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go_leafs_go writes...

Biggest upset in NHL history

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
There are 2 potential upsets in this years stanley cup playoffs. Two of which would be rather large to some, especially one New York Islanders. Besides this year, what series (in any round) do you think was the biggest upset in history? I would have to say the 1982 series between the Kings and the Oilers. The Kings finished with just 63 points, compared to 111 points e...
Manchester Monarchs 5- Worcester Sharks 2 Monarchs lead series 1-0 And so begins yet another attempt at escaping the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs for my local team. The AHL affiliate of the LA Kings has been a strong performer in the regular season each of it's six seasons of existance. However, when the playoffs roll around, the Verizon Wireless Aren...
CBJ09 writes...

Wanted: GM without the ego

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
Well, the job's open. Who wants it? There are a slew of potentials, even a few that have been vocal (Craig Patrick, Bob Clarke). Ownership will begin the interview process within the week, and hopefully now that some teams have been eliminated, the search can be narrowed. Dave Taylor from LA and Craig Button, formerly of Calgary, are rumored to be the front-runners, and th...
Montreal 1993 game 2. Marty Mcsorley gets called for and illegal stick..........Result The hockey nation of Canada gets the cup for the last time in the century. Aniehim 2007 Danny Heatley, Jason Spezza, and daniel alfreedson.......... A once Unstopable force Turns into the highest paid turn over machine in the NHL. Result...........well probably a Stanley cup. ...
I know most of us Sabre fans are upset with the possibilities of losing both Drury and Briere, but I think we will see something happen on the Briere front before Friday. As for the draft and Drury, this is what I'd like to see if it becomes clear the Drury is not coming back (this probably won't happen, but it's fun to speculate). 1) Trade Kalinin and a forward (Kot...
I'll keep this one simple, straightforward, and to the point: 1) Chicago----Patrick Kane Obviously the knock on Kane is size and for him he's going to have to use his agility more, which has been compared to Martin St. Louis', to continue to be productive at the next level. He runs the powerplay extremely well on the half wall and has great hands around the net. This sou...
[img]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Heymateo/smhockeywoodtopper.jpg[/img] Lombardi [url=www.lifeinhockeywood.com]wheels and deals [/url]and makes a few steals.
[url=www.lifeinhockeywood.com][img]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Heymateo/smhockeywoodtopper.jpg[/img][/url] Was I dreaming, or did [url=www.lifeinhockeywood.com]the Kings sign two defensemen and three forwards[/url]?
With all the action surrounding the first week of the 2007 unrestricted free agency season, I decided to take a look ahead to next year to see what's in store for us. Barring any contract extensions (and there will be at least a couple) it appears that next year many teams will finally have their opportunity to acquire an elite puck moving defensemen. The crop of talent ...
There are many sports experts who compare the Leafs to the MLB's New York Yankees, the big-bad empire of riches, hell bent on winning without any consideration for monetary costs. Beloved by their legion of fans, and hated by all others. But there is one main difference between the Leafs and Yanks, and in reality between the MLB and the NHL, the Yankees can buy a contender...
- [b]The greatest name in the history of trading cards is making a comeback after 73 years. Collectors everywhere will applaud the return of the legendary and revered Sportkings brand![/b] [img]http://www.hockeyheadquarters.com/images/hockey-cards/sportkings/return.jpg[/img] The original Sport Kings Gum series was released by the Goudey Gum Company in 1933 and 193...
Metman4040 writes...

"Arbitration is a Farce"

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
Mike Cammallari gets 6.7 over 2 years? Derek roy gets 8 over 2. 63 vs 80 pts per season. last year players were gettin truck loads of cash for there hard work and all of a sudden this year players get paid no where near what they were gettin paid last year. Danny Briere and Scott Gomez recieved 5 million and Briere did not even reach the 70 pt mark. Sure he had a pt a game...
When I look at the Flames' first month in the schedule I at first think it's a touch one until I start looking at the months following it and realize they're all tough. The season starts out on Oct. 4 against the Flyers and their newest additions, I'd be very surprised if the Brier/Gagne line isn't extremely pumped for that game. This was the worst team Philly fans have ...
Kinglove1 writes...

My Bloodied Kings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
In the past...My Kings have come up short on the on the goaltending end. Every year the managment has brought in "has beens" or "never will be" goaltenders. Last year was a test after the "never will be" Cloutier failed us Mighty Kings fans, the Kings Management put their trust in another "never will be" Garon. Garon was injured or never fit into management scheme of thing...
I decided to put together my own My NHL Season Preview, please read and tell me your thoughts I started with the Pacific Division Phoenix Coyotes First I have to say sorry to the fans of the Phoenix Coyotes, you will have the toughest of seasons to watch. Your team will have to play Anaheim, San Jose, and Dallas a total of 24 times. And you most likely propel Lo...
Kinglove1 writes...

Dave Lewis ~~ Good or Bad?

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
I really want to hear my fellow bloggers on the Kings latest hire. I think is a good step for the Kings in bolstering their coaching staff. As a head coach we all know Dave Lewis struggled with the "B's". I think he brings knowledge aquired under Scottie Bowman and his past playing experience. Let me know and fellow Kings fans what the other teams fans feel on the ...
Kinglove1 writes...

Kings Future

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
For those whom are interested in the other Kings goalie of the future...Here he is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Ersberg He has been at rookie camp all week and the staff is very impressed with his speed. The one thing that will hold him back will be the duration of the season. This is a positive thing for the Kings and their goalie woes.
Ahhhhhhhhh. That feeling of the first cup of coffee in the morning or that feeling after a long nap on the couch on the weekend without the noisy kids in your face or that feeling of getting your NHL hockey dosage. Tonight I got mine. Not to say that watching my boys play youth hockey is boring or doesn't get the juices flowing, but there is nothing like today's NHL. ...
I went to the first Ducks preseason game last night at the Honda Center. There were more people there than I expected and it was a fun crowd. The season tickets I bought into are pretty high up (though, there’s not really a bad seat at the Honda Center, which is great) so I was around a lot of real fans. I had a blast. This is my first time watching a preseason gam...
The end of our local camp in coming to an end. I just wanted to forward some info onto the Kings fans. This is something written br Rich Hammond. It is Very informative. I feel for the Kings and Ducks with their "Road trip from Hell". The Ducks got it worse....Stay Healthy all... "It's hard to believe that there's only one day of camp left in Los Angeles. After Tuesday...
After watching a few pre season games, I thought I would offer up my take on the new jerseys that the teams are wearing. [b]Anaheim Ducks[/b] - This is the same jersey as they wore in route to winning the Stanley Cup and I'm glad that they left it alone. [b]Los Angeles Kings[/b] - The Kings only made a few minor tweaks to their jersey in the off season and it s...
Now that The Kings have released Dan Cloutier (thank GOD). The Kings have limited the goalie problems to just a few. This preseason Labarbra has not proven yet to be a #1. Aubin is a clear backup. Bernier has proven that he is good. The only problem is his age. As I see it. Labarbra will be used in a trade with a Kings prospect to get Gerber from Ottawa. I know the Kin...
Kinglove1 writes...

Kings Beat Red Bull 7-6

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Kings win the first game of the Red tournament. Anze Kopitar had a Hat trick. Labarbra played poor in goal stopping 3-6 shots. Aubin stopped 11-14. More to come!!!
FightingFerret writes...

Dark Horses of 2007-2008

Posted Saturday | Comments 3
Another season is upon us! Seems like only yesterday the Ducks were hoisting the Cup and I was licking my wounds as a Sens fan. But hope is renewed, as it is with the fans of all teams around the league, with the anticipation of a new season!. Tonight, I wanted to give you my thoughts on a couple of teams (one from each conference) that may be able to surprise a few peop...
BuffaloMat writes...

Bernier - Burned the Ducks

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
Bernier did a wonderful job at keeping the puck out of his net. With Todd Bertuzzi continuously screening the young rookie kept his cool and was all smiles through the entire game. What's scary about him is that he's so relaxed and this was his first NHL game. A prime example of this relaxed rookie is when he batted the puck down and just covered it up without being te...
BuffaloMat writes...

