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Look out for Los Angeles

From NHL.com's Lisa Dillman:

Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe thought about it for second or two and did the time zone math in his head on Wednesday at Staples Center.

"It is morning back in Sweden," Kempe said.

And so, there's a good chance that hockey fans in his native country, as well as friends and family, did not sleep through his first NHL hat trick in the Kings' 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Kempe added an assist for a four-point performance and his linemate, Michael Cammalleri, also had four points (two goals, two assists) against his former team.

If it were morning in Sweden, it is also a new day dawning for the Kings.

Los Angeles is off to a 5-0-1 start, the best in its history. The Kings are the only NHL team without a loss in regulation, and moved past the idle Vegas Golden Knights to take possession of first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Just like everyone envisioned, right?

"I don't think there's one person that would have predicted that we've done what we've done," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I'm pretty sure I know from hearing other people talk, that every single team counted us out of the playoffs, counted us out of even competing for a playoff spot. We knew about that a little bit and wanted to prove everyone wrong. We've got so much work to do and it's so early to talk about that. But I'm not surprised."

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Kings lose Jeff Carter

From TSN:

The Los Angeles Kings will be without Jeff Carter for multiple weeks after the two-time All-Star sustained a lower-body injury in his team's 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Carter was injured late in the first period after being hit into the boards by defenceman Jeff Petry. He left the game and did not return.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Carter's left leg was cut by Petry's skate blade.

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Adrian Kempe scores a hat trick

Los Angeles Kings rookie Adrian Kempe scored a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens last night:

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Muzzin fined for diving

From the NHL:

KINGS’ MUZZIN FINED FOR DIVING/EMBELLISHMENT

NEW YORK (March 10, 2017) -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

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Iginla scores his first pair of goals as a King

Jarome Iginla scored his first two goals as a Los Angeles King last night, including the OT game winner:

 

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Recalling the Wayne Gretzky trade

From NHL.com's Dave Stubbs:

The trade that most thought could never happen was made on this date 28 years ago.

Wayne Gretzky, the captain and the heart and soul of the dynastic Edmonton Oilers, was traded on Aug. 9, 1988, sent to the Los Angeles Kings along with center Mike Krushelnyski and defenseman Marty McSorley. Coming to the Oilers in return were center Jimmy Carson, first-round draft choice Martin Gelinas, first-round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and $15 million.

The trade, which caused chaos in Edmonton and left all of Canada in disbelief, redefined player movement throughout sports.

Every trade made in its wake, no matter how monstrous or unthinkable, could now be explained logically: "Well, if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, anyone can be traded."

None of that, though, made the day of the trade any less surreal.

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Kings waive Ehrhoff

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Ehrhoff's earning $1.5 million this season, per General Fanager.

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Was the Boston Bruins’ rout at the hands of Los Angeles a ‘time for a trade’ indication for Boston?

From ESPN's "Morning 3 on 3":

Scott Burnside: Well, that was quite a homecoming for Milan Lucic, no? The former Boston Bruins power forward and key member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team returned with his new team the Los Angeles Kings, and they put a big-time hurt on the Bruins in a 9-2 trouncing. Ouch. Nine different Kings scored, including Lucic (who also added an assist). We have often suggested these teams are mirror images of each other in terms of style and identity, but maybe Boston's reflection has more than a few cracks these days. While Lucic has fit seamlessly with the Kings, purveyors of heavy hockey who have rediscovered their mojo, the Bruins continue to meander through the Eastern Conference. Yes, Boston owns a wild card spot as of Wednesday morning, but is anyone confident this is a team that can stay there, or make a dent if they get in? More to the point, how does rookie Bruins GM Don Sweeney approach his first trade deadline? Add or subtract? Both? Neither?

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It’s linesman-hitting night in the NHL!

This play is definitely going to be reviewed by the NHL, but I'm not sure what decision they're going to make. Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman got hit very hard by Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, and as Wideman gets up and goes to the bench, linesman Don Henderson...do we go with "gets in the way" or "got clipped by Wideman?" Both things appear to have happened:

At 1 AM, TSN posted this:

Afterwards Wideman said the incident was "completely unintentional and I already apologized to him".

"Throughout my career I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect and I'd never try to intentionally hit a linesman or ref," explained Wideman. "I was kind of keeled over and at the last second I saw him and couldn't avoid it. I couldn't see him and didn't know where to go or how to get away from him. It was an accident and I feel really bad about it."

Update: For comparison's sake, see: Milan Loosick...I mean Milan Lucic...slugging Jay Sharrers in the face while trying to get at Cody McLeod:

That'll get reviewed, too.

added 7:17am, Wideman's explanation, watch below...

