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from Frozen Royalty,
...in response to the tremendous outcry and what appears to be pressure from the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, FSW/PT executives Tom Feuer and Steve Simpson were in serious damage control mode on Wednesday and Thursday, stating that they will be “fixing” the rinkside view broadcasts, starting with the Kings vs. Ducks high definition telecast on Sunday, November 16.
In stories by the Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, Feuer and Simpson spoke of the changes viewers can look forward to starting on Sunday. Kudos to FSW/PT execs for finally listening to the fans…
From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:
I was looking forward to working Thursday night’s game between the Stars and the Kings for one reason—and no, it wasn’t to see how the stunningly out-of-sorts Marty Turco would shoot himself in the foot this time. Thursday was my first chance to catch the early leader for the Calder Trophy: Los Angeles defender Drew Doughty, in person. And brother, the 18-year-old did not disappoint.
read on for talk about Doughty and teammate Oscar Moller
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
It’s one step forward and two steps back for the Stars, who ended their three-game California road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings and might lose their captain for the next game.
Sticking up for teammate Mike Ribeiro, who was knocked into the boards by Kings forward Dustin Brown, Morrow started a fight with Brown and received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of a game….
Ribeiro was in a shooting position when Brown hit him, and Ribeiro flew into the boards and hit his head. He received stitches over his left eye, but did return to the game and made an incredible goal to help extend the shootout.
read on and watch a video of the Brown hit below…
added 10:53am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The NHL has rescinded both the automatic one-game suspension to Brenden Morrow and the $10,000 fine to Dallas Stars head coach Dave Tippett.
Morrow received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the game when he fought Kings forward Dustin Brown after Brown hit Stars forward Mike Ribeiro into the boards.
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
Quincey was placed on waivers, the first step for the Detroit Red Wings to send him to the minor leagues. The Kings immediately snagged him Oct. 13 and then stuck him into the lineup, all the while looking for holes in his game.
“Any time you get a player off waiver wire, you spend the first week or so looking for areas in his game that said, ‘Yeah I understand what the other team was doing in wanting to send him down and get some seasoning,’ ” Murray said. “The biggest surprise is we haven’t found that after a couple weeks.”
Quincey has played 10 games for the Kings. He already has one goal, five assists, is plus-five and averaging 23 minutes of ice time while being paired with Matt Greene.
more about Quincey and the Kings…
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
No matter how harsh the emails or nasty the message boards become, Tom Feuer likes the Rinkside View.
Feuer, executive producer for FSN, has been the target of a majority of angry hockey fans who don’t care for the network’s unorthodox broadcasts of selected Ducks and Kings games this season.
Yet after meeting with representatives from both teams and reviewing the ratings for the games, Feuer has not been dissuaded from continuing the “Rinkside” telecasts.
He said the ratings for the games have been up despite continued negative feedback.
I watched the first Rinkside View broadcast and thought it was ok, but when switching from the camera view behind the net to the side view, it was a bit confusing at times…
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Jack Johnson was expected to be out until after the all-star break, as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, but Johnson’s recovery is going faster than expected and he might return a month ahead of schedule. That could put him in line for a late-December return, but that depends on his continued progress.
Brian Kamenetzky at SportsHubLA has a new podcast out:
To gain more insight into the Ducks, I spoke with Hall of Fame hockey writer Helene Elliott of the LA Times. Among other topics, we talked about Anaheim’s lack of a reliable fourth defenseman behind Pronger, Niedermayer, and Francois Beauchamin, their future under GM Brian Burke, and the possibility of bringing in Mats Sundin.
Check it out here. Notable is Elliott’s contention that she doesn’t feel Sundin is the guy to put the Ducks over the top this season. Sundin talk starts at about the 9 minute mark.
from Randy Harvey (LAT Sports Editor) of the Fabulous Forum Blog at the LA Times,
The Times has excellent hockey writers, including Helene Elliott, the 2005 Elmer Ferguson Award winner for her oustanding hockey coverage and this year’s winner of the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation sportswriter of the year award. She was among honorees along with Sugar Ray Leonard and Ashley Force at a dinner last night in Beverly Hills.
But it’s true that we’ve had to cut back on national coverage. It’s also true we will be more selective this season, as we were last season and the season before, about which Kings and Ducks road games to cover with our own reporters….
“I know the reaction often is that there aren’t a lot of hockey fans and therefore they don’t get enough respect,’’ he said. “So maybe there was some of that, that we have a sport a few of us love but that not everybody likes.’‘
We at the Times will continue to try to serve that few as best we can. But it’s not easy with the ravenous hockey crowd. As a colleague once said, “There’s not enough hockey in the Hockey News for hockey fans.’‘
more including a nice award for Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller.
The LA Times just doesn’t get it, nothing else to be said.
Dear NHL: When LA Kings’ captain Dustin Brown slam you painfully into the boards this season, take heart in the fact that it costs him more than it costs you. This press release from the LA Kings explains why:
TEAM CAPTAIN WILL DONATE $50 FOR EVERY BODY CHECK
Los Angeles Kings right-winger and team captain Dustin Brown has announced a partnership with KaBOOM! in conjunction with the Kings Care Foundation.
Brown will donate $50 for each of his body checks during the 2008-09 season to KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of very child in America. Last season Brown led the NHL with 311 body checks. Through five games the season he has a team-leading 21 body checks, which would equal $1,050 in donations.
In all seriousness, a good cause. As the Kings note: “Since 1995, KaBOOM! has led the construction of more than 1,500 playgrounds, ice rinks, skate parks, and athletic fields.” You can find out more here.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Since this lovely rumor seems to have gained some traction among legitimate news organizations, I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about rumors in general and the ``Marian Gaborik might be coming to L.A.’’ rumor in specific. It’s rumors such as this one that tend to make my hair fall out in clumps.
Gaborik makes $6.3 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Those are two HUGE red flags that should indicate to anyone that he’s not coming to the Kings.
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