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Thomas Who

from ADam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Just about every young hockey player fortunate enough to be selected in the NHL entry draft talks about realizing a lifelong dream that day.
But when Thomas Hickey was chosen fourth overall by the Los Angeles Kings, he literally needed to make sure the surreal scene wasn’t all in his head.
“I got to the stage and I didn’t want to do it there, but as soon as I got off, I pinched myself,” said Hickey, projected by The Hockey News’ Draft Preview as the 22nd best prospect in this year’s crop. “And I felt it, so I thought, ‘that must be good.’ ”

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Thinking Souray Could Be A King

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There are those who believe the Los Angeles Kings already have a jersey made up for July 1 with the Sheldon Souray’s name on the back ... Daniel Alfredsson may have shot the puck at Scott Niedermayer and hit Henrik Tallinder from behind, but he is the one Ottawa player who has nothing to apologize for. His linemates disappeared in the final, he didn’t.

more NHL bits scattered throughout Simmon’s Sunday column…

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Kings Goaltending Situation

from Inside the Kings by Rich Hammond (Kings beatwrtier),

I know there’s a lot of support for bringing over Giguere, but I’ll be stunned if it happens. The fact that the Kings signed Ersberg out of Sweden tells me that they’re going with LaBarbera, Cloutier and Ersberg (if needed)....
Now, if we’re talking about Manny Fernandez, who has two years left, then I might be able to see that.

more on these topics…

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Hockey Is Alive In SoCal

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

But the Southern California media—perhaps self-conscious of all the prattle they are hearing from outsiders and feeling too insecure to question or challenge it, and even buying into it to try to justify decisions that give the Clippers more staffing on the road than the Kings or the Ducks—aren’t into challenging the urban myths.
The Ducks now have had 34 straight sellouts. A bandwagon? Of course it is. But that’s also a lot more consecutive sellouts than Detroit (factoring in the playoffs), Dallas and Colorado have had.
The Kings did some major league papering of the house last season, but come on, their official average of 16,859 was still over 90 percent of capacity, so it’s absurd to portray them as a colossal box-office failure, especially since they were the second-worst team in the Western Conference.

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A Little Jealous

from the Long Beach Press-Telegram,

Since 1973, Bob Miller has been the heart, soul and consciousness of the Los Angeles Kings, a Hall of Fame announcer who has been to his franchise what Vin Scully has been to the Dodgers and Chick Hearn was to the Lakers….
“First off, I want to applaud what the Ducks have accomplished,” said Miller Thursday morning from his home in West Hills. “It’s tremendous what they did. They deserved it. They’ve been playing
great. And you have to give them all the credit in the world.
“But that said, I’m jealous, I’m envious, I suspect I’m even sulking a bit. I always wanted the Ducks to win a Stanley Cup after the Kings did. I do think what they’ve done will help the sport of hockey in Southern California. It’s definitely brought tremendous notice to it.”

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LA Kings Launch New Website

“The Kings are excited to launch our new-look website, and as the 2007-08 season approaches, we are looking forward to having the premier website in the National Hockey League,” said Kings Vice President, Communications and Broadcasting Michael Altieri.  “We are always looking for new and exciting ways to deliver news and information on our team, and our tech savvy fan base will surely embrace the new LAKings.com, which we believe will deliver the best online experience possible.”

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Around The League

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday announced season ticket prices for the 2007-08 season.
Full season prices will range from $20 per game in the Upper E and F balconies to $70 per game for center ice in the A level. Half season prices will range from $25-$75 per game
The prices reflect the first across-the-board increase in Penguins tickets since 2002.

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from the LA Kings,

Join the LA Kings and National Hockey League fans from around the world as the Kings open up the 2007-08 season against their cross town rivals Anaheim Ducks across the big pond in London, England.
The Los Angeles Kings Royal Journey Package Includes:
* Airfare - Roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport to London Heathrow (Optional)

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Hip Surgery For Rob Blake

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Hockey News has learned Los Angeles Kings veteran defenseman Rob Blake will undergo season-ending hip surgery Friday morning and faces up to five months of rehabilitation before he’ll be able to return.
That would still allow him to be ready for the beginning of next season if all goes well, but there is little doubt that the surgery is a major procedure.

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Kings Looking Ahead

from the Vancouver Sun,

“When you make the moves that we made this year, you obviously are signifying that you are looking towards better days in the future,” Crawford said.
“We felt that it was better to strip things down and to build in the way that we thought was the right way and that is what we have done. We have been much more competitive here, especially in the latter half of the season when our goaltending kind of solidified itself with [Mathieu] Garon getting healthier and Sean Burke coming in and giving us real quality outings. We have played a lot better.”
Veteran defenceman Rob Blake, who will serve as a mentor of sorts to Johnson, thinks the Kings are heading in the right direction.

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The Future Arrives Tomorrow

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

In the movies, the cavalry always arrives just in the nick of time and saves the day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way in the NHL. But for at least one team facing another playoff-less summer, a last-minute reinforcement provides a reason to believe things will improve next season.
The long-suffering Los Angeles faithful will get a look at a big part of their future on Thursday night when Jack Johnson pulls on a Kings sweater for the first time. As good as Anze Kopitar has been this season—and the 19-year-old Slovenian forward has been a bright light in a very dark tunnel—it is Johnson who is at the core of GM Dean Lombardi’s vision for reconstructing the Kings.

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