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Saturday Headlines: On the John Scott trade, Ducks trade talk and more

Among Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman's Saturday Headlines:

  • The John Scott trade to Montreal was legitimate in that Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted Jared Tinordi badly and were afraid that the deal with the Canadiens would fall apart, so they didn't wait 3 weeks to make the deal, and Scott was the "only player who could go" back to Montreal in the trade;
  • Cox states that the Canadiens got $200,000 in cap relief and a player in Nashville's Victor Bartley, who the Canadiens believe may actually contribute to their blueline;
  • The NHL offered Scott the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game as a paid family vacation, but he's not responded, and Scott isn't sure whether he's going to bow out;
  • Cox states that Pittsburgh and Anaheim made the Hagelin-for-Perron-and-Clendening deal at 3:15 AM Saturday morning, and Cox says that the Penguins are taking on 3 more years at $4 million for Hagelin, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford still believes that his team will contend, while the Ducks' trade...makes people wonder if the Ducks are setting themselves up to trade for Jonathan Drouin;
  • Friedman says that the Ducks' Simon Despres and Cam Fowler may generate trade interest, as will the balance of their blueline;
  • Flames defenseman Kris Russell is generating interest, too, but the Flames still want to attempt to re-sign Russell;
  • Eric Staal is "still in limbo," and his agent, Rick Curran, will try to clarify his client's situation;
  • And Friedman says that the Kings still want to sign Milan Lucic to an extension if at all possible.

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Jarome Iginla scores goal 600

Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla scored his 600th goal on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings:

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Saturday Headlines: finding a home for Hamonic

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox issued the usual cornucopia of scoops during their Saturday Headlines segment, and this note about Travis Hamonic's trade status, from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons, is intriguing:

Hamonic’s preference is to play for one of the teams in Western Canada, so the Islanders have a limited market to work with. According to Friedman, teams such as the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks contacted the Islanders but were told they were not a “fit.”

"A lot of people would not be surprised if this turned into a three-way trade," Friedman said Saturday.

Here's the segment:

Hamonic wants to go to Western Canada, of course.

Also: Damien Cox discussed Eric Staal's and Cam Ward's contract negotiations, he stated that Dainus Zubrus will sign with San Jose, and Friedman says that the Montreal Canadiens are "trying to do some things to improve their team."

Friedman also states that Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto are trying to get a trio of outdoor games to be held during the NHL's 2016-17 (centennial) season, in November, December and January, respectively.

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On the subtleties of analytics

This is a superb, superb answer to an "advanced stats" question from ESPN's Craig Custance's Friday Insider entry/mailbag feature:

As I try to be more of an advanced stats believer, I find myself with more questions than answers. First, how does a team get better at advanced stats? Is it putting more pucks on net? I'm pretty sure every hockey player ever has given that as an answer. But seriously, what would fix your team’s problem? Is it a certain style of play? If it is, then one could argue that once a team wins the Stanley Cup with a different style, we’d see that be the new "in" thing.

Judeman5000

Thornton, Colorado

Judeman,

Good to hear from you, my friend. There’s a lot to tackle in this question. First, there are definitely things coaches can do to improve their team’s possession analytics, but whether or not it leads to wins is up for debate.

For instance, I remember talking to Dallas Eakins last year after he was fired from Edmonton and they made systematic changes that resulted in improved analytics.

“Very, very subtle changes,” he said at the time. “But they were paying off.”

And the numbers suggest that zone entries impact the possession numbers, so if teams make a concerted effort to carry the puck in rather than dump it in, that would theoretically improve the analytics.

To me, the analytics we see are more useful for roster construction. If I’m trying to improve the possession numbers, I’m doing it through roster improvements. I’m focusing on defensemen who can quickly close the gap on players in the neutral zone to force a dump in. I’m focusing on defensemen who are also great skaters who can quickly get the puck and get it out of the zone to start the rush the other way. All things being equal, I’d like a goalie who can play the puck to help those defensemen.

But to your last point, there is more than one way to win in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning play a different brand of hockey and are built differently than, say, the Los Angeles Kings when they were at the top of their game. Possession numbers aren’t the end-all, be-all, they’re just part of the equation.

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Details of Mike Richards settlement available

From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, via Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford:

Sometime this week, teams were informed of the breakdown for the Mike Richards settlement with the Los Angeles Kings.

The total payout is $10.5 million through the 2031-32 season, not 2030-31 as I originally reported. It is not evenly spread out over that time. The Kings chose to take the biggest hit this season.

The first five years feature an additional $1.32 million cap recapture penalty on top of the salary paid.

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Weekes weighs in on the Kings’ struggles

From NHL.com's Kevin Weekes' "Friday Four":

4. Kings not looking royal

The Los Angeles Kings are concerning because they are such a great group in terms of management and coaching staff. They're coming off a tough year, not making the Stanley Cup Playoffs after winning the Cup. A lot of their top guys came back in top shape, but it hasn't translated into their performance yet. They hardly get any shots on goal. There's no spark to their game.

I think Milan Lucic has a great opportunity as a pending free agent to come in there and play the way he is capable of playing. He's a big man, he's from the West Coast, but he hasn't been a fit so far. When he is on his game, he can be a game-changer, but it's not really all on him. A lot of guys in their group are not showing any spark. All the hunger they said they had has not translated into their game.

Their speed guys aren't even playing the speed game that we know. Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, "That 70s Line," those guys are fast players; but right now, they are not playing physical or fast. It's been disappointing watching them so far because I know they are way better than they've shown. The Kings are a two-time Cup champion team, but we're not seeing that right now.

