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Jack Johnson Contract Extension

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a seven-year contract extension that will carry into the 2017-18 season, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced tonight. 

The seven-year contract matches the second longest in club history.  Kings center Anze Kopitar also signed a seven-year contract extension on Oct. 11, 2008, and former Kings Great/Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky signed an eight-year contract in 1988 (after the first year that contract was extended from seven years to nine years).  Additionally, Kings forward Dustin Brown agreed to a six-year contract extension on Oct. 26, 2007; Kings defenseman/Assistant Captain Matt Greene agreed to a five-year contract extension on Oct. 17, 2008; Kings center Jarret Stoll agreed to a four-year contract extension on Sept. 4, 2008; Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi signed a four-year free agent contract with the Kings on July 2, 2009; Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick signed a three-year contract extension on Oct. 23, 2009; and Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier signed a two-year contract extension on Oct. 4, 2010. 

added 8:59am, Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider with a few questions fro Dean Lombardi regarding the Johnson contract…

Question: It’s a bit unusual, but definitely not unheard of, to get a long-term extension like this done during a season. What led you to the point of getting this done now?

LOMBARDI: “It is unusual, but we’re still very much in a new system. Don’t forget, the object here is to watch these kids develop, and then put all of them within a (salary-cap) number that works. This is something we had been looking at for a while. I think it’s just the nature of the process, if you’re going to get ahead of this and take a realistic shot at keeping your young players together for the long haul. Quite honestly, this has been going on for over a month now. There’s two things that allowed us to pursue this.


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Mike Babcock’s Day

Elliotte Friedman’s Inside Hockey feature during the HNIC pre-game featured Mike Babcock on a game day.

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Hotstove Talk

If you missed the Hotstove on HNIC, some of the topics discussed were the Canucks, the hit on Brad Stuart and other topics.

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Video- Jimmy Howard With The Save Of The Night

He robs Daniel Sedin…

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Player Movement Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• Los Angeles Kings fans need some good news these days, so I’m here to deliver some.

I’m told the team is on the verge of signing blueliner Jack Johnson to a multiyear extension, a deal that could be announced as early as Sunday or Monday. Look for the deal to be six or seven years in length and worth between $4-$4.5 million per year.

• It’s been assumed for so long the Florida Panthers would auction off star goalie Tomas Vokoun by the trade deadline. While that is still a possibility, you might be surprised to know GM Dale Tallon has also reached out to the Czech native’s agent to talk about a contract extension.

“It’s preliminary at this point, just trying to get a feel for it. We’d like to sign him at the right number,” Tallon told ESPN.com on Saturday.

• Several teams have kicked the tires on Maple Leafs defenseman Francois Beauchemin, but Toronto has not received any concrete trade offers yet. Beauchemin’s limited no-trade clause called for him to hand the Leafs a preseason list of 12 teams he’d be willing to go to, which he did.

much more and worth your time, especially if you missed the Hotstove segment on HNIC…

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Notes From Within The Hockey World

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• This is impossible but true: Leafs defenceman Brett Lebda was minus-3 in Toronto’s stunning 9-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night. Other minus players included captain Dion Phaneuf and Francois Beauchemin.

• No surprise that the Russian juniors were kicked off their flight Thursday. I happened to be in the bar at the Adams Mark hotel in downtown Buffalo post-game Wednesday night and the young Russians were not exactly being asked to show their ID. I left just before 1:30 a.m. But most of the Russians, still wearing their jerseys, were in the bar, loudly chanting “Beat Canada” in between chugs of something that wasn’t necessarily legal for teenagers.

• I can’t watch the New Jersey Devils play anymore, even every second game, because it hurts my stomach to watch Martin Brodeur play this poorly.


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Habs injuries starting to get comical

Mid-game against the Bruins, an entertaining affair that has Boston up 2-0, and now we learn Mike Cammalleri is gone for the night with an injury. Not good. Cammalleri. Josh Gorges. Andrei Markov. A hobbling Roman Hamrlik. How much more of this can the Habs take before they’re sunk? They seem be have turned things around the last week, after a fairly porous seven game stretch. But can they really continue at their current level missing so many important bodies? 

The best news so far tonight is that Benoit Pouliot and David Desharnais really do look as if they’re developing some chemistry. But that’s not going to be enough to offset the losses of people like Markov, Cammalleri and Gorges.

Hamrlik, well, ok, they can probably absorb that. Although he is back and playing through the pain tonight. Good for him.

10:25 PM: Elliotte Friedman has reported via Twitter that Cammalleri, according to Jacques Martin, left the game because he was ill. If true, this is good news for Habs fans. Oh, and what an end to that hockey game!

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  Tags: injuries, josh+gorges, mike+cammalleri

Boudreau Should Be Saying ‘La’ Instead of ‘Coo’

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Trigger Should Be Pulled In Columbus

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

The Jackets were going to build around Nash, Vermette, R.J. Umberger, Jake Voracek, Brassard, Nikita Filatov, Kris Russell and reigning rookie of the year Steve Mason. As the 2009-10 season began one nagging thought loomed: Howson and Jackets fans had better like this team because they were contractually obligated to it.

Flash forward 16 months. The Jackets are foundering for a second straight season. Ken Hitchcock is no longer around to blame and Howson is coming under fire for a club that seems to lack fire and a hatred of losing. The Jackets have won six times since Thanksgiving, and routinely routed.

It’s believed Howson is desperately trying to make trades. This time it can’t be for a Chris Clark. The Jackets need significant changes and that means breaking up the club’s core.

The general manager should not hesitate.


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Ian Walker writes for PuckWorld at the Vancouver Sun.

A screenshot of his recent tweets...


added 5:11pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Another Khan update has been added at 5:18pm, see below…

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