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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
• Within the past few days, the Kings have made a “major” offer to Drew Doughty’s agent. Lombardi has made two trips to Toronto — location of the office of Don Meehan’s, Doughty’s agent — within the past four weeks, and the Kings would like to get a deal done before the draft, if possible. Lombardi said he is certainly aware of the risk of an offer sheet to Doughty but is not overly concerned.
• The Kings are still in the market for a top-level forward, either through free agency or trade. Lombardi said that even if it was guaranteed that Dustin Penner would have a big season, statistically, the Kings would still seek outside help to improve their scoring numbers, both 5-and-5 and on the power play.
more on the Kings…
from Kerry Fraser at TSN,
from a reader…Do you remember what happened 18 years ago today? Have you cleared your mind of it since or do you carry it around with you like luggage?...
No official wants to make or miss a call that has an impact on a game or a series. It becomes a bitter pill to swallow.
On the 18th anniversary of the infamous “Missed Call,” for many a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, the bitterness has never subsided.
Every year, right up to my final season as a referee in the NHL I was contacted by the media on this day and asked to rehash the play. They always ran with it and feelings were dredged up from old wounds that have never healed; especially from those that harbour hatred towards me. I devoted an entire chapter in my book (coming out in updated paperback and e-book versions this fall - nice plug!), “The Final Call” entitled, “The Missed Call” and put it all out there; including a sincere apology to Leafs fans everywhere for not having seen the play.
Can’t recall the incident? Watch it below…
From Bob Duff at the Windsor Star:
In his third National Hockey League game, Windsor’s Barry Potomski, then with the Los Angeles Kings, dropped the gloves and fought with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ken Baumgartner, who was among the league’s most feared tough guys.
“You have to have one of those in your first five games,” suggested former Detroit Red Wings tough guy Darren McCarty of Leamington at the time. “It’s your initiation to the club.”
The Essex County Enforcers Association.
Today, another charter member of that society is dead.
Potomski collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack Monday while working out on the treadmill at Lifestyles Family Fitness. He was 38.
His death comes about 10 months after the death of Windsor’s Bob Probert, the patriarch and forever spiritual leader of the ECEA. Probert was 45 when a heart attack claimed his life last July.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The aftermath of a soured business partnership between Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille and jailed financier William “Boots” Del Biaggio III that left Robitaille responsible for a $2-million line of credit has led a bank to foreclose on the Santa Monica home owned by Robitaille, a longtime favorite of Kings fans and president of the club’s business operations.
Robitaille, however, isn’t expected to lose the home and won’t lose his job while he settles his financial obligations.
“I have nothing to hide,” Robitaille said Wednesday. He otherwise declined to comment on the foreclosure action, which was first reported Tuesday by TMZ.com. TMZ did not identify the bank.
Tim Leiweke, president of the Kings’ parent company, AEG, said via email that AEG is working with Luc Robitaille and the former player’s wife, Stacia.
“This issue,” said Leiweke, “is short term, very fixable and will not have an impact on Luc’s responsibilities with the L.A. Kings.”
From David Kalan at NHL.com:
The NHL’s annual award gala is a night when the finest achievements over the previous season are honored and many stars of the game walk away with freshly burnished credentials. But in addition to scoring leaders and top goaltenders, the NHL Foundation Award is also awarded to players who have applied “the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community”.
This season the NHL has nominated L.A.‘s Dustin Brown, Washington’s Mike Green and Vancouver’s Daniel and Henrik Sedin for its Foundation Award. While they are not fresh names to the list of nominees for League awards, and this award in particular, none of them have ever taken home the NHL Foundation Award.
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,
Following the Sharks’ series-clinching overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, Sharks veteran Jamal Mayers - via twitter - publicly criticized Kings coach Terry Murray for what is alleged to be a post-game show of disrespect.
“Kings battled hard! Tough series with 3 OT games! Too bad Murray didn’t have class to shake hands like players (who bled) and Asst Coaches,” Mayers wrote in a tweet.
Meanwhile, teammate Devin Setoguchi also questioned Murray on Twitter.
“Would like to know why coach of the Kings Terry Murray never shook our hands??,” Setoguchi wrote. “Might be a first??”
In response to the backlash, Murray tells The Dreger Report he was among the first to leave the Kings bench to congratulate the Sharks’ coaching staff and says shaking hands with all opposing players - while more prevalent post-lockout - has never been customary.
“It has always been about the players, my opportunity to complement the opponent is through the media which I did several times in the series,” he said. “And last night I said that they were good enough to win four series in this year’s playoffs. That’s high praise coming from me.”
Social media is an excellent vehicle for sharing information, but in this case - did Mayers and Setoguchi’s messages cross the line?
more and Mike Gillis talks…
On to the Western Conference Semifinals for the Sharks.
Here is the goal as described b the TSN crew…
From Curtis Zupke at NHL.com:
It was suggested to some of the Los Angeles Kings that they wear their road white jerseys for Game 6, even though it’s at Staples Center.
Or perhaps they should stay at a hotel to recreate the road experience?
“I think last year we tried that,” winger Wayne Simmonds said. “It doesn’t always work the way you want it to.”
The Kings are trying to reverse a curious trend of road teams’ success in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And below, the LA Kings pre-game vid for the fans.
There wasn’t much lingering doubt about Todd McLellan’s thoughts on the Sharks goalie situation after Sunday’s Easter practice.
“Nemo will play tomorrow,” McLellan calmly stated. “He is our guy. We feel really good with (Niemi). He’s had a bounce back game already and played extremely well the night after getting hooked.”
McLellan’s quote let everyone know the Game 5 loss couldn’t solely be placed at Niemi’s feet.
“I don’t think we did a lot to help him,” McLellan said. “I think we addressed that after the game. He’s ready to go back in and we have a ton of confidence in him.”
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