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Road-ice advantage?

Among the Ottawa Citizen's Ken Warren's "Five Takes":

ROAD SWEET ROAD?: As the Senators packed for the season opening road trip, Bobby Ryan and Patrick Wiercioch were among those who said it was easier starting the season away from Canadian Tire Centre. Now, they have some solid stats to back up that argument.

The Senators went into Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh with a perfect 3-0 record on the road, extending their undefeated regular season road record to 17 games (14-0-3), dating back to February.

The Senators aren’t alone. Montreal (4-0-0), Vancouver (3-0-0) and Winnipeg (3-1-0) also kick-started their seasons with hot road starts.

Before Thursday’s games, road teams had gone 29-19-1.

Home teams? 20-25-4. That includes the woeful start by the Los Angeles Kings, outscored 12-2 in losing their opening three games on home ice. If they keep this up, they’ll be facing a ridiculous climb to a playoff spot by the time they play their first road game Oct. 22.

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EA Sports predicts an Anaheim Ducks Cup win

From the Canadian Press:

The Stanley Cup is headed to Anaheim this season, according to a video game simulation of the NHL season.

EA Sports says its "NHL 16" simulation has the Ducks winning the Presidents' Trophy, symbolic of the best regular-season record, and then defeating the Montreal Canadiens in the Cup final. Anaheim forward Corey Perry claims the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

The Ducks defeat the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference final while the Habs dispatch the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East final.

EA, which develops the hockey video game in suburban Vancouver, had the Los Angeles Kings winning the Cup last season in its pre-season simulation and the St. Louis Blues the year before that.

The new simulation has the Buffalo Sabres, who finished last in the 2014-15 standings, missing out on the playoffs by just two points. The Los Angeles Kings make it back to the post-season only to lose in seven games to the Calgary Flames in the first round.

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Update: Here's EA's video of their simulation:

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Reviewing the NHLPA’s possible options in grieving Mike Richards’ contract termination

From Forbes' Eric Macramalla:

It’s been about a month since the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of forward Richards in connection with Richards being taken into custody at the Canadian/U.S. border for the alleged unlawful possession of OxyContin pills. Richards had five years and $22 million remaining on his deal, which translates to a $5.75 million cap hit over each of the next five years.

Initially, the Kings had decided to buy out Richards. That would have resulted in a fluctuating cap hit until 2024-25, peaking in 2018 and 2019 at $4.2 million. However, by terminating his deal, the Kings would enjoy substantial cap relief as the team would only be on the hook for a cap recapture penalty of $1.32 million over each of the next five years. And of course, the team won’t have to pay Richards two-thirds of his salary, which amounts to $14.5 million.

The Kings will have a difficult time upholding the termination of Richards’ contract. Based upon the available information, the team may advance two arguments.

Terminated: Argument One

Beyond his possible border arrest, not much is known regarding the RCMP’s investigation into Richards. So at this point, the precise reasons for termination are not known. Further, whatever transpired at the border constitutes nothing more than allegations against Richards. However, let’s assume the Kings terminated the Richards contract after learning he was taken into custody in connection with the possession of OxyContin.

If that’s the case, expect the Kings to have a tough time upholding the termination of the Richards contract should the NHLPA file a grievance.

Why the uphill battle for the Kings? The reason is the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse And Behavioral Program Policy (or the Drug Policy).

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Mike RIchards still being investigated by RCMP regarding drug charges

From TSN's Frank Seravali:

One month after the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, no charges have been laid and the NHL Players’ Association has yet to make a decision on whether to file a grievance on the matter.

Sgt. Bert Paquet, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba, said Thursday there is “still an active investigation” into Richards.

According to a Winnipeg Sun report from June 30, Richards is “under investigation for alleged possession of a restricted substance while attempting to cross the Canada-U.S. border." The Sun reported a man was “held in custody … for at least four hours after allegedly trying to import” prescription painkiller OxyContin on June 17.

The Kings placed Richards on unconditional waivers on June 28, then moved to terminate his contract on June 29, citing a “material breach.” They have yet to discuss the grounds for terminating his contract.

In the month since then, the NHLPA has continued to gather facts and information, but has yet to decide on filing a grievance. Richards and the NHLPA have 60 days to file a grievance contesting the termination, or until Aug. 29. Whether charges are laid could impact the NHLPA decision to move forward with a grievance.

“There is no guarantee charges will be laid,” Paquet, the RCMP spokesman, said. “There has been a lot of interest in this case. If charges were laid, we would likely announce the information publicly.”

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Report: Jhonas Enroth to Los Angeles

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Friedman: Kings learned of reason why Mike Richards’ contract was terminated last Friday

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that whatever happened that spurred the Los Angeles Kings to terminate Mike Richards' contract happened last Saturday:

Dean Lombardi showed up for Round 1 of the NHL Draft in a good mood. Los Angeles was the proud, new employer of Milan Lucic, with the GM excitedly discussing the various ways his lineup could utilize the power forward.

But something happened later that lacked complete context until the Kings terminated Mike Richards’ contract on Monday afternoon.

