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Phaneuf received 5 for boarding and a game. Kopitar was OK and maybe missed one shift.
“I knew I had a shot at one of those last spots there. Getting that phone call this morning was surprising but definitely one of my greatest moments.”
LA King defenseman Drew Doughty after finding out he was selected for Team Canada. More Olympic picks talk from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
via Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,
The official word from the Kings on right wing Justin Williams, who was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period Saturday after injuring his right leg, is that he has a lower-body injury.
What were the odds that would be the official announcement?
The idea of teams being vague about injuries is understandable on some level. Teams don’t want to be specific because they fear an opponent might poke at it when that player returns.
But Williams was carried off on a stretcher, won’t return tonight and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. A bit more information would be appropriate in this instance because the stretcher leads to thoughts of horrible injuries—and that might not be the case.
update 8:30am 12/27/09, Broken leg for Williams. Watch video below…
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
In his minor-league days, Jonathan Quick slept so deeply that his teammates would stumble off their bus after a trip and the equipment managers would unload the gear and think all was done only to find the goalie under a seat, slumbering.
That made for good jokes but bad mornings—especially when the Kings sent goaltending development guru Kim Dillabaugh to Manchester, N.H., to work with Quick. Only Quick was late, having overslept.
A good scare—a demotion to the ECHL during the 2007-08 season—and a good, loud alarm clock changed his habits.
“It was a teaching moment, so to speak,” Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
I must admit, I did a double take when I saw Wayne Simmonds come out of the locker room this morning. I thought maybe he would skate at some point, on his own, but I don’t think anyone expected to see Simmonds participating in full practice drills one week after his knee procedure. As far as Terry Murray is concerned, Simmonds is back.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Ryan Smyth didn’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Pittsburgh or Chicago or Detroit for a playoff run. No, he waived it over the summer to go to the Los Angeles Kings, a team that hasn’t seen the postseason since Jason Allison, Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh formed their top line in 2001-02.
So, no, you can’t accuse Smyth of chasing the Stanley Cup like a veteran on a mission to fulfill his dream before it’s too late.
Then again, could that be precisely what “Captain Canada” is doing in Los Angeles?
“I do really believe there is something special about the Kings,” Smyth told NHL.com. “You mention the (Drew) Doughtys and the (Anze) Kopitars—these types of players—they’re so young, but they’re so good. To be a part of it is awesome.”
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
In one of the strangest NHL scheduling quirks I’ve ever seen, after tomorrow the Kings won’t play until Dec. 26, an eight-day break. Is that a positive or a negative for the Kings? Given the way they’ve been playing of late — 8-1-1 in their last 10 games — you might say they’re in danger of losing momentum, but they also have four key players (Smyth, Simmonds, Stoll and Johnson) injured right now, and the long break minimizes the number of games that those players will miss. By Dec. 26, it’s likely that all but Simmonds (whose status is still to be determined) will be back.
In all, I’d have to say the long break is a net positive for the Kings right now.
via Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider,
In his postgame talk with the media, Terry Murray said Wayne Simmonds will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. No timetable for his return has been set, but such a procedure typically requires a recovery period of several weeks, if not a couple months.
Murray also said that Ryan Smyth will not play in any of the three games in Canada, and that he expects Smyth to return on Dec. 26 at Phoenix.
They’re first in the division, and divisional games are always important. Too bad we gave them a point, but we’re not going to get greedy. We got two, and that’s the most important thing for us. I think we’re right on their heels now, and we’ve got to push.”
-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after they defeated the San Jose Sharks in OT last night. More from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.
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