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Kings Extend Quick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Jonathan Quick to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Quick, 23, is in his third NHL/Kings season and he’s started nine of the Kings’ first 10 games this season.  He’s also started 50 of the last 60 Kings’ games dating back to last season and he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 11 after posting a record of 3-0-0 while stopping 80 of 88 shots against in victories over San Jose (Oct. 6), Minnesota (Oct. 8) and St. Louis (Oct. 10). 

Quick, a 6-1, 223-pound native of Milford, Conn., is tied for second in the NHL this season with six wins.  In addition, he ranks third in the league with 538:53 minutes played and seventh with 225 saves.  Quick also has a 3.01 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .893.

added 3:08pm, Keeping up with the Kings theme..

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Davis Drewiske to a three-year contact extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Drewiske, 24, is in his second NHL/Kings season and he’s appeared in all 10 Kings’ games this season, recording three points (1-2=3), 10 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-6 rating.  He also ranks third on the Kings with 15 blocked shots.  The 6-2, 222-pound native of Hudson, Wis., notched his first career NHL/Kings goal vs. San Jose on Oct. 6.

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Two Chicago Players With Concussion-Like Symptoms

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from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

While Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook didn’t practice Friday morning, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn’t rule them out of Saturday night’s game against Nashville at the United Center.

The two Hawks stars suffered concussion-like symptoms from hits in Wednesday’s loss to Vancouver.

“(Toews) could play. We’ll see in the morning,” Quenneville said after Friday’s practice. “He presented well again today and we’ll get a better idea tomorrow. They both could play.”

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Elias Return On Schedule

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said that Patrik Elias’ visit with Dr. William Meyers today in Philadelphia went well and he’s continuing to progess as expected after Elias’ Sept. 15 arthroscopic groin surgery.

“Everything is fine,” Lamoriello said. “Everything is on target. It’s is normal progress as it has been.”


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How To Offload An Unwanted Salary

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Michael Nylander has one of the larger contracts on the Washington Capitals.  He has a salary cap hit of $4.875 million and is signed through the end of the 2010/11 season.  This makes him the third highest paid player on the Capitals (behind Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green).  However, he has fallen out of favor with his Capitals team.  He only scored nine goals last season and that had the Capitals reconsidering his contract.  The Capitals tried to get Nylander signed in the KHL last summer and failed.  So far this season, they have yet to play Nylander in a game and have sent him to the AHL in Grand Rapids (the Detroit Red Wings affiliate - not their own affiliate) for a conditioning stint.  Conditioning stints can last up to two weeks.  Many expect that Washington does not want him back and hope to have found him a KHL suitor by the end of that period.

The salary cap loophole of sending unwanted players to Russia is not new.  It has been exploited in the past, but it shows the NHL’s hypocrisy.  The NHL screams bloody murder when Alexander Radulov is signed by the league, while at the same time trying to send players to the KHL to hide their salary cap hits.

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Samuelsson Thriving In Vancouver

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The three-year, $7.5-million contract he signed with the Canucks was $1 million a year more than what Detroit offered. Vancouver didn’t mind, even if Samuelsson’s high-water mark was 45 points. The Canucks believed they had a 60- to 70-point player who had been hidden batting eighth in Detroit’s lineup.

So far, it looks like they’re right.

“It’s up to you to say, but this is what I wanted when I came here,” says Samuelsson, who has so far artfully used the extra two minutes a game he’s getting in Vancouver to double his points-per-game from 0.5 to one. “I wanted a fair chance to prove I can be a big part of an offence.”

But investing in Samuelsson was based on more than potential point totals. His experience stands out in the Canucks dressing room like a funny joke on Jay Leno. Even the multimillion-dollar facelift couldn’t take care of the playoff skeletons in GM Place. Maybe Samuelsson can. He is one of the few Canucks who has actually won a big game. Or three.


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Misleading Stats

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Talk about numbers not telling the story.

Yes, it’s true Kiprusoff has only once surrendered two or fewer goals this season. Curiously, it was in a 2-1 defeat.

Yes, he has a goals-against average of 3.23 and a .902 save percentage.

Those are facts.

But to say he’s been struggling is dead wrong.

Through the first 10-game segment of the season, which concludes with tomorrow night’s clash against the Edmonton Oilers, Kiprusoff has been the club’s MVP.

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Get Lead, Lose Lead, Lose Game…Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Here’s a little ditty that’s sure to ring a few bells.  Ready? I know that you are.


“I went to steer (the puck) in the corner, it hit my stick and kind of ramped (up), took a bounce and hit my arm and went in the net,’’ Osgood said. “I feel really good, feel like I’m trending upwards, just can’t get a break right now.’’



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Mike Richards Short On Answers

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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In the grand scheme of things, Mike Richards refusing to answer reporters’ questions means little.

But, as the team’s captain, he is the face of the Flyers and a direct conduit to the fans….

Richards has vowed to freeze out the media. He is upset because of stories generated after former teammate Joffrey Lupul, now with Anaheim, was asked recently if he thought he was traded because the Flyers wanted to break up the players who live in Center City and enjoy the night life.

Lupul was asked the question when Anaheim played in Philly on Oct. 10. It was Lupul’s first time back since being part of the trade in which the Flyers acquired Chris Pronger.

After the Flyers blew a late 2-0 lead in that game and dropped a 3-2 shoot-out loss, Richards asked reporters not to mention their night life in their stories.


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Ealry Season Play Doesn’t Paint The Whole Picture

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For proof, just turn the clock back one year to when two of the hottest teams out of the gate were the Montreal Canadiens in the East and the San Jose Sharks in the West. Both looked unbeatable in the first month, and looked promising all the way through to the All-Star break (San Jose was a sparkling 34-6-4-1; Montreal a more than adequate 27-13-2-4).

By the time April rolled around, all that early promise had evaporated. And by the time it was June, the celebrations were on in Pittsburgh, which was glacially slow out of the gate, out of the playoff picture in early January and subject to the same sort of scrutiny that is going on now in half-a-dozen different locales in the topsy-turvy, up-is-down NHL.

The Phoenix Coyotes and the Colorado Avalanche inexplicably lead the way in the West, while two of the three heavy favourites, the Detroit Red Wings and the Vancouver Canucks stumble along.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, no quality team is struggling more than the Carolina Hurricanes, a Stanley Cup semi-finalist a year ago who were bad early last year too, only to turn it around after the coaching change from Peter Laviolette to Paul Maurice energized them in the final third of the season and into the playoffs.

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Avery Just Blending In

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from Marie Joelle Parent at the Toronto Sun,

After a two-week stint in behavioural therapy, Avery started meditation. He also got a new tattoo. “You used to be alright, what happened,” lyrics from a Radiohead song, now adorn his arm. But seriously, what happened?

“I think that any time you say something that’s hurtful towards somebody you’re always going to regret that,” Avery said. “If I’ve said something that’s done that, then I don’t feel good about it. Regrets are tough words because you know you did it. You kind of have to deal with what you’ve done.”

Following his suspension, the Dallas Stars—Avery’s team at the time—didn’t want anything to do with him. He was eventually sought out by the Rangers, for whom he played before going to Dallas.

Avery, for his part, seems to have found his niche in the Big Apple, a city as flamboyant as his personality.

“I just blend in with the city and its people,” he said.


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