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Flyers Lose Jones

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Randy Jones won’t be going back on the Flyers’ roster.

The defenseman was claimed Thursday morning by the Los Angeles Kings on re-entry waivers. That means Jones’ $2.75 million cap hit will be split between the Flyers and Kings, who must pay the $15,000 waiver claim price as well

In other words, the Flyers just took a $1.375 million cap hit for a player they lost on re-entry.

Financially, it was a huge gamble and the Flyers lost.

“He would have helped our team but that’s the risk you take,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “What are you going to do? … Those are the rules. We knew the risks going in.”

Holmgren said a couple clubs asked about him recently, but no one asked the Flyers to put him on re-entry so he could be claimed.

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Morning Line

Kopitar’s early success ranks him ahead of Marian Gaborik, Alexander Ovechkin, Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Rick Nash and even Sidney Crosby—all the superstars you would see on national TV if the NHL had a decent broadcast deal with a network that’s not in a dispute with DirecTV.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times. More on Kopitar and the Kings from Helene.

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  Tags: helene+elliott

Kopitar Playing With Confidence

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Having one of the game’s best young talents certainly helps. Kopitar has clicked with new linemate Ryan Smyth, who is willing to do the dirty work required to score goals.

Kings captain Dustin Brown sees a bit of Smyth’s influence rubbing off on Kopitar, who now is winning those battles in the corners. He’s also competing harder than ever.

“A couple years ago, he’d get pushed around and the puck would get away from him,” Brown said. “This year, he’s saying, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”

That’s added strength. It’s also confidence.

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Ott Will Be Talking With Campbell &  Scuderi Gets Fined

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk just confirmed that Steve Ott will have a phone hearing with the NHL on his hip check on Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo Saturday.

Nieuwendyk said he has no feeling on whether Ott could receive a suspension, just that the league said a lot of incidents had happened over the weekend and they are being proactive on them.

Also, Mr. Campbell was on HNIC Radio this afternoon and stated Rob Scuderi was fined for his hit on Jason Chimera.

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  Tags: rob+scuderi, steve+ott

A Michigan Man Attends USC Football Practice

Jack Johnson of the LA Kings visits USC for football practice.

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Rob Scuderi Check On Jason Chimera Tonight

Do Scuderi go too low to make the hit is my question?

No penalty on the play except for Derek Dorsett leavingt the bench and gettting a game misconduct along with Chimera who was yapping with the Kings bench.

added 10/26/09, 6:06am, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

This wasn’t a hip check. Maybe it was intended to be, but it wasn’t even close. Scuderi essentially dived at Chimera’s knees, undercutting him and sending him airborn, skates over tin cup one might say.

Chimera’s face landed on the ice and he skidded that way a few feet before his neck crumpled and his body flopped the rest of the way over. It was a scary sight live, and even moreso in slow motion.

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  Tags: jason+chimera, rob+scuderi

Moving Frolov Now May Not Make Fiscal Sense

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.

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Kings Extend Quick

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.

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  Tags: davis+drewiske, jonathan+quick

Morning Line

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…

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LA Kings Ice Crew Calendar Shoot Tease

I’ll say!

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