Kings Links - No CBO Edition

Dean Lombardi confirms that he will not use a compliance buyout on anyone.

Sorry I'm late to the party on this but to absolutely no one's surprise, the Kings' GM told reporters that he will not be buying out Mike Richards this summer. So... We're probably stuck with him until the end of time 2020 when his contract finally ends.

Kings News

Kings Announce 2014 Preseason Schedule I hope to see you all at Frozen Fury.

LA Kings Insider

LIST OF 2014 KINGS DRAFT PICKS Surprisingly, most of Lombardi's picks are his own this year. Only two came via trades unlike last year where it seemed like half of them came from trades.

DUCKS GM RECOGNIZES DOUGHTY’S CHAMPIONSHIP VALUE The Kings have won two Cups by virtue of strong performances from their star defenseman and number one center. Bob Murray wants to know where he can find those things and if he needs to trade for them or wait for the kids to develop.

CATCHING UP ON KINGSVISION VIDEOS – AND VIN SCULLY Mostly these are ICYMI moments - the Cup on KTLA, NHL Live talking about John Stevens's promotion, etc.

In Other News

Sporting News

Brad Richards' buyout was an unavoidable, correct decision by Rangers It's the right decision mainly because his contract sucks and he's on the wrong side of 30. Plus, his production is waaaay down from where it should be.

The Score

Report: Willie Desjardins traveling to Vancouver, expected to be named new head coach Per Bob McKenzie, this is likely going to happen.

Team Needs: Pacific Division Thomas Drance takes a look at what each team in the Pacific needs in order to improve. I'm not sure I agree with all of it, but I think in general he nails it.

Penguins GM Rutherford: coaching search hits roadblock, 'to resume next week' Apparently no one wants to work in Pittsburgh.

Hurricanes introduce new head coach Bill Peters, who cites 3 things that need to change The former assistant bench boss in Detroit has a new home and told reporters that "unless you're the LA Kings, you can't play from behind."

Star Tribune

NHL makes significant revision to free-agent interview period rule A year ago, pending RFAs and UFAs could not discuss potential parameters of a standard player contract. This year, they can.