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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Davidson’s loss will be far more critical if he’s out any length of time, though. He was hit in the open ice in the second period when Pearson, who has no rep as a head-hunter, caught him with his shoulder. “Davy is still being assessed … we’ll call it day to day until we get home,” said McLellan.
“I thought it was dirty and it was the right call and it’s unfortunate,” said McLellan, who only had five defencemen — Darnell Nurse, Eric Gryba, Matt Benning, Mark Fraser and Jordan Oesterle — for the last half of the game, with the Kings getting 17 third-period shots on Laurent Brossoit.
more injury news for the Oilers plus the game recap...
NEW YORK (Sept. 19, 2016) – The National Hockey League and Los Angeles Kings today unveiled the 2017 NHL® All-Star logo as the team prepares to host the League’s showcase of stars for the third time in Los Angeles from Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29 at STAPLES Center.
Designed by NHL Creative Services, the 2017 NHL® All-Star logo was designed to incorporate elements of Los Angeles and the hometown Kings. The trendy urban “LA” features the Kings’ trademark colors of black, gray and white. In addition, the gold and jeweled typography of the “LA” is a nod to the glitz and glamour of the city, which is home to the stars of Hollywood and host to many major awards shows, including the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards. The three points of the star in the logo signifies the third time Los Angeles has hosted NHL® All-Star weekend (1981, 2002, 2017). The four stars represents each NHL Division.
via Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News,
Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller, who missed the last two months of the Kings’ last regular season as he recovered from heart bypass surgery, will definitely be back for his upcoming 44th season — but it will be with a reduced schedule by mutual agreement of him and the team.
Miller, who turns 78 next month, sat out 33 games after his Feb. 2 surgery before returning as a spectator to watch the Kings open the playoffs in mid-April. “They said it would be a six-to-nine month recovery and I’m feeling pretty good now seven months from the surgery,” Miller said Friday from his West Hills home. “The team has been great in working on how to adjust the schedule for me.”
The Kings have not announced the specifics of the plan, but it will involve hiring another TV play-by-play man as to not disrupt the flow of the radio side with Hall of Famer Nick Nickson or KingsInsider.com Jon Rosen filling in.
While doing all home games and Pacific Division road contests, Miller will likely pass on about 20 games that involve extended road trips that focus on East Coast travel, such as most of the one that covers nine games in 17 days from Dec. 13-29.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Based on correspondence, Carter suffered a lower-body injury while training. I have a preliminary sense that this isn’t a major injury – one source told LA Kings Insider the injury is “week-to-week” – though in all likelihood he won’t be able to participate at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, where he would have joined Los Angeles teammates Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin on Team Canada.
from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
Are they covered on defense?
The Kings signed unrestricted free agent defensemen Tom Gilbert and Zach Trotman to help fill out the defense, but the Kings would be in a difficult spot if an injury were to occur.
The Kings still have Doughty, Muzzin and Alec Martinez, but beyond that, the skill level drops off. Matt Greene, Brayden McNabb and Rob Scuderi are on the roster, and prospects Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel could push for NHL spots. Scuderi is 37, and Greene last played Oct. 13 and cleared buyout waivers in June. Luke Schenn, who had been acquired along with Lecavalier in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, signed with the Arizona Coyotes as an unrestricted free agent.
Can Dustin Brown rebound?
During the past 10 months, Brown was dropped to the third and at times fourth line, and lost his captaincy, a role he had since 2008....
from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
Dustin Brown is always thoughtful and open with the media and he held form Thursday with some strong opinions on losing his captaincy with the Los Angeles Kings.
Brown was adamant that he doesn't agree with the decision and is upset with how it was handled by management.
"I'm not going to say [our relationship is] rosy," Brown said before he talked about needing to perform better. "I obviously don't see eye-to-eye with this decision, but I respect it and it's their [decision]. Like I said, I'm a player and they're management and coaches. Ultimately they get the say in this. My job is to be a better hockey player for my teammates and as a result, help this team win. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's a business and I understand that."
Brown said several times that it was a "tough pill to swallow" two weeks after the Kings announced Anze Kopitar would replace him as captain, a position Brown had served since 2008.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with forward Trevor Lewis on a four-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 29-year-old Lewis (born on Jan. 8, 1987) is a 6-1, 199-pound native of Salt Lake City, Utah who appeared in a career-high 75 regular-season games last season with the Kings. He registered 16 points (8-8=16) and 20 penalty minutes and was selected as the Kings Unsung Hero (voted by the players) for the fifth consecutive year. In five post-season games, Lewis registered two goals (2-0=2), tying for the team-lead.
A first-round (17th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Lewis has appeared in 424 regular-season games all with the Kings, posting 89 points (35-54=89) and 91 penalty minutes. Lewis was selected as the Kings Unsung Hero (voted by the players) for the fifth consecutive year. In 75 playoff games he has posted 23 points (11-12=23) and 16 penalty minutes.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Jack Campbell from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Campbell, 24 (born Jan. 9, 1992), appeared in 19 regular-season games with the Texas Stars (AHL) last season, posting a 7-7-5 record with a 3.65 GAA and a .884 SV%. He played in three playoff games with Texas, registering a 1-2 record, a 4.45 GAA and a .880 SV%. Campbell appeared in 20 regular-season games last year with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) as well, posting a 14-5-1 record with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV%.
The 6-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Mich., Campbell made his NHL debut (only NHL appearance) in the 2013-14 season making 41 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Drafted by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, he has appeared in 122 regular-season games with Texas, posting a 56-43-10 record with a 2.79 GAA, a .908 SV% and nine shutouts. He was also a member of the 2013-14 Calder Cup Championship team. Campbell has made multiple appearances for Team USA, highlighted by two Gold Medals at the U18 World Junior Championships (2008-09 and 2009-10), a Gold Medal and a Bronze Medal at the U20 World Junior Championships (2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively) and a Bronze Medal at the 2014-15 World Championships.
Ebert, 22, has appeared in 89 regular-season AHL games (with Ontario and Manchester) posting 26 points (10-16=26), a plus-15 rating and 46 penalty minutes. He was selected in the seventh round (211th overall) by the Kings in 2012 NHL Draft.
added 11:38am, Dallas release is below...
Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
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