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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.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Finally, the Kings have a team that’s worth watching.
Too bad they’ve accomplished this minor miracle just when the economy is at a low and the number of fans they alienated while bumbling to five consecutive non-playoff finishes is at a high.
Rows of empty seats and mutedly dark suites at Staples Center on Friday night during the Kings’ 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes testified to the difficulty of selling a rebuilding project.
The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Matt Greene to a five-year contact extension that will carry into the 2013-14 season, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
(Terry) Murray was drafted in 1970 by the late, lamented Golden Seals, who were part of the NHL’s 1967 expansion. Their initial name was the Oakland Seals, but they became the California Golden Seals in 1970-71 after Charles Finley bought them. Finley also designed the then-radical uniforms in what he called kelly green, California gold and polar bear white….
Murray said that somewhere in the attic of his family home in Canada he still has a pair of the white skates the Seals were required to wear. And he revealed a secret: the boots weren’t white—they were black but were covered with white shoe polish.
“They got pretty heavy by the end of the season because there were so many coats of shoe polish on them,” he said.
from Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,
As promised, here’s my quick interview with Kyle Quincey from before yesterday’s game….
On whether he was caught up in numbers game in Detroit.
“Detroit’s a very special place. Guys take pay cuts to stay there. Winnings is what they do there. They had 10 defensemen join camp. That’s a pretty hard lineup to crack. I’m grateful for my time there and being part of the Stanley Cup, their tradition and winning ways. I learned so much.”
more from Quincey, all Kings releated…
Sources tell TSN that L.A. King defenceman Jack Johnson is likely to miss as much as three months as a result of what appeared to be an arm injury suffered in last night’s loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Also, NHL Live citing TSN, states Kyle McLaren has been put on re-entry waivers by the Sharks.
added 309pm, Inside the King confirms, shoulder surgery for Johnson.
added 3:11pm, According to David Pollak of Working the Corners, McLaren is not on re-entry waivers, just standard waivers for the second time.
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