Let there be light!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Someone turned off the lights instead of just setting them to dim. Did someone get fired today? This is on Yahoo, I thought it was a little funny, so I thought I would share this. Also check out my other blog that I posted earlier about a certain rookie! http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=30462&post_id=2673 A lighting mixup delayed the start of t...
The rest of the NHL teams are about to start their regular season. Hockey is starting tomorrow! So, I decide to get this last blog out of the way so I can focus on enjoying the game we all love. My previous blogs: http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=2407&post_id=2473 http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=2407&post_id=2499 http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php...
Summer is over and the NHL's regular season is finally here! Changes abound, but how does your team stack up in our initial NHL Power Rankings? Disagree? Have suggestions? PM or comment! [b]1. Ottawa Senators[/b] From 1-6, their talent on defense is unmatched. Spezza and Heatley are simply magical. Is Emery's health a concern? Can Eaves and Kelly pick up w...
agreen3 writes...

The Brady Bunch

Posted Friday | Comments 0
How it must feel to be a father of an NHL player. I have two kids in my life and I could not imagine how proud one could feel to see them play in the NHL. Off-course all children’s parents will love there children no matter what they end up doing, that being said if I ever have the privilege of seeing a member of my family play this great game at the highest level I woul...
In his classic book, "See You at the Top," motivational speaker Zig Ziglar coined the term, "Loser's Limp." Ziglar explained the term in context of professional sports. He gave the example of an offensive player running for the end zone with a defensive player in hot pursuit. Twenty yards from the goal, it becomes obvious the defensive player won't catch the man with the ...
Surprises abound, except for the top two positions that see Ottawa and Detroit holding strong after the first week of play. Capitals and Lightning undefeated? Flames and Sabres winless? What's going on here?! As always, suggestions and comments welcome! And if you want to see last week's rankings, you can find them under the archives link to the right --> [...
The Sens are still roosted at the top of the Power Rankings, but Minnesota and a number of other clubs are closing in fast. Other teams like the Islanders, Capitals and Predators find themselves barely treading water after laying eggs in the 2nd week of the season. Suggestions and comments welcome! And if you want to see any previous rankings installments, you can fin...
predjoe writes...

Yup...Another Loss

Posted Sunday | Comments 6
I feel like an auctioneer...'we have four. Do I hear five? Five - thank you team in teal. Do I have six?' Seriously...what do we have to do to get a win around this place? The Preds played a great game last night. Mason was as solid as I've seen him since game two and the team was really keeping pace with the Sharks. We just ran into another goalie playing out of his m...
Here is a quote from tsn.ca's (http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/feature/?fid=549) power rankings. [quote] Chris Mason opened the season with two outstanding games and has struggled ever since. Perhaps it's time to take a step back and give backup Dan Ellis some work. [/quote] Okay...I get that the Preds have lost five in a row and that Mason had some shaky games but ...
Enough already! I am getting sick of writing about losing. For those who think winning is overrated they should try losing five games in a row...it sucks! To remedy this situation I thought I would write the blog that I want to be writing tomorrow today...you know some of the Tony Robbins positive thinking stuff. So here we go! [quote]Now that was Predators hockey...
predjoe writes...

Well...That Didn't Work!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
Tony Robbins is full of crap! I tried that positive thinking stuff yesterday and got nothing! There is no where to start on this one. The Preds stunk up the place last night. They looked bad start to finish. Something has got to change. The Preds cannot continue to keep playing this way. That is why today I have finally come to the conclusion that Trotz really ...
Many observers seem surprised the Los Angeles Kings find themselves one point ahead of cross town rival Anaheim in late October - with one game in hand yet. It should not be a surprise, and do not look for the trend to reverse any time soon. The Kings feature a wealth of young talent up front, including Anze Kopitar, Michael Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, and Alexander Fr...
Hockey fans like to think tradition is important in our sport. While other sports such as basketball and football cater to the flavor of the day, hockey is built on decades of tradition. We have our own terminologies, many of which have come under assault in recent years. The traditional hockey term of dressing rooms has been replaced by the unoriginal term locker rooms...
dgutzman writes...

Predators 1/4 Season Review

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
So we are a quarter of the way through the season and I thought I would offer up my analysis of the Preds on a player by player basis. Hockey is a team sport but when you analyze a team, it helps if you can have some individual stats to compare with. So here it goes. Forwards: Martin Erat -Currently leads the team with 24 points and is well on his way to passing his...
This is for my Sabres followers. I figure I could fill you in on what I think of dropping a game to both the Ducks and Kings: Well, after giving it hard to the Carolina Hurricanes before hitting the tarmac at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, you would think the Sabres being winners in 6 of their last 7 games prior to boarding the plane could carry the momentum...
It's too bad the United Center was only at 60% capacity Wednesday evening, because the Chicago Blackhawks finally snapped a four game losing streak when they beat the L.A. Kings 6-3 on home ice. Many Blackhawks fans believed this game was a "must win" simply because of the competition not only in the Central Division, but the Western Conference as a whole. Fall behind t...
deadmarsh20a writes...

The Return of LaBarbera

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Now living in L.A. and reading the spordaic L.A. Times Column on the Kings has taught me one thing I already knew, everyone wants Jason back. I pose you this question, why? Yes he was robbed of AHL MVP last year and yes he is the best goalie we have short of forcing a strike in the juniors ending their season early and getting Bernier back. But without we fell to the l...
idrawblood writes...

Bertuzzi Vs. Crawford

Posted Wednesday | Comments 5
The following link is to the article on ESPN regarding this issue http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3160690 This is my take on it.....This is going to get nasty and its a distraction neither can afford. Crawford is currently the head coach of the [b]Los Angeles Kings[/b]. The Kings have the worst record in the NHL at [b]12-20-2[/b] and this issue im sure ...
predjoe writes...

Pathetic

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
[b]Pathetic. [/b]That's the best way to describe the effort put forth by the Preds in a 5-2 loss against the Blackhawks. It all started last night with lackadaisical goaltending from Chris Mason who gave up two goals on two shots before being pulled. Dan Ellis could do no better giving Chicago their third goal on only their fourth shot. I knew then it was going to be a...
Anne Hier writes...

Yankees 12, Red Wings 1

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Even those who don't follow baseball know who the [b]New York Yankees[/b] are. And these fans and potential fans know what the [b]Yankees[/b] are about - [b][i]winning[/i][/b]. We recall that earlier in the past season the [b]Yankees[/b] were faltering. Some pundits were predicting that, for the first time since time immemorial, the Yanks would not make it to the post seas...
[b]While winning one game stops a losing streak[/b] I don't know how far it will go in turning the Preds season back around. Truth be told I can't get real excited about a home win against the LA Kings. The only thing I knew going into last nights game was one of these poorly playing teams had to win...there was no way around that. [b] The Preds came out flying[/b] and ...
deadmarsh20a writes...

Pick Up Samsonov

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
When the Hawks put Samsonov on waivers I thought that his career was over and he would retire gracefully. I then pulled up his stat sheet and realized he is still only twenty-nine. Sergei still has the chance to turn it around and finish with a decent career. Not this year but maybe next. So who should give him this opportunity? The L.A. Kings of course. He is set to...
John Jaeckel writes...

Reality Bites

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Kudos to the young L.A. Kings. They came in to a sold out United Center last night with the worst record in the NHL, and earned two hard points against a hot team. That said, last night provided a sobering reminder to Blackhawk fans; this is still a work in progress. This morning, the Hawks sit in 9th place in the Western conference with 41 points. They are about to ...
John Jaeckel writes...

The Bottom Of The Well

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Add Jonathan Toews name to the Blackhawks sick bay, out probably from 2-4 weeks with a knee sprain (early diagnosis) suffered early in last night's 9-2 humiliation at the hands of the resurgent L.A. Kings. He joins Marty Havlat, Jason Williams, Brent Sopel, Jim Wisniewski and Dave Bolland. Sopel, Havlat and Williams should all be back within the next 10 days; but the cloc...
Twas the night before my short vacation to Los Angles and the second day of this new year. So I've decided to come up with a list of New Years Resolutions I believe our New York Islanders should have for the year 2008. If you have more ideas than what I came up with.. please leave a comment on this blog or drop me an email at zach@islesnation.com 1. [b]STAY HEALTHY[/b...
Just got home from my recent trip to Los Angeles. I spent a few days there, but i kept myself busy to say the least with major highlights being 2 kings games, a lakers game and a stop at Universal Studios Hollywood. The Kings shockingly sold out 19000+ both games I attended which really shocked me since they are at the bottom on the NHL. What shocked me more was the fac...
When the trade deadline does loom and a GM announces we are a seller or a buyer this brings up players you will soon be RFA's of UFA's who I call Rent-a-Players. So when you look at the Kings roster there are few players anyone wants, but then there are a couple who may complete a team in search of the Cup. However, how much money would you fork over for a old Ferrari y...
Your opinion please.......If the Leafs lose tonight to the last place overall LA Kings who if anyone gets fired/traded? I have my opinion and based on the fact that Richard Petty is with the Leafs on this road trip I'm thinking this really could be last 24 hours for JFJ and then like dominos the rest of the pieces will start to fall as we get to and beyond the trade d...
Lots to talk about in the wake of last night's 5-2 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, and not much of it good. Before I dive in to the vitriol, allow me to offer my season-long caveat: this team is on an upward trend long-term, in spite of its recent poor play. Probably about one third of the current roster is composed of guys who should be playing in the AHL, whi...
The Flames stomped LA 6-1 tonight. The Flames were able to get away with Jarome Iginla not getting any points tonight, as Daymond Langkow got a hat trick and Matt Lombardi got a goal and assist. With the win and Minnesota's loss to Anaheim, the Flames now lead the Northwest by one point. However, Flames fans shouldn't get used to it, as Calgary doesn't play again until Tue...
FLAMESTR writes...

