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Who Is It?

I definitely plan on staying here.  My wife is American so that was always sort of the plan, to stay here.  My boys were born here—one of my sons surf, one plays baseball—so they are as American as you can be.  It was just always the plan, stay here and raise our family down here.  LA is great too—San Diego is just a little bit more mellow so for the family life I think it’s a little bit better.

My boys are 11 and 9 so I didn’t get to spend that much time with them as far as sports and their activities when I was still playing, so I’m making up for that and just participating in their sports, coaching a little bit here or there and just basically being there and supporting them.  Besides that, there’s not that much time left in a day so I would say right now the kids are number one and obviously family.  I think for the next few years, just spend time with them and then we’ll sort of see what happens.

Who is this former NHL player?

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Afternoon Line- Barry Trotz On Alex Ovechkin

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Numbers Not Great For The Los Angeles Kings

from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,

After winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, and starting the 2014-15 season with a bang, the Los Angeles Kings are off track.

The season began with the Kings playing seven of their first eight games at home. They convincingly won six straight at the Staples Center before hitting the road with a 6-1-1 record. But they lost four straight to start the trip, before winning the final game. Heading back to L.A. didn’t improve things and, despite playing four of five on home ice, the Kings sported a 3-4-3 record over the past 10 heading into their game Tuesday night (they beat Florida 5-2). They just aren’t striking fear into the hearts of opponents like they once did.

While the Kings have appeared dominant the past few years, they haven’t raced out to amazing early win-loss records. Superficially, it appears there is nothing to worry about, as the Kings are traditionally slow starters and strong finishers. (The past two seasons they had 22 and 23 points through 18 games.) Unfortunately for the Kings, that isn’t quite how this story goes.Score Adjusted Corsi tells us more about what to expect than the number of points the Kings have accumulated.

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Coaches And GMs Under Pressure

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

It’s never easy to see somebody lose his job, even in the big-dollar world of the NHL, but it does help to be prepared. So here’s a look at 10 seats around the league that are already getting warm or worse.

Sharks Coach Todd McLellan

Why he’s in trouble: McLellan has been on the hot seat for years, and his firing seemed like a sure thing after last season’s playoff collapse against the Kings. He was given a surprising reprieve by GM Doug Wilson, who vowed to overhaul the roster instead. That led into the summer’s odd standoff with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, and the team emerged without a captain but with essentially an unchanged core. So far, that patience hasn’t paid off, as the team has hovered around the .500 mark....

Flyers Coach Craig Berube

Why he’s in trouble: He’s the head coach of the Flyers, which is one of those positions where the seat starts getting warm on the day you take the job. That’s especially true when the team struggles to get over .500, which the Flyers have for much of the season. And he’s working for a GM who didn’t hire him; Ron Hextall was the assistant GM when Berube got the job last season, and could want to put his own guy in place now that he’s in charge....

more on each of the above plus more 'hot seat' candidates...

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Something Has To Be Done In Edmonton

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There was so much focus on Toronto yesterday in the aftermath of the embarrassing loss to the Predators, but I suspect we need to keep just as close an eye on Edmonton, where the Oilers dropped to 0-9-1 against Western Conference teams this season with the loss to Vancouver. Simply unacceptable.

I know management in Edmonton was not going to sit on its hands and let another debacle of a season roll by without any action. They're craving a trade for a center, although that's easier said than done. And you wonder about the job security for Eakins if the losses continue. Not sure exactly which direction Oilers management will go, but if the losing continues, I'll be shocked if something doesn't happen in the next month or two.

read on for Strang, Burnside and Custance on either the Leafs or the Oilers...

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Video- David Poile And Dave Nonis Talk Goalie Interference And Video Review

from Sportsnet,

Elliotte Friedman sat down with David Poile and Dave Nonis to talk about what the general managers talk about at the GM Meetings, and what topics are peaking their interest at the moment.

It sounds to me the GMs still are not 100% behind video review...

 

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NHL Short Notes

ALL-STAR FAN VOTE
The 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, presented by SiriusXM, opens today at 12:00 p.m. ET at NHL.com/vote and via mobile phones. All 700-plus active players are on the ballot, which includes enhanced interactive features designed to simplify the player search options for fans.
 
The ballot page at NHL.com/vote will include a leaderboard of the top vote-getters as well as trending players. Vote totals will be posted on NHL.com every Tuesday, starting Nov. 25.
 
Voting concludes Thursday, Jan. 1, with the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – set to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
 
FIFTH ANNUAL USA HOCKEY SLED CLASSIC
The fifth annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL and hosted by the Capitals, begins today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. The event is part of the fourth annual Come Play Hockey Month, a joint effort between USA Hockey and the NHL.
 
The record 18-team field for the USA Hockey Sled Classic will include 200-plus athletes. Ten members of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won gold in Sochi, as well as 11 current members of the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Team, will participate in the tournament.
 
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The Problems In Toronto

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

There’s no pleasant way to say this: the Leafs suck. I don’t mean that to trash talk. It’s simply the way it is. They’ve missed the playoffs every season but one since the end of the season-killing lockout of 2004-05, and then only made the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season.

Over the past three years the Leafs have been among the league’s worst puck-possession and defensive teams. Those figures quoted by the hockey analytics nerds might piss off some fans and pundits, but they’re not wrong. They weren’t wrong last season and they’re not wrong this season. By the way, nerd is no longer an insult. They rule the world now. Deal with it, jockstrap.

What is it about the Leafs over the past decade which has thwarted the otherwise shrewd hockey men brought in to manage and coach this team?

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Video- The Defection Of The Stastny Brothers

from TSN,

With the world commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, TSN's Dave Naylor explores the story of hockey's famed Stastny brothers. TSN Original Feature Stastny focuses on Peter and Anton, who defected from Czechoslovakia in dramatic fashion in 1980, and older brother Marian, who joined them a year later, all in search of the opportunity to compete on the North American stage.....

"By defying the Iron Curtain and defecting to North America, the Stastny brothers changed the face of professional hockey forever," said Naylor. "To help people appreciate their story, we take viewers back to the brothers' home city of Bratislava in an Eastern Bloc country with limited freedoms. The circumstances under which the Stastnys escaped, including the torturous choice to leave family behind, mark an important time in both hockey and political history."

read on and watch the video below...

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Too Much Bad News For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Ron Cook of the Pitsburgh Post-Gazette,

It seems so wrong to worry about what the Penguins are going to do without Pascal Dupuis.

That’s just not important. All that matters is Dupuis’ long-term health as he battles a serious, recurring problem with blood clots in his lungs. He has to do everything he can to live to be a very old man for his wife and their kids.

“I’ve got to be healthy for them,” Dupuis said Wednesday at what likely was this city’s most somber sports news conference since the Penguins announced beloved coach Badger Bob Johnson had died from brain cancer at 60 in November 1991.

Sadly, the Penguins do this sort of thing too often. Just last month, they announced defenseman Olli Maatta, who isn’t old enough to buy a beer in this state, needed surgery to remove what turned out to be a cancerous tumor from his thyroid. In February, they announced defenseman Kris Letang, then 26, had a stroke. Going back to January 1993, they announced superstar center Mario Lemieux had Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

But the Dupuis news conference was much different. There was a lot of optimism that Maatta, Letang and Lemieux would be able to return to the team. All did, quickly. There was no such optimism with Dupuis, mostly because this is the second time in 11 months he has had a potentially life-threatening blood clot.

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