Kings stand firm on O'Sullivan
As the standoff continues between the Kings' front office and the agent for third-year forward Patrick O'Sullivan, the likelihood of General Manager Dean Lombardi conceding on a one-year contract grows slimmer. Every day that O'Sullivan is held out of training camp, his conditioning and development suffer, Lombardi said. As a result, it's more likely that the team's fourth-leading scorer from last season won't be at full strength until early next year. In fact, Lombardi said he won't offer anything less than a three-year deal. As far as sending the wrong message to other Kings, several of whom will be restricted free agents after this season, Lombardi said he's trying to avoid that scenario.