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LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Kings captain/defenseman and current club executive Rob Blake will have his No. 4 jersey retired by the Kings as part of a special pregame ceremony at STAPLES Center on Saturday, January 17, prior to the Kings-Ducks game, the club announced today.
Blake – who is also being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November – will become the sixth Kings player to be so honored by the organization, joining Luc Robitaille (#20 / 2007), Wayne Gretzky (#99 / 2002), Dave Taylor (#18 / 1995), Marcel Dionne (#16 / 1990) and Rogie Vachon (#30 / 1985).
Outdoor hockey is returning to California for a second straight season, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday. This season's game features two teams which have become quite familiar with each other in recent years.
The San Jose Sharks will be the home team against the Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The game will be broadcast by NBCSN and Hockey Night in Canada.
No two teams in the NHL have played against each other more than the Sharks and Kings have since the start of the 2010-11 season. They have played 41 games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in the past three seasons, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two postseasons.
added 12:04pm, NHL release below plus logo for the game...
His scheduled arbitration date was this Friday.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
It is a five-year agreement and the Kings will be the only sports property on KABC, and longtime team broadcasters Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans will continue in their positions, play-by-play and analyst, respectively.
Additionally, the Kings already have sold out of season tickets for 2014-15. The team said its season-ticket base is 16,000 and that season-ticket renewal was in excess of 95%. The base number includes partial season-ticket plans; single-game tickets are scheduled to go on sale in September....
For the Kings, the radio deal is novel in that it is a multiyear agreement. Kelly Cheeseman, the Kings' chief operating officer, said in a interview that the team previously "basically paid" to be on radio and that agreements of the past were typically of a year-to-year nature.
There has been a marked change in the business climate from when the Kings first won the Stanley Cup in 2012.
A lot of small talk going on these days in the hockey world.
Stories about so and so being traded, so and so not being traded, these teams are talking, these teams are not, etc.
I even saw a story today with this headline, The top 5 NHL players whose names begin with 'B'
In my opinion, the only thing that matters is come mid to late June...
"My (L.A.) Kings have won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three years and felt like I got hit by a car after every one of them. I told (NHL Commissioner) Gary Bettman, this is the only sport where, at the end of the game, the fans are more exhausted than the players. So, to me, keep doing what you're doing with hockey."
-Al Micheals of NBC Sports talking to reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour. More from Michaels by Bill Brioux at the CP via Yahoo.
President Barack Obama called Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown to congratulate him on the Stanley Cup.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
There have been six changes in general managers since the end of the NHL regular season — seven if you go back to January and include Tim Murray, who got the Buffalo Sabres job.
"The middle group took it hard," said Lombardi, lamenting the fates of some of his peers.
The rapid reshuffling has changed the dynamic of how the managers do business with one another. With so many new faces in new places, it has forced holdovers such as Lombardi and Ducks General Manager Bob Murray to forge new relationships.
At a time when there is expected to be a lot of high-profile moves at the NHL entry draft Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, it has taken them out of their comfort zones.
"The GM meeting [in New York] was a little awkward because there were so many new faces," Murray said. "I don't mean that in a bad way. You've got to be respectful of these guys. You've got to give them time to get into the position, to figure out what they're doing, and it's a process for them."
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Gaborik will now carry a cap hit of just $4.875-million per season. That is Ryane Clowe, Martin Erat and Stephen Weiss territory. Not only is it a manageable number in real time, but it won’t take very long before it lands somewhere around the NHL average with the cap expected to soar past $80-million in the next few years.
Beyond that, the Kings have adopted a win-now mentality and there’s no question that having Gaborik around helps those ambitions. He was reborn after being acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus and is already hooked on the taste of success after winning his first Stanley Cup.
The 32-year-old had seen neighbours Zdeno Chara and Marian Hossa bring the trophy back to Trencin, Slovakia in recent years and now gets his chance to do the same. His summer could also have included an even bigger contract elsewhere, but Gaborik and agent Ron Salcer wrapped up negotiations on this deal before even entertaining offers from other teams.
There is no doubt about where his priorities lie right now.
“The No. 1 thing was winning a Cup and just having a chance year after year,” Gaborik explained on a conference call. “It made a lot of sense for me. I know I could have made more money if I would have gone to UFA, but it wasn’t about money.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings – the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions – have signed pending unrestricted free agent Marian Gaborik to a new seven-year deal, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Gaborik tallied a league-leading 14 goals during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Kings, who captured their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. Gaborik’s 14 goals were one shy of the Kings single playoff year franchise record set in 1993 by Wayne Gretzky. Additionally, the 32-year-old native of Trencin, Slovakia, ranked fourth in Stanley Cup Playoffs scoring (22 points), tied for second in Stanley Cup Playoffs power-play goals (3), and tied for third in Stanley Cup Playoffs power-play points (8) while appearing in all 26 Kings postseason games.
The 2014 Stanley Cup championship was the first career championship for Gaborik, who rebounded from an injury plagued regular season with a postseason full of clutch performances.
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