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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
When the even-keel, fatherly Terry Murray publicly calls out a player, you know he’s really not happy. Today, Murray took a relatively benign question about Wayne Simmonds’ production (or lack thereof) and scoring chances this season and issued a fairly strong-worded analysis of Simmonds’ play through the first three games of this season. Simmonds has zero points in three games, and had only one shot on goal before his three-shot effort against Atlanta on Tuesday…
MURRAY: “I need Simmer to be a better player than what he is right now. We’ve had a couple of meetings, he and I, and the assistant coaches have sat down and reviewed some video. The most important thing for him is to get his feet going, get skating better, on a more consistent basis. When he’s playing that straight-line game with an edge, with grit and battling along the boards, that’s the best kind of player. Right now, he seems to be a little hesitant in his game, and as a result you get caught in between and it looks real bad.
Today’s three cheers (despite slim pickins, what with only two games last night and all) recognizing those who deserve a nip for their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Detroit’s Johan Franzen, who opened the scoring in last night’s renewal of the Avalanche/Red Wings rivalry and later notched a second goal, as the Wings earned a point in the standings, despite blowing a two-goal lead, in falling to the Avs in a shootout. Franzen now has three goals and four points on the young season for Detroit (2-0-1).
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Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.
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Oakland, Calif. & Los Angeles OCTOBER 6, 2010—In an all-star match up, Pandora, the leading personalized radio service, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League announced the launch of a highly targeted and localized advertising campaign starting today.
With this breakaway move, the Kings are the first professional sports team to use the multi-platform, targeted reach of Pandora to help them create and disseminate a mixtape of the team’s favorite music to connect with enthusiastic fans.
Kings players Ryan Smyth, Jarret Stoll, Rob Scuderi, Jack Johnson, Brad Richardson, Peter Harrold, Davis Drewiske, Kevin Westgarth and Jonathan Bernier provided Pandora with a list of their favorite songs that were combined into a mixtape that fans can add to their stations on Pandora. The creative campaign will run on the Pandora website and mobile phone application, targeting men 25 - 49 in the Los Angeles area.
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).
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“The biggest thing is the uncertainty of planning. Whenever you’re trying to put a team together under any system, it’s about planning ahead. Obviously going forward here, there’s a lot of uncertainty. The ability to plan … it just seems we shouldn’t be in this position of such uncertainty.”
-Dean Lombardi, GM of the Los Angeles Kings on the CBA. More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
“We all love this game, we want to get out there and win a Stanley Cup,” Mitchell said. “That’s why we’ve played 5,000 road hockey games, to have a shot at it. That’s why we do what we do at the end of the day. That’s what challenges us. We push our limits.”
That’s why, after suffering a concussion in a collision with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, Mitchell was out hiking in March and April, pushing his body in hopes of getting ready for the playoffs.
His body pushed back.
The symptoms from the concussion came rushing back.
“It’s almost like you’re autistic,” he said. “You’re overly sensitive, you can’t deal with light and sound.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, a former Flyers scout, liked Stevens’ work ethic. So did assistant GM Ron Hextall, who bled Flyers orange and black as a player. Coach Terry Murray was Stevens’ assistant in Philadelphia and a friend since Stevens played for and later coached the Flyers’ minor league team, the Phantoms.
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“They all know that John is a man of tremendous integrity and did not need much of a push to hire him,” Holmgren said. “He’s a great fit there.”
Stevens, who played 53 NHL games for the Flyers and Hartford Whalers, is Murray’s top assistant. He inherited Hardy’s duties of working with the defense and overseeing the penalty killing, which ranked 20th in the NHL last season. Under his direction it will be more aggressive, more intent on pressuring the puck.
“He’s changed things up a little bit,” defenseman Jack Johnson said. “He seems like a great guy, easy to talk to.”
from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Another player who impressed last night was Jack Johnson, and it seems as though Johnson might benefit from Terry Murray’s new emphasis on playmaking, including the thumbs-up for defensemen to be more active in initiating and joining plays.
Johnson was known as a strong two-way defenseman at the University of Michigan, but that top-level offensive ability has yet to show itself at the NHL level. Johnson had eight goals and 28 assists in 80 games last season, but his voice picked up a noticeably more excited tone when he was asked about his desire to be more active in the offensive zone.
“Absolutely,” Johnson said. “It’s no fun to never cross the red line. You want to get involved at both ends of the ice and try to contribute at both ends. I think that’s what makes the game fun. Just to be a one-sided player, I don’t think it makes it as fun.”
We have Philadelpia taking on Toronto right now on NHL Network-US from London, Ontario and then the Kings face the Coyotes at 10:00pm ET via streaming which is embedded below.
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