Midway through the opening round, the emotion changed at the team’s table. According to several sources, that was the moment the organization found out about something that occurred on or around June 17, further muddling Richards’ situation.

Lombardi was discussing possible trade scenarios with Calgary and Edmonton, so he got up to personally notify GMs Brad Treliving and Peter Chiarelli. From what I understand, no transaction was close, but this ended any chance of a move.

In their release, the Kings announced they “exercised the team’s right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract” and would not have any further comment.

In a brief filed to the NHL and the NHLPA, the team referenced Section 2(e) of the SPC, which states a player agrees “to conduct himself on and off the rink according to the highest standards of honesty, morality, fair play and sportsmanship, and to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey generally.”

Friedman continues, discussing the means by which Richards can grieve the termination and the Kings' cap benefit...

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Hockey Canada to announce World Cup of Hockey management team on Monday

Per Sportsnet's John Shannon, Hockey Canada is going for an ecclectic mix of "old and new" to helm Canada's 2016 World Cup team:

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will lead Canada’s management team for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, reports John Shannon.

Hockey Canada will announce on Monday that Armstrong will serve as GM and have fellow NHL front office personnel Ken Holland, Marc Bergevin and Rob Blake on his staff, according to Shannon.

Holland and Bergevin currently work as GMs for the Red Wings and Canadiens, respectively. Blake is an assistant GM with the Kings.

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Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession

Per Sportnset's Scott Lewis:

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas for cocaine possession Friday, according to a report.

Sportsnet has confirmed with PBX operator Lamontagne of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department that Stoll is in custody. The LAMPD would not confirm any other details of the arrest.

Here's 8 News Now's Jonathan Cisowski's report...

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‘Headlines’: Coach’s challenge won’t include throwing objects on ice (usually)

Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox's "Headlines" included a discussion of a possible suspension for Tyler Toffoli, PK Subban's 3rd fine for diving (Cox notes that the "divers' list" doesn't roll back to zeroes for the playoffs, either), a discussion at the GM's meetings of making the All-Star games teams' more meaningfully-picked than the fantasy format, Cox reporting that Mike Richards is working out in LA to potentially rejoin the team, and it wouldn't be CBC/Sportsnet if Cox didn't address the Maple Leafs' signings of Nikita Soshnikov and Casey Bailey:

As for the coach's challenge, as Sportsnet's Mike Johnston notes, no flags will be thrown on the ice (or anything else):

If and when the NHL implements a coach’s challenge it will work differently than what we see in the CFL and NFL.

For one, there won’t be any flags tossed onto the ice.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, challenges will work the same way timeouts work. After contact in the crease during a goal or when a player is penalized (or not penalized) when a puck goes over the glass, the coach will call the referee over to the bench or the official will look to the bench and ask if the coach would like to use a challenge.

“You can’t have certainty on this, but the type of situation which this is intended to address is the puck goes in the net, nobody makes a call but it turns out there was contact that nobody saw,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said last week. “It would be an attempt to get the better call, but it would ultimately still be the official’s call and it would still be his judgment.”

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‘AHL player’ trades can make big impacts

The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa discusses the Kane-for-Myers trade, Phil Kessel's value and a very intriguing concept in Patrice Bergeron's status as a "bumper" power play playerr in his notebook. However, as someone who's taken in an AHL game or three, this statement about the trade deadline's most understated (and sometimes effective) moves strikes me as the most pertinent part of Shiznawa's notebook:

Between now and the trade deadline on March 2, some good AHL players will change organizations. For example, at last year’s deadline, the Kings acquired Brayden McNabb from Buffalo in a package that sent Nicolas Deslauriers and Hudson Fasching to Buffalo. At the time of the trade, McNabb was playing for Rochester, Buffalo’s AHL affiliate. Likewise, Deslauriers was in Manchester, Los Angeles’s farm club. McNabb is now a regular varsity defenseman. Deslauriers has been with Buffalo all season.

It’s not so easy, however, for NHL teams to accumulate maximum information on AHL prospects. At the NHL level, a GM can fire up his iPad and view every player’s shifts with a few finger taps. There’s no such ease to watch an AHLer’s shifts. It would not take much of an investment from the 30 NHL teams to equip every AHL facility with high-definition cameras, preferably at both ends of the rink, and synch it with real-time stats information. The improvement in scouting reports would pay for the up-front cost.

Shinzawa continues, and I'm still baffled as to why AHL teams' NHL affiliates--for the most part--haven't pushed for the kinds of shift charts, shot-mapping and implementation of advanced video scouting via some sort of standardized recording, broadcasting and distribution of AHL games, if only for within-team purposes.

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Bobby Ryan dangles Jonathan Quick

It appears that Bobby Ryan, who scored this goal during the Ottawa Senators' 5-3 loss to Los Angeles, has some mitts:

Ryan's teammate, Chris Neil, did not fare so well on a hit from Kyle Clifford, suffering a "lower-body injury":

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Simmons on Voynov, the Oilers, Draisaitl, etc.