KINGS HAVE A POSTIVE FUTURE

Posted Monday | Comments 4
The Kings are the nest team on my list, I know the kings fans are disappointed with this season. I feel the kings have a lot of potential with young players in the future. I feel the Kings have plenty of solid young players, to make there future bright. Why be positive about the Kings? I say to that is the reason to do this blog there are plenty of reasons to be positi...
Collectively, the West has a 57-31-7 against the East, yet 5 of the top 8 teams in the rankings are in the East...? Only one team from the West that has played 4 or more games against the East has a losing record against the East: Chicago at 3-4-1. Two teams are 1-2 against the East: San Jose and Minnesota. Only one team in the East has had real success against ...
So, you want to be a playoff team? This has been the Isles wish since back over the summer, when Ryan Smyth evaded their extended grasp, and they were forced to change their free agent direction. It is why the Isles will likely not sell off pieces, making all efforts to achieve a spot and a chance at glory. So, you want to be a playoff team? They've made strides with th...
B.D. Gallof writes...

LOST!

Posted Friday | Comments 3
Survivors on a deserted island. No hope of rescue. For the next 30 games, they will be tested beyond their limits. For the Islanders are . . . [img]http://boredplanet.com/img/lostisles.jpg[/img] Each player joined this club with hopes of success, but also leaving behind perhaps their troubled past of unfulfilled potentials. They gave themselves to a ...
In March 1994 I sat down to watch the Rangers take on Mark Messier's former team. The Oilers were in town, and I cranked up MSG just after dinner. Anticipating a great game, I got an extra suprise when the Rangers traded one of my favorite young players Doug Weight for Esa Tikkanen. It was a deal virtually done in the halls of MSG. Weight walked from the Rangers dressing r...
Atrocious, inexcusable and disgusting are three vowel-plentiful words that can be used to describe the Flames' 6-3 loss to the Kings tonight at the Staples Center. For the second time in two weeks, the Flames were humiliated by a team in the bottom 10 of the NHL standings (after the 5-0 loss to the Oilers on February 4). I honestly think this game was more frustrating and ...
The NY papers are breaking news today that Sean Avery contract talks have been called off ! Are you kidding me? Those of you who still think Sean is the most overrated,worthless,blah blah, in the league can line up and watch you favorite team start bidding the summer. If you still don't think he's good, look at the Rangers record with or without Avery. The deadline mov...
For some reason, Los Angeles is not an easy place to be a goalie. Just ask Dan Cloutier. Or Jason Labarbera. Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Mathieu Garon would agree. A Roman Cechmanek sighting, anyone? You can understand why Kings fans are quick to anoint incoming goalies as the next one. Yutaka Fukufuji's time lasted, well, about a half-hour. That mix of hopefulness a...
predjoe writes...

'We Need 94 Points

Posted Friday | Comments 10
That quote is from the Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz. 94 points has been his prediction for the past two weeks of the number it will take to make the playoffs in the West. That has been the number ingrained into all the Predator players as they make their push. 94 points. 94 points. 94 points. Let me throw out why I think this type of talk is a problem. Trotz has us...
Big fan of former LAK GM Dave Taylor. In my mind, to be a successful GM of a rebuilding team you need three strong qualities: 1) The ability to build through the draft 2) The ability to make shrewd trades 3) The ability to pick up bargains in the UFA market In my mind, Taylor has all three of these qualities, and I'll quickly explain why, providing some exam...
***This is a reprint of today's entry from my main page Lightning blog.*** Ron Wilson's ousting as head coach of the San Jose Sharks makes him the latest name to be added to the ever-growing list of NHL coaching candidates. Technically, there are six vacancies at present - Atlanta, Colorado, Florida, Ottawa, San Jose and Toronto - with three other intriguing situations ...
So the Latest from the NY Post has the Rangers walking away from Sean Avery. Are we missing something? Does Aves have pics of Sather in Marv Albert gear? Did Sather have his heart set on dating the Olsons? Well it looks like the closest Glen will get to one of them, is watching his Full House DVDs on the plane. What makes this situation even worse is that it looks Long Is...
Kinglove1 writes...

Kings make a Trade!!!

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Kings have aquired St.Louis Blues 2009 5th round draft pick for 20 yr old T.J. Fast. Fast spent last year in WHL. Fast, 20, was selected by the Kings in the second-round (60th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 71 games this past season with Tri-City of the Western Hockey League where he recorded 54 points (17-37=54) and 92 penalty minutes. I think t...
Kinglove1 writes...

Osgood and the cup

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
This is a Great link...Very funny...PG13 rated. Whomever who put this on the attached website has a vivid imagination! http://www.theonion.com/content/news/chris_osgood_gets_to_third_base
Kinglove1 writes...

Kings Draft picks 08

Posted Monday | Comments 4
This years draft will be quite profitable for the Kings. 5 picks withing the 1st two rounds. What would your team do with all of these picks...??? We all know one thing..The Kings should not draft a goalie. Young goalies is what they have an abundance of and should pass on that position. What I see they need is a solid left winger and some big defencemen. Attached ...
CAPMESS11 writes...

MALKIN TO THE RANGERS?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 27
Ok,Ok this is just speculation but the Rangers and the Pens have a deep history of making trades. So no one can respond that the Pens would never move one of the best centers in the game to a division rival. But with hints in the air that Malkin may become expendable if Hossa signs back on in the Steel city,it's got to be explored.Looking back on past trades,the two teams...
With the latest class of youngsters ready to take their seats in Ottawa and wait to be called upon, Leaf Nation is being shaken by rumblings that the blue and white may already be conceding defeat before the zambonies are even gased up. Although it isn't a real big surprise to anyone that the Leafs will likely struggle in the new campaign it IS however disheartening to he...
melonhelmet writes...

Malkin to L.A.?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Team1040 radio out of Vancouver is reporting that a source in Ottawa is sayin Malkin to L.A for 2nd overall pick and Cammilari. Why is this canucks rated? Malkin+Kopitar=Force.
First off... Initial thoughts are that there were a lot of winners in this years draft and not a whole lot of losers. #1 Winner - Tampa Bay - but that is obvious #2 Winner - LA - Doughty and the trade up to get Colten Teubert at the 12 spot makes their D very scary in the coming years. Teams that I thought did very well for themselves aside from those teams is To...
Perhaps I underestimated Darryl Sutter. Minutes after he managed to get a 1st round (AND 2nd round, as I found out later) pick for disgruntled cap eater Alex Tanguay, Gord Miller reported as the Lightning prepared to take Steven Stamkos that there had already been a trade. I assumed he was confirming the Tanguay deal, but no, it was another trade with Calgary at the center...
The Cloutier situation By Rich Hammond on June 23, 2008 1:46 PM Here's the deal, according to the Kings... Before Cloutier was placed on waivers, he was examined by Dr. Ronald Kvitne, a highly respected orthopedic surgeon, who determined that Cloutier was healthy enough to play. Cloutier sought a second opinion, and that doctor also deemed him healthy enough to pla...
ericl21 writes...

Mario Tremblay in LA?

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
According to Montreal Canadiens' fan website "chfans.com", Mario Tremblay interviewed for the LA Kings head coaching job. He is seemingly competing with Mike Johnston, Dave Lewis, and John Tortorella. Hopefully, he's learned from his Montreal experience (i.e. his feud with a certain Patrick Roy). Not that Torts would be any less volatile with star players! Good luck ...
Here's what Pat Brisson, Rob Blake's agent, had to say tonight about the way things went down between Blake and the Kings. It's lengthy, but if you've been following the saga today, you might find it to be a good read. As I told Pat tonight, all I'm trying to get is get the information out there. People can make up their minds based upon what they believe and read. What a...
After a few crazy days of free agency, the dust is starting to settle and all that remains are second-tier players. In the midst of this, the LA Kings find themselves with a payroll of $US 28,340,000 million (thanks to Chip's Cap Central) going into next season. While they have six Restricted Free Agents to deal with, Jaret Stoll and Patrick O'Sullivan are the only ones of...
doktordave writes...

