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from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
The Kings were unable to bring up a replacement from the minor leagues for the injured Anze Kopitar and will be forced to play one player short tonight against the Flyers, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.
They landed in this specific situation because of Kopitar’s injury, salary-cap issues and the fact that recently suspended defenseman Slava Voynov’s salary still counts against their cap total. Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL last week after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence and is still getting paid.
He has not been charged and has missed two games. Tonight will be the third one. The Kings are too close to the salary cap to recall a player and had been trying to bring up Jordan Weal from their minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H., and had been trying to craft a solution with the NHL and the NHLPA.
“It’s one thing for the player to have to pay the penalty,” Lombardi said in a interview with The Times. “It’s another thing for 19 other guys to have to go out there shorthanded tonight.”
added 2:45pm, from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
The news that the Kings could use only 19 players tonight apparently didn’t concern Anze Kopitar.
“I’m going to prepare like I’m going to play and we’ll see how I feel,” he said in regards to the upper-body injury he suffered in the second period of Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Given that the team is readying itself for game number nine out of 82, would it be safe to assume that the long-term needs trump any immediate personnel concerns?
“Yeah, probably, but I felt pretty good on the ice today,” Kopitar said. “So we’ll see about tonight.”
Kings say Kopitar has an upper-body injury, not likely to return.
Maybe it was this hit from Tim Erixon that injured him.
update 7:25pm, Kopitar talked post-game but did not say much.
Jordan Nolan of the Kings will a little poke at Hartnell, Hartnell retaliates with a swing of the stick.
“When you’re home for an extended period of time, our building has a problem with giving the home team shots and the other team more shots. It’s a fact. We had a game three or four games ago where [Anze] Kopitar had two quality scoring chances in one shift but he didn’t have a shot on goal [officially] in the game."
“I wish somebody up there .… There’s lots of people that sit up in the press box that don’t have nothing to do. Somebody should actually do that stat because it’s amazing when you do it yourself what the discrepancy is.”
“I can tell you how many scoring chances and how many shots almost right dead on when I walk off the ice. And all I have to do is confirm it when I watch it later."
“I may not know much but I can count.”
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. More from Sutter by Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
If there's one thing Jordan Nolan learned through the years, it's that he can't slack off when his dad is around. Working hard means the world to Ted Nolan. The Sabres' coach believes an honest effort can lead to great things.
Jordan Nolan is living proof.
The 25-year-old forward has two champion rings with the Los Angeles Kings. Though not the most talented player on the Stanley Cup-winning roster, Nolan gets by with size and a determined work ethic -- two things he got from his dad.
"He’s pretty honest," Jordan Nolan said today. "He’s pretty black and white, but he’s also always pushing me to get better and always there to support me if I have something to talk about. If I’m not working hard, that’s his main thing. He’ll let me know."
from John Gustafson of The Guardian,
Justin Williams, the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy holder and three-time Stanley Cup champion, possesses a sort of serene confidence. Dressed in gray shorts, matching shirt and flip flops the day after the Los Angeles Kings first win of the new season, he seems totally at ease in what is now his fifth year in Southern California. He is by turns funny, self-deprecating, humble and thoughtful. It’s only when he finishes answering a question and fixes his hazel eyes on you in a look of almost baleful intensity that you catch a glimpse of what makes Williams one of the best right wings in the game.
“One of the special things in hockey is the handshake line at the end of a playoff series. I’ve been a part of a lot of wins in those lines but I’ve also been a part of some losses as well. When you look that guy in the eye and you shake his hand and you know they got the better of you it’s very frustrating for me. I never like knowing someone got the better of me.
“You know we won in 2012. We lost in 2013 you kind of felt cheated or slighted that you see someone else raise the Stanley Cup. I guess it’s kind of like seeing someone else with your wife. You get jealous. You know, why is he holding the Stanley Cup? That should be mine.”
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from Jamie McLellan of TSN,
Right now, Quick is the best in the game at tracking pucks. A lot of times when we talk about a goalie who is 'seeing the puck well,' this is exactly what we mean. It's his ability to find pucks through bodies, arms and any other traffic jams that are going on in front of him. We all know of his flexibility, his lateral movement and his competitiveness. He's putting it to good use by finding pucks other goaltenders are unable to track consistently right now.
Coming into the season, we knew Anaheim was deep in goal. But all the talk was of John Gibson and his ability to be a No. 1 keeper. Lost in the shuffle was Frederik Andersen's ability and skill set. Not only did he show people what he's capable of, but Andersen also joined former Boston goalie Ross Brooks as the only two goalies in NHL history to win 25 of their first 30 career starts.
Andersen has started the year 5-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, improving to 25-5 in his short career. And he already has a shutout to his credit, blanking the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 19....
Antti Niemi is always under fire as a weak link for the Sharks. He has a Stanley Cup from a season when people believed that Chicago outscored his issues in the playoffs. His stumbles in last year's playoffs - as well as in the 2011-12 postseason - didn't help his cause. But his regular season consistency is always there and it's hard to criticize someone who had 39 wins last year and has started the year 3-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout. He has put up regular season dominance behind a great regular season team.
more on each group...
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The lawyer for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov said he interviewed the victim of Voynov’s alleged domestic abuse incident for more than an hour Tuesday and, “it’s clear to me there was no crime here,” and doubts his client will even be charged with an offense.
Craig Renetzky, a criminal lawyer who is representing Voynov in the matter, said the language barrier, both on the part of Voynov and the alleged victim, has created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident. Voynov was arrested early Monday morning at a Los Angeles area hospital after staff at the hospital notified police of a possible domestic abuse case. Voynov was immediately suspended indefinitely by the NHL, but has yet to be charged with anything pending a police investigation.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
If the NHL waits for the legal process to play out before lifting Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension, he will almost certainly end up serving one of the longer bans in league history.
Consider: The Los Angeles Kings are scheduled to play 18 times before the defenceman is even due in court on Dec. 1 — and that could be just the beginning if domestic abuse charges are pursued against him in California. Some cases drag on for years.
Absent a quick legal resolution, the NHL is left in an unenviable spot. How can it fairly be expected to serve as judge, jury and executioner?
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...
(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."
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