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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…
Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider gets Terry Murrays’ explanation of the Prospal goal last night…
(on the explanation he got after Prospal’s reviewed goal…)
MURRAY: “No explanation, really. It’s just a reviewed goal by the league office.’’
(on whether a whistle is reviewable…)
MURRAY: “I think it was just an unfortunate break for us, that’s all. My understanding of it is that it’s not a reviewable situation. The referee on the ice makes the call. He waves it off, the whistle blows and there’s no goal and it’s not reviewable. But even with that, there’s still half the game to go. There’s plenty of time and opportunities for us, on the power play, to get things back, and we didn’t capitalize.’’
You can watch the goal below... What I think happened the ref lost the view of the puck, which was actually in the net, even before he blew or intended to blow his whistle. Therefore it could be reviewed and I feel the proper call was made.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Question: My situation is one in which the Kings have hired me to provide unfiltered coverage of the team, just as I would have for the newspaper. Knowing that there will be some stories and issues that won’t put the team or the league in the best light, do you have any thoughts about a job such as this one?
(Bill) DALY: “I think there’s been an evolution of thought on that. Obviously, as a league, we’re interested in having people cover our sport and being able to communicate and offer content, around our sport, to our fans, both existing fans and new fans. I think we recognize, and have come to recognize over time, that an important element of that is independence in reporting. I think it builds to the credibility of coverage and, as a league, I think we’re generally supportive of independence in reporting.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We’re five games into the season, and you start to see what Dean Lombardi was thinking.
The Los Angeles Kings GM believed the window was opening for his up-and-coming club this past summer, so he sprinkled in a pair of veterans into the lineup in the hope they would help get the team over the hump. There’s lots of hockey to be played, but defenseman Rob Scuderi, second on the team with 10 blocked shots, and star winger Ryan Smyth have had an immediate impact.
Playing on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, Smyth has eight points (4-4) in five games.
“Kopy, Justin and myself have been working well together,” Smyth told ESPN.com from the New York area, where his team beat the Islanders on Monday and face the Rangers on Wednesday.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
Here at practice, it’s quite cold but there’s a nice view of Chelsea Piers — I took some pictures to post later — and it smells better than when the players arrived. Seems as though there was a sewage issue in the locker-room area, and the whole area smelled like…well, sewage. Practice is ongoing now. Report to come a bit later…
In case you missed or were unable to watch Kings Ransom on ESPN, you can view it below.
Kings Ransom is the story of the 1988 trade that brought Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.
from Peter Berg at ESPN,
My relationship with Wayne goes back to the 1990s when he invited me to play in his softball tournament in Brantford, Ontario. He wanted to get some actors in the game and I was a big hockey fan, having played it growing up in Chicago. I thought it would be a small game, but there were about 20,000 people there. First play of the game, I got a grounder at shortstop and threw out the runner and the crowd started booing me. Turns out it was Gordie Howe. I was humiliated. That began my personal relationship with Wayne.
continued and the video below is an expert of Kings Ransom which debuts on ESPN tonight at 8:00pm ET.
“There’s one thing you can control in your life, and that’s your work ethic. Sometimes you get tired or things like that. All these factors can come into play, but the things you can control are your mind and your work ethic. Sometimes you’re going to outwork teams and sometimes you’re going to get outworked. If you do more than your fair share, you’re going to give yourself an opportunity to win.”
-LA Kings forward Ryan Smyth. More from Ryan via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
No matter how Lombardi elects to paint it, there will be some pressure on the Kings to take the next step this year. Los Angeles finished 14th in the Western Conference last season 12 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. As bad as that sounds, this is a young hockey team and its core players are just learning what it takes to be successful at the NHL level and they have shown signs of improvement.
For the most part Lombardi has resisted the temptation of chasing a quick fix, preferring instead to construct his team slowly and purposefully through the draft. This summer, however, he made two noteworthy additions in bringing to town veteran winger Ryan Smyth and defenceman Rob Scuderi who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup last season.
“Scuderi is perfect for Jack Johnston and Smyth is perfect for Anze Kopitar,” Lombardi reckons.
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