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from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Back surgery put Kings defenseman Matt Greene out for almost all of last season, and now he is expected to miss a significant period of time with an unrelated issue, an upper-body injury.
The Kings were preparing paperwork on Wednesday to put Greene on long-term injured reserve, General Manager Dean Lombardi said in an interview. That mechanism is designed to give the team salary cap relief and opens up a roster spot....
Quick, who was injured late in overtime against the Sabres, is heading back to Los Angeles for evaluation, including an MRI examination.Lombardi was not sure if the injury was to Quick’s groin. Of course, everything is speculation until the test results come back.
“We’re not going to know until the MRI,” Lombardi said. “Obviously, it didn’t look good. The trainers told me walking out [last night] it was not good. They don’t know until they get in there and find out what it is ... nobody knows.”
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Jeff Carter was placed on IR today, Sutter after practice...
from Jonathan Davis of Mayor's Manor,
On what play Carter was hurt on:
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, where did you get your info from? It’s somebody in the organization that told you, where you got it, then you go talk to them. I have’t been told anything. There are several players not out there this morning. I’m extremely disappointed that information is given to you before it’s given to us, if it’s coming from inside. That’s disappointing. The league probably announced this stuff because of IR. Teams announce stuff because of suspensions, whatever, right? But for me to get asked that question because somebody told you, go talk to them. I have nothing to say about any of that stuff. That’s disappointing, it’s not the way it’s supposed to work.”
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Below, watch Sutter post-practice...
Watch the hit below, at the beginning of the recap of the Kings/Oilers game...
added 5:16pm, Official NHL release is below...
"Let me tell you something, Peyton won't sleep much this week because of the emotions and excitement that he's probably feeling. I can't speak for him, but I know what I went through. It's pretty emotional. I spent a lot of years there, like he did, and you become almost friends with the city."
"Indianapolis is similar to Edmonton in that it's not New York or Los Angeles. So you're at the stadium, and the places you go to eat, and the people you meet in the community are the people who are in those seats. So they become friends. They're not just fans, they become more like friends. So it becomes very emotional.
"I know that was a really hard day for me because in one sense I was looking forward to playing again in Edmonton, and in another sense I knew eventually they would start treating me as the enemy."
-Wayne Gretzky comparing his return to Edmonton and Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis this weekend. More from Sam Farmer of the LA Times.
from Jon Rosen at the LA Kings website,
Los Angeles Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth writes a weekly media feature and produces an annual rankings of the finest and most influential sports broadcasters in Los Angeles....
Topping the rankings were Miller and Fox – the radio tandem of Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans clocked in at fourth – with Jim Fox’s depiction of Miller’s “appropriate energy” articulated well by Hoffarth in a phone conversation.
“You wouldn’t know probably in Southern California just what a hockey broadcaster is supposed to be like until you listen to Bob because you would think that with a fast paced game you’d have to be like Chick Hearn and be high energy, and be on top of everything, and be like a circus barker sometimes, and Bob is never going to be that way,” Hoffarth said. “That’s great for us, and it’s great that the Hockey Hall of Fame figured it out that that’s probably one of the reasons why hockey has sustained itself so long in Southern California – because of Bob’s presence and history with the team and with the sport.”
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.
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