Nothing much to note on-ice today. It was a light, optional skate but most guys were on the ice. Afterward, I talked to a handful of guys about some relevant topics. Some highlights:
– Both Brown and Kopitar, when asked what they would tell Dean Lombardi what the team needs, said “a scoring left winger” without much hesitation.
– Brown has been playing through back pain but isn’t expected to need surgery.
– Both Jack Johnson and Alexander Frolov said they would like to stay with the Kings, but neither wanted to go into details about what they would be looking for.
– Wayne Simmonds talked about his desire to put on more muscle this summer.
Much more on all this stuff later. Right now I’m sitting in the Kings office, waiting to hopefully chat with Lombardi for a few minutes. He’s doing what would seem to be exit interviews with a couple players. I’m looking at an old Kings “Serious Hockey” sticker on a filing cabinet.