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Parise Is The #1 UFA Target For the LA Kings

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

These Kings have no intention of winning just one Stanley Cup. They want more. And they are not in any kind of salary cap conundrum, the way past winners have found themselves . They won’t have to dish off quality players - or any players really - the way the Chicago Blackhawks did after winning two years ago.

And while they won’t say so because they can’t legally say so, the captain of the New Jersey Devils is No. 1 on their off-season shopping list.

They want Parise, as do many teams, and they want him badly.

Parise fits perfectly into the Kings’ ultra-competitive philosophy, led by general manager Dean Lombardi and his able assistant, Ron Hextall. What they determined on their way to the Stanley Cup was what so many have known already. But until you witness it up close, experience it with your players - that fine line between success and failure often comes down to little more than effort.

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Video- Before We Turn Our Thoughts Away From Hockey

Let’s watch the Top 10 plays from the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

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Ian Laperriere With His Retirement Announcement

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Ian Laperriere waited until after the Stanley Cup final ended, with the Los Angeles Kings on top, to announce something that was 2 years in the making.

Laperriere, 38, officially announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday. He spent the last two seasons of his contract working with the Flyers’ prospects in a coaching role after being sidelined with post-concussion syndrome.

Laperriere spent just one season in a Flyers uniform but will go down as one of the most beloved players in franchise history for his sacrifice, dedication and passion.

“I’m just glad I had a chance to wear the Orange and Black,” Laperriere said in a conference call with reporters. “It was my shortest time here compared to the other teams I played for, but that’s probably one of my biggest regrets: not having a chance to play longer than that in this great organization.”


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Watching Game 6, SCF

via Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY,

In the USA’s second-biggest TV market, Game 6 drew 13.6 of local households—the most ever for NHL action in that market. Overall, Game 6 drew a 4.0 overnight—4% of households in the 56 urban markets measured for overnights—up 3% from last year’s Boston-Vancouver Cup Final Game 6.

Otherwise, this year’s Cup Final trailed last year. Ratings for the first two games, on NBC, were down 25% from last year, while the next two on NBC Sports Network were off 33%—and the overnight for Game 5 on NBC was off 19%.

Separately, NBC finished with a 4.8 national rating—4.8% of U.S. households—for its Belmont Stakes coverage. That’s up 12% from last year. NBC’s three-race Triple Crown average—7.5% of U.S. households—was the highest since 2008, when Big Brown was a Triple Crown contender heading into the Belmont.

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Morning Line

“I’ve been fortunate to do some things in life, but nothing compares to watching your son do it.  I never would have dreamed about this in my life. I was nervous. I was a parent. That was a great feeling, to watch your son go through something like this—being a parent versus being a coach and walking through it with him. It was a great experience and I’ll never forget it.”

-Ted Nolan speaking about his son Jordan.  More from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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Dean Lombardi’s Team

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The real hero, even if he’ll never take credit, is indeed Lombardi, who took over the Kings in 2006 and completely rebuilt the team. This was his vision coming to fruition.

“It’s hard to describe, it’s one of those things I don’t think you’ll describe until about a week later,” Lombardi said. “These players, I’ve said this all along, they really are a great bunch of guys. I just love the way they dealt with adversity this year, I’m so proud of them. They stuck together when everybody had them down. They just keep persevering. They’re just a bunch of role models as far as I’m concerned. I’m proud of them.”

Two months ago, Lombardi might have very well lost his job had his Kings not made the playoffs. They made it in by a hair, sliding in as eighth seeds. All along, however, was the belief he held that the pieces he had put together could contend for a championship.

Oh, but there have been doubters.

When he traded for Mike Richards last summer and gave up the likes of Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, eyebrows were raised. When he hired his old Sharks buddy, Darryl Sutter, to take over behind the bench in December, he was mocked in some corners. And when he pulled the trigger on a blockbuster for Jeff Carter in February, few people thought that was the missing piece.


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Kings Will Parade The Cup On Thursday

from KABC,

The city of Los Angeles will host a parade and a rally celebrating the LA Kings and their Stanley Cup Championship Thursday.

The parade route is scheduled for 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. PT Thursday. The route begins at 5th and Figueroa streets, heading south on Figueroa to Chick Hearn Court, ending in front of Staples Center.


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Los Angeles Kings Crowned 2012 Stanley Cup Champions

Enjoy the party LA!!!

The best team throughout the whole 2012 NHL Playoffs won the Cup tonight.

Congrats to the LA Kings and also to the New Jersey Devils, who just ran out of gas tonight.

added 11:11pm, The final handshake line of the season can be viewed below…

added 11:15pm, The final 15 seconds of the game and then the celebration begins, watch it in the 2nd video below…

added 11:21pm, 3rd video below is the Stanley Cup presentation…

added 11:30pm, Watch the 4th video below, Darryl Sutter on the ice interview, post-game…

added 11:39pm, The 5th video below is the CBC broadcast of the Stanley Cup presentation, Willie Mitchell even make a cameo appearance…

added 11:59pm, In video number 6 below, numerous LA players take a lap with the Cup.

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Hey Wait A Minute

One of the KK advertisers getting a jump on things…


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Video- Don Cherry Wants To Know What Was Rob Scuderi Thinking?

The Bernier hit was the main topic tonight on Coach’s Corner but also discussed was players wearing rings on their fingers and some Quick and Brodeur talk too.

added 10:16pm, If you don’t have a North American IP, you can’t see the above video, but I have added one below you can watch.

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