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the fates of Eric Staal and Tyler Myers in his weekly notebook, but he also makes a point regarding the Slava Voynov case that...Let's say the New York Post's Larry Brooks examines in greater detail...

Will be an interesting conversation around Lou Marsh time ... If Slava Voynov remains suspended until his Dec. 1 court date, he will have sat out 18 games, making his one of the longest suspensions in NHL history. What makes this so complicated is that he has yet to be formally charged with anything, his salary is counting against the Los Angeles salary cap and in the backdrop of the Ray Rice situation, the NHL is caught in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t circumstance.

Amongst Simmons' notes:

Now that they’ve won three home games in a row, the heat is off Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins. For now. But had the wins not come in the homestand, the Oilers were preparing to make a coaching change. The man they were already sniffing around: Mark Messier

(have we ever heard that rumor before? Naaaaaaah)

This is why I remain skeptical of the Maple Leafs' ability to work as a functional sports team...

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Kings raise their championship banner

The Los Angeles Kings raised their Stanley Cup banner this evening: (short version)

Long version below...:

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman holds ‘state of the game’ speech/Q and A

Prior to the start of Thursday's Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held his annual start-of-the-year "state of the game" speech and media Q and A session. NHL.com's Dan Rosen provides a transcript thereof:

On how much of the League's success last season comes from having the Stanley Cup champions in the second largest media market in the United States:

"Market size, particularly when you're dealing with major media markets, has an impact in terms of gathering attention. But I got asked that question when I did the media avail before the Stanley Cup Final started and it's frankly more important what's taking place on the ice. You can have the biggest markets in the world, but if the game isn't exciting, compelling and competitive it's not going to generate a lot of interest. The Kings, for example, had a magical, spectacular run in last year's playoffs, and I think that was as important, if not more, than it was taking place with a team based in Los Angeles.

"It's interesting, we talk about competitiveness and competitive balance, and you see it. As the season starts most of the prognostications I'm seeing are all over the place as to who is going to make the playoffs and who is going to win the Cup. Nobody knows, but there aren't a whole lot of teams that are out of the conversation. That's one of the things we think is paramount about our system."

The Q and A continues at extensive length...

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The ‘other’ Darryl Sutter

From TSN's James Duthie...

Darryl Sutter won't stop talking. 

This isn't an oxymoron. Or a dream sequence in another TSN Films skit.  

This is truth. 

On a sunny evening on the boardwalk of Manhattan Beach, California, the coach of two of the last three Stanley Cup champions is sharing his views on, in no particular order:

- Brothers ("I've played on a team my whole life, not from making a team...I was born into a team.")

- Criminal Minds ("I love that show. We've gotten to meet some of the actors and actresses. It's pretty cool.")

- Eliminating the penalty box ("Why not have them sit on the bench and sell the best six seats in the house?")

- Yoga ("I put it in our training twice this year...so that's a big move right there. But no, I'm not doing it.")

And Duthie continues, with Sutter explaining:

That guy you see on TV? The one with the semi-permanent scowl who can do an entire post game new conference in 25 words or less?  This is not that guy. 

"I've always enjoyed talking one-on-one with people," Sutter says. "I just don't like talking after games. We all saw what happened on the ice. I don't have much to add. Most questions you can answer with 'yes, no...maybe.'  So I don't want to go much beyond that."

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Los Angeles Kings’ championship rings ‘make a point’

The Los Angeles Kings' Twitter account went to town in terms of teasers on Monday...

And then came the championship ring ceremony retweets, revealing a ring that's both very faithful to the Kings' logo and...Might be classifed as a weapon by the TSA?

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ESPN’s Strang weighs in on the Wings, Kings and Wild’s goaltending via chat session

ESPN's Katie Strang held a chat on ESPN.com today, and the first two questions of said chat touched upon meaty topics:

Ed (Queens Village): If you had to pick 1 this season Kings repeat as Cup Champs or Red Wings miss playoffs for 1st time this century?

Katie Strang: Well, I really do not like ever doubting the Wings. That record speaks for itself and the club has a well-earned reputation for its winning culture. That said, I think the chances of them missing are far greater than a Kings repeat. Winning a Cup takes so many elements beyond great personnel and a bevvy of talent. It takes grit, depth and yes, some luck. Especially during the salary-cap era, dynastic teams are harder to come by. Anything can happen in the East though I am banking on Wings making it again this year,

Michael (Minnesota): If you were Chuck Fletcher, what would you do with your goalie situation? Are you tempted to sign Brodeur?

Katie Strang: If I were Chuck Fletcher I'd be extremely concerned about my goaltending situation. I know he said publicly that there will be training camp competition with Harding, Backstrom and Kuemper but I wouldn't feel too confident with that. That's why, since the trade deadline, many assumed Brodeur would be a great fit there. His sons also play at famed hockey prep school Shattuck St. Mary's in Fairbault, MN. Makes a lot of sense. But I think Brodeur is holding out for potentially an injury situation that opens a spot up.

