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Dean Lombardi On The Slava Voynov Suspension

from Rich Hammond of Kings Blog at the OC Register,

After practice today, Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi met with a group of beat reporters in his office to discuss Slava Voynov’s arrest and suspension. 

Here is the first half of the transcript of what Lombardi said... 

DEAN LOMBARDI 

(On when and how he found out about Voynov...) 

"Yesterday morning, from (team executive Jeff Solomon). ... There’s phone calls going on. You’ve got NHL security and the league, Bill Daly, is calling. I don’t even know the time sequence." 

(On whether he has seen or spoken to Voynov...) 

"No. I think, obviously given the situation, you’ve got to let the process go through. I know Darryl went over there and spoke to him, as the coach. Right now, I think you’ve just got to let this process go through." 

continued and part 2 is here...

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Penguins GM Wants Marc-Andre Fleury To Be His Goalie

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There's been much speculation about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh, if for no other reason than the goaltender is playing the final year of his contract and wasn’t extended this past summer. 

But people shouldn't read into that,Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. He doesn’t believe Fleury is going anywhere. 

"As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie," Rutherford told ESPN.com. "My plan is to re-sign him when the time is right. When that is, I don’t know, if it’s during the year or after the year, but I do want to re-sign him. I believe in him." 

continue on for more hockry talk including Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets...

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Last Chance On Long Island

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

“Every team’s going to go through spells throughout the year when they lose some games, but the good teams find a way to not lose three, four in a row,” Okposo said. “They find a way to eliminate that, and they find a way to get points. That’s one thing that we have to learn from. It has to be this year. We have to learn now, because not playing in the playoffs isn’t fun. We want to get back there.

“Last year was tough. Once you get in the playoffs, you never want to go back (to missing them).”

Only one more chance to get back to the playoffs in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Only one more chance to cram the fans into the old barn, to feel the shake.

“I love playing there,” Okposo said. “I love it. It’s loud. It’s intense. It’s not like some of the buildings that are brand-new and kind of dull and quiet. It’s got a lot of character.”

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Alex Galchenyuk Should Have Been Given A Penalty, Not A Goal

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Alex Galchenyuk had only touched the ice with one skate after exiting the penalty box and therefore was not deemed legally on the ice when he stole the puck off the stick of Nathan MacKinnon. 

By the letter of the law Alex Galchenyuk should have received an additional minor penalty for interference (56.2) and no goal would have resulted in what turned out to be a 3-2 Montreal victory in regulation time.

Two rules reference this play in determining when a player is deemed to be legally on the ice from either the players' bench or penalty box. First, 56.2 states that a minor penalty shall be imposed on any identifiable player on the players' bench or penalty bench who, by means of his stick or his body, interferes with the movements of the puck or any opponent on the ice during the progress of the play. In addition, should a player about to come onto the ice, play the puck while one or both skates are still on the players' or penalty bench, a minor penalty for interference shall be assessed.

continued and watch the goal below...

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Randy Carlyle On Nazem Kadri

via Shawn McKenzie tweets,

Carlyle on Kadri "Is it confidence? Is it overconfidence? Is it cockiness? Is it all of those things?" Thats what you ask yourself"

Carlyle cont'd "I look at it as a strength. When you are able to not just talk it, you have to live it."

Carlyle "I'm sure he'll (Kadri) get some shifts tonight against John Tavares, so we will let the tale of the tape prove that"

If you missed what Kadri said earlier, you can read it here.

added 3:32pm, Watch Kadri talking after practice, below...

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Observations On The San Jose Sharks

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Ten random thoughts on the Sharks...

There hasn’t been a single player more noticeable from shift to shift than Brent Burns, and it sure seems like no one on the ice has their stick on the puck more than Burns through the first five games other than maybe Joe Thornton. He’s obviously done some good things so far with seven points, but he’s also gotten caught out of position several times, has had some nervous moments while defending in open ice, and is just so unpredictable out there. I know his transition back to D in a work in progress, and I noticed Burns having a long chat with Jim Johnson at the pregame skate in New Jersey, but the Sharks seem like a much more dangerous team with him at forward. Maybe they give it another couple weeks, but I bet the Sharks end up putting the “wrecking ball” back where he belongs – up front on Thornton’s right side.

more thoughts...

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Afternoon Line - Pavel Datsyuk

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The Declining Production Of Eric Staal

fromo Travis Yost of TSN,

The organization appears headed towards a full-fledged rebuild, and Eric Staal – whose $8.2-million AAV contract expires at the end of the 2015-2016 season – is an asset that could be shopped to potential suitors.

If Staal’s ever made available, expect numerous playoff-hopeful teams to show interest. A lot of this is because Staal has been durable for most of his career and has been a regular point-producer for as long as he’s come into his first-line, twenty-minute-a-night role. He’s averaged about 2.1 points per 60 minutes over the last seven years at five-on-five, which is in the upper echelon of forward talent.

Like most players inching toward their 30’s – he actually turns 30 Oct. 29 - Staal’s underlying numbers have been in decline. It’s the type of trend less concerning if you’re buying Staal as a true rental at some point this season, but far more concerning if you are considering negotiating a new contract.

read on

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Mark Hunter Named Director Of Player Personnel For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Mark Hunter, a veteran forward of 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, has been named the club’s Director of Player Personnel. The Petrolia, Ontario native played in 628 career NHL regular season games and 79 more in the postseason from 1981 to 1993.

“I am very excited about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs organization,” said Hunter. “I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by Brendan Shanahan, David Nonis and the entire management team. I would like to thank the London Knights organization for 12 great years. I am looking forward to the start of a new chapter in Toronto.”

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The Boston Bruins Could Use Jordan Eberle

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

... “You can’t trade (Nail) Yakupov, because nobody’s going to take him,” said (Don) Cherry, as per Sportsnet.ca. “(Jordan) Eberle or one of those guys have got to go. It’s a tough deal giving one of (the young players) away, but something’s gotta go.”

While it’s a bit of hyperbole to say nobody would take the No. 1 overall pick in Yakupov, there’s no question that Eberle has significant value on the trade market and is exactly the kind of player the Bruins are seeking to answer their right wing questions along the top line. The Bruins and Oilers have conducted an ongoing trade conversation going back to the beginning of summer involving Johnny Boychuk, and again right before this season’s opening with Chris Kelly on Edmonton’s radar....

So the Bruins would have their right wing solution for the foreseeable future if they brought him into the fold. Boston will have to fight through a dysfunctional offense until they find a proper solution on the right side of David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and that means going outside the organization for the answer.

The challenge is meeting Edmonton’s price for Eberle, who will draw interest around the league, and clearing more cap space in order to take on his cap tag.

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