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from Spector at Fox Sports,
Sure, Frolov has value given his previous production and the fact that at 27 he’s now considered in his playing prime. That’s not why he’ll be tough to move in the autumn.
Frolov is being paid $4 million for this season, a number which most NHL teams would have trouble swallowing at this time of year. Not only does the return have to make sense for the Kings but the salary numbers have to fit for the club acquiring him.
If the Kings decide to put him on the trade block it’ll likely happen between January 1st and the NHL’s March 3rd trade deadline, excluding the two weeks in February when the league will shut down for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Jonathan Quick to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Quick, 23, is in his third NHL/Kings season and he’s started nine of the Kings’ first 10 games this season. He’s also started 50 of the last 60 Kings’ games dating back to last season and he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 11 after posting a record of 3-0-0 while stopping 80 of 88 shots against in victories over San Jose (Oct. 6), Minnesota (Oct. 8) and St. Louis (Oct. 10).
Quick, a 6-1, 223-pound native of Milford, Conn., is tied for second in the NHL this season with six wins. In addition, he ranks third in the league with 538:53 minutes played and seventh with 225 saves. Quick also has a 3.01 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .893.
added 3:08pm, Keeping up with the Kings theme..
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Davis Drewiske to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Drewiske, 24, is in his second NHL/Kings season and he’s appeared in all 10 Kings’ games this season, recording three points (1-2=3), 10 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-6 rating. He also ranks third on the Kings with 15 blocked shots. The 6-2, 222-pound native of Hudson, Wis., notched his first career NHL/Kings goal vs. San Jose on Oct. 6.
If you want to think along cynical lines—and cynicism is the birthright of every Kings fan—benching Frolov can be seen as a way to reduce his value as he nears the end of his contract and heads toward free agency. Lower production could be support an argument for a lower salary, though a team that starved for goals last season has little to gain by stifling any scoring source.
-Helene Elliott of the LA Times. More on Frolov and the Kings from Helene…
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Question: What were your feelings about being sat out like that? Obviously it’s not a pleasant experience…
FROLOV: “No, obviously not. Nobody likes to be scratched and be in the locker room and see guys play. It’s pretty frustrating. I didn’t have such an experience for a long, long time. I guess, as I said before, it’s the head coach’s decision and you have to respect it.”
Question: He has said that when he talks to you, he doesn’t really get a response from you. Is that accurate? Do you feel like when he asked you questions, you responded appropriately?
FROLOV: “Well, I don’t know. I mean, everyone has different personalities. I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. Maybe, but no matter what happened, it’s not pleasant. You have to move on. I’m back in the lineup and I’m going to do my best and try as hard as I can.”
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Question: Did the coaches give you a clear understanding of why you’re not playing tonight?
FROLOV: “Well, it was Terry’s decision. He told me I’m out of the lineup tonight, I guess because I didn’t play well in the last games.’’...
Question: Did you have a reaction to that at all?
FROLOV: “Well, there’s nobody that wants to be scratched, but it was his decision. He’s the head coach and I have to respect it. It doesn’t matter if I agree or disagree with it. It’s just, I have to do my job and work hard and try to do my best.’’
Question: He had said that you didn’t really have a response at all. Is that so? Do you feel comfortable talking to him in those situations?
FROLOV: “I don’t know. It was just his decision for tonight. I think we’re going to talk more later on, tomorrow or later.’’
added 7:00am, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“It’s not a player making a physical mistake. It borders on not caring and that’s not tolerable,” Lombardi said by phone Monday.
“And what we’ll do as a team and as a franchise is you get on board or you get a surfboard and go to Hawaii. So that’s it.”
Lombardi said he and Murray had spoken often to the Russian winger, who has one goal, five points and a minus-one defensive rating. He said neither of them saw any discernible reaction from Frolov, who has been playing with Michal Handzus and Wayne Simmonds.
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Here’s what Terry Murray said, after today’s morning skate, about Alexander Frolov being scratched. Frolov stayed on the ice (with Trevor Lewis) long after the rest of the players left the ice — typical for scratched players — and stayed after the bus left. I have put in a request to talk with Frolov before tonight’s game. Here are Murray’s quotes…
MURRAY: “Frolov is out. That’s really a hard one. You don’t want to take your best players out of the lineup. That’s how you win games. Your best players have to be the best every night in this game. It’s such a competitive division, a competitive conference, a competitive league, that you just havfe to have your top guys on their ‘A’ game every night in order to give yourself an opportunity to win. It’s a hard thing, but those are the demands that the players have to meet.
added 4:43pm, Hammond had a chance to speak with Kings GM Dean Lombardi,
LOMBARDI: “When you sit a player out, and it’s a player who should be one of your best players, it’s safe to say you’ve probably tried everything. This is not something that was a knee-jerk reaction. That’s the first thing. Then, like I said, you’re worried about the message it sends to the rest of the team, because you want those guys to play hard.
“Near the end of the first period, we started losing territory. We stopped making plays, stopped moving our feet. Then at the beginning of the second period, I think we went 10 minutes without a shot. Then they score two goals, and all of a sudden we get (mad) and get four quality chances. But that’s the point. When you talk about the mental side of building a team, it’s the same old story. You have to respect your opponent, but you can’t fear them. Yeah, they’re still the Red Wings, and they’re a hell of a team, but we’ve got to get over that mental block and start believing in ourselves. I thought we looked up and it’s 1-0 and, `Holy smoke, we’re playing with them,’ and then – like last year – there was a little bit of waiting for something bad to happen. And it did.’
-Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the loss to Detroit yesterday. More from Lombardi by Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.
Anze Kopitar with a water bottle ritual.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Wayne Gretzky broke a slew of records during a singular Hall of Fame career that literally rewrote the NHL’s record book, but none were as bittersweet as the biggest record of them all—the career points total.
Twenty years ago today—Oct. 15, 1989—Gretzky, then with the Los Angeles Kings, scored a goal against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers, to give him 1,851 points—a mind-boggling total considering Gretzky was in his just 11th NHL season.
continued and Bob Miller with the call in the video…
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