Continued

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Los Angeles Kings ink Matt Greene to a 4-year extension

The Los Angeles Kings decided the middle of the NHL Awards show was the perfect time to announce that they've signed Matt Greene to an extension:

The Los Angeles Kings – the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions – have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with defenseman and assistant captain Matt Greene, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Greene, 31, has played for the Kings since the club acquired him and Jarret Stoll in a trade with Edmonton in 2008. Greene has helped the Kings win two Stanley Cups during his six seasons in Los Angeles.

A 6-3, 234-pound native of Grand Ledge, Michigan, Greene played in 38 regular season games (2-4=6, 47 PIM, plus-6 rating) for the Kings this past season. He also played in 20 more playoff games (four assists), including all five Stanley Cup Final contests.

At the end of the regular season, Greene was selected by his teammates as the club’s Most Inspirational Player (Ace Bailey Memorial Award).

Overall, Greene has played in 504 career regular season NHL games with the Kings and Oilers and he has 69 points (13-56=69) and 582 penalty minutes. He has also played in 79 career NHL postseason games and has 14 points (2-12=14).

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Duhatschek: NHL likely to hold outdoor game between Kings and Sharks next February

The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek presented a Canada-centric look at the NHL's 2014-2015 season schedule on Sunday evening, and he revealed that the NHL will probably hold an outdoor game in California for the second consecutive season:

For the upcoming season, there is one Winter Classic – Jan. 1 in Washington, where the Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks – but it is believed that a Feb. 21 date between the Kings and the Sharks will also be played outdoors in the Bay Area, after the NHL successfully pulled off an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium last January. The NHL is firming up the details of its outdoor schedule, though it is believed the number of games will be sharply reduced from the six that were on the schedule a year ago, Last year, the NHL flooded the market with outdoor games primarily for two reasons – to generate additional revenues coming out of a lockout that saw the cancellation of 34 games per team; and to draw attention back to the league before and after the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Three of the six outdoor games came just before the NHL took its Olympic break and two others came immediately afterward.

With no Olympics to bother with this year, the NHL All-Star Game returns to the schedule after a one-year hiatus, with Columbus hosting the 2015 event during a four-day between Jan. 22-26.

Continued with more "key dates"...

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Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup

Alec Martinez just scored the game-winning goal in double overtime.

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A different take on ‘the West is best’: competition breeds Cup domanance

The New York Times' Lynn Zinser offers a take on the Rangers-Kings series which ponders, "Is the West simply better?" theory from a slightly different (and noteworthy) perspective:

This ridiculously uphill battle, however, is brought to you by an N.H.L. that has seen its balance of power slip out of whack. The West has been reliably the better of the two conferences for quite some time, with its teams winning the season series against the East in every season since 2005-6. The West has also won five of the last seven Stanley Cups and six of the last eight Presidents’ Trophies, for the team with the best regular-season record.

That strength has only been increasing. In these playoffs, the quality of the two conference finals series were so far apart that a Stanley Cup finals sweep might have been predicted no matter which team won the West. The Chicago Blackhawks, after all, have won two of those recent five Stanley Cups, and the Kings were champs two years ago.

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‘Henke’s’ show gives the Rangers life

This time, the Los Angeles Kings couldn't rally from a 2-0 deficit, and it was due to some absolutely fantabulous goaltending--and a wee bit of luck--by Henrik Lundqvist, whose 40-save performance (including 15 saves in the 3rd period, a period in which the Rangers had 1 shot on Jonathan Quick) powered the Rangers to a 2-1 win and a Game 5 in Los Angeles this Friday.

Benoit Pouliot's first-period tip and Martin St. Louis' second-period drive to the net were answered by a Dustin Brown breakaway 8:46 into the 2nd, but after that, Lundqvist shut the door.

This little assist by Anton Stralman in the first period helped...

As did some slushy ice and another hand from Derek Stepan in the 3rd (via CJ Folger on Twitter):

And now the Rangers have some life, though the way the Kings dominated play doesn't bode well for a rally from a 3-0 deficit (though I will readily admit that BOTH teams look exhausted at this point).

I've seen better goaltending performances, but this one is in my top 5, and I've been watching hockey for 23 years now. Jonathan "The Scorpion King" Quick got bested by King Henrik, and that was...phenomenal stuff.

Please note: SB Nation's Steve Lepore and Grantland's Katie Baker pointed out that there is no hockey this weekend due to the World Cup of soccer taking place in Brazil, not due to some slight against the wonder that is our game.

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TSN’s Insiders discuss Mike Richards’ future, Lecavalier trade and a sort-of Dan Boyle sweepstakes

As noted during the GM's meetings post, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tends to issue a set of "Rumblings" in conjunction with an episode of TSN's Insider Trading, and that is most certainly the case this evening. TSN's Darren Dreger, James Duthie and LeBrun spent three-and-a-half minutes discussing hot topics, and TSN conveniently provided a transcript of the video.

In terms of items not discussed by the GM's meetings post or LeBrun's Rumblings...

The Stanley Cup Final is on but GM's are already focusing about next season. We expect Brad Richards to be bought out by the New York Rangers - what about Mike Richards by L.A.?

