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Ducks Still Looking At The Playoffs, Kings Still Waiting

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks’ trades said they want to make the playoffs now. If they miss, which is likely, they have restocked enough talent and promise to rightly feel optimistic. They don’t have to rebuild from the ground up.

The Kings’ trade said fans who have endured four decades without a Cup title will have to wait again.

Wait two weeks to see Williams, twice a 30-goal scorer but a victim of knee, Achilles’ tendon and hand injuries the last two seasons.

Wait until next season for the team’s first playoff berth since 2002.

Wait for a day that never seems in sight.

read on

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Carolina/Edmonton/Los Angeles Deal

According to TSN, Carolina’s Justin Williams goes to LA Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan. Carolina then traded O’Sullivan to the Edmonton Oilers for Erik Cole.

There are picks involved which will be updated later.

Update 4:07pm ET: A note from Sportsnet trade alerts (by email) indicates that the Oilers also got Ales Kotalik in the deal.

Update 4:21pm ET: As pointed out in the comments, Kotalik is (was) with Buffalo, which creates some confusion. I was simply noting the update we received from Sportsnet.ca at 4:07pm ET which read exactly like this—

Carolina Hurricanes get:
  - LW Erik Cole
Edmonton Oilers get:
  - LW Patrick O’Sullivan
  - Ales Kotalik

As noted by Nate in the comments, Kotalik is apparently a feature of a separate transaction between the Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, exchanged for a 2nd round draft pick. [The Score]

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Kings Sign O’Donnell and Ersberg

The Los Angeles Kings have signed both Sean O’Donnell (1 year) and Erik Ersberg (2-years) to contract extensions.

Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings, on the details of Ersberg and on O’Donnell.

 

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Frolov Talk Is Just That

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

As far as Alexander Frolov goes, he should really run for prime minister in Canada. They’re ready to throw feasts in his honor up there. But it doesn’t make sense for Lombardi to make a move on that front right now, unless it’s an overwhelming offer, something where the Kings give up Frolov and a top pick/prospect to get a mega-star. I just don’t see that mega-star out there right now, at least one that the Kings are interested in. Plus, Frolov’s cap hit next season is $2.9 million, which is a steal.

more on the Kings…

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Niedermayer & O’Donnell Not Moving

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said Monday he will keep Scott Niedermayer, captain of the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team, and Kings GM Dean Lombardi said he will keep veteran Sean O’Donnell while trying to re-sign him.

Murray also indicated he might not deal prized defenseman Chris Pronger.

“Teams have interest but there has to be something to it that makes sense to us,” Murray said. “He’s playing very well and he and Scotty and [Ryan] Whitney give us a pretty good start on our defense right now.

“You’d listen to anything, but nothing has been thrown at me that’s exciting.”

read on

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Murray Expects Kings Won’t Make Changes

From Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings:

This was tucked into the bottom of the Kings’ ``road report’’ yesterday, a quote from Terry Murray about Wednesday’s trade deadline…

MURRAY: ``We’re trying to put something together here to get a foundation in place with young players. This is the group I expect us to have on Thursday.’‘

Of course, the flip side of this is that Dean Lombardi makes the trades, not Murray, but obviously they communicate quite a bit.

continued…

Hammond also notes that Tom Preissing has been placed on waivers.

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Will The Kings Ever Get ‘It’?

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

What’s most grievously missing from the Kings’ makeup and lineup goes beyond the obvious.

It’s more telling than their lack of a true first-line center, more damaging than the wearing down of their defense.

The Kings don’t have a commanding presence, someone who should have reamed them out Saturday for letting a second-period lead at home slip through their collective five-hole.

Their previous coach, Marc Crawford, yelled too much. Their current coach, Terry Murray, could not have yelled enough after their 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in front of a disgruntled crowd at Staples Center that had seen this too often.

continue for more on the Kings loss to the Coyotes…

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Gauthier Deserves A Suspension?

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an incident during NHL Game #870, Feb. 19 against the San Jose Sharks, the National Hockey League announced.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $22,580.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    Gauthier was assessed a minor for boarding after making contact with Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau on an icing play at 10:14 of the third period. There was no injury as a result of the play.

note:  original post date was 8:07am today.

from Jamie Baker of the Broadcasters Blog at SanJoseSharks.com,

You have to love Todd McLellan’s response to other teams (Edmonton and LA) taking runs at some of the Sharks players. “”It’s hockey and it’s supposed to be rough. We can stand our ground and hold our own. We are a big team and we can stick up for ourselves.”

Denis Gauthier should get suspended for his intent to injure Patrick Marleau last night (Thursday). This will be interesting to see how the NHL determines disciplinary action when a player is not hurt, but it’s obvious the intent was there. Gauthier made no attempt to play the puck, which would have been an icing call. He kept two hands on his stick, his feet were wide and planted for a hit and his eyes never left Marleau. If that is not an attempt to injure I don’t know what is.

continue for more on Marleau and the Sharks and watch a video of the Gauthier hit below….

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Kings, Ducks Going In Opposite Directions

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Even though the Kings were 4-3 winners over the Ducks on Wednesday at a far-from-sold out Honda Center, showing pluck and patience after they squandered a 2-0 lead, they have too many shootout losses and not enough wins to think they can leap several spots in the tight West playoff scramble.

The Kings likely will finish a few points out of the top eight and that’s not a bad fate. They’re playing pressure games for the first time as a team—many players for the first time in their NHL careers—and they can only get better for it.

“It was probably one of the more important games in our franchise history the last five, six years,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, who gave the Kings a 2-0 lead at 9 minutes 18 seconds of the first period.

These teams have passed while moving in opposite directions, the Ducks disintegrating more quickly than the Kings are maturing.

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Armenian Night Follow-Up

from Tapeleg of Jerseys and hockey love,

A hockey game may not mean much, but the events surrounding that game might. For me, tonight was one of those nights. In fact, it was one of those nights that is hard to put into words.

Tonight, the L.A. Kings held Armenian Heritage Night. This isn’t the only heritage night they held this season, they had nights for Russia and other nationalities (sorry, I can’t remember them off the top of my head). At first, it sounded like a joke, or a cheap promotion. The post-game entertainment was Armenian hip-hop artist R-Mean (seriously), and there would be Armenian beer at the after party. All of this because it was Atlanta Thrashers rookie Zac Bogosian’s first game in L.A., and he is the first Armenian to play in the NHL. It sounds like a cheap gimmick, and it could have been a cheap gimmick.

It wasn’t. In fact, it is going to be hard to top this night on the rest of the tour. Let me show you what I mean.

read on with some great pictures and watch an interview with Bogosian below.  Zach talks about the Armenian Night the Kings hosted and about his three point night…

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