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From Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News,
On last season’s version of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” reality show, Heidi Androl - aka “The Hottie” - made it all the way to the final six contestants before the inevitable: Donald Trump fired her.
A few months later, Luc Robitaille hired her. And the Kings, immersed in their own reality show disguised as the 2007-08 NHL season, may have trumped every local TV station in the process.
More than just an apprentice reporter for the team’s “Kings Vision” element to their official Web site, Androl has become part of a forward-thinking element to TV sportscasting, something that has forced other professional teams to reconsider how they get their message across directly to their fans. In turn, it will alter the big-picture thinking of local news organizations.
more… about both the success of Androl as well as the Kings publicity efforts this season.
Video below shows some of Androl’s work on a recent trip to Vancouver:
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
According to highly-placed league sources, Anaheim is where Blake will be headed at the trade deadline.
He wouldn’t even be required to move house to play for the cross-town Ducks and since Blake owns a no-trade contract, he can make that call.
That’s not the only reason why Blake won’t be coming to Detroit.
A non-displaced fracture of the left ankle kept Blake out of the lineup Thursday.
A desire not to displace themselves of their future will keep the Wings from making a move for Blake.
via the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Michael Cammalleri from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Cammalleri, 25, has missed the last 17 Kings games due to a rib injury. He has played in 36 games this season and has 29 points (15-14=29). His 15 goals rank third on the team, 29 points rank fifth and nine power play goals rank second (tied with Anze Kopitar).
from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
But with the ball in his court this time around, (Rob) Blake certainly doesn’t sound like a man who wants to pick up and go anywhere, even if the reward could come in the form of another Stanley Cup ring.
“You know there is a group of teams that can compete for the Cup and if they want to get a couple of guys just to push them over the top, I am totally for it,” Blake said. “If I was an older player without a Cup, maybe. My goal was to come here and to build something and that’s what I hope happens.”
That being said, even he admits you just never know.
“There will be a lot of speculation over the next few weeks for sure,” Blake said.
from Fire & Ice,
The Kings will be without defenseman Rob Blake tonight. He returned to Los Angeles because of a stress fracture in his ankle/foot and is expected to miss two weeks.
more on the Kings/Devils matchup…
added 2:25pm, More on Blake at Inside the Kings…
from Jaroslov Modry at the Hockey News,
Being traded at the deadline is really a shock. Even though you can see it coming sometimes, you feel like the team you’ve been working with just kind of gave up on you. But on the other hand, you have to look at it in a positive way: The other team really wants me, they want to upgrade themselves and I’m part of it.
It also means you might get a chance to be part of a Stanley Cup contender, if you’re going from a team that’s out of the playoff race to a club that’s in a good position to win that ultimate prize. If that happens, it’s a great bonus.
From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,
So here’s the thing, if you are the Los Angeles Kings or the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is probably in your best interest – speaking big picture, that is – to lose the remainder of your games.
It would be better for both teams – and probably Florida, Tampa Bay and Buffalo, too – if they just gave up on this year and did everything in their power to get the top pick in the 2008 Entry Draft; in all likelihood Steven Stamkos.
The problem is: How do you tell 20 players, who are essentially auditioning for next year, as well as a coaching staff whose career might possibly hang in the balance with every victory or defeat, that you want to tank the year?
from the LA Daily News,
General manager Dean Lombardi will decide who to deal, who to keep and what the Kings can get to build for the future before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
Rob Blake, the Kings’ all-time leader in games played for a defenseman, is the biggest bargaining chip. He’s 38 years old and in the final year of a two-year contract. But he’s also a likely Hall of Famer and a veteran with playoff experience that could put a contender over the top. Blake has a no-trade clause, so he will have control over his destination, but he has said he would consider waiving his right if Lombardi asked.
Defensemen Brad Stuart and Jaroslav Modry and forwards Ladislav Nagy, Brian Willsie and Scott Thornton are others often mentioned in trade rumors.
from the LA Times,
Brad Stuart is looking forward to keeping things simple for a while. Jaroslav Modry said the time will allow the Kings to further bond as a team. Rob Blake, well, he’s just indifferent these days.
Such are the opinions of the most veteran Kings players, as they prepare for an eight-game, 16-day trip, one of the longest of their careers.
“It’s right up there, for sure,” said Stuart, in his eighth NHL season and first with the Kings. “It’s going to be a long haul, but I think the good thing is we’re spending a lot of time in an area where we don’t have to travel a whole lot.”
continued (reg. req.)
from the LA Daily News,
If the Kings’ Rob Blake wasn’t so good, this wouldn’t be so awkward.
Blake, the club’s aging captain, has to go. He is still one of the top four players in franchise history and his Hall of Fame credentials are unquestioned. He is a stand-up guy.
But the team is going to miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. His best contribution right now would come from leaving, with the club getting a couple of draft picks before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
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