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Richards Now At Home In LA

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Had the Flyers won the Cup in 2010 instead of falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in the final, you never know. This might have turned out differently. But they didn’t, and it didn’t. And so less than four months after his shocking trade to the Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards had to settle for this:

An orange sign behind the Kings’ bench during warm-ups: “RICHIE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A FLYER IN OUR [HEART].” A thank-you message on the scoreboard from the Flyers and a standing ovation from the fans early in the first period – while he was preparing for a defensive zone faceoff. Boos just about every time he touched the puck afterward. Oh, and the cherry on top – the first assist on the overtime goal that gave his new team a 3-2 victory over his old one.

“I know he was very anxious about this game,” Kings coach Terry Murray said, “and at the end of the day, how fitting is that?”

All things considered, maybe this is for the best.

read on

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Doughty Leaves Game Early With Upper-Body Injury

This hit from Zac Rinaldo of the Flyers forced him out of the game tonight after 24 seconds of play.

added 8:36pm, via Helene Elliott tweet,

seven to 10 days is minimum for doughty. again, told NOT head.

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Afternoon Line

“We feel we can compete for the Stanley Cup, and that’s what we’re preparing for.  The big thing is when your general manager and the ownership goes out and makes the moves and spends the money that they did, it’s a vote of confidence in us as a group to say that they think we’re ready. It’s like anything in life. When people believe in you, you tend to get the best out of people.”

-Willie Mitchell of the LA Kings.  More on the Kings from the CP at The Hockey News.

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Kings Sign Trent Hunter

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Trent Hunter to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Hunter, 31, has spent his entire NHL career (2002-03 through 2010-11) with the New York Islanders.  Last season he recorded four points (1-3=4) and 23 penalty minutes in 17 games, missing most of the season with a lower body injury.

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Everyone Wins In The Doughty Deal

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

On the face of it, Drew Doughty finally beat down the Los Angeles Kings, forcing them to accept his terms on a new contract.

But this is a win for the Kings just as it is for Doughty, 21, who agreed to an eight-year deal for an average of $7-million per year late Thursday night. The agreement ended a bitter standoff between Doughty and the Kings, which grew increasingly nasty in the last few weeks when the Kings refused to increase their offer beyond the $6.8-million per year centre Anze Kopitar, 24, is making. Doughty and his agent, Don Meehan, would not take less than $7-million a year.

By giving in to Doughty and Meehan, the Kings secured its most important player, who is already one of the league’s best defencemen, for the next eight years. It reassures a fragile fan base they are serious about winning.

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Kings Reach Verbal Agreement with Drew Doughty

From the LA Kings:

The Los Angeles Kings have reached a verbal agreement with restricted free agent defenseman Drew Doughty on a multi-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced tonight.

continued…

Update 11:24pm ET: From Bob McKenzie’s Twitter

Doughty deal is 8 years at $7M per year.

added 12:40am 9/30/11, from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Continue Reading »

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Almost 18,000 Witness NHL Hockey In Kansas City

from Randy Kovitz of the Kansas City Star,

AEG president Tim Leiweke and Kansas City Mayor Sly James met before Tuesday night’s NHL exhibition game at the Sprint Center and came to a conclusion:

Don’t chase just any NHL or NBA team.

“Kansas City can take its time,” said Leiweke, whose company manages the Sprint Center, where an announced crowd of 17,779 saw the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in an overtime shootout.

“The key is you can chase a team, but you’re going to end up not making a great deal and maybe being disappointed. Or you can wait and not only try to find the right situation, but economically make the right deal.

“We’re not chasing, and I love the mayor’s attitude, which is: ‘Under our terms.’ ”

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Sounds As If The Kings Are Not Going To Budge On Doughty Offer

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

Tim Leiweke, president of the Kings’ parent company, AEG, said Monday he supports General Manager Dean Lombardi’s stance in negotiations with unsigned defenseman Drew Doughty and emphasized Lombardi’s offer of an average $6.8 million annually is based solely on allocating dollars to improve the team and maintaining a strong nucleus that will allow the Kings to compete for the Stanley Cup for years to come.

Doughty, a restricted free agent, remains at home in London, Canada, working out with a junior team while the Kings get deeper into training camp and prepare for their season-opening trip to Sweden and Germany.

Leiweke told The Times on Monday that the Kings are not trying to be cheap with Doughty and, in fact, plan to spend up to the salary cap of $64.3 million. But they want room to upgrade their talent before the trading deadline and maneuver in case of injuries, and paying Doughty the $7 million-plus that he’s seeking would change the allocation and budget and have long-term implications.

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What’s Going On With Doughty And Top American Players

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Still don’t understand Dean Lombardi’s stance on Drew Doughty. With Doughty, he has a Stanley Cup contender. Without him, he has nothing close. The Los Angeles Kings general manager went on radio to say he can’t afford to overpay Doughty. He said this, having committed $8 million US this season to Simon Gagne and Dustin Penner. It’s not that he can’t pay Doughty more. It’s that he won’t ... Some Kings people, by the way, think this contract negotiation has gotten personal. The Kings say they won’t pay Doughty more than they pay Anze Kopitar, who used to be a client of Don Meehan’s. Meehan is now insisting that Doughty be paid more than Kopitar.

• Almost from the moment Mike Modano announced he was retiring, the discussion began: Who is the best American hockey player ever? And where does Modano fit on that list?...

If I’m ranking, it would be 1. Leetch; 2. Chelios; 3. LaFontaine; 4. Modano; 5. An oldtimer, Frankie Brimsek. He won the Vezina Trophy twice while playing for the Boston Bruins and the Stanley Cup twice in the the late 1930s, early ’40s. All of my top five are in the Hall of Fame, or will be.

a few more hockey notes…

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Doughty Causing “Crisis” in LA?

From Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com Hockey:

If you want crisis, look to Los Angeles, where the Drew Doughty impasse threatens to cut down a promising Kings’ season before it even begins.

The Kings insist it’s business as usual without their franchise defenseman. They aren’t fooling anyone.

Doughty’s absence hangs over the team like a guillotine.

read on for more plus links to a Q&A about RFAs

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