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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
“Marian Gaborik is plus 90 in his (NHL) career. He’s been a minus player once and he played on teams that were basically expansion (Minny and Columbus),” said Sutter, who saw lots of Gaborik in Minnesota and isn’t what he looks like–a don’t-take-chances coach, even if the Kings can protect a lead better than almost anybody in the business.
“Marian’s played in two conference finals (Minnesota and Rangers). Not many guys can say that. He really skates and thinks the game good…he’s not unlike a lot of our players when you look at it. He’ll fit in good because he’s a smart player…we’ll let him play.”
“Jacques (Lemaire) liked Marian because he’s a smart player.”
“Biggest adjustment for Marian is coming back to the Western Conference.”
"We found out, to our chagrin and surprise the other day, we had been told the cap was going to be $71 [million] and now with the Canadian dollar having tanked, that the cap could be as low as $68 [million]. That's a huge swing,"
-Dean Lombardi, GM ofl the Los Angeles Kings. More on the Kings including the Gaborik trade from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
The Los Angeles Kings have dealt prospect Hudson Fasching and defenceman Nicolas Deslauriers to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenceman Brayden McNabb and two second-round draft picks.
The 23-year-old McNabb was an All-Star with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans this season, posting seven goals and 22 assists in 38 games.
added 1:19pm, McKenzie says Columbus will pay large chunk of salary..
LAK press release below...
Darryl Sutter, on why so much attention is paid to the trading deadline:
Don’t ask me. Ask them. You guys pay the same dues. I don’t. [Reporter: It just comes on Direct TV. I can’t get rid of the damn thing.] Oh, I know. All summer, you go back to Canada, all these experts, they talk about – because it’s easy to get the math and figure it out. Just do it. Just add four million plus five million, a hundred and sixty thousand. Just add it up. So a lot of teams aren’t doing anything. So now all of these teams are doing something? So what happened? Did they just change the rules? [Reporter: Brian Burke always said that the two times out of the year you get your fans the most interested in your team are the trading deadline and the first day of free agency.] I guess if you’re a bad team....
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the LA Kings on the trade deadline. Read more from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Defenseman Ryan Murray was flattened by Kings winger Dustin Brown early in the second period. Murray and the Blue Jackets were coming out of the zone, and Murray had released the puck when Brown -- in a straight light -- launched himself into Murray, his right arm/shoulder making impact with Murray's head.
“I mean I obviously didn’t like that hit on Ryan," Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno said. "I thought that he was in a pretty vulnerable situation. I didn’t like that he (Brown) only got two minutes (charging) for that, but it was an emotional part of the game and we rallied around it, continued to push and keep them at bay. We were right there with them but just couldn’t find that overtime goal.”
read on and watch the hit below...
added 8:42am, from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Dustin Brown, on the hit:
It’s a fine hit for me. Whatever. At this point, I don’t know if we’re allowed to hit anymore. It’s just one of those plays where he kind of bails and I’m coming in for the hit. Whatever.
Brown, on whether “anything violent” is automatically called a penalty:
I think ultimately they’re going to go the way of the IIHF, where if it looks bad, it’s a penalty, and whether it’s a good hit or a clean hit or a hard hit, if it’s too hard, it’s going to be a penalty. I think that’s kind of where they’re going to be going. Like I said, I’m just not a fan. There’s some responsibility to protect yourself on the ice and responsibility on the other side of it. There’s certain hits I think we can all look at and say, ‘That’s not a good hit.’…It wasn’t like I targeted his head, or anything like that. It was a body check, and he happened to be a little lower than I am, so I don’t know what I’m supposed to do in that situation.
TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie both reported Thursday that there have been ongoing trade discussions between the Oilers and Los Angeles Kings over forward Sam Gagner.
The struggling Kings are desperate for some offensive punch and have been exploring trade options to acquire some help.
One of the names in play as to who might be involved on the Kings' end - according to McKenzie - is left winger Kyle Clifford.
What's notable in this potential deal is that neither player is a pending free agent. Gagner, 24, is in the first year of a three-year deal he signed last summer with an annual salary of $4.8 million.
from Kevin Baxter of the LA Times,
What is certain is that Lombardi has spoken with the Edmonton Oilers about a trade for center Sam Gagner, although the Kings are having trouble fitting Gagner's $4.4-million salary under the salary cap. But that doesn't mean Lombardi will stop trying between now and the March 5 trade deadline.
Lombardi acquired Dustin Penner from Edmonton just before the deadline three years ago and a season later Penner helped the Kings win their only Stanley Cup. Before that playoff run to the Cup, Lombardi obtained Jeff Carter from Columbus in a deadline deal. Carter leads the team with 46 goals over the last season and a half.
Between those two moves, Lombardi changed coaches in midseason, firing Terry Murray and hiring Darryl Sutter, who turned a .500 team into the NHL champion.
But this time some players believe change might not be necessary.
We lost together, we grew together and we learned how to win together. That's how championship teams are born.
-Bob Bourne, who spent most of his NHL career with the New York Islanders. Read more from Bourne regarding the trade deadlines.
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