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from Billy Witz of the LA Times,
When the Kings’ prized rookie defenseman Drew Doughty crumpled to the ice after a big hit from Tampa Bay’s Evgeny Artyukhin midway through the second period, his defensive partner, Sean O’Donnell, chased Artyukhin off the ice, jabbing him with his stick until he drew a cross-checking penalty.
Doughty left the game because of a bruised thigh….
After Doughty went to the dressing room for the rest of the night because of a bruised thigh, his teammates didn’t respond to the hit with more inspired play or their fists.
“That’s why the dressing room door is closed right now,” Murray said after keeping it closed for 15 minutes.
“That’s a response that players need to take into their own hands right away, through hard play, through going at it and doing the right stuff. Physically playing hard, competing harder.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
I highly doubt that this will discourage any Internet gossip-mongering, but Dean Lombardi said yesterday that the Kings aren’t close to any type of significant trade. And when the Kings do start seriously looking, it will be up front, not in goal.
A few weeks ago I wrote in my NHL.com weekly feature Bobby Ryan needed to start playing on a regular shift. Since that time, 6 goals, 5 helpers in 8 games. You see, the Ducks listened to me!
Ryan with the hat trick last night, and the 3rd goal was special.
The Staples Center in LA rocked a little last night. LA Kings broadcasting team of Jim Fox and Bob Miller talk about it.
(Oscar) Moller was recalled to the Kings on Jan. 6 and skated yesterday at practice and was expected to return to the lineup. However, after suffering from some soreness in his shoulder, the Kings medical staff inspected the injury and discovered a fractured clavicle. Moller will miss at least the next seven games and will be re-evaluated after the all-star break.
“It was a fracture of his clavicle,” Kings head coach Terry Murray said. “It happened in the World Juniors in the game against the Russians, he played the rest of the way with it and practiced. He went to the doctors yesterday afternoon because he was having some issues with it and it revealed a fracture in the clavicle….”
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
The Kings have traded Jason LaBarbera to the Vancouver Canucks for a seventh-round draft pick in 2009.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
From the aforementioned list only Vachon, in the early 1970s, provided top-notch goaltending for more than a few seasons. The Kings’ inability to find and develop elite goalies transcends generations and general managers and generally defies common sense.
That’s why it’s tempting to get excited about Quick, who has two shutouts in his first four starts this season and will start for the fifth consecutive time when the Kings play the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Staples Center.
He stays square to the shooters. He doesn’t get rattled. He’s competitive and he’s a quick learner—after being banished to the ECHL last season because he showed up late to a couple of practices, he now takes practice as seriously as games.
“To his credit, he actually handled it pretty well,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said.
Son of a father who’s a route salesman for Entenmann’s bakery and does construction work on the side, the 22-year-old native of Milford, Conn., knows the value of hard work.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The NHL’s holiday trade freeze ends at midnight local time tonight, but General Manager Dean Lombardi said Friday he’s not planning to look for a goaltender—for now.
About a month ago the Kings were discussing a multi-team deal that would have brought Nikolai Khabibulin from Chicago, but the trade fell apart when one team tried to switch a player in the mix.
There isn’t much out there, anyway, Lombardi said. “You hear of any goalies available that I’m not hearing of?” he asked, joking.
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
(Drew) Doughty, the second overall pick in June, walked out of the Ontario Hockey League in spring and into the Kings’ lineup in fall. He logs 25 minutes a game, showing sleight-of-hand skills handling the puck and a he-shoots-he-scores ability from the blue line.
Such a package needed to be handled with care. Where to store him away from the rink was easy. You can even set it to music.
The “I Love L.A.” life is handled by defenseman Matt Greene, who was asked to take in Doughty at his Hermosa Beach residence. The “On the Road Again” chore is handled by Dustin Brown, who rooms with Doughty on trips.
It’s a tag-team big brother setup that strays into parenting at times.
Said Brown: “He sleeps for hours. I have to make sure he gets out of bed and gets to the rink on time.”
Said Greene: “I have a five-second buffer that I employ with him. Just think before you talk.”
via Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
...the Kings were, until late last week, in the running for Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. No longer, it seems. Talks ended without a deal, but it had nothing to do with Khabibulin’s salary or any injury concerns. But that should answer the question about whether the Kings are willing to go after a veteran goalie this season.
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