July 2010 - Page 4 of 5 - LA Kings Insider
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Mid-morning update

As has been noted, Jay Grossman, Kovalchuk's agent, has ``tweeted'' that Kovalchuk is looking to make his decision today. A quick text from Dean Lombardi just encouraged me to ``take the day off.'' Well, thanks. It's a nice thought, anyway. Common sense dictates that if Kovalchuk really is making hi... Read More
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Day 5

Well, it should be very interesting to see what happens today. If Ilya Kovalchuk really is out for $100 million, and nothing less, there's one team (hi, Islanders) known to be potentially able/willing to give it to him, so it should be a relatively easy deal to complete. If Dean Lombardi is really o... Read More
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Kovalchuk update

Here's what I can tell you tonight... Dean Lombardi has still yet to respond, and it appears as though he's had his phone off for a few hours now. However, a good team source has provided some insight into the Kovalchuk situation, and it's what you might expect, that the Kings are "out" of the Koval... Read More
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On Day 4…

Just to let everyone know, the exact questions I have put to Lombardi are in regards to whether he has made his final offer to Kovalchuk and whether he's done with the situation completely. Because, as we've talked about here before, the entire GM/agent thing at this time of year is essentially a hi... Read More
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No Kovalchuk?

The L.A. Times has reported that the Kings are no longer in the running for Ilya Kovalchuk. I'm trying to get word of that on my own, as well as confirmation that the Kings will not make any further offers to Kovalchuk's agent in the coming days. Assuming they won't, be prepared for trade talks of t... Read More
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Enjoy your grilling

No news on the Koval-stakes today, to little surprise, and it would be very surprising to see anything happen tomorrow, on a Sunday and a holiday. It's a Monday finish at the Indianapolis 500! (Or Tuesday…or…well, you get the idea.) The Kings are still very much in the race, of course, but there's s... Read More
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Long weekend?

Like a golf tournament or NASCAR race in inclement weather, it wouldn't be surprising to see this Kovalchuk/Kings situation get pushed to Monday. It's definitely safe to say that the No. 1 ``scenario'' for the Kings is still signing Ilya Kovalchuk, but the Devils and -- now, according to various rep... Read More
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Lombardi statement

Here is what Dean Lombardi is offering tonight, as a statement through a team spokesperson: ``We have been, and continue to, work, on a number of different scenarios. We do not anticipate any resolution tonight. if something changes, we will let you know.''... Read More
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Trade target?

Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, a longtime NHL newspaper beat writer, writes that the Philadelphia Flyers have asked Simon Gagne to waive his no-trade clause and that ``it is believed'' that the Kings would be interested in Gagne. I'll add, rather firmly, that I have no confirmation of interest in Ga... Read More
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Emerson talks camp

The Kings' development camp wrapped up today, with the prospects going through a third day of drills. I should note that while I said, the first day, that Tyler Toffoli didn't play in the scrimmage, he was otherwise on the ice and was apparently only suffering from some flu symptoms. It's always tou... Read More
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Bagnall moves on

Former Kings prospect Drew Bagnall, a defenseman, has signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Wild. Bagnall, 26, had two goals and 10 assists in 58 games with Manchester last season, but never cracked the NHL level during his three seasons in the Kings organization. More importantly, Bagnall w... Read More
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Camp photos

A reader named Chasen passed along these great photos he has taken during the last two days of development camp in El Segundo. I'm hoping, shortly, to talk to Kings player-development guru Nelson Emerson, and get his thoughts on the camp, but for now, check out the photos... June 30 photos Jul... Read More
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Clifford interview

Getting back to the development camp, which wraps up this morning, one of the more intriguing players has been Kyle Clifford. It's easy to see, when watching him among his peers, why Clifford might have an outside chance of making the Kings' roster, sooner rather than later. At 6-foot-2, 208 pounds,... Read More