I just got a communication from the Kings, letting me know that Jeff Solomon wants to wait to talk to me until after the Kings management returns from Russia and that Dean Lombardi wants to participate in the discussion as well. I’m not sure what that’s all about, but ultimately it will be a good thing for you guys because you’ll get a chance to ask Dean questions as well. Unfortunately, it means that you won’t get your questions answered for another couple weeks. But they won’t be forgotten.
Anyway, a couple updates. Alexander Frolov has one goal in two games for Russia in the World Championships, and Russia is playing right now against Finland. Jack Johnson scored a goal in Team USA’s second game, a victory over Belarus, and USA is losing to Czech Republic at the moment. Michael Cammalleri did not record a point in his first two games for Canada.
In the AHL, Manchester begins its series with Providence tonight. It’s the first time the Monarchs have ever been out of the first round. Grand Rapids, with Scott Parse, plays Game 7 of its first-round series against Manitoba tonight.
In the QMJHL, Lewiston (with Jonathan Bernier and Marc-Andre Cliche) is still awaiting its opponent for the championship series. Val-d’Or and Cape Breton play Game 7 tonight.
No Kings are up for any of the NHL trophies. I’d be interested to see where Kopitar finished in the Calder voting.
I’ll have a couple more things later, like the official list of free agents from The Hockey News.