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from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
ESPN.com: You eventually got a professional tryout with the Arizona Coyotes' AHL team in Portland. How difficult was it when that didn't work out?
Bissonnette: When I got cut, that feeling of depression came back instantly. I felt I needed to act now. I think my agent called a few other teams and could have got a PTO somewhere else for more money. I just called [Kings VP of hockey operations Mike] Futa and handled it myself. At that point, another $10,000-$15,000 meant nothing to me. I needed something now. [Kings general manager] Dean [Lombardi] said, 'Absolutely, just tell him to stay the f--- off Twitter.' I said, 'Deal.'
ESPN.com: No Twitter?
Bissonnette: This organization is not big on it. I don't want to ruffle feathers, especially after what they've done for me. They've given me a second lease on my career. I'll do whatever they want.
much more including recovering from depression...
Logan Couture has a sure goal taken away by Jonathan Quick.
The Sharks did win 5-2.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Deciding between Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson is like sitting in a great restaurant and trying to make a choice between the steak and the specialty, the catch of the day. There’s no real wrong decision here: What it comes down to, really, is preference for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman.
The easy votes and the votes too often made by the less educated will go to Karlsson, which is more a knock on the voters than it is on the Ottawa defenceman. Too often in recent years, the Norris has gone to the defenceman with the most points. That worked well when Bobby Orr was in a class by himself, but not so well when you consider Zdeno Chara has won the award the same number of times P.K. Subban has.
Not all defenceman are created equal. Rarely do two play the same kind of game, and too often much of what they do on the ice can’t be measured with any kind of statistics.
Karlsson is a brilliant offensive player on a particularly weak defensive team. He scores a lot and gets scored on a lot. Doughty’s numbers are nowhere near Karlsson’s, except he doesn’t get scored on often - only 48 times this season, and unlike Karlsson he plays significant penalty- kill minutes, which means he plays in all situations. The Los Angeles Kings are among the best teams in the NHL in both goals allowed and shots allowed (Ottawa is last in NHL in goals allowed and shots allowed).
My ballot will have Doughty ahead of Karlsson, and it’s been that way almost every season. The Senators are 2nd worst in penalty killing in the NHL and don’t employ Karlsson to try and change that. That’s a short synopsis of why I’ll take Doughty over Karlsson, this year and most years.
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On January 6th, 2016 , the Philadelphia Flyers traded Vincent Lecavalier for the first time in his 17 year career. It couldn’t have come at better time for the Kings 35 year old centre.
The Kings defeated the Oilers 6-4.
via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The goal that Carter scored mystified McLellan because Lucic clipped Brossoit’s pad and spun him to the ice. “I was told it was interference but I was told the goal-tender should have gotten up and made a different selection of save. Massive confusion on my behalf and I can be easily confused, but boy, oh boy,” said McLellan, trying not to roll his eyes.
The Edmonton broadcast view is below...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Amidst a bottomed-out-and-perhaps-rebounding Canadian dollar, a $74M cap would be on the most positive end of the spectrum for the Kings, who are among the teams that spend directly up to the cap and will be dinged $10M for Anze Kopitar’s services next season. According to figures available at General Fanager, Los Angeles has allocated $63.48M to 17 players for the 2016-17 season, dollar figures that include Mike Richards’ cap recapture and settlement but not the retention-affected $2.25M cap hit for Vincent Lecavalier, who has indicated his intention to retire. Milan Lucic, Trevor Lewis, Luke Schenn, Jamie McBain and Jhonas Enroth will become unrestricted free agents if they do not sign a new contract with the club in advance of July 1, while Brayden McNabb, Derek Forbort and Nic Dowd are due to become restricted free agents. Preliminary contract discussions have already begun with Lucic and Schenn, amongst others.
Were the Kings to reach an agreement with Lucic on a new contract, they would need to shed salary currently on their books to remain cap compliant and competitive next season.
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via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
The call came with 4:10 remaining in the third period as the Rangers (40-23-8) were holding onto a 3-2 lead and looking to back up their encouraging 2-1 win in Anaheim on Wednesday, which kicked off this three-game California swing. But the Kings (43-22-5) sent Anze Kopitar to the front of the net as they did so many times two summers ago, and that’s when Kopitar made a masterful deflection of a Milan Lucic shot, beating Lundqvist above his left shoulder to tie it 3-3.
Right there in Lundqvist’s crease was Tyler Toffoli, who didn’t exactly make an effort to move, prompting coach Alain Vigneault to use his challenge. After review, the goal was upheld, and Lundqvist still was steaming about it after another artful tip from Kopitar in front beat him 1:34 into the 3-on-3 extra frame for the win.
“I’m so frustrated right now I don’t know where to begin,” Lundqvist said. “The way we battled all game, and I think you just have to play by the rules. The rule is you can’t have a guy in the crease. I can’t come out to play the shot, and as a goalie, when you try to make a save, you have a forward motion. And he doesn’t make any effort to get out.
“And I can’t believe the ref, after watching it, not getting it right,” the King continued. “That means that you can pretty much put a guy in the crease, and as long as the goalie doesn’t get run over, it’s a good goal. That’s the way I look at this call.”
Watch the goal below...
Doughty has won two Stanley Cups with the Kings, plus two Olympic gold medals playing for Canada – and was a key contributor on every one of those teams. As Sutter consistently notes, at age 26, in a 30-team era, for Doughty to have won so much so soon speaks volumes for the impact he can have on a team. The Norris? It’s past time for him to win one.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on Drew Doughty.
On several players saying that the energy wasn’t there:
You know, when you give guys that much time off, it’s their responsibility to prepare properly to compete. So we’ve tried to give guys time off so they stay fresh for games, and obviously we have some guys that have to learn how to manage their time better. It cost us a point.
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings after a 2-1 home OT loss to the New Jersey Devils.
More from Sutter by Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
When the pending unrestricted free agent was asked about his desire to remain in southern California, he didn’t hesitate.
“Yes,” he said. And then he added a second “yes” for emphasis.
It’s been a tough year of transition for Lucic, but he’s in a good place. His father committed suicide last April and then came a trade from the only NHL club the second-round 2006 draft pick played for over his previous eight seasons.
But he looks comfortable and sounds content.
“It’s been great,” stressed Lucic. “I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Great place to play. Great place to live. And a first-class organization in how they treat their players and that’s why I would love nothing more than to definitely remain a King.
“It just seemed because of my style that coming here was going to be a really good fit because we play that straight ahead power game. And playing for Darryl (Sutter), you obviously have a lot of respect for a good western guy and that was something I was really looking forward to — playing for a guy who’s hard-nosed and expects his guys to play a certain way.
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