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from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
Halloween is a time for masks, right?
That being the case, I guess I should talk about the two masked men who’ll likely face one another Wednesday night in Hollywood.
Those two goaltenders are the Kings’ Jason LaBarbera and the Blue Jackets’ Pascal Leclaire. The Kings bring a four-game winning streak into their meeting with the Jackets, who are on their own three-game roll.
I’ll start with the 24-year-old Leclaire, who might be living up to the billing that led the Jackets to select him with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft.
From Lisa Dillman at the LA Times,
Hockey players sweat. So, tell us something we don’t know.
Except not all sweating athletes are created equal, and some perspire more than others. Put Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera squarely in that latter camp, which has created some interesting challenges for this season.
The new Reebok Edge uniform system may be too efficient in repelling sweat from jerseys, so much so that it is wreaking havoc with LaBarbera’s gloves. He said that he probably doesn’t shoot the puck quite as well at the end of the period because of his slippery hands.
“I sweat a lot. I’m kind of known for it,” LaBarbera said recently. “I’ve always been like that. I’ve noticed it more so in my gloves this year than anything. You can feel it dripping into your gloves.”
NEW YORK—Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending October 28.
From the Edmonton Sun,
Ducks owner Henry Samueli, his wife Susan, and general manager Brian Burke presented the ring to Penner after the game.
“I shook Burke’s hand, he said ‘Good luck’ and that was it,” Penner said. “I really didn’t know what to expect because it was a unique situation. But I’m done with this one and now I’m moving on to the next one.”
Continued...with more on a silent night between Burke and Lowe.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Quick, name the NHL’s leading goal-scorer heading into the weekend.
Rick Nash? Nope. Dany Heatley? Nope. Alexander Ovechkin? Nope.
Try Mike Cammalleri. The diminutive Los Angeles Kings forward has 10 goals in 11 games, but you’d be hard-pressed to find too many hockey fans who knew that. Despite leading the Kings in scoring last season with a career-high 80 points (34-46) in 81 games, Cammalleri doesn’t seem to get the notoriety he deserves around the league.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings and right wing Dustin Brown have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension it was announced Friday by Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
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.”
more on the Kings (reg. req.)
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…
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