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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I wrote a few weeks ago that the Kings were drawing up different contract proposals for Doughty’s camp. Talks, as far as I can tell, still haven’t begun, but one thing I was told Friday is that the Kings at this point are leaning toward a short-term deal instead of the multiyear deals you usually see for these young stars; the reason being that the Kings are weary of the uncertainty of the next CBA. I don’t think you can rule out a long-term deal, because, after all, it all depends on the money, but short term is where the Kings are leaning right now.
more topics, most of which were discussed on The Hot Stove last night…
from Jim Matheson tweet,
don’t laugh off brayden schenn for iginla? Calg dealt nieuwendyk in prime for iggy when iggy 1st-round jr in ‘95 Nieuwy was 29, Iggy 33.
added 11:52pm, A Bob McKenzie tweet,
I am told, and by more than one person who should know, LAK and CGY have not had a single discussion of any sort about Jarome Iginla.
Sharks against the Kings last night.
Ryan Smyth knows he scores but play continues and a shot by the Sharks looks like it could have gone in but play continues and the Sharks finally score a goal that everyone sees.
Play stops, go to review and the Smyth non-goal is reviewed and it is a goal.
Score went from 4-1 Sharks to 3-2 Sharks.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
Don’t look now, but both the Kings and the Ducks have been dominant home teams. It’s shades of being ambushed on the Alberta trail in the ‘80s.
As of this writing, between the two SoCal clubs, they have played 17 home games, with only one regulation loss. They both have very aggressive hard-hitting styles, and have probably been some sort of asset to each other.
Visiting teams going into play games on Interstate 5, are made to play the Ducks and Kings on back-to-back nights 20 times this season. And while, it doesn’t make up for the horrendous travel schedules the two teams have, it truly has become home ice advantage. And while the teams may not admit it publicly, they have really helped each other in the standings.
more hockey topics…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
When asked how he felt about handing the Kings’ five third-period power plays and watching Los Angeles score twice with the man advantage to break a 1-1 tie, Crawford said: “You watch the tape, and all of them aren’t penalties. We already talked to them, and the league told us not to say anything, so we’ll shut up.”
Los Angeles went 2-for-8 on the power play, and Dallas went 0-for-5. Fourteen of the Kings’ 29 shots came when they had the man advantage. And while the Stars had to take blame for chasing the play at times and getting caught for two hooking penalties, they had a problem with some of the boarding and interference calls.
“It’s a guessing game every night,” Stars center Brad Richards said. “You can handle emotion, but when people are going after heads and some of it’s called and some of it’s not, that’s when you get a little confused. The hooking, that’s pretty basic, but some of the other stuff makes you wonder ... if you lay on the ice, if you don’t lay on the ice, I guess there’s lots of ways to draw penalties now.”
from Jill Painter of the LA Daily News,
Truthfully, every King deserves rock-star status. The 10-3-0 Kings, who are second in the NHL in points and first in the Pacific Division, have won four consecutive games and host the Dallas Stars tonight with the promise of playoffs and then some.
“We started this process when we got here, building from the back, building from the draft,” said Dean Lombardi, the Kings’ general manager. “You get younger every year, and the goal is to get better every day. Last year, it started to become seeable. There’s no way anybody is satisfied.
“You can see the progress and now the fans see it. There were fans who stuck with us when we weren’t very good. At least the vision is starting to become reality. But let’s not kid ourselves. Let’s get real. We have a lot more to accomplish. We’re sitting on a lot of potential, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Mark and Mike pile up on Jon for coming clean about not being able to stay up for late games recently but, later, Jon returns fire by taking the show to a very dark, dark place. Aside from Tampa’s recent west coast road trip, the boys discuss the scuttlebutt surrounding Steven Stamkos’ second contract, the Lightning’s recent rash of injuries (including that of Simon Gagne, who remains out) and the weekly end-show segments are, as usual, full of vim and vigor. “Missing the Mark” targets NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Mike’s “Missed Call of the Week” goes after an officiating staff for their entire body of work in one particular game and Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” has the Hall of Fame induction committee in its crosshairs.
Enjoy. This one’s a doozy…
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via Helene Elliott tweet,
uh-oh: Kings say Mitchell has fractured wrist and will be out 4 to 6 wks, and Ponikarovsky has fractured finger and will miss 4 weeks.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Are the Los Angeles Kings ready to take a page from the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup playbook? Remember how the Pens matured far more quickly than anyone imagined they would, making the playoffs in 2007, going to the Cup finals the following season and then winning it all in 2009?
Many were expecting the Kings to take another big step forward this season after losing in the first round to Vancouver. What has been so impressive about their 10-3-0 start has been their commitment to team defense, the bedrock of almost all championship teams. Even with Norris Trophy nominee Drew Doughty out of action for a chunk of time (Doughty has missed six of the team’s 13 games, but returned to the lineup last week), the Kings remain one of the most difficult teams in the league to play against.
They are third in the league in goals allowed per game with an impressive 2.00 team GAA after finishing ninth in that category last season.
more plus additional hockey talk…
from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,
X-rays taken of defenseman Willie Mitchell, who was injured during the Kings’ 4-1 victory over Nashville on Saturday night, showed no break or fracture, but he will undergo an MRI on Monday, a team spokesman said.
Mitchell, off to a fine start with the Kings, played only two shifts in the second period after suffering what the club called an upper-body injury. It’s believed he injured an arm. Coach Terry Murray said after Saturday’s game that he had not seen the play because it happened on the far side of the ice. The X-rays were done after the game.
The Kings, who have won four straight games and five of their last six, don’t play again until Thursday, when they face the Dallas Stars at Staples Center. That should give Mitchell some extra time to heal.
continue for more Kings talk…
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