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from the LA Times,
This one, in the Ottawa Sun, involved the Kings listening to offers for forwards Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown in exchange for a goalie.
“There’s no basis to that,” Kings Coach Marc Crawford said Monday after practice in El Segundo. “Everybody, reporters and probably coaches alike, try to fantasize about trades. They’re exactly that—they are fantasies. That trade would never happen. Ever.
“It’s a fabrication by somebody saying, ‘That might work. They need a goalie. And boy, who could we get that’s young and inexpensive?’ And those are the names. They look at the salary chart and say, ‘These guys are inexpensive. That makes sense.’ But it really doesn’t.”
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From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,
Mathieu Schneider felt so good about having the protective boot removed from his left foot that he found a way to celebrate the occasion.
“I feel like I’ve lost my ball-and-chain,” Schneider said, beaming. “I’m going to run over it with my car. Maybe I’ll have my kids do it.”
It has been a mostly solitary existence for Schneider thus far with the Ducks.
The 38-year-old defenseman broke a bone in his ankle in his first appearance with his new team—during in an exhibition game against the Kings on Sept. 15.
continued… (*Schneider expects to return to the ice by late next week)
from LA Downtown News,
Robitaille foresees a not-too-distant future where the adage “Think King” is just as common as “Think Blue.”
“We are the biggest market. We should be the [NHL] team that everybody wants to copy,” Robitaille said. “It’s a challenge and it’s a lot of fun for me to build this organization that I love so much.”
That’s a line of goods that he’s definitely selling, not renting.
read on about Luc’s plans for the Kings…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
However, Crawford thought the prevalence of new media — round-the-clock highlights packages, an endless parade of Internet information — has heightened scrutiny everywhere around the NHL. And in places such as Toronto and Montreal, the attention is so great as to become almost suffocating.
“Truthfully, I think it’s compounded, especially in hockey markets, by the volume of information that’s available — with blogs, with all the replays, those things become such a big fabric of hockey life,” said Crawford. “It’s a different environment now than even 10 years ago.”
much more on the “booing” subject and other NHL bits…
from the LA Times,
The questions posed in El Segundo likely will be following Kings defenseman Rob Blake to Canada here for the start of a two-game trip, and will probably be even edgier and to the point.
Uh, Rob, what about that minus-nine, worst in the NHL?...
“He’s been more a victim of circumstance,” Crawford said at Wednesday’s practice in El Segundo. “There’s been a big difference of his level of performance than Nagy’s. If you’re gonna look at statistics, sometimes they can be misleading and in his case, that is a misleading stat.”
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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Jonathan Bernier is heading back to junior hockey.
Sources tell TSN the Los Angeles Kings are in the process of returning the 19-year-old underage netminder to Lewiston of the Quebec League. He is expected to be back with his junior team as early as tomorrow.
Updated 6:32pm ET:
Kings activate Jean-Sebastien Aubin from IR.
from Inside the Kings,
The dressing-room chemistry seems to be good. It’s a real good group of guys, on a personal level, and they seem to like each other. So I don’t think that’s a problem. Is the coaching staff getting through to them? Maybe that’s an issue. The fact that Dave Lewis was brought in, as sort of a ``father figure’’ to the players, tells me that there might have been an issue with Crawford’s ability to relate to the players. I don’t know that for a fact, but if there is, that’s a bigger issue than any X’s or O’s problem or an inability to kill penalties.
much more on the Kings slow start…
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
At some point, it just becomes counter-productive to discuss all of these dreadful losses. The worst part about it, from the Kings’ perspective, is that these aren’t even close losses. The Kings have now trailed at the end of 10 consecutive periods. If they could even put together ONE solid period and generate some momentum, it might get something going, but they have been unable to achieve that since London, really.
Michael Cammalleri is a one-man team at this point. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but not much. When you’re looking for a second-best forward, and your eye is drawn to John Zeiler’s name, that’s not a good thing. And that’s no disrespect toward Zeiler, but he shouldn’t be the team’s second-best forward.
From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,
“I was just chasing after the puck and the defenseman got to it before me and shot it and [it] went directly into my mouth,” said O’Sullivan, who thought that the shot came from defenseman Christian Backman.
“It’s funny. Well, it’s not funny but it’s ironic, almost a year ago to the day I got my other two teeth knocked out” against Colorado.
“Both times I saw it but I just couldn’t move quick enough to do anything about it,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s something about early October that’s not good for my mouth.”
This time, O’Sullivan said he lost three teeth, needed about six stitches and suffered a broken bone below his nose. “These [the teeth] were still in but they were back in my throat almost. It was pretty gross.”
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From Lisa Dillman & Lonnie White at the LA Times,
“I think this city is waiting for us to do something special,” said Robitaille, who acknowledged the franchise had lost focus. “For a long time we didn’t pay attention to our neighbors in Hollywood.”
The first significant move to rectify that was a red-carpet affair and party for the team at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Thursday night, with TV and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who is a Kings season-ticket holder and potential future NHL owner in Las Vegas, serving as host.
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