Possible Kubina Trades

Posted Monday | Comments 5
Three teams would appear to be possible destinations right now and I'm going to toss around some names: Ottawa: Vermette and Jeremy Yablonski for Kubina, Yablonki could be a good replacement for Belak in the enforcer category and Vermette could be in for a big enough raise through arbitration to warrant dealing away for a Top- pair defenseman like Kubina. Tampa :Ou...
CAPMESS11 writes...

I SAID HOLLWEG HAD VALUE

Posted Monday | Comments 14
Ok so most of the non Rangers fans in the world continue to under estimate their young players. Enter Ryan Hollweg who virtually wrote his own release in game 3 of the Pens series. Although I didn't see the Leafs as an option, Holley will hit and grind it out up in T- DOT. I thought LA or Anaheim would have gambled on the fourth line winger, having been from Downy Calif...
Aside from finishing school and being a free-lance aspiring writer I work at my buddies liquor store part time for some extra cash. We have a "regular" he buys McCormick Vodka, half-pints, daily. And during this past NHL season, knowing we are Flyer fans in the store, he would always ask me and my co-workers "When they gonna bring up Gauthier?" He was so set on it, he thou...
I just got back from the scrimmage and thought I would do a little write-up for all the Kings fans. I haven't see it, but I was told the broadcast was horrible so I hope this helps. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how it was structured (since I had no clue before I went), there were two 25 minute games and if the score remained tied by the end of the 2nd, it wo...
By Rich Hammond on July 16, 2008 1:21 PM The Kings have signed restricted free agents Erik Ersberg, Gabe Gauthier, Matt Moulson and Joe Piskula to contracts for next season. I'll try to get the terms and money for these deals, particularly Ersberg, since he was headed for arbitration. I'd have to guess Ersberg agreed to a two-year contract, but that's just a guess. ...
The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Peter Harrold to a three-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. Harrold, 25, played in 25 games for the Kings last season, recording five points (2-3=5) and two penalty minutes. He scored his first c...
Ok so before Rangers fans panic at the Nedved button understand his invitation is only an insurance policy. In the event that the Sundin train pulls into MSG the club will have to clear cap room. Moving a center like Blair Betts plus to a club like LA who still needs to reach the cap floor is an option. What's attractive to opposing teams is that a few of the Rangers su...
I have posted this over in the forums too, but some people may not venture into that part of the board, so I felt I would dedicate an actual blog to the news. Rich Hammond, the most reliable source for legitimate information on the team, has given a couple updates on the status of some of the players on the team. First, there are two players at the top of the RFA lis...
It is inevitable that the Rangers will have to move some players to make room for Mats Sundin. I still think they should remain in the hunt,as the Rangers will need another scoring threat to compete in the East.For one or two years the Blue shirts would add much needed size to slow down the attack of the Pens,Flyers and beefed up Tampa.I think a line of Mats,Naslund,and...
There are those who play in NY and those who play for NY. In the NY sports market there are the types who follow the money and not their hearts and crumble under the big lights. But then there are those that blend into the bright lights and become one with the city. From baseball to hockey we have seen players come here only to crash and burn . There was Theo Fleury wh...
Ok so as before I spin the roulette and give my opinion and run down on the team.Ok and onto the spin. and it is...... The LA Kings Well LA fans have been suffering in the dark of the cellar for quite a while . But in my opinion they appear to be coming towards the end of a long tunnel and are able to see a bright light . But onto the run down. Forwards(Projected...
Kinglove1 writes...

Kings sign Stoll

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Kings sign Stoll to a 4 yr 14.4 mill....In my opinion..too much money. I know you all will share your opinions....bring em...
Well I noticed Ek the other day had the top five and five worst teams in the off-season out , and i decided to elaborate on it by creating in my eyes the top 30 . So from first to last here it is. Remember this is not who has the better team , but rather who has improved signifigantly. [b]1)[b]Edmonton[/b]-Added another further scoring threat in Cole , cont' developm...
My pet self-created rumor for the past three months has caught on the mainstream media. On Sunday, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson speculated that instead of Mathieu Schneider, the Los Angeles Kings may trade for Adrian Aucoin. Such a trade would give Calgary as much as $4 million in cap space, and give the Kings an experienced, offensive defenceman to aid their young,...
This is the scene I imagine took place late last night... [b]Kevin Lowe[/b]: You may be wondering why I called you all over here. Well, as you all know, my *ahem* good buddy Burkie is desperately trying to clear cap space by moving defenseman Mathieu Schneider so that he can sign Teemu Selanne. Well, you all did a great job with Phase 1 one of Operation: Duck Soup by ...
Since Schneider was placed on waivers by the ducks and then clearing waivers there has been debate about why some teams, mainly why the Kings did not pick him up. I as well as a few others felt that it was because LA would rather trade for him. I brought up the idea here and elsewhere that it is because if they claimed Schneider on waivers they would not be able to trade h...
Pens871 writes...

If Malkin had been traded...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 10
Let me preface this by saying that Evgeni Malkin is my favorite player and I am glad he is with the Penguins. So back to the end of last season and early this summer, rumors were swirling that Malkin could/should/would be traded. At the very least the idea of it was entertained by the fans, namely on this website. One such proposal that I heard that was actually offered...
Itlan writes...

Ducks Dump OD on Kings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
[b]Brian Burke[/b] has once again taken a left turn and stunned me. He dealt [b]Sean O'Donnell[/b] to the Kings for what basically amounts to nothing. A 3rd round conditional pick in 2009 [b]IF[/b] the Kings trade O'Donnell this season. If they keep him, the Ducks get nothing. Now, I feel this is decent treatment of O'Donnell. He lives in Hermosa Beach which is close to...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50 Pre-season

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
Oh boy, we are just days away from the regular season now. I wanted to post the 2nd installment of FT50 before the regular season gets under way, you may notice a few changes. Any difference from the last, may be because of any announcements or rumours of line combinations that I have heard since the last post. Also the news of Gonchar's injury has dropped him off the list...
Congratulations to Dustin Brown on being named the new Captain of the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings who are the 2nd youngest team by age (Hawks are the youngest) in the NHL also named Anze Kopitar and Matt Greene as the Assistant Captains. The youth movement is alive and growing in LA. Brown, a native of Ithaca, New York, lead the NHL in hits last season and is a punis...
Ryman writes...

Sharks vs LA in LA

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Well what can I say about this game. I feel it was a snoozer and it felt like neither team could find any type of rythem. Kaspars goal was nice to watch, poor guy didn't even know it was a goal until a good 5 seconds after it went in. So the pluses I saw in this game: I can feel comfy with Mr Backup in goal. Boucher had a good game and was right on when he complai...
As posted in the Kings forum: LOS ANGEL​ES – The Los Angel​es Kings​ have signe​d defen​seman​ Matt Green​e to a five-​year conta​ct exten​sion that will carry​ into the 2013-​14 seaso​n,​ Kings​ Presi​dent/​Gener​al Manag​er Dean Lomba​rdi annou​nced Frida​y.​ Per club polic​y,​ terms​ of the agree​ment were not a...
If anybody has read any of my blogs they may have realized that I love stats. My day job has been pretty slow lately so I spend alot of time scanning NHL.com and hockeybuzz. My newest here is compiling a list of the early season power players. I have ranked them by counting goals as 2 points and assists as 1. WP is weighted points WP/G is weighted points per game Pl...
On a busy Thursday evening in the NHL an early season quirk in scheduling saw the leagues four bottom feeders come together in what could be glibly dubbed the battle for the wooden spoon. Of course none of the four teams entering their respective pre-thanksgiving matchups would be playing without designs on a playoff place with seventy or so games remaining. Indeed the fur...
Just a few thoughts about tonight's game ... Stars in LA ... tied 2-2 after 2. The three remaining Stars that hoisted the Cup in 1999 have made an impact in the game tonight. Like a replay of 10 years past! Most importantly, Jere Lehtinen is back and looks pretty good. He scored the first goal of the game in his first game of the season. Zubov is also looking good in ...
[b]Wow[/b], [b]what-a-loss[/b]. What an amazing team the Sharks are. Setoguchi is playing some great hockey, and I still can't believe the Bruins traded Thornton for what they did. I did have a feeling Patty Marleau would have a good night. A real winner they have in San Jose. I'm sure they went the extra mile to beat their former coach's first return to the silicon valley...
Renny needs to let out the hot air or before long, he'll float away. After telling the media and the world that he would start benching important players and standing his ground,he send Corey Potter and his bruising size to Hartford again!. His promises are becoming empty,it's like a kid crashing the car into the garage and still being able to go to the party. What mad...
The Dallas Stars beat the Kings in a shootout 3-2. Dallas out shot the Kings, however Erik Ersberg stood tall stopping many good chances in the first two periods. Dustin Brown put the Kings up 1-0 in the third . Jere Lehtinen tied slicing through the defense . Mike Riebero put the Stars ahead 2-1. In what is a good summary of the Stars season the Kings pulled Ersberg and s...
kenny878 writes...

