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from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
With just 30 wins this season, the LA Kings have been playing meaningless hockey since before the onset of winter. This in itself is not necessarily a problem; the Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing meaningless hockey for about 41 years and people still care about them. Of course, Kings fans care about their team too, and it would be wrong to suggest that they don’t. A total of 16,784 people travelled to the Staples Center on Tuesday night to watch a late-season game which for the home side held no promise at all.
But it’s in the wider community that this team is in trouble. If a franchise survives on the oxygen of publicity, then this is an organisation gasping for air. It would be wrong to say that Los Angeles hates a loser, simply because it takes effort to hate. If you are a loser, LA will just ignore you to death.
via Inside the Kings,
“Jack Johnson suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right foot in the Kings vs. San Jose game on Tuesday night (March 18). He is out for season and he’s expected to resume skating in approximately four weeks.”
via Inside the Kings,
(Rob) Blake indicated that he still favors a return to the Kings next season and perhaps beyond, and sees many reasons to be excited about the future.
“I feel like I want to play another year or maybe a couple,” he said. “I’ll approach that this summer and I’ll train like I always do and then see the options that are there for me. My focus has always been Los Angeles since I returned, and even though I don’t like the position that we are in, I still think there are steps that can be taken this summer to really improve this team and take it to another level.”
From the Los Angeles Kings:
Starting Saturday at 9 a.m., vote for your favorite Kings players. Sixty-four current/former Kings have been selected and will be apart of the bracket-style competition, “LA Kings Madness,” a special hockey/Kings “tribute” to basketball’s March Madness.
Fans will have the opportunity on LAKings.com to VOTE in each head-to-head player match-up as the Kings look to determine the club’s all-time Fan Favorite.
Go to the Kings website to check out the brackets, the rules and the schedule. Some March Madness for hockey fans.
from Steve Dilbeck of the LA Daily News,
Enough bluster. Enough talk of a different future.
Enough mediocre/simply bad hockey.
It is time for Philip Anschutz to sell the Kings. Time to wave goodbye.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
The fact Smyth’s brains got scrambled in the second period was reason enough for Colorado teammate Ian Laperriere to seek out Johnson to inflict some vigilante justice.
“I did what I had to do,” said Laperriere, who admitted he was only following the code of hockey. “I told (Johnson) at some point he was going to have to fight someone.”
But although both men put up their dukes later in the game, the fight never erupted, because L.A. veteran Rob Blake stepped in and made peace before the first punch.
And true to the caveman logic that rules the NHL, Blake was promptly given a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Jack Johnson of the Kings rode Ryan Smyth into the boards, and his head met the glass partition that starts at the end of the bench.
Smyth was out cold but did come to and he was talking while being strapped down to a body board.
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added 10:04pm, via TSN,
In the lockeroom after the hit, Smyth was conscious and walking. He was being taken to hospital for tests.
video added 10:41pm... (below)
The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Rob Blake from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
TSN is reporting that the Los Angeles Kings have traded J.S. Aubin to the Anaheim Ducks for a 7th rounder.
According to TSN, the Los Angeles Kings have traded Brad Stuart to the Detroit Red Wings for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick.
3:33 pm ET: TSN link.
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