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The Los Angeles Kings Have Issues

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The doors to the Kings’ locker room at Staples Center stayed closed for more than 20 minutes while general manager Rob Blake talked to them after their latest debacle, a 5-1 surrender Saturday afternoon to the perpetually rebuilding Buffalo Sabres. That’s four losses in a row for the Kings by a cumulative 21-5, shocking for a team that last season allowed the fewest goals in the NHL. Twenty minutes of venting couldn’t begin to cover the depths of the problems they face.

The worst part about their latest loss — and there was a lot of competition for that distinction — is they didn’t push back. Not when Jason Pominville, who lived at the net all game, scored from near the left post at 10:24 of the first period, not when they lost board battles and lost track of Jeff Skinner when the veteran forward scored the first of his three goals, at 3:31 of the second period, to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead, not when Skinner scored on a wraparound to make it 3-0 before the middle period ended. They sagged and lagged and deserved every boo that was launched from the announced sellout crowd.


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Video- Saturday Headlines

Topics discussed include- William Nylander's contract situaton, Elias Pettersson health update, Charlie McAvoy and a possible long-term extension.

Also discussed the injury to Pekka Rinne, goalies getting pulled early when the team is trying to get the game tying goal or within a goal and what is going on with the LA Kings,

via Sportsnet,


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Video- The Ottawa Senators Salute Bob Cole

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

The duo discussed Bob Cole and his 50th andlast season of broadcasting, Max Domi, Connor McDavid, the play of the Ottawa Senators, Patrik Laine, Jordin Tootoo and the Mike Matheson suspension.

via Sportsnet,



added 8:25pm, YouTube version is below.

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Saturday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- William Nylander, with 16 goals in his past 51 games, wants to be paid more than David Pastrnak, same age, same draft, who has 16 goals in his past 21 games. For the record, I want to be paid more than J.K. Rowling.

- If you haven’t seen a lot of Sebastian Aho, the Hurricanes version, you’re missing something. He’s an emerging star … Hockey people are raving about the job Rod Brind’Amour is doing with the Carolina Hurricanes. A lifelong NHL scout told me he hasn’t seen a rookie coach like Brind’Amour before, using unconventional ways to get terrific results from an excited team.

- The same scout said not to worry about Phil Housley in Buffalo. “He’ll be all right,” the scout said. “It’s still a pretty thin team.” 

- Have to believe Mike Yeo is coaching on borrowed time in St. Louis. There is lots of talent there. The coach isn’t getting anywhere near the most out of them.


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Would The LA Kings Be Interested In Alain Vigneault?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- As of late in the week, no team had contacted the Rangers for permission to speak to Alain Vigneault since he was dismissed within hours of delivering his valedictory address following the team’s final game of last season in Philadelphia.

But we wonder if that might change within the not-too-distant future. Specifically, we would suggest that Vigneault could become a person of interest in Los Angeles if president Luc Robitaille and general manager Rob Blake grow impatient with third-year man John Stevens behind the bench.

The Kings are a win-now team that hasn’t won enough or played nearly well enough these first couple of weeks of the season...

- Asking for a friend with the initials SY, but will the Red Wings make a change behind the bench in promoting assistant Dan Bylsma or will they allow Jeff Blashill to remain in place for the duration so as not to threaten the club’s hold on 31st-overall and thus the largest number of ping pong balls in the Jack Hughes sweepstakes?

- So I have typed “Presidents’ Trophy” hundreds of times and I guess I would like someone to please explain why the NHL awards a Presidents’ Trophy when the league hasn’t had a president since John Ziegler completed his term more than a quarter of a century ago?

more on the first topic plus other hockiey notes...

At the time of this post, the Kings are losing to the Sabres in LA 4-0 after 2.

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The Boston Bruins Should Have Interest In Artemi Panarin

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

After plucking Taylor Hall, the reigning MVP, away from the Oilers in 2016, it’s a good bet Devils GM Ray Shero will be in the thick of the Panarin talks. Shero has the strongest roster of the three NYC-area clubs and he also is sitting on a $15.5 million pile of cap space, second only to the Dollar Store Hurricanes ($16.7 million).

Few clubs, if any, have the combination the Bruins can offer in the Panarin chase. Boston’s Russian population may be a little light, but it’s a first-class North American city, and the Bruins have abundant player equity to offer Kekalainen, be it in the form of young roster players and/or prospects.

Kekalainen’s target pool in a Boston swap no doubt would include the likes of Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Jake DeBrusk — the three kids GM Don Sweeney would be the most reluctant to surrender — and any number of others, including Danton Heinen and Anders Bjork on the varsity, and AHL stock such as Trent Frederic and Urho Vaakanainen.

more plus other topics...

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Brendan Smith Finds New Life Under David Quinn

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It’s almost as if Brendan Smith were waiting and wanting to hear this question.

“Do you think this system fits your game better than last year?” he was asked, referring to the lost season he spent mostly in the minors.

“For sure I think it does,” the smiling Rangers defenseman told The Post after Friday’s practice in Tarrytown. “My biggest thing is I want to make good outlet passes; I want to be hard-nosed, strong in front of the net; I want to compete for pucks. I think that’s what I’ve done in the past, and to me, that’s winning hockey. When we get back to it, it works out.”...

“I think he’s really kept it simple,” said Quinn, whose team next plays Sunday night at the Garden against the Flames. “He’s a guy that has good skills, he’s not trying to do too much, he’s defended hard. He’s in great shape, so he’s able to play at a pace. His skating has always been elite. He’s in a whole different mindset.”


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Video- Pekka Rinne Leaves Game Shortly After A Collision

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Pekka Rinne collides with teammate Kevin Fiala then exits the game a couple minutes after with an apparent injury.

No update from the Predators.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps

Florida 6, WASHINGTON 5 (SO)

Minnesota 3, DALLAS 1

Nashville 5, CALGARY 3

NHL Morning Skate


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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