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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Finally, the Kings have a team that’s worth watching.
Too bad they’ve accomplished this minor miracle just when the economy is at a low and the number of fans they alienated while bumbling to five consecutive non-playoff finishes is at a high.
Rows of empty seats and mutedly dark suites at Staples Center on Friday night during the Kings’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes testified to the difficulty of selling a rebuilding project.
The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Matt Greene to a five-year contact extension that will carry into the 2013-14 season, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
(Terry) Murray was drafted in 1970 by the late, lamented Golden Seals, who were part of the NHL’s 1967 expansion. Their initial name was the Oakland Seals, but they became the California Golden Seals in 1970-71 after Charles Finley bought them. Finley also designed the then-radical uniforms in what he called kelly green, California gold and polar bear white….
Murray said that somewhere in the attic of his family home in Canada he still has a pair of the white skates the Seals were required to wear. And he revealed a secret: the boots weren’t white—they were black but were covered with white shoe polish.
“They got pretty heavy by the end of the season because there were so many coats of shoe polish on them,” he said.
from Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,
As promised, here’s my quick interview with Kyle Quincey from before yesterday’s game….
On whether he was caught up in numbers game in Detroit.
“Detroit’s a very special place. Guys take pay cuts to stay there. Winnings is what they do there. They had 10 defensemen join camp. That’s a pretty hard lineup to crack. I’m grateful for my time there and being part of the Stanley Cup, their tradition and winning ways. I learned so much.”
more from Quincey, all Kings releated…
Sources tell TSN that L.A. King defenceman Jack Johnson is likely to miss as much as three months as a result of what appeared to be an arm injury suffered in last night’s loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Also, NHL Live citing TSN, states Kyle McLaren has been put on re-entry waivers by the Sharks.
added 309pm, Inside the King confirms, shoulder surgery for Johnson.
added 3:11pm, According to David Pollak of Working the Corners, McLaren is not on re-entry waivers, just standard waivers for the second time.
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Defenseman Kyle Quincey was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings, today. General manager Ken Holland said that the Red Wings don’t have immediate plans to add a player to their roster. Without Quincey, the Wings still don’t have enough cap room to fit a higher salaried played like Jonathan Ericsson or Ville Leino under the cap. There is enough room, however, for Darren McCarty, who practiced for the first time today since being sidelined with a groin strain.
Jack Johnson did not play in the third period after suffering an upper extremity injury. Coach Terry Murray said that he would be evaluated on Monday
He only had one shift in the 2nd period too.
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
If the excitement of tonight’s season opener isn’t enough for you, this should get you going…late last night—very late—Anze Kopitar agreed to a contract extension with the Kings. I don’t know the length and value of the contract yet…
added 12:48pm, Seven year deal and read more about the signing at LAKings.com & thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.
added 1:58pm: Deal is for $47.6 million, via TSN.
Rich Hammond has a poll up at Inside the Kings and it looks like LA fans will not be greating Rob Blake warmly.
Behind the scenes look at auditions for the LA Kings Ice Crew.
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