Leafs Prospect Rankings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
#1 Nazem Kadri - London Knights #2 Jiri Tlusty - Toronto Marlies #3 Mikhail Stefanovich - Quebec Remparts #4 Chris DiDomenico - Drummondville Voltigeurs #5 Dale Mitchell - Windsor Spitfires #6 Jerome Flaake - Cologne #7 Kenny Ryan - U.S. U-18 #8 Joel Champagne - P.E.I. #9 Viktor Stalberg - U of Vermont #10 Jesse Blacker - Windsor Spitfires Noteables - Grant Rol...
kenny878 writes...

Leafs Prospect Profile

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
In the next few days I will be writing prospect profiles on my list of the Top Ten Leafs Prospects. Begining with number ten Jesse Blacker counting up to number one Nazem Kadri. Stay Tuned Kenny
For the record I am still working on my DVR for off season it is at a hefty 58%. Tonight I am catching up on Burn Notice. Most of you know I am the picture girl. I take tons of pictures I love trying to pick out some new thing to try and capture about hockey players on the ice. Famous sets I have are Happy Camper (pix of players laughing or smiling) http://ww...
Danny Heatley is running out of options. In reality, he has to reconsider his decision to demand to be traded to certain cities. I have heard only rumors on which team he has on his list. But for someone who wants to leave Ottawa, he sure is making it hard on himself. Think about it, don’t you think that if you wanted out of somewhere, you would be as accommodating as yo...
Greetings all! Hope eveyone is enjoying my take on what I believe the Habs will need in order for them to have a successful year. For part 3, in this series, I turn my attention to our shiny new sniper, Mike Cammalleri. [b]Mike Cammalleri[/b] For a few years in a row now, there has been talk of Gainey fishing for three players around the league; Vinny Lecavalier, Pat...
mslepp writes...

Week 1 Power Rankings: Top Ten

Posted Thursday | Comments 6
Please read and post your thoughts and what you like/dislike or what you'd change. Well, it's early... and it's very safe to say that Power Rankings at this point in time in the season don't mean very much. They're mostly a combination of last year's finish and this year's promise. I like James Duthie's column on TSN.ca about Premature Evaluation, in reference to ju...
mslepp writes...

Week 2 Power Rankings: Top Ten

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
What do you we know so far? Well, safe to say most of us are wondering if some of these teams are contenders or pretenders. The Atlantic Division is going to be TOUGH. Injuries are taking their toll around the league, and Toronto has lost 6 straight; believe me, all of Canada knows the Leafs have lost 6 straight. Should I say it again? The Leafs have lost 6 straight. ...
mslepp writes...

Week 3 Power Rankings: Top Ten

Posted Thursday | Comments 6
What have we learned so far? Let's face it, in order to thrive in the "new" NHL, you have to do a number of things well. This week, the top team's show us how important it is to draft (or acquire) young talent that can start and make an impact right away. This has been a key for teams that have won the cup in each of the last 4 seasons and by the looks of it, this trend...
Newman writes...

Iginla Wears a Nice Hat

Posted Sunday | Comments 4
On a Saturday afternoon in mid November, Jarome Iginla showed why he is considered one of the most dangerous players in the NHL. Netting his 9th career hat trick in the Flames 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Iginla dominated from start to finish. A mere 13 seconds into the contest, as Kings and Flames fans alike were still getting comfortable in their seats, Ig...
BryanM writes...

10 Week rankings

Posted Tuesday | Comments 8
The NHL season is ten weeks old, so I decided to post my rankings of the 30 teams so far. Stats are through Sunday, Nov. 29. Rank.......Team.......Record 1.) San Jose 18-6-4 It's hard to argue against San Jose as the best team in the league, especially when you consider they've played only ten of 28 at home. 2.) Chicago 16-6-3 The Blackhawks were playing gr...
Newman writes...

Road Trip Complete

Posted Tuesday | Comments 5
The Flames finished off their six game road trip with two stops in California. On Saturday night, they played a gritty game and came away with an impressive 2-1 victory over the league leading San Jose Sharks. The Flames played a tough road game and pounced on their opportunities, as was evident with Langkow’s game winning goal. Tonight, however, they were not as fortuna...
Newman writes...

Back on Track?

Posted Friday | Comments 4
After three straight losses, the Flames came back and beat, what was statistically, the best team in the Western Conference. Coming off of a mini two game road trip where the Flames failed to earn a point, they were determined to gain some sort of momentum heading into an elongated amount of games on home ice. However, they did not manage to exactly blow the Los Angeles K...
dustin722 writes...

Power Rankings Jan.6

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
1. New Jersey - Great team, no weaknesses 2. Chicago - Another great team, but is feeding on a weak Central Divison 3. San Jose - Is this the best one line team in hockey? 4. Buffalo - Miller for Vezina 5. Washington - Offense is covering weak goaltending 6. Pittsburgh - Still very good, but not dominant. 7. Vancouver - Great 5 on 5 play and Power Play 8. Calgary - ...
The three and a half hours of sleep I received before work this morning were well worth it — Around 1:30 a.m. (on the East coast), big Zdeno Chara bore down San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and unleashed his 105 M.P.H. cannon from 20 feet out. Chara’s lone goal in the shootout completed a 65+ minute effort for the Black and Gold last night in San Jose and g...
Just hypothetical now, but would you flip Phaneuf to Los Angeles right now, if the return were Brayden Schenn, Ted Purcell and a first round pick? The Leafs might have to toss in Stempniak or a Ponikarovski rental....and take back a salary like Randy Jones' $3 million.... but IF that were available - would you want it? Phaneuf in Hollywood with his girlfriend Elisha ...
The Olympic break seems to have done a lot of good for the Montreal Canadiens. Not only did they get their walking wounded back from injuries -- with the exception of Michael Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron -- but they seem invigorated for the stretch run. Despite losing to the Sharks the other night the Habs played some great hockey against one of the league's po...
Kinglove1 writes...

Kings at Big

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Jonathan Bernier getting the Start for the Kings against the Stars... Justin Williams back after 11 weeks from a broken leg...wow.
I've noticed frustration seems to be a growing trend amongst Hockeybuzz bloggers. Most of it is probably warranted. The impression I get lately by reading this site is there are alot of teams straight up playing like garbage. So many reads of 'This team has no heart whatsoever", or "Cue the generic post game interview". Don't get me wrong here, I really enjoy the bloggi...
As I look back on this season, 2009/2010 can't be called anything but a success. I can't help but look at the Kings and think about the years of prosperity that are on the horizon for this franchise. Look around the NHL at a team like Vancouver (my hometown team) and I see a 2-3 year window for a winning season before the core gets too old. Both the Sedin duo and Luongo...
Dustin Brown, what a captain. He hits, he scores, he passes, this guy is the real deal. I can honestly say that I am thrilled that he is a member of the Los Angeles Kings. He is the best choice for captain on the team, even at his young age. He plays with grit, speed, strength, and scoring touch, but most of all he plays with heart. Every captain in the league needs t...
Zeus, a warrior, what more needs to be said? What a player. This is probably going to be a very one sided review as I have a lot of respect and admiration for what Michal brings to the Kings both on and off the ice. I think that we can attribute the success of the Kings to the veterans in the room. They have taught the younger guys what it takes to win. I look at O'Do...
jsiha writes...

KOVI IN LA

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
From The NHL Network Kovalchuk visiting L.A. 07.11.10 /7:40 PM ET Ilya Kovalchuk is on his way Los Angeles, although he isn't a member of the Kings just yet. According to TSN and the NHL Network's Darren Dreger, the unrestricted free agent is visiting Southern California for some face-to-face negotiations with Kings GM Dean Lombardi. Rumors are also swirling that...
jsiha writes...

