Kukla's Korner Hockey
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
Hockey may not be the most popular sport in Los Angeles, but Los Angeles Kings tickets are a hot commodity. Home season tickets are averaging $126 per ticket this season. That’s 21% above last year’s average price of $104. L.A. sports fans like when their teams are winning, whether it‘s the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, or even USC and UCLA football.
What do you think, should the goal have counted?
Me? I am all for goals, let them all count unless it is thrown in the net!
added 8:44pm, via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 1:04 of the first period in the Kings/Wild game, video review confirmed the referee's call on the ice that Kyle Brodziak's shot deflected off Matt Cooke's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. The determining factor was that the speed of the puck propelled it into the net and that Cooke's skate only redirected it. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Minnesota.
[It happens] always every time somebody gets hurt in a fight. But, quite honest, when you poll the coaches or poll the players, poll the fans. You guys poll the fans. I kind of laugh at it, quite honest, because most of the highlights are either fights or somebody getting hurt, and that’s what people like to see, for whatever reason. It’s the old car accident thing. [Reporter: Do you think that people are too quick to demand rule changes?] Take a picture. We carry a weapon. It’s the only sport that you carry a weapon. So how do you equalize it? Players will quietly tell you that also.
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings when asked about the discussion of fighting within hockey. Read on for the thougts of Kyle Clifford and Dustin Brown on the same question.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On how he expects hybrid icing to change the game:
Obviously we’ve played it for seven games. Is it going to change the game at all? No. It’s still a race, and there’s still offensive plays that the linesmen have to make the right call on, because the dot is the line now – the faceoff dot – but the top of the circle of the dot, where there’s a big change in who’s got gold, silver, right? There’s a big change in there.
Silver can be gold, as long as the linesmen make the call. It’s not a problem, but they’re going to have to blow the whistle sooner. They can’t make the call at the dot and then blow the whistle at the goal line. They’re going to have to make the call at the dot, and that’s the big difference in the game.
We’re doing it now, but it’s so much faster than any other league. They did it in Europe, well it’s basically that no one’s forechecking anyways. Defensemen didn’t come back. As soon as it’s shot down, they just go back. They don’t even come to the blue line in Europe. In the American League, it’s obviously a slower league when they tried it last year, and as soon as the lockout started, it was no more. And in junior hockey and any place where they do it, well, it’s a totally different skill set. It’s like a horse that’s two furlongs ahead, well, you could call that from the booth.
Today the NHL was at Dodger Stadium to promote the Kings/Ducks outdoor game on January 25, 2014.
Dan Craing of the NHL discusses how the NHL plans to make and handle the ice in Los Angeles.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
"All this really didn't start until late October, early November of the lockout. In the summer it was business as usual, doing your summer training and stuff like that. Then I started to get some knee pain when I was working out and it gradually progressed. I found out I had a meniscus tear.
"I ended up getting a procedure done. No one knows for sure, but I rushed it for sure because the lockout had ended and the season was about to get started. We had Matt Greene go down on defence [with season-ending back injury in late January]. It was a shortened season. Every game counts. We wanted to go back-to-back. So I tried to press myself to get back in there, myself and the team.
"At that point and time I kept trying to comeback, but the knee kept getting inflammation. So it was time to get a second set of eyes on it. We went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. I had Dr. Stuart perform a second procedure. With that done and proper rest, I also worked with [renowned Los Angeles-based sports physical therapist Dr.] John Meyer, who has worked with Kobe Bryant when he had his knee issues.
"I committed myself after getting all this help, seeing the best. I also had an alternative treatment [Orthokine] you have probably read about."
Orthokine is a treatment, in which an athlete's blood is removed, spun in a filter to extract platelet-rich plasma, then mixed with other substances and injected back into the athlete's damaged area.
Mitchell is scheduled to play tonight in Denver.
from QMI AGENCY/Toronto Sun,
It didn't look good for Coyotes defenceman Rostislav Klesla as he took a brutal hit to the head Sunday night and had to be taken off on a stretcher during a pre-season NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings.
Unfortunately, the game was not televised locally, but was recorded.
One of two games played between both clubs -- one in Glendale, Ariz., the other in L.A. -- saw Klesla lay motionless on the Jobing.com Arena ice about halfway through the first period following an open-ice hit by the Kings' Jordan Nolan. Coyotes' Martin Hanzal went after Nolan, and both received roughing minors.
When both minors expired, it was time for retribution. All hell broke loose shortly after Nolan and Hanzal left the penalty box. In all the excitement, Paul Bissonnette also jumped over the boards to take part in the melee. Bissonnette was given a game misconduct and could be facing a minimum 10-game suspension for leaving the bench.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season because of knee problems, is expected to be ready when the team opens training camp next week in El Segundo. Players are scheduled to report for physicals Sept. 11 and take to the ice the following day.
“At this point everything has been positive -- as of today he will be ready for camp,” Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Wednesday via email.
Mitchell, a veteran with an imposing physical presence, was sorely missed last season. Lombardi did well to compensate by acquiring Robyn Regehr, a strong defensive player, but losing Rob Scuderi to free agency this summer created a huge hole that should be filled if Mitchell is fit.
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from Deborah Drew of LAKings.com,
It just may be the most anticipated weekend of the season for many Kings fans. Frozen Fury, this year presented by Rocco’s Old School Products, means the beginning of the long-awaited hockey season, and the end of a summer planning for the collision of a passionate enthusiasm for LA Kings hockey, and a sleep-deprived getaway to Sin City.
Kings fans aren’t the only ones who eagerly look forward to Frozen Fury weekend in Las Vegas – the dedicated staff at the MGM Grand does as well, as ice hockey only comes to the MGM Grand Garden Arena once a year.
Unlike STAPLES Center, which switches between basketball and hockey on a sometimes twice-daily basis between the months of September and (hopefully) June, the MGM Grand Garden Arena is rarely enshrined with a sheet of ice.
“We host hockey only once a year so we need to dig out, dust off and make sure all of our hockey assets are in good working condition,” admits Jay Cline, Director of Arena Operations for the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
‘Hockey assets’ include anything and everything from dasherboards and glass, to the chiller and water filtration systems. Ordering the paint and freeze-in graphics for the ice surface is also something that is unique to Frozen Fury.
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