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“Just to put it on record, I don’t say who starting goalies are. This is not baseball.’’
-LA Kings coach Darryl Sutter. What brought on that remark? Read Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...Still, the conventional wisdom is that L.A. is far ahead of Columbus on the development curve, even if the evidence suggests differently.
After Richards and Kopitar, the Kings’ next best forward is Dustin Brown, a good player who topped out at 60 points FOUR years ago and has been in the mid-50s ever since. Then there’s Justin Williams (frequently injured); Simon Gagne (best days behind him); Dustin Penner (a disaster since arriving from Edmonton), plus a cast of journeymen (Jarrett Stoll, Brad Richardson, Trent Hunter, Colin Fraser). Kyle Clifford is one good young player on the horizon, but he plays fewer than nine minutes per night.
OK, now over to Columbus. Carter and Nash essentially cancel out Richards and Kopitar, right? Then there’s Vinnie Prospal, who continues to prosper wherever he goes; Ryan Johansen, who is about a year away from being a special player; Sens castoff Antoine Vermette, who is capable of scoring 60 points; and R.J. Umberger, who has a lot of Brown’s qualities as a leader and a scorer, but is far behind the scoring pace he set last year. Mark Letestu and Sammy Pahlsson are quality bottom-six forwards; Kristian Huselius is a dynamite power play specialist currently on IR again.
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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
After posting 59 points in 2009-10, Doughty entered last season as the trendy pick to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman, even though he was only 20 years old. But he was limited to 40 points last season. And though the Kings paid him for his Norris potential – giving him an eight-year, $56 million deal after he sat out of training camp as a restricted free agent – he has only 10 points this season, on pace for only 27 in 77 games.
Teams aren’t stupid. They adjusted to Doughty, and now he has to adjust to them if he is to spark the Kings’ offense.
“Whether it’s on the power play or 5-on-5, it kind of seems like there’s a guy just glued to me at all times,” Doughty said. “It’s frustrating I’m not getting the points I used to, but at the same time, in order to be a good player in this league, I’ve got to find ways to get around that and find different ways to get pucks to the net and make offensive plays.”
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Mike Richards from the injured reserve list (upper body injury), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Richards has missed the last eight games due to the injury, which he suffered December 1 in a game against Florida. In 25 games this season, his first with the club, he has 20 points (11-9=20), 17 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Richards leads the club with 11 goals and two short-handed goals.
The Kings host Anaheim tonight (Thursday) at STAPLES Center at 7 p.m. PT.
“I think X and O this team is as good as there is in the game. One thing that hasn’t changed in this game … it’s men playing a boys’ game and there is some emotion involved and I think that’s what I have to get out of them.”
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the LA Kings. Much more on Sutter from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Darryl Sutter ran his first practice on behalf of his new team, the Los Angeles Kings today, and maybe the best news he received all day was that centre Mike Richards was finally available, cleared to practise and likely ready to play again soon after missing most of December with a suspected concussion.
The Kings’ spiral down the Western Conference standings coincided with Richards’s injury and ultimately cost long-time coach Terry Murray his job four games ago. After John Stevens filled in an interim basis - and will be retained as an assistant, in the short term anyway - Sutter will officially coach his first game Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks, after almost a five-year absence from the NHL coaching ranks.
However, Sutter suggested Wednesday at a post-practice press conference that in his mind, he hasn’t been away at all.
Watch below as the LA Kings introduce Darryl Sutter as their new head coach.
The press conference is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm ET.
added 4:19pm, Conference has concluded.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Darryl Sutter as the club’s new head coach, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Sutter will begin his head coaching duties with the Kings when they take the ice for practice tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m PT. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo
Sutter – formerly the head coach of the Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks—replaces Terry Murray as the club’s head coach as Sutter becomes the 24th head coach in Kings history. Murray coached the Kings the past three-plus seasons and was relieved of his duties on December 12. John Stevens has assumed the duties of interim head coach the past four games.
A 1:00pm PT press conference is scheduled for tomorrow and it will be streamed by LAKings.com.
The LA Kings may have received a break on this goal tonight.
Maybe Anze Kopitar should take the advice.
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