KOVI SAGA GOES ON

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Article from LA Times By Derrick Lightfoot The World Cup is over, and I'm not that big into baseball, so the only thing I can cling to sports wise right now is the Kovalchuk saga—but it's safe to say most want this story to end (the New York Post even reported a Canadian national TV outlet has proposed a LeBron-esque one-hour special as to where he will play, but thi...
I for one think so...I think KOVIGREED may be using the devils as a way for other teams to give him more...Honestly we have all known Lou..and Lou doesn't leak stuff out...All the BS that we have heard in the past weeks about 12yr deal 17 year deal by the Devils are probably Kovigreeds/Jaygreeds plan to make the Kings give him what he wants...I for one think Lou should jus...
After weeks of back and forth a lot of Devils fans are ready to put Kovalchuck back on the shelf and walk to the next item for sale. Not only have the devils fans been patient with the 27-yr old winger but have shown Kovigreed that they would like for him to remain part of the Devils organization. But after 2 weeks of 12 yr deals, 17yr deals, 6 yr deals and the Kings ...
Mike Morreale NHL.com NEWARK -- New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias knows the stress that comes as an unrestricted free agent. To that end, he understands what Ilya Kovalchuk has been going through. Then again, he never thought a decision would take this long. Kovalchuk, of course, is still unsure where he'll be playing in 2010-11, although the Devils and Los A...
Kopykopykopy writes...

C'mon, Ilya

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
"Mr. Kovalchuk! Please!!! Just sign with someone already!! The suspense is too much!!" Isn't that what every hockey fan has been thinking lately? This saga has taken WAY too long. What everyone thought would happen is that the Los Angeles Kings would pick up Kovalchuk on July 1st. Didn't happen. Then everyone thought Lou and the Devils would re-sign him. D...
Another day has passed with lots of speculation but no official word about where Ilya Kovalchuk (pictured at left) will end up or when he will decide where he will play next season. Thursday will mark the two-week point since the start of free agency and 10 days since Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, last made a public comment. Grossman said July 5 that the high-scoring...
Source: http://www.nfl-2010.com/ In what seems very unorthothodox to most people who have followed the New Jersey Devils, GM Lou Lamoriello has remained emphatic that the Devils are still “in the mix” to sign LW Ilya Kovalchuk to a free agent deal. While it seems more and more apparent to all that Kovalchuk likely wants to be a King, it still hasn’t happened tw...
Kovalchuk desperately wants to be the highest paid Russian player and best archrival Alexander Ovechkin’s annual salary of $9.58 million per season. And while Kovalchuk’s talent is, at times, on par with the “Great No. 8,” it’s likely that the only place that Kovy’s going to get $10 million per season is in the Kontinenal Hockey League, where a club in St. P...
By Greg Wyshynski source: Yahoo Sports CBC's Elliotte Friedman wrote his final "30 Thoughts" column of the summer today (a temporary loss for all hockey fans, to be sure) and focused on Ilya Kovalchuk's(notes) continued lingering on the free-agent market. It included this interesting bit of scuttlebutt about his demands: A couple teams called about shorter-ter...
source MSG By: StanFischler The poet Robert Browning once wrote something akin to, "Your reach should exceed your grasp; or what's a Heaven for?" In terms of the New Jersey Devils, boss Lou Lamoriello certainly has reached out to Ilya Kovalchuk. Nobody knows the true details, but you can assume that the contract offer was -- is! -- long and fat. Just 10 day...
what happen??? we went from very near to this... The Kings reportedly have been solving differences with Kovalchuk, while one source said the Kings believed they had a 50-50 chance of signing the 27-year-old.
Cecil09 writes...

Thoughts on the Kings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So the Kings lost out on Kovalchuk (unless now they get back in it with this recent fiasco). But do they need to add someone of this significance to their roster? No. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Ryan Smyth, Wayne Simmonds, Jarrett Stoll and Justin Williams are all capable top six forwards, and signing Kovalchuk would have done nothing but hamstring the Kings a year fro...
Cecil09 writes...

Thoughts on the Kings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So the Kings lost out on Kovalchuk (unless now they get back in it with this recent fiasco). But do they need to add someone of this significance to their roster? No. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Ryan Smyth, Wayne Simmonds, Jarrett Stoll and Justin Williams are all capable top six forwards, and signing Kovalchuk would have done nothing but hamstring the Kings a year fro...
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If I'm Brian Burke, sure I try to get the bidding up on offers for Kaberle, HOWEVER, there is are some very good reasons why I DON'T let the bidding go too long. As Kaberle currently states that he wants to stay in Toronto. Burke could - if he chose to - could go to the agent and say, "Ok, if you want to stay in Toronto, prove it. I'll take you off the trade market i...
Years ago, drafting goalies was easy. Every season, you could argue over order, but you couldn't go wrong with Roy, Brodeur or Hasek. These days, it's much harder to predict who will be the elite fantasy goalies from year to year. Consider this: the top 5 fantasy scorers from 2008 included the likes of: Tim Thomas, Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason, and Cam Ward. If you s...
This is how I think the Kings season will go. 1. Martin Jones, Brandon Kozun, Jordan Weal, and Brayden Schenn all make the Monarchs, earning the AHL affiliate a new nickname: "The 2009-10 WHL All-Stars!" 2. Jones DAZZLES in Manchester, earning himself a call-up. 3. Ersberg is traded for Niklas Hagman, who posts average numbers on a struggling Calgary team. H...
Kinglove1 writes...

Schenn

Posted Friday | Comments 0
C Brayden Schenn got a scare when he injured his knee during training with his junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings. Schenn, who was off the ice for part of the summer while recovering from a knee injury, is not expected to miss significant time, although his ability to make the Kings' roster out of training camp might be impacted if he is unable to fully participate in ca...
Hello folks! I had an absolute blast at the game today! The sell out crowd was very loud and fun was had by all! To read about the action please visit my LIVE game blog here: http://ottawa67shub.com/2010/10/31/ottawa-67s-vs-kingston-frontenacs-nov-1-2010-let-the-battle-begin/ For those that don't know, Erik Gudbranson plays for the Kingston Frontenacs and man does...
Rob McGowan writes...

The Isles Head Out West

Posted Tuesday | Comments 1
Check out my latest post at The Checking Line as the Isles embark on their annual West Coast road trip looking to shake off their seven game losing streak: http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/isles-head-out-west Register and leave comments! -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/IslesRM
Check out my latest post at The Checking Line as I take a look at the Isles goaltending situation and whether or not Rick should play the last game on their current west coast road trip! http://thecheckingline.com/blog/rob-mcgowan/new-york-islanders/when-does-gordon-bring-back-dp Register and leave comments at The Checking Line!! -Rob McGowan Follow me on Twitt...
Everyone is back from their Christmas break, and getting into the rythm of the hockey season again- except for the Sharks, who looked like their heads were still in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle. They came out with one of their poorest efforts yet, getting shut out for the 5th time this season and losing an important 2 points needed to pull ahead of Los Angele...
Hello folks! Please visit the following link to view the blog and Happy Holidays!!! May they be safe and merry for everyone! http://liveblog.ottawa67shub.com/?p=348 Thank you for reading!! Anthony
meckelangelo writes...

Week 16 Power Rankings

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Feel free to refer ESPN's, TSN's, and CBS's Power Rankings for Week 16, as linked below. If you'd like a much less subjective ranking, however, please continue reading... [url]http://espn.go.com/nhl/powerrankings[/url] [url]http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/rankings/nhl/[/url] [url]http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/powerrankings[/url] So, last week (Week 15), I took a ...
meckelangelo writes...

Week 17 Power Rankings

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Here are my NHL Power Rankings for Week 17... Please refer back to my last post for Week 16, and a description of the fields... [img]http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j354/meckelangelo/Week17.png[/img] Again, let me know if you have any questions.
meckelangelo writes...

Week 18 Power Rankings

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
If you haven't gotten the drill by now, here's some information... I'm doing Power Rankings. However, unlike most websites, I don't pull names out of a hat, or collect votes among "experts". I actually use a system. Mathematics. I'm aware that the hockey analysts of the world love numbers, but seem to hate math. Well... Nonetheless, here are the Week 18 Power Rankings. ...
b.park writes...

