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Here's a wrap-up of today's developments in the Slava Voynov saga, along with what the +NHL and the +Los Angeles Kings should (or shouldn't, depending on how you look at it) do now...
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They say hockey is a business. But since Dean Lombardi took over as general manager of the +Los Angeles Kings in April 2006, he has helped build a team culture that stresses unity, family and loyalty, among other characteristics. That strong culture was a major factor in the Kings winning the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championships.

Center Mike Richards played a key role in the Kings winning both of those championships. But his game has disappeared since the 2012 Cup run, and Lombardi could've bought out his contract last summer when his salary would've been completely removed from the Kings' salary cap. But out of loyalty to Richards, Lombardi chose not to.

That decision has now come back to haunt him, as Richards' salary cap hit after an impending contract buy out, although reduced, will remain on their cap for ten years.

Lombardi is now receiving fairly heavy incoming mortar fire, criticizing him for not buying out Richards last summer. But is this issue really that cut-and-dried?

Perhaps not...
  LOS ANGELES — On June 28, as expected, the Los Angeles Kings placed veteran center Mike Richards on unconditional waivers. Once he clears waivers, the Kings will buy out his contract. ...
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For many years now, the annual +NHL awards have been at least somewhat controversial, mostly because of perceived (or maybe not so perceived) bias towards those who play for teams based in the Eastern Time Zone and throughout much of Canada, at the expense of those who play for West Coast teams.

The 2015 NHL Awards did absolutely nothing to help the league avoid even more claims of bias, given the results in the voting for the Norris (+Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was a finalist) and Selke Trophies (Kings center Anze Kopitar was a finalist).

For some commentary and analysis and a possible solution, check out:
COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: With West Coast players being shut out at the National Hockey League awards once again, the league’s annual showcase of its best and brightest is just another reminder of...
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As part of a multi-story series covering the +Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and its aftermath, here's another "man on the street" story, looking at fan reaction during the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade in Downtown Los Angeles. This time, the focus was on one couple that, in all likelihood, made the longest trek to Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the Kings winning their second Stanley Cup Championship in three seasons.
2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 5 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration. LOS ANGELES — T...
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Please help raise funds and get swabbed (easy, painless, extremely quick) to get your DNA into the national registry for a possible bone marrow match by attending this charity hockey game, benefitting +Be The Match,  a non-profit organization that desperately needs YOUR help to provide a cure for cancer and other patients!

For all the details on this August 16 charity hockey game, check out:
The following is a press release from Be The Match® and the Knights of the Forum group on Facebook. LOS ANGELES — A charity hockey game benefitting Be The Match®, a non-profit organiz...
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Out of respect for the Chicago Blackhawks​ winning the 2015 #StanleyCup Championship on June 15, 2015—the team and their fans should have had at least one full day to celebrate before we move on to anything that might distract from their celebration—Frozen Royalty didn't post the following on June 16, the one-year anniversary of the +Los Angeles Kings' 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade and Rally.

But now, we can look back at the fine work of photographer +David Sheehan of Calishooterone Photography, who was there to capture many of the sights from the parade and rally in a photo essay of 117 images which you're guaranteed to enjoy.
LOS ANGELES — Although the pageantry is nothing compared to the annual Rose Parade each New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California, when the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup, as they d...
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Surprise news today...instead of buying out the contract of veteran center Mike Richards, the +Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract, citing a "...material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract."

We don't know a lot of the details yet, including what Richards allegedly did, nor do we know what this means for Richards, other than the fact that he is now an unrestricted free agent. But we do know how this will impact the Kings' salary cap.

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LOS ANGELES — On June 29, the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of veteran center Mike Richards, citing a “material breach” of his contract. The team issued the following ...
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Here's a preview what the +Los Angeles Kings might do in the first round of the 2015 +NHL Draft, which begins late this afternoon in Sunrise. Florida.

This piece also looks at what the Kings' needs are, who's leaving, who might be coming up from the minors, along with who the Kings might select with the 13th overall selection in the first round.

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LOS ANGELES — In the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, the Kings had the final selection (30th overall). In 2014, they had the 29th overall pick, one ahead of the New Jersey Devils, who were...
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One year ago today on Frozen Royalty...

During the on-ice celebration immediately after the +Los Angeles Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, Frozen Royalty got an exclusive interview with the Hall of Fame "Voice of the Kings," Bob Miller, who shared his thoughts about the Kings' second Stanley Cup win in three seasons, and about his own future...

You can read the story at:
2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 6 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration. LOS ANGELES — O...
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As part of a multi-story series covering the +Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and its aftermath, here's a "man on the street" story, looking at fan reaction during the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade in Downtown Los Angeles...
2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 4 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship and the ensuing celebration. LOS ANGELES — L...
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Once again, out of respect for the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2015 #StanleyCup Championship on June 15, 2015—the team and their fans should have had at least one full day to celebrate before we move on to anything that might distract from their celebration—Frozen Royalty didn't post the following on June 16, the one-year anniversary of the +Los Angeles Kings'  2014 Stanley Cup Championship Parade and Rally.

Although forward Dustin Brown has had a couple of off years compared to his performance in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there is no doubting his leadership as captain of the Kings...

...unless you think on-ice performance is what determines what makes a good team captain in the +NHL.

I've got news for those of you who do. It's not always true. In fact, it's usually not true.

A story I wrote as part of a series covering the Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup and the immediate aftermath, provides a good case in point...
2014 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: Part 2 of Frozen Royalty’s wrap-up of the Los Angeles Kings winning the 2014 Stanley Cup Championship, and the ensuing celebration. LOS ANGELES — ...
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As mentioned in the previous post, three years ago today, on June 14, 2012, the Los Angeles Kings, who won their first Stanley Cup Championship in what was then the 45-year history of the franchise three days prior, celebrated their championship with a parade down Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles, culminating in a celebration at Staples Center in front of a capacity crowd of jubilant fans.

We hope you've read the story linked in the previous post...you can feel the emotion of the fans who spoke with Frozen Royalty prior to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship parade.

Accompanying that story was a photo essay with 154 shots from the parade and the celebration at Staples Center by photographer David Sheehan of Calishooterone​ Photography.

We hope you'll take a fond look back, or a new look for those of you who haven't seen these great photos.
LOS ANGELES — On June 14, Los Angeles, more specifically, Los Angeles area hockey fans, proved the critics wrong. Indeed, those who claim that Los Angeles is not a hockey town were blown off ...
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News And View On The Los Angeles Kings And The NHL By Gann Matsuda
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Frozen Royalty provides responsible journalism, and in-depth coverage of the Los Angeles Kings and the National Hockey League. Features news, commentary, analysis, feature stories and interviews with players, coaches...right on up to general managers and beyond.

Gann Matsuda has been writing about the Kings and the NHL since 1986, and has served as News Editor for kingshockey,com since 1995. He also covered the Kings for thehockeywriters.com during the 2010-11 season, and served as the Featured Columnist (something like a lead writer, I guess) covering the Kings for bleacherreport.com. He also covered the Kings and the NHL for hockeytalk.biz from late 2006 to February 2009.

In February 2009, Matsuda became a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.