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Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings did a fan Q & A…
Question: The Kings have 17 games left until the trading deadline and 12 of those games are on the road. How many games into this little stretch before Dean decides whether the Kings are buyers or sellers on March 4th? And just for fun, how many points would it take for you personally to make that decision, Rich, if you were in Dean’s position.
Answer: I can’t speak to what Lombardi is thinking in terms of the deadline, but logic dictates that these next six games will be huge. After Thursday’s home game, the Kings play five on the road, including tough games at Montreal, New Jersey and Washington. The Kings are only six points out of a playoff spot, but there are also four teams between them and the playoffs. My tendency is to think that it’s not a matter of being a ``buyer’’ or ``seller.’’ It’s more about long-term help for the team. It’s not going to be about bringinng in a rent-a-player for a playoff push. They’ll look at trades that help in the long term and short term.
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey Leagueand assigned forward Teddy Purcell to the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The Kings recalled Bernier after learning that goaltender Erik Ersberg sustained a lower body injury in the Kings game at Dallas on Saturday. Ersberg’s injury is considered day-to-day.
Bernier, 20, has not appeared in a regular season game with the Kings this season. The 6-0, 185-pounder from Laval, Quebec, has a record of 10-12-3, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.79 and a save-percentage of .897 in 25 games with the Monarchs this season.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Jack Johnson from the injured reserve list and have assigned forward Brian Boyle to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
I am half Armenian, so here goes…
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings are offering a special Armenian Heritage Night ticket package to their fans for the Kings-Atlanta Thrashers game at STAPLES Center on February 16.
Fans who purchase the Armenian Heritage Package will receive a discounted ticket to the game – which takes place one month from tonight—along with a pass to a private post-game party at Club Nokia at LA Live, a special Kings/Armenian mini flag and one premium Armenian beer or soda. The post-game party will feature a special appearance by Armenian DJ Vick One from Power 106 and a performance by popular Armenian hip-hop artist R-Mean.
from Billy Witz of the LA Times,
When the Kings’ prized rookie defenseman Drew Doughty crumpled to the ice after a big hit from Tampa Bay’s Evgeny Artyukhin midway through the second period, his defensive partner, Sean O’Donnell, chased Artyukhin off the ice, jabbing him with his stick until he drew a cross-checking penalty.
Doughty left the game because of a bruised thigh….
After Doughty went to the dressing room for the rest of the night because of a bruised thigh, his teammates didn’t respond to the hit with more inspired play or their fists.
“That’s why the dressing room door is closed right now,” Murray said after keeping it closed for 15 minutes.
“That’s a response that players need to take into their own hands right away, through hard play, through going at it and doing the right stuff. Physically playing hard, competing harder.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
I highly doubt that this will discourage any Internet gossip-mongering, but Dean Lombardi said yesterday that the Kings aren’t close to any type of significant trade. And when the Kings do start seriously looking, it will be up front, not in goal.
A few weeks ago I wrote in my NHL.com weekly feature Bobby Ryan needed to start playing on a regular shift. Since that time, 6 goals, 5 helpers in 8 games. You see, the Ducks listened to me!
Ryan with the hat trick last night, and the 3rd goal was special.
The Staples Center in LA rocked a little last night. LA Kings broadcasting team of Jim Fox and Bob Miller talk about it.
(Oscar) Moller was recalled to the Kings on Jan. 6 and skated yesterday at practice and was expected to return to the lineup. However, after suffering from some soreness in his shoulder, the Kings medical staff inspected the injury and discovered a fractured clavicle. Moller will miss at least the next seven games and will be re-evaluated after the all-star break.
“It was a fracture of his clavicle,” Kings head coach Terry Murray said. “It happened in the World Juniors in the game against the Russians, he played the rest of the way with it and practiced. He went to the doctors yesterday afternoon because he was having some issues with it and it revealed a fracture in the clavicle….”
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