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from J.P. Hoomstra of Inside the Kings,
Most athletes will tell you they play better with something to prove—the proverbial chip on the shoulder—and Moreau definitely has something. While Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall said they were “thrilled to have him,” he’s well aware why Moreau was still on the free-agent market in late August: Teams were scared off by a lengthy injury history that included a 2010-11 season in which Moreau played just 37 games.
“Last year was a tough year, whenever a player is getting on in years, everyone questions whether he’s capable of doing it anymore,” Hextall said.
Moreau—who passed a physical Monday—insists he can still do it.
“I’m great. That’s the biggest misconception right now, that my health - it has been just unlucky things,” he said. “I’ve been hit by pucks in the wrong spots. It has nothing to do with age, wearing down. I’ve never had hip problems, knee problems, concussions. I feel the same way I did when I was 28.”
A better question is, what can Moreau do?
From the LA Kings:
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Ethan Moreau, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Moreau, 35, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons and a King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner played in 37 regular season games and registered six points (1-5=6) and 24 penalty minutes with the Columbus Blue Jackets this past season, his first season with the team. During his one season in Columbus Moreau served as an alternate captain.
Contract previously was said to be for $600,000.
via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
The Kings and veteran forward Ethan Moreau have agreed to terms on a one-year contract that is likely to be finalized Monday. Moreau, who turns 36 next month, was limited to 37 games last season and spent the bulk of his career in Edmonton, where he served as captain for part of his time with the Oilers. Moreau is known as a gritty defensive player and leader.
[UPDATE: Moreau’s deal with the Kings would be for one year, $600,000.]
via Helene Elliott tweets,
Drew Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, says reports of any deal in place w/Kings are not true. “no not at all. certainly not true.” says Doughty
training every day in London…and that he hasn’t talked to Kings’ Lombardi or Jeff Solomon since mid-July.
Meehan on Doughty/Kings: “we don’t have a deal.” also said comments by advisor Jack Ferreira that Doughty doesn’t want to make a deal were
‘frustrating and disappointing to Drew.’ Ferreira said last month Doughty’s side didn’t want to make deal and he wouldn’t be surprised if
Ferreira had said he wouldn’t be surprised if Doughty becomes a holdout. Camp opens in a month.
Helene happens to be on vacation but wanted to put an end to rumors of Doughty being close to signing.
...Bogosian, like Doughty and Schenn, appears to have a very bright future no matter where he lands. But in a day and age when some general managers are over paying certain players, they seem to be the victims of a little common sense.
-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet where you can read more on the three RFAs.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Another week has gone by without any progress on a new contract for restricted free-agent defenceman Luke Schenn.
“Nothing new,” agent Don Meehan said Friday, though both sides keep insisting they aren’t in a hurry. Both are examining everything term-wise from two years and higher.
Meehan also represents defenceman Drew Doughty, who was chosen three spots head of Schenn in the 2008 draft by Los Angeles.
Contract talks are also moving slowly on that front, which could pre-empt any deal with Schenn.
“I think it’s fair to say that in the last conversation, we set the parameters, as to where we feel (Doughty’s) contract should be,” Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi told the Kings Insider website this week. “We talked about a number of scenarios, and I guess now it’s their move.”
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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
The Kings have a long-term offer on the table, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the issue extend into late August, or perhaps even into September. It’s worth noting that Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, also represented Evgeni Nabokov when, in 2002, Nabokov held out before signing a contract with the San Jose Sharks (and then-GM Lombardi) in late October.
As for the current Doughty negotiations, Lombardi said today, “I think it’s fair to say that in the last conversation, we set the parameters, as to where we feel his contract should be. We talked about a number of scenarios, and I guess now it’s their move. They never really responded.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The Kings have filed a formal grievance with the NHL over the fitness of Colin Fraser, the center they acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in the Ryan Smyth trade.
Fraser underwent surgery earlier this week to repair an unhealed ankle fracture and is out indefinitely, which would support the Kings’ case that the Oilers misrepresented the extent of Fraser’s injury when they made the deal June 26 and misrepresented his fitness when the Oilers said he would be cleared to play a few days later….
Fraser’s agent, Jerry Johansen, said Friday his client had undergone the surgery in Los Angeles this week and is expected to fully recover. “How long it will take, I don’t know,” Johansen said. “The bottom line is Colin Fraser is going to be healthy. His situation isn’t serious. He’s going to be 100%.”
Johansen also said a rehabilitation schedule hasn’t been set for Fraser, who planned to return to Edmonton next week. “We’ll let the first or second checkup come up and see where things are,” Johansen said.
from E.J. Hradek of NHL.com,
If you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan worried about the slow-moving contract negotiations between dynamic young defenseman Drew Doughty and the team, GM Dean Lombardi has a message for you.
“This isn’t a standoff like we’ve been seeing in Washington,” Lombardi said, joking about the current federal government gridlock as a way to find perspective for his efforts to re-sign Doughty. “I’m fairly confident that we’ll be able to get this done.”
The Kings boss and Doughty’s representatives (Don Meehan and Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management) have been in communication during the past few days in an effort to move the conversation toward a resolution.
“We’ve been talking,” Lombardi said. “We’re trying to hammer it out, but I don’t think I really have a handle on it yet.”
If I am a Flyers fan, I suppose I am happy about getting rid of Bluto and D-Day. But I also have to wonder about Bryzgalov, who has won nothing, and Voracek, whose potential has been plied to a much lesser degree than his refrigerator. And what about Chris Pronger? He has a reputation for splitting locker rooms and probably had a hand in jettisoning Bluto and D-Day, if not leaking the “Dry Island” story, nudge-nudge, wink-wink, know what I mean
-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read the rest of the story.
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