Penner for Simmonds (e19)

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
There has been alot of talk that the Kings have serious interest in Dustin Penner, so I say the two teams make it happen. It's simple, Dustin Penner to LA and Wayne Simmonds to EDM. You can agree or disagree, I don't really care, but this deal would make the Oilers a much better team. I can see it happening, because Lombardi has made some silly deals in the past,and ...
Yesterday Spector stated that several teams were at the Oilers game presumably scouting out Oilers players. Assuming that’s the case, the teams being mentioned were the Wild, Lightening, Kings, Bruins, and Coyotes... Here are some potential deals that could be on the table. [u][b]Los Angeles Kings[/b][/u] Wayne Simmonds $0.8M + 1st Round Pick (current offer) For ...
shvmr writes...

Oiler Q&A

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
In my travels, I come across a lot of information, and most of it turns out to be wrong. So, in a personal quest to continue the trend of putting out wrong opinions, innuendo and vile gossip, I decided to write my first blog, and give you my opinion on certain issues. Of course, I will not know the answers about what will happen with the Oilers on Trade Deadline day, no on...
The Sabres acquired for Blues forward Brad Boyes late Sunday evening for a 2nd round pick in next year's draft. The move has garnered quite a bit of attention in both markets involved. It's obvious the Sabres were in need of a top 6 forward who can score, skate hard, and check harder. Boyes can backcheck and forecheck with the best of them. He skates with intensity that I ...
The Ducks dont get anything easy. Nashville, Phoenix, LA... they all keep putting points on the standings (even though LA cant put very many goals on the scoreboard. 3 goals in 3 games... just saying.) Saturday night the Ducks traveled up to LA for a huge Saturday night match. I'll be honest. Those are the two teams I watch the most and I can say without a doubt I see no ...
xpdonahue writes...

Do the Kings even stay in?

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
According to sportclubstats the Kings chance of making the playoffs is at 96.1%. Calgary is 5 pts behind them while Dallas is now 6. Only 7 games remain - 2 against the Ducks, 1 in van, ed, and sj, then phx and stars at home. but then this happened... http://video.kings.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=729&id=105080 This is brutal. Your #1 goal scorer (who only has ...
xpdonahue writes...

#MVPerry

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I've been watching Corey Perry since '05, the post lock out Mighty Ducks of Anaheim but I was much more fixated on watching Scott Neidermayer and his mighty beard dance around the ice. Year after year I would watch Teemu, Penner, Getzlaf, Kunitz, McDonald, Beauch, Pronger, Pahlsson, Giguere, Bryz, the list goes on (seriously how unreal was the '07 group?) and Perry was...
xpdonahue writes...

Southern California Hockey

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Sometime last september the hockey gods (or the old guys who plan the complex NHL schedule) thought it would be a good idea to have the Ducks and Kings play a home and home for the final weekend of the regular season. Usually this hasn't meant much. In the 17 years since the incarnation of the Duck the two teams have never made the playoffs together. We'll its finally happ...
We are just 15 hours away from the 1st round of the 2011 NHL Entry draft. Already some major moves have been made by the Philadelphia Flyers. Moves that quite frankly shocked myself, and the rest of the hockey world on the eve of the draft. The flyers first traded Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 8th overall pick, Jakub Voracek, and a 3rd round pick. Carter...
I believe I picked the right day to start my blogging adventure...yesterday at about 2:00, I went onto Hockeybuzz to look if any trade rumors concerned the Flyers. The only rumor I saw was Robyn Regher possibly waiving his NTC to go to Buffalo. Thinking nothing will happen in the next 20 minutes (Who would've thought something did happen?) I go to get cleaned up for the ...
The addition of Mike Richards has made the Kings tougher up the middle, but the loss of Simmonds leaves a void to an already thin area on the team: Toughness. The Kings lack the kind of toughness that will enable them to go far in the playoffs. Dean Lombardi needs to bring in an animal to play on the back-end, a tough forward willing to drop the gloves to fill in for...
Ok, I've finally gathered my thoughts since the huge trade from a week ago. Every blogger is mentioning it over and over, but everyone knows what it is so I won't repeat myself nor make you read it again. There are a lot of things I want to go over with Free Agency and there are some things I'd like to clear up for what seems to be a "pissed off" Flyerdom. First we...
Over the Next 30 days I will be Previewing each of the National Hockey League Clubs heading into the 2011-12 season starting from the Anaheim Ducks. Day 13 of the series belongs to the official AarifDeenReport Los Angeles Kings Preview. Please resort to myhockeybuzz page for previews of teams falling before this team. [b]Follow me on Twitter @AarifDeenReport please....
4 days after training camps start and Drew Doughty has already had $100,000 taken off his offer from the LA Kings setting it currently at an impressive 6.7 million USD. Many people are wondering why Doughty hasnt signed yet? LA has a talented squad who are going to be legitimate contenders this year. Lombardi has come out and said that he will not move Doughty as he "wi...
4 days after training camps start and Drew Doughty has already had $100,000 taken off his offer from the LA Kings setting it currently at an impressive 6.7 million USD. Many people are wondering why Doughty hasnt signed yet? LA has a talented squad who are going to be legitimate contenders this year. Lombardi has come out and said that he will not move Doughty as he "wi...
4 days after training camps start and Drew Doughty has already had $100,000 taken off his offer from the LA Kings setting it currently at an impressive 6.7 million USD. Many people are wondering why Doughty hasnt signed yet? LA has a talented squad who are going to be legitimate contenders this year. Lombardi has come out and said that he will not move Doughty as he "wi...
4 days after training camps start and Drew Doughty has already had $100,000 taken off his offer from the LA Kings setting it currently at an impressive 6.7 million USD. Many people are wondering why Doughty hasnt signed yet? LA has a talented squad who are going to be legitimate contenders this year. Lombardi has come out and said that he will not move Doughty as he "wi...
Today's fantasy hockey stats and formulas can provide more information than one person can possibly interpret at one time. It's becoming easier every year to get lost in the numbers. I used to go thru some pretty intense number crunching when trying to predict how well players would perform in the upcoming season. Getting data from previous seasons and computing differe...
The Flyers have improved to 2-1-1 in their first four games of the post season. As I've reported in my previous blog, the Flyers would re-evaluate on Saturday and they did just that. At 3:01 PM the Flyers have cut 17 Players. Goalie Johan Backlund was a notable name. Backlund has struggled since his surgery and hasn't been the same when the Flyers signed him as "The g...
The 0-2 Rangers are finished their whirlwind trip through Europe, and get a week off before beginning the remaining 80 games of the season. There are a lot of positives and negatives to take from the two regular season games, an OT loss to the Kings and a SO loss to the Ducks. Let’s get right to it. [b]Positives[/b] [i]Goaltending: [/i] Even though he didn’t pick ...
icedog97 writes...

