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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Circle Dec. 4 as the night the Los Angeles Kings turned their season around.
Maybe it’s just me, but when I watched Anze Kopitar score in overtime that night against Detroit and saw the Kings’ reaction at a rocking Staples Center, I remember thinking, “This might be what the floundering team needs.”
“I think you’re right on with that Detroit game,” Kings coach Terry Murray told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “That was pretty big. You’re playing against one of the premier teams in the league, and to pull that out in the end with that overtime, it was what we needed to jumpstart us. It reinforced our understanding that if we play the right way as a team and as a group, we can get some good wins here.”
The Kings have gone 6-2-1 in December and now look like the team many of us had predicted to do great things this season.
from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,
Defensemen Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell missed practice and won’t play Saturday.
Greene, still feeling the effects of a hit to the head Monday at Detroit, stayed overnight in St. Louis before returning Friday morning to Los Angeles. He’s scheduled to undergo tests to determine why he has been feeling wobbly and will be reevaluated next week.
Mitchell, who suffered an unspecified lower-body injury during the Kings’ 6-4 loss at St. Louis on Thursday, saw a doctor in Nashville on Friday afternoon and a club spokesman said the veteran defenseman is week-to-week. He will stay with the team and get treatment while the team finishes this five-game trip.
And lest we forget … forward Brad Richardson, back in L.A. with what’s believed to be a concussion, has been riding the bike and skated in El Segundo on Friday. His status is day-to-day.
more on the Kings…
from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,
Coach Terry Murray said he’s targeting a Dec. 23 debut for Sturm, who has yet to play this season after undergoing surgery on his right ACL and MCL in May. Sturm joined the fourth-line pool and wore a red jersey in practice along with Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, John Zeiler and Kevin Westgarth. Murray later said Clifford, Lewis and Westgarth will play Thursday against St. Louis.
Sturm participated in every drill and didn’t have to hold back. He said he has no knee pain but must work on his conditioning. He had been skating with the Bruins for the past few weeks.
“It was not easy. It was always up and down, but I knew eventually it’s going to get done,” Sturm said of his wait for the trade to go through. “I’m glad now everything is over and I can focus on hockey again.”
The German-born winger said knowing Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who drafted him in 1996 when Lombardi was general manager of the San Jose Sharks, was a minor factor in waiving his no-trade clause and agreeing to join the Kings.
Jonathan Quick stops Tomas Holmstrom on one of the 51 shots he faced tonight in a 5-0 win,
BOSTON, MA – Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that Boston has traded forward Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. The trade is contingent upon Sturm passing a physical conducted by Los Angeles’ medical staff.
28 degrees here in the Detroit area and I am sure other hockey fans are feeling a bit cold today.
Let’s warm up and meet Jennifer of the LA Kings Ice Crew.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Sturm to La. Working on details
update 12:49pm, Bob McKenzie confirms via tweet,
Marco Sturm has been traded to the LA Kings. Details to follow.
added 1:18pm, another tweet from McKenzie,
Hearing the Bruins received a conditional draft pick for Sturm.
Remember, the Bruins could not take much salary back in order to stay under the cap.
note: original post time was 12:47pm Now this…
Bob McKenzie tweet,
Sturm waived NTC to go to LAK and thought he was on his way but fact he is still injured complicated matters. Stay tuned. No timeline
Pierre LeBrun tweet,
was told Sturm deal “dead as of now.” Both teams leaving door open
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli has released the following statement:
“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm. I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team.”
John Scott with a decisive win over Kevin Westgarth.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The view from outside the top eight in the West is new to the Kings this season, and the perspective is distasteful for a team that started well but has fallen far and fast after losing six of seven games.
“It’s not good when you look at the standings and you don’t see yourself in there,” said center Anze Kopitar, whose five-on-three goal in the third period Saturday was the Kings’ only success against Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford in a 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks at Staples Center.
“We have to pick it up again and put some points on the board and get going again.”
Stopping the offensive struggles that are a key cause of their freefall must be the priority for the Kings (13-9-0) after their third straight loss dumped them into ninth place in the West. They’ve scored only four goals in their last three games and 16 in the seven-game skid that has undone all the progress they made in the six-game winning streak that preceded it.
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