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THE ROYAL MAILBAG (Feb. 11)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
This week's mailbag was full of questions on topics ranging from possible trades to which players are married and which players do yoga. Find out those answers and more in this week's Royal Mailbag.


What ever happened to former Kings goaltender Jamie Storr?
Nate F., Los Angeles, CA.


Jamie Storr, the Kings first round pick, (seventh overall) in 1994, played nine seasons with the Kings and is the answer to a trivia question, "who is the only NHL player to make the All-Rookie team twice?' (1997-98 and 1998-99). Storr last played with the Kings in 2002-03 and saw action with the Hurricanes the following season, going 0-8-2 in 14 games with the Hurricanes.

Storr has not played in the NHL since the 2003-04 season, splitting 2004-05 between Springfield and Utah in the AHL and all of 2005-06 with the Flyers AHL affiliate. He signed with the DEG Metro Stars in Germany for this season.

For his career, Storr is 85-86-23 with a 2.54 GAA and a .908 SV%. Storr will be in the Los Angeles area this summer, hosting a Goalie Camp at Toyota Sports Center from July 23-27, with guest appearances from Rob Blake, Mathieu Schneider, Glen Murray, Craig Johnson and Nelson Emerson.

For more information on the goalie camp, log on to www.jamiestorrgoalieschool.com.

Can you tell me what goaltender Jason LaBarbera's contract status will be this summer? I was under the impression he will be an unrestricted free agent, but someone told me he will be a restricted free agent. Can you clarify this for me?
Jim T., Orange, CA.


Goaltender Jason LaBarbera will be a Group 2 (restricted) free agent, which means the player can be tendered a qualifying offer by their respective club and are subject to draft-choice compensation and right to match should any other club offer him a contract.

Mathieu Garon is amazing! Can you tell me if he does yoga? I wonder how he is so flexible.
Paula B., Lake Elsinore, CA.


According to Garon, he has never done any type of "motivational stretching," or yoga of any kind. He has been extremely flexible his entire life and does extensive daily stretching routines but nothing yoga-related. He is, however, interested in trying yoga, but has yet to do so. Sean Burke, however,regularly practices yoga and has been doing so for the last 7-8 years.

I've got a couple simple questions for Anze Kopitar. I'm sure LA is such a big change from where he grew up in Slovenia, what does he like most about it? Does he have a favorite place to hang out now that he has become a bit acclimated to the city and the culture?
Barrie G., Denver, CO


According to Kopitar, the thing he loves most about LA is by far the weather, and most importantly, the beach weather. He loves to hang out down at the bench.

And of course, going to Lakers games. Fellow Slovenian athlete, Sasha Vujacic is inthe midst of his third season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Do you think with the season winding down and the Kings not in a position to make the playoffs that they would consider trading Rob Blake or will they keep him around to tutor defense prospect Jack Johnson next year?
Denny S., Regina, Sask. Canada


This off season, Rob Blake signed a two-year free agent contract with Kings, therefore, he will be under contract for one more season. Blake, who has scored 10-13=23 this season, owns just about ever Kings blue liner record and with his 210 career goals, 449 assists and 660 points in 1,040 games, is a future Hall of Famer and would be a great tutor for the highly touted defensive prospect, Jack Johnson.

Johnson, who was the Carolina Hurricanes first round pick (third overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, before being dealt to Los Angeles prior to this season, has been sensational at the University of Michigan, scoring 14-13=27 in 25 games. He also earned a bronze medal with Team USA at 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring 3-0-3 including two game-winning goals, in three games.

Any talk of the Kings acquiring Martin Biron from Buffalo?
Bob B., Rancho Cucamonga, CA


With Ryan Miller entrenched as the starting goaltender in Buffalo, Martin Biron has been relegated to a back up role. Last summer, Biron requested a trade to get more playing time, but still signed a one-yearwith Buffalo and will be a free agent this summer.

With the Sabres in contention for the Stanley Cup this year, Buffalo may want to stock up on veterans for the playoff run and Biron could be the most attractive trading piece that the Sabres have on their roster.

That being said, since Biron is an unrestricted free agentthis off season, it would be unrealistic for the Kings to pick up a player who is going to be a free agent at the end of the year and risk losing that player while giving up assets to obtain him in the process.

I was just wondering if Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is married? Which Kings players are married?
Melissa B., Temecula, CA


Lubomir Visnovsky is not married. Of the players on the Kings current roster, Derek Armstrong, Rob Blake, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Mathieu Garon, Raitis Ivanans, Tom Kostopoulos, Jamie Lundmark, Alyn McCauley, Aaron Miller, Mattias Norstrom, Brent Sopel, Scott Thornton, Oleg Tverdovsky, Jason Ward, Mike Weaver and Brian Willsie are all married.

Thank you for all of your questions. Don't forget, throughout the 2006-07 NHL season, LAKings.com would like to answer questions from Los Angeles Kings fans. E-mail your query to LAKings.com for possible inclusion in a future mailbag column, which will be published every other Sunday. Letters can be addressed to any member of the organization and may be edited for brevity, length and/or content. Please include your name and location along with your question and email feedback@lakings.com.

The next Royal Mailbag column will appear on Sunday, Feb. 25. Keep the questions coming!.....
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