Nobody Asked Me But...#2

Posted Monday | Comments 7
...The Tomas Vokoun signing in Washington appears now to be about as much like the Ilya Bryzgalov signing in Philadelphia as their two salaries are for 2011...which is to say "not much". Initially people compared the two with the idea being that both clubs were obtaining "top" netminders to make them legitimate cup contenders. Washington seemed to get the better deal becau...
When the puck dropped to begin the game, many Devils fans put the hands over their face and muttered to themselves "Here we go again". In the first ten minutes of the game the Devils were absolutely dominated. They were out-skated, out-shot, out-scored, and out-coached. Gagne was able to capitalize for the high-powered Kings' offense early in the game and this one looke...
The first ten days of hockey have wrapped up and I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve seen from the Philadelphia Flyers. As of Saturday the Flyers are 3-0-1. Seven points out of eight is a good start for a team that is just gelling together. The Flyers faced the Western Conference champions, the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday and played a pretty solid game. The only...
Jonathan Bernier was supposed to be the goalie of the future for the Los Angeles Kings, but apparently Jonathan Quick didn’t get the memo. Quick has proven that he is an above average NHL starting goaltender, and because of that Bernier will probably not get his shot at earning the Kings starting job unless Quick gets injured. So what does a team do with two goalie...
Anytime you lose to a close rival, you tend to feel sick afterwards. Last night, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center, the Ducks fell 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in the first game of the Freeway Series. The Ducks and Kings will go at it again tonight, this time at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Ducks trailed 1-0 until very late in the third period, ...
Anytime you lose to a close rival, you tend to feel sick afterwards. Last night, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center, the Ducks fell 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in the first game of the Freeway Series. The Ducks and Kings will go at it again tonight, this time at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Ducks trailed 1-0 until very late in the third period, ...
Anytime you lose to a close rival, you tend to feel sick afterwards. Last night, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Staples Center, the Ducks fell 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in the first game of the Freeway Series. The Ducks and Kings will go at it again tonight, this time at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Ducks trailed 1-0 until very late in the third period, ...
Well, Matthew Barry posted two blogs tonight. The first was removed and then there was a second one where he announced his retirement from this website. That one has also been auspiciously removed. What's going on here? If they need a new Kings blogger...here I am. If Matthew Berry did quit, then I hope Terry Murray takes good advice and follows him out the door. A...
Last nights match, although tough to bear at some points, was one of the more entertaining games I have seen from the Leafs in a while. There were a lot of positives coming out of the game, but the negatives were the same as they have been for the last few years. I prefer ending on a good note, so let’s start with [b]the bad[/b]: 1) Not my biggest beef with the t...
It was the kind of game Blackhawks fans knew they could win if Chicago could just break through with a goal before the start of the third period. Didn't happen. Jonathan Quick stopped all 38 shots by the Blackhawks and Trent Hunter and Jarret Stoll scored a dirty goal each en route to their 2-0 victory over Chicago last night. Los Angeles won their second straight an...
[img]http://nationalpostsports.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/0119hall.jpg[/img] Taylor Hall was Injured in practice the other night and ended up taking a bunch of stitches. He is out for a few days at least but luckily didn't loose an eye. Scary injury that turned out as good at you can hope. Wishing him a quick recovery! As you may or may not know the Calgary flames...
[img]http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/dEhP1eNtUUhJ8RlJ.v25Ow--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnhlexperts/GRABBBBBBs.jpg[/img] As you might know I decided to get twitter, and its proved to be lots of fun. Follow me @vowswithinhb [i]#Update: Well looks like Stempniak will be out for 6 week now, + Kolanos will wear #8 for the ...
It’s always a treat when my two favorite teams get together to play a good ol’ fashioned game of hockey. That’s exactly what’s going to happen when the Los Angeles Kings come to town to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening. For two teams that don’t see each other often, there is certainly an abundance of storylines to follow prior to puck drop. T...
I wonder how worried Deanno is about losing his job if the Kings a)Lose in the first round, or b) don’t make the playoffs? I don’t know too much about Dean’s tenure in San Jose, but after listening to Craig Button a little while back, it seems as though Dean managed the Sharks the same way as he is currently managing the Kings by not making the right moves, let al...
Part three of revisiting some of the recent bigger deals in the NHL involves the Philadelphia Flyers (again) and the Los Angeles Kings. This was the 2nd impact deal the Flyers made in the summer of 2011. [img]http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/p/sp/getty/2b/fullj.9c415908a0d3b6187d6156a0916a2f57/9c415908a0d3b6187d6156a0916a2f57-getty-138838397.jpg [/img] [img]http://nyrbl...
[img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_k0Vz_Y5pA_A/TJLEjq7DMVI/AAAAAAAAAA0/8WxV8Au3Rl4/s1600/nash.jpg[/img] It just might be that time. Will Columbus do the right thing for their franchise as well as their franchise player? This of course would be trading Rick Nash. Speaking as a hockey fan I think that most would agree, Rick Nash deserves better and NHL fans would benefit i...
Mike Richards you can say hasn't been the same player since his head injury this year, and not having great line mates most of the time (i.e. Penner) can't help either, but is there something more behind it? Is Los Angeles where good hockey players go to die? Some people have said there is less pressure playing in Los Angeles than let's say Philadelphia, New York or Boston...
chamb2am writes...

Red Wings are #1

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[img:right]http://media.mlive.com/redwings_impact/photo/10581756-large.jpg[/img] Detroit, who has been unbeatable at home since December took the reigns to the top spot in this week's NHL Power Rankings. They dethroned the New York Rangers who continue to win but aren't dominating like that team from Hockeytown. The Red Wings broke the NHL single season record of most c...
[img]http://www.thesenatereform.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/MikeRichardsJeffCarter.jpg[/img] Thursday evening Jeff Carter was reunited with his former teammate and captain Mike Richards as the LA Kings made the move to acquire his services. [i]LA sent defensemen Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick to Columbus (2012 or 2013) for Jeff Carter. [/i] The...
archromat writes...

Nash Brownies

Posted Friday | Comments 0
A lot of speculation out there about two good right wingers. Well some call Nash a left winger, but on NHL.com, he's a right winger. I figured LA was going to trade Brown right away as soon as they got Richards, but they kept him... I didn't understand why they dealt for another captain type player, and now that their offense is leashed, they're starting to see it themse...
The Blackhawks four game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night when they provided the Dallas Stars with an opportunity to rally late in the third period and skated away with a much needed two points by both teams. Chicago looks to regroup and get back on the winning track when they travel to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon to face a recently offensively-impr...
u2kmerrill writes...

Carter to LA was a steal

Posted Saturday | Comments 8
Jeff Carter was a stud in Philly with multi 30 plus goal seasons. To this day I still think the Flyers shot themselves in the foot getting rid of Richards and Carter. Getting Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson and a pick is a steal. Two years ago if the Kings ever tried to go after Carter while he was with the Flyers, they would have had to pay a steep price for the 30 goal scor...
icedog97 writes...

Dustin Brown: Statement Made

Posted Saturday | Comments 9
Your coach calls you out...questions your contributions to the team. Your team trades for the 'other half' of the Flyers former leadership duo. Your name gets mentioned in numerous trade rumors...and you are the team's captain. So what do you do? Score a natural hat trick and add an assist through 1 and 1/2 periods against the Chicago Blackhawks. Dustin Brow...
RedwingsAreKHL writes...

The Kings' Identity

Posted Friday | Comments 1
I used to think Dean Lombardi built the Kings without an identity. But, now, I realize that the Kings actually have an identity, one that is of a team that is wimpy, weak, soft, and energy-less. What you see live or on t.v. is exactly the identity Dean has built, and Sutter is an extension of that identity by telling his players not to fight or engage the opponent. ...
The Los Angeles Kings did their very best to put the Red Wings to sleep early Friday night at the Joe Louis Arena. Instead, it was the hockey fans across the country who were dozing off and begging both teams to shoot the puck. Darren Helm answered the prayer of many by not letting this game continue into overtime, by outmuscling Drew Doughty for position in front of the n...
After putting in a grind-it-out effort against one of the league's top teams to down the New York Rangers 4-3 on Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks will look to build off said effort when they host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the United Center. It's hard to believe that the Blackhawks have only scored two goals in three games against LA this year, and not since ...
I'm a long time Kings fan. Living in northern Ontario, I don't get the coverage like all leafs/habs fans receive in this area which leads me to research on the internet anything KINGS! I do try to catch as many games streamed online as possible though! And with what I've seen, Los Angeles can pretty much play with anyone in this league! The jury is still out with the Pens ...
Gunner Staal writes...

Quick for Vezina?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 16
[b]Follow me on twitter: @gunnerstaal[/b] [img]http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/VvvBMjjMTDpS1BaQnToPRw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnhlexperts/142355004.jpg[/img] For much of the season the race for the Vezina trophy was a one man contest. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers was not only being mentioned for th...
I know most people are picking the Kings to upset Vancouver in the first round. It's a popular pick based off of the fact that Jonathan Quick is a Vezina candidate and single-handedly drove the Kings to the playoffs. But is it realistic? Vancouver IS the President's Trophy winners (two years in a row mind), earning it in the last game of the season with a convincing win in...
I know most people are picking the Kings to upset Vancouver in the first round. It's a popular pick based off of the fact that Jonathan Quick is a Vezina candidate and single-handedly drove the Kings to the playoffs. But is it realistic? Vancouver IS the President's Trophy winners (two years in a row mind), earning it in the last game of the season with a convincing win in...
I know most people are picking the Kings to upset Vancouver in the first round. It's a popular pick based off of the fact that Jonathan Quick is a Vezina candidate and single-handedly drove the Kings to the playoffs. But is it realistic? Vancouver IS the President's Trophy winners (two years in a row mind), earning it in the last game of the season with a convincing win in...
I know most people are picking the Kings to upset Vancouver in the first round. It's a popular pick based off of the fact that Jonathan Quick is a Vezina candidate and single-handedly drove the Kings to the playoffs. But is it realistic? Vancouver IS the President's Trophy winners (two years in a row mind), earning it in the last game of the season with a convincing win in...
I know most people are picking the Kings to upset Vancouver in the first round. It's a popular pick based off of the fact that Jonathan Quick is a Vezina candidate and single-handedly drove the Kings to the playoffs. But is it realistic? Vancouver IS the President's Trophy winners (two years in a row mind), earning it in the last game of the season with a convincing win in...
I know most people are picking the Kings to upset Vancouver in the first round. It's a popular pick based off of the fact that Jonathan Quick is a Vezina candidate and single