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Morning Line- Helene Elliott

...the next message will be loud and clear and it will involve trades of core players and a full rebuild. Desjardins said he thinks the Kings “still have it in them” to be the commanding team they were during their Cup years. If that’s true, now is the time to prove it. They’ve been warned. Twice.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times where you can read more on the Kings.

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LA Kings/Pittsburgh Penguins Trade- Tanner Pearson For Carl Hagelin


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Morning Line- Anze Kopitar

Well it’s been, what? Three, four games now? Willie came in, he’s a positive guy, but it’s on us. He’s not going to step on the ice and make a difference. It’s on us to go out there and just make a difference.

Like I said, it’s a matter of just putting your mind to it and doing it. Like I said, we’ve talked about it, we’ve addressed it many times and we can keep on talking about it, but if we don’t do it on the ice there’s nobody that can speak to you that can make a difference.

This road trip is crucial for us here. We have to put some points in the bank. There’s a couple days of practice time which I think we need and we have to come and be ready to work and get better, bottom line, and get our game in order.

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after a 5-1 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider has more post-game quotes.

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Knee Surgery For Jack Campbell

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Cal Petersen from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL), Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced this morning.

Petersen is expected to practice with the Kings this morning.  Kings goaltender Jack Campbell suffered a meniscus tear in his knee that requires surgery.  He is considered week-to-week after the surgery with recovery time expected to be 4-to-6 weeks.  He was injured during the Kings-Calgary Flames game on Saturday night

In addition, the Kings on Sunday assigned forward Matt Luff to the Reign.

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New Coach, Same Results For The Los Angeles Kings

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Maybe it wasn’t John Stevens’ fault the Kings sat at the bottom of the NHL standings when he was fired last Sunday.

Maybe it wasn’t Stevens’ fault they lacked passion, a shortcoming that general manager Rob Blake cited as crucial when he let Stevens go and installed Willie Desjardins as the interim coach for the rest of the season.

Maybe the problem was — and still is — that the Kings have become a rudderless team that can’t finish and can’t maintain the speedier tempo that’s required to succeed in the NHL. Those flaws are beyond the power of a new coach to fix.

Winger Ilya Kovalchuk, 35, was the Kings’ best player Saturday night in their 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames at a sometimes silent and much-less-than-full Staples Center. That says a lot about Kovalchuk’s desire to have an impact in the NHL after a five-year absence. It doesn’t say much about his teammates’ determination to turn around a dismal start. In being shut out for the first time this season the Desjardins-led Kings looked as uninspired and disjointed as the Stevens-led Kings, and that’s not a good look.


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Regarding The Coaching Changes This Week

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

John Stevens and Joel Quenneville, the latter of whom coached the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships (2010, ’13, and ’15), were given the heave-ho this past week from behind their respective benches.

A direct connection? Nothing beyond the fact that both Stevens’s Kings and Quenneville’s Blackhawks opened with an underwhelming first month, dealing with rosters their front offices failed to upgrade substantially, or even adequately, over the summer.

It’s that latter point that best connects them. The goods just weren’t there, and the next general manager who volunteers to beat the coach to the door will be the first GM to volunteer to beat the coach to the door.

The Kings figured Ilya Kovalchuk, for whom they outbid (three years, $18.75 million) the Bruins and others in the offseason, would be the fix for an aging core to get immediately back in the hunt. Curious decision by team bosses Rob Blake and Luc Robitaille, given that most of the league is emphasizing youth and speed in NHL 2018-19, and the 35-year-old Kovalchuk, just back from the Triple A KHL, is 6-8 years beyond his prime.

continued plus more hockey topics...

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Videos- Los Angeles Kings And Minnesota Wild Remember The Victims In Thousand Oaks

via Sportsnet,

Watch as the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild honour the victims of the recent Thousand Oaks shooting pre-game.




Below, watch Luc Robitaille on the tragedy in Thousand Oaks.

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Kings Win Their First Game Under Desjardins

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Nate Thompson blocked a shot with his knee. A prone Derek Forbort punched the puck out of harm’s way with his glove after he lost his stick.

The element that had been missing in the Kings’ game — desire, desperation — came alive during a first-period penalty kill Tuesday.

Other parts unfolded well. They got goals by three of their four lines, namely Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford and Ilya Kovalchuk, against probably the best goalie in the NHL this season in the Ducks’ John Gibson. It wasn’t a season-defining performance, but a 4-1 win at Staples Center properly kicked off the tenure of new Kings coach Willie Desjardins.

Jeff Carter saved the puck for Desjardins, who had more impatience than nerves beforehand.

“It was good to get back,” Desjardins said. “You’re sitting there and you’re waiting in the room and it’s like the game’s never going to start. It’s been a while since I’ve been on that bench. The pace was good, and there’s some heavy boys on both teams.”


Below, Eilliott Teaford of the OC Register on the Ducks losing their 8th game in 9 games plus the game highlights.

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SoCal Hockey Gone Bad

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

Well, it was fun while it lasted. The golden age of hockey in Southern California started with the end of the NHL lockout that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season and altered the landscape of the league’s power structure for the next 12 years or so.

The Ducks rose first like a phoenix from the ashes of the labor battle, advancing to the Western Conference finals in 2005-06 and then winning the first Stanley Cup championship by a California team with a dominating run in 2006-07.

When the Ducks faltered in 2011-12, the Kings took up the chase and sandwiched Stanley Cup victories in ’12 and ’14 around a conference finals appearances in ’13. Suddenly, casual fans sports from San Clemente to the South Bay to San Fernando and San Bernardino were talking about hockey....

How did this happen? How did Southern California go from hockey nirvana to hockey hell?

Time played a key role, so did the parity created by the salary cap adopted in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout. Poor judgment, evaluation and development coupled with a need to reward past performances also were factors in the demise of two powerhouse clubs.

Each team also was hesitant to adapt to a changing style of play around the NHL, with Ducks general manager Bob Murray demanding his squad play faster and smarter and with younger and more skillful players this season. The adjustment has been a difficult one so far, though.


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Willie Desjardins Named Interim Head Coach For The Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have relieved John Stevens of his head coaching duties and Willie Desjardins has been named the new Kings interim head coach, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. 

“This is a critical time in our season and our results to date have fallen well below our expectations. With that in mind, this was a difficult decision but one we feel was necessary,” said Blake. “We have a great deal of respect and appreciation for John’s time with our organization. He was a key part of our past success, and we have tremendous gratitude for his many contributions.”

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