come up with a rather novel idea...letting viewers at home listen in while the on-ice official talks with the off-ice officials about disputed goals.  This is pure genius.  Can you imagine if the NFL let fans listen in when the referee went into that little black box during the instant replay stoppages?

Kings season ticket holder and avid hockey fan, movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, was recently on NHL Live radio and provided a myriad of ideas to improve the game presentations on television.  My favorite may have been the overhead camera, ala the NFL.  I previously reported (via twitter) the Dallas Stars were going to test something similar a few months ago.  Wonder how that turned out, never heard anything more.

Along the same lines...Kings television analyst Jim Fox provided his own idea earlier this season on ways to bring the game closer to the fans...he suggested having the NHL actually explain why a player is suspended or not suspended, using video tutorials. Great idea.  Letting fans listen to the referee is similar, only it's in real time. Love it!

Anyway...plenty of story lines to follow at the Memorial Cup...including an important one for Kings fans...Schenn is looking to go out with a bang, as he's hoping to make the jump from junior hockey to the Kings roster next season.  As such, he's hoping to bring home some hardware today!

The Mayor