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06:58 Anaheim Rickard Rakell - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Kris Versteeg - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Kevin Bieksa - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Andy Andreoff - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Corey Perry - Roughing - 2 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Corey Perry - Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 minutes, Served by Mike Santorelli
06:58 Los Angeles Kyle Clifford - Roughing - 2 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Kevin Bieksa - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:58 Anaheim Jamie McGinn - Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Luke Schenn - Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:58 Los Angeles Andy Andreoff - Game Misconduct - 10 minutes
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 33-year-old Budaj (born on Aug. 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 192-pound native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, has appeared in 43 regular-season games this year with Ontario (AHL), posting a record of 30-10-3 with a .934 SV%, a 1.60 GAA and 8 shutouts. This season Budaj leads the AHL in wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts.
A second-round (63rd overall) selection of the Colorado Avalanche at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj appeared in one game this season with the Kings, posting the win, Feb. 12 at NYR. He has appeared in 297 career NHL games with Colorado, Montreal Canadiens and the Kings, posting a record of 125-107-36, with a .903 SV% and 2.76 GAA.
asked NHL why clock was not reset after apparent Kings goal was disallowed after review. awaiting answer. will pass along when i hear.
Mistake by the timekeepers in not resetting clock to time of offside, NHL exec told me.
Darryl Sutter via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On the officials failing to put time on the clock after the disallowed goal:
Well, there should have been. Were you watching the game? … So should there have been time? … So if you thought there should and they didn’t, then they made a mistake, didn’t they? Ask the question in full so I can know what you’re talking about.
The Ducks defeated the Kings 4-2 and you can watch the offside challenge below...
added 9:53 pm,
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
A few things about pending CHI-LA trade: it may not become official until later in the day; players involved are Scuderi/Ehrhoff...
...there may be some salary retention. Should stress it's not yet a done deal but absent any last-minute issues, it "should" get done.
added 5:01pm, Deal official. LAK release is below...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Kings don’t have a lot of cap space, but if they were able to find a defenceman who doesn’t carry a high price tag and would give them some depth, they’d be willing to make the deal.
- A guy to keep an eye on is New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo. While the 27-year-old winger isn’t mentioned much, he went into Thursday with 15-31-46 totals in 56 games and although the chances of him being moved are slim the indications are Islanders’ GM Garth Snow is listening to see what he can get. If the asking price for other forwards is a first round pick and a prospect then the Isles should be able to get that in return but that wouldn’t help them for a long playoff run. A UFA making $2.8 million, Okposo is going to at least get some attention from the contenders.
more notes including the Oilers, Eric Staal and Loui Eriksson...
Good hit by Clifford...
The Boston Bruins played this tribute to Lucic last night.
The LA Kings defeated the Bruins 9-2.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Milan Lucic is a bear of man. Everything about him is oversized, from his 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame and the force of his personality to the way he plays hockey – mean and on the edge.
Some NHL players just fill space in a dressing room. When Lucic walks in, he radiates a natural ebullience, and it is contagious. And so the fit for Lucic – going from Boston, where he played the first eight seasons of his career, to the Los Angeles Kings – has been seamless.
Lucic makes his first return to Boston Tuesday, when the Kings start a season-high seven-game road trip. They’re comfortably atop the Pacific Division and plotting another long playoff run.
For Lucic, the timing really couldn’t be better. He’s been with the Kings for five months now, long enough to distance himself from his days in Boston, during which the Bruins won a memorable Stanley Cup in 2011. But he’s also looking forward to renewing acquaintances with old friends and the Boston staff, many of whom he plans to see before the teams hit the ice.
His return to Beantown may be a big deal in hockey circles, but, as he says in an interview, “I never asked to get traded.”
from Milan Lucic at The Players' Tribune,
is is how naive I was when I got to Boston. Are you ready for this?
We had this really nice guy who worked for the team and handled all the road travel. He was in his early 70s. His name was Johnny, and he was just awesome. I was a 19-year-old kid in my first training camp. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I didn’t know about NHL travel. I knew about WHL buses. So Johnny had my back. He was kind of like a cool grandfather to me.
One day after practice, I was sitting in the locker room talking to one of my teammates, and I was like, “Johnny’s a real nice guy, eh?”
He goes, “Johnny who?”
“You know, the road guy. Johnny. Can’t remember his last name.”
“You mean Johnny friggin’ Bucyk?!”
“Is that his name? Sorry, man. Still trying to learn everybody.”
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