Darren Dreger: Well the Los Angeles Kings don't plan on buying out Mike Richards because then they would have to replace him. But Mike Richards doesn't want to be a fourth-line centre next year for the Kings. The Kings are expected to push Richards in the off-season to improve his conditions and get a little bit stronger. But we also know that Richards is a strong and confident young man and he may not want to follow the path that the Kings want him to follow. So this could get very interesting.

Is current Philadelphia Flyer Vincent Lecavalier soon to be an ex-Flyer?

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Quick was great but his teammates were better as LA defeats NY 3-0

Jonathan Quick made a pair of absolutely remarkable, beautiful backhand paddle saves en route to a shutout as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 on Monday night...

 


But I'd argue that the Kings played so very well in shutting down six Rangers power plays and stifling secondary scoring chances to the point that had Quick surrendered goals on both of the above-listed instances, all the Kings needed was this last-second break to really put the hammer down on the Rangers;

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Kings master the rope-a-dope again, win 5-4 in double OT

That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings persevered and prevailed, with Dustin Brown tipping Willie Mitchell's shot past Henrik Lundqvist 10:26 into the second OT period.

Los Angeles prevails 5-4, and now the series gets interesting: both teams will have to try to get their players to bed sooner than later as 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time flights are on the Sunday docket, and the teams will play three games in five nights, so we may see the kind of mental fatigue that played into tonight's score leak its way into regulation time action.

Justin Williams had 3 assists, Willie Mitchell had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots for LA; Derik Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh had 1-goal-and-1-assist games for the Rangers, Rick Nash had 8 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist (who may or may not have issued a Dustin Brown-style dive at one point--quite a bit of diving in this series!) stopped 39 for New York.

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Kings prevail in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

The curse of the two-goal lead and/or perhaps some delayed jet-lag setting in? The Los Angeles Kings fell behind 2-0 against the New York Rangers, who had rest on their side coming into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but after the Kings rallied to tie the game 2-2, the Kings came out with legs full of lead in the 3rd period, getting out-shot 20-3, and while Henrik Lundqvist stopped almost everything he saw, he wasn't able to steal this snipe shot by Justin Williams 4:36 into OT (Dan Girardi had a terrible giveaway, and his teammates all "flew by" and skated the other way, yielding a mini one-on-none):

The Kings prevailed 3-2 despite Lundqvist's 40-save performance, and now things get interesting: the Kings won the first game, which supposedly garners you a 77% chance of winning the Stanley Cup, but both Los Angeles, which had two days to turn around after beating the Hawks, and the Rangers, who had nearly a week off before taking their cross-continental flight on Monday, will BOTH be able to re-set and refocus in a big way as Game 2 doesn't take place until Saturday (7 PM EDT start).

Does momentum transfer from game to game, or will the series essentially re-set after two days of rest and recuperation for both clearly mentally and physically exhausted teams, at least given their play over the first 40 or so minutes?

We'll find out on Saturday night.

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(Everybody is) picking the Kings to prevail in the Stanley Cup Final

The Kings-Rangers previews are already pouring in, and if you wish to cut to the chase, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's preview summarizes each and every one of the prognosticators' bottom lines:

Prediction

I would have predicted a five-game win for the Kings had they taken care of business in Game 6 at home against the Blackhawks. Instead, the Kings were taxed to the limit by Chicago, had to fly to Chicago and back, and poured every ounce they had in finishing off the Blackhawks. I feel better about New York making this a series because of it. Still ... West is best. Kings in 7.

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Hawks-Kings Game 7 post-game pressers

The NHL posted the players and coaches' presser transcripts after the Chicago Blackhawks lost Game 7 to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night, but the videos might better convey the tone of their comments.

First, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville took to the podium...

Then Kings coach Darryl Sutter was hilariously awkward as usual, while wearing a suit two sizes too big...

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In the reminder department, part 2: John Moore’s still suspended; Carcillo ruling coming today

Because the New York Rangers haven't played since last Thursday, the New York Daily News's Peter Botte reminds us that Rangers defenseman John Moore will sit out Game 1 of the Rangers-Los Angeles Kings series on Wednesday:

John Moore still must sit out Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the back end of a two-game suspension for an illegal hit that concussed Montreal's Dale Weise in the previous round. But the dependable defenseman is relieved that his Rangers teammates have ensured he will have a chance to play again this season.

"It's tough to watch no matter what time of year, but the guys gave me a chance to keep playing now," Moore said after practice Sunday in Greenburgh. "Obviously, if I could take it all back I would, but the biggest thing now is I hope Dale is OK and I've just got to get ready and hope for opportunity to come back here."

Moore, who was replaced by Raphael Diaz in the lineup for the Eastern clincher, added that it doesn't "really matter what I think" about the penalty imposed by the NHL.

"I respect the league's decision. I know they're trying to protect the players, but it certainly wasn't my intent to injure Dale on that play and I just hope he's OK," Moore said.

Continued with more notes...

Update: Lest I forget, LoHud.com's Rick Carpiniello reminds us that Gary Bettman will rule on Daniel Carcillo's suspension appeal today, too:

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In the reminder department, part 1: Here’s the Stanley Cup Final’s sked

In case you have forgotten or were unaware, the NHL asked me to remind you...

