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WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, March 26, President Obama will welcome the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champion LA Galaxy to the White House to honor their 2012 championship seasons in a ceremony at the White House. This visit will also continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to communities as part of their trip to Washington.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether he’s an advocate of making nets larger:
“I’m not. No.”
On whether he’d like to see the size of goalie equipment mandated:
“No. I’ve been on those committees, too, and seen all those experiments. Those are just bored committees. So if you’re going to make the net, make it bigger, and you’re going to take out four rows of seats? Make the ice bigger? And you’re going to make the goalie equipment smaller…they’ve already protected the goalies all they can…in terms of the rules. Put lines on the ice. Rules and icings and all those things in to protect goalies, which was general managers wanted to protect the goalie. We already made his equipment as small as it can get. You know what? The president’s body guards look like they have shirts and ties on, and they have bullet proof vests on underneath…We already did it. These guys are talking about these rules – they were the guys that wanted their players to have equipment that was like sleeping bags. Just think [recently]…about goalies’ equipment. Think of guys like Giguere and guys that used great, big equipment. You can’t make it any smaller….the stuff that they’re using is so light. Somebody must have been bored talking about that. Who started that this morning? [reporter: Adam Proteau asked the question.] Yeah, he would for sure. He would be bored, because he wouldn’t know much about it, for sure…Quite honest, the way goalie equipment standards are right now are really good, because it’s based on size. There are restrictions based on your size and equipment size. You know what, I think those are good rules. But the changing the net size, I’ve seen all those things. And then the next thing that somebody will bring up when they’re bored is ‘square posts’. They tried that one, too, right? They thought it would [by virtue of] angles, square posts or triangle posts would deflect pucks into the net instead of the round going off. I’ve seen all that stuff.”
Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey of HNIC welcomed Matthew Perry on After Hours last night from Los Angeles.
Perry is from Ottawa and talked quite a bit of hockey during the segment.
Also, I'd personally like to congratulate Kelly Hrudey on being honored as a Kings Legend last night.
I had the opportunity to meet Hrudey at the SCF a few years ago and he told me if I ever needed anything, feel free to contact him. It meant a lot to me then and still does to this day.
Watch the 8 minute Matthew Perry segment below...
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
General manager Dean Lombardi believes that Jeff Carter's recent goal explosion is simply the dividend of sweat equity.
He recalls seeing Carter and four or five teammates working out at a local football field last August on some days when the temperature pushed above 90 degrees.
"They had the pylons out and it was hot, and I could tell by watching that it was hard," Lombardi said. "He was working so hard, and when you combine that kind of work ethic with his athletic ability, now you have something."
With 16 goals, Carter is two behind the Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead.
"That's growth," Lombardi said of Carter's offseason regimen. "Early in his career, Jeff would not have been considered the hardest worker on his team. But he was the hardest worker coming into camp. And he is being rewarded."
Daryl Reaugh, the color analyst for the Dallas Stars, describes the hit from Drew Doughty on Alex Goligoski.
Video via Sportnet,
Ever since Columbus’ Nick Foligno scored in the third period of Los Angeles’ 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets on February 15, the Kings have outscored their opponents 18-2 in the third period. Five goals have been power play goals, two have been empty netters, and 11 have come at even strength.
-Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider where you can read a bit more on the streak.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues went to Hollywood and wrote a new script for a season that is quickly slipping away.
One of the more proficient, physical starts the Blues have produced this year was followed up by perhaps the most anguishing finish fans have witnessed to date.
Los Angeles scored four third-period goals — and five unanswered — to rally for a 6-4 victory over the Blues, who led 4-1 more than midway through the game.
Also, watch below the very decisive win Kyle Clifford of the Kings had in a fight with the Blues Roman Polak.
from Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider,
As it stands now – and a primary assist to CapGeek on this – the Kings have 49.26 million dollars allotted towards 13 players for the 2013-14 season. Because the salary cap drops to 64.3 million dollars next season – and there’s certainly a chance that will happen – unless players currently under contract for next season are traded, Lombardi will be tasked with spending 15.04 million dollars on the following players:
Restricted Free Agents
Unrestricted Free Agents
By Matthew Linsky, TiqIQ
Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will square off in LA on Wednesday. The average ticket for this game is $105.64, ten dollars more than the average Los Angeles Kings tickets price for a home game, $95.06. The Red Wings are one of the most prestigious franchises in the NHL, always drawing a big crowd, and expensive-ticket prices. According to TiqIQ, Detroit Red Wings tickets average a $137.08 road price on the secondary market, ranking them amongst the highest in the NHL. At only $36 the “get-in” price provides tremendous value, for what could be one of the best hockey games played in LA this season- you don’t want to miss it
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional draft selection in the 2013 NHL Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Simon Gagne, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Gagne, 32, has played in 11 games this season with the Kings, recording five assists and two penalty minutes. The 6-1, 195-pound native of Ste. Foy, Quebec has played in 772 career NHL regular season games with the Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Kings, recording 586 points (283-303=586) and 318 penalty minutes. In 109 career NHL playoff games he has 59 points (37-22=59) and 32 penalty minutes.
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