LUNDMARK MAKING HIS MARK WITH THE KINGS

Monday, 02.05.2007 / 4:16 PM / Features
By Thomas LaRocca  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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LUNDMARK MAKING HIS MARK WITH THE KINGS
Newly acquired Jamie Lundmark might have a hard time getting his mail.

After all, the 26-year-old center has been traded three times and played for five different teams since the start of the 2005-06 season.

That's a lot of moving and a lot of change of address forms.

"It has been a wild ride the last year and a half," Lundmark said, "but it is a part of the business. It is probably tougher on my wife. She deals with the move and all of the other stuff that I can't take care of.

"It has been a lot harder on her than it has been on me. But that's just the way things go some times."

Lundmark started the 2005-06 campaign in New York and then yo-yo'd up and down between there and with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio. He was then dealt to Phoenix and later traded to the Flames for the stretch run.

"It was a fun experience being in Calgary for the playoffs. It was a neat experience making the run, getting into first place and playing in the first round of the playoffs. It was a good experience."

Lundmark helped fan the Flames for their playoff push, scoring 4-6-10 in 12 games and adding an assist in four playoff games to close out the 2005-06 campaign. He started this year in Calgary as well, scoring 0-4-4 in 39 games before being dealt to the Kings.

But Lundmark might have found a home here in Los Angeles. After going without a goal in those 39 games with the Flames, the Edmonton native has lit the lamp twice in three games since joining the Kings.

"That first goal was just a bounce that I needed," Lundmark said of his first goal with Los Angeles. "I haven't gotten many bounces this year. That first one was good for me to get and erase the zero from the board and go from there."

Suiting up for his first home game with his new team, Lundmark was credited with the tying goal with 12:51 left against the Blackhawks on Feb. 1. He chipped the puck away from defenseman Jassen Cullimore in the left corner and Cullimore retrieved it, but inadvertently banked it into the net off Khabibulin.

''It was definitely big for me,'' Lundmark said. ''It's been a rough season so far in the goal department, to get one like that was big. Obviously, it was a lucky goal but I'll take it."

The goal vs. Chicago was his first since April 15, 2006, ironically enough at Los Angeles, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Kings, a span of 43 games.

"I think for me to get out of Calgary was good. I was not playing a lot this year and it was good to have a change and an opportunity to play some minutes. It was exactly what I was looking for and is a good opportunity for me. I am very happy to be here."

Lundmark's career began with much promise as he was tabbed the Rangers 1st round choice, 9th overall in 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After dominating the WHL to the tune of 96-120-216 in 159 games with Moose Jaw and Seattle and following that up with a 27-32-59 stat line in 79 games with Hartford, Lundmark made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2002 at Carolina, making the opening night roster with the Rangers.

"Being a high draft pick puts a lot of pressure on you," Lundmark said. "Some guys come in and play well when they are 19 and 20 years old, but for some players it takes a little bit longer. It has taken me a little longer to find my game at the NHL level.

"I do not think I have reached my full potential yet, I think I have more to offer."

Lundmark played in 111 games with the Rangers, scoring 10-19-29 from 2002-04. After just three games with the Rangers last season, Lundmark's NHL odyssey began as he was traded to Phoenix for Jeff Taffe, on Oct. 18. 2005

After 38 games with Phoenix, he was dealt to Calgary for the Flames fourth-round choice in 2006-07. The Kings acquired Lundmark, a fourth-round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Calgary for Craig Conroy on Jan. 29.

The next day, the Kings faced the Flames.

"It was weird walking by their dressing room and going to the visitor's locker room. I was pretty nervous, not only because I was starting with a new team but playing against your old team the same night. It was pretty nerve wracking."

His nerves have settled a bit and Lundmark's play has reflected that. In three games with Los Angeles, Lundmark has scored 2-0-2 with a +2 rating helping the Kings to a 1-1-1 mark over that span.

"I am excited to be here," he said. "There are a good bunch of young guys here and this is a good organization. The younger players are only going to get better and that will make the team better. I am very excited to see the future of this team.

"I think I have more to give and at my age right now, guys start coming into their own. Hopefully I can do it. . This is the experience of a lifetime."