2014 STANLEY CUP FINAL TO START WEDNESDAY

NEW YORK (June 1, 2014) – The National Hockey League today announced further schedule information, including starting times and television information, for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday, June 4.

Based on their superior regular-season point total, the Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Kings will host Games One and Two of the best-of-seven Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.

Games Three and Four, as well as Game Six, if necessary, will be hosted by the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers.

Media Day in advance of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final will be Tuesday, June 3, at STAPLES Center.  Interview opportunities will be available with the general manager, head coach and entire roster of each of the clubs participating in the Stanley Cup Final.  A full schedule of events for Media Day will be released on Monday.

2014 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
All times listed are ET and subject to change

Game                DATE                        TIME (ET)   Los Angeles vs. NY Rangers      Networks       

Game 1        Wed., June 4                8 p.m.        NY Rangers at Los Angeles           NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 2        Saturday, June 7        7 p.m.        NY Rangers at Los Angeles           NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 3        Monday, June 9        8 p.m.        Los Angeles at NY Rangers           NBCSN, CBC, RDS

Game 4        Wed., June 11                8 p.m.        Los Angeles at NY Rangers           NBCSN, CBC, RDS

*Game 5        Friday, June 13        8 p.m.        NY Rangers at Los Angeles           NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 6        Monday, June 16        8 p.m.        Los Angeles at NY Rangers           NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 7        Wed., June 18                8 p.m.        NY Rangers at Los Angeles           NBC, CBC, RDS

Update:

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Los Angeles Kings advance to Stanley Cup Final

It was wild and woolly, but the Stanley Cup Final will not include a team attempting to earn a back-to-back Stanley Cup championship. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in OT--in a bizarre and entertaining game--and as such, the Kings will play the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

Tyler Toffoli gets the tip-in goal off Nick Leddy as well. --Scratch that, Tyler Toffoli insisted to the CBC's Cassie Campbell that he did not touch it, so it was Alec Martinez off of Nick Leddy.

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Blackhawks force Game 7 in what was not the world’s prettiest game

I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...

But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.

Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.

Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.

This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:

Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.

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The art of the coaches’ presser

I happen to find coaches' post-game pressers fascinating, because I believe that the personality of the coach and GM are reflected in the personality of their team (please see: the Bruins and "hard but clean" hockey). In the Western Conference, Ken Hitchcock will talk your ear off, Joel Quenneville will "make a funny" or two while maintaining an intense demeanor, and one season of John Tortorella was probably enough;

In the East, Claude Julien and Dan Bylsma will spar with the press, too many aggravating questions will get a, "See you, guys" and a walk-off from Mike Babcock (that's another intriguing wrinkle: some coaches want the dais and podium, letting the PR coordinator cut the press off at their leisure; others like to stand among the media throng and decide when the presser's over themselves; the playoffs make the latter coaches edgier because you're forced to do the formal presser set-up), Randy Carlyle's pressers are like going to a My Chemical Romance concert, circa 2005 (not that there's anything wrong with that); as you've seen with Michel Therrien and Alain Vigneault, some coaches get particularly theatrical, especially when dual-language media are involved.

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville's presser will follow this gem from Darryl Sutter (and people on the NHL media email list get these transcripts, which occasionally make us laugh, like this one did):

COACH SUTTER

Q.  It was like an eight-minute stretch in the first overtime between whistles.  From the bench, what was that sensation like?

COACH SUTTER:  Trying to get your changes in, trying to get your shifts in.  Overtime is not a real timeout unless there's a stoppage of play at the 10-minute mark.

Q.  Was this one a little more difficult knowing you were 20mins away from advancing and you didn’t get it?

COACH SUTTER:  Not really.  It's a tough building.  Damn near got it.

Q.  Any big adjustments next game?

COACH SUTTER:  You're a little premature in that.

Q.  When is the last time you saw an overtime with that much pace, basically no stoppages?

COACH SUTTER:  Well, probably every one we've had.  How many have we played this year? Two good teams.  Not going to slow down in overtime.

Contrast that one with Quenneville's:

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Handzus forces game 6, one more game for Bob Cole in 2 OT

The Los Angeles Kings rallied from a 3-1 first-period deficit to tie Chicago 4-4, and the teams played a fast, frenetic first overtime--including eight minutes sans a whistle--but "chasing hockey is losing hockey," especially over the course of a marathon game, and in the end, Chicago forced Game 6 via the glacial Michal Handzus scoring the 5-4 goal 2:06 into double OT.

Here's Bob Cole with the call:

Bob Cole will hang up the headphones when this series is over, and while this Red Wings fan isn't thrilled to see the defending champs live to die another day, I sure hope that the CBC pays proper tribute to Cole on Friday. They've got the time and the 9 PM start to get gushy about the 80-year-old legend.

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Carter, Kings’ depth lead them past Chicago

The Los Angeles Kings aren't exactly painting Picassos this spring, but their ability to rally from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits en route to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night was less than surprising...

Because, as the Associated Press's recap notes, the Kings have much more depth than those who don't stay up past 10:30 PM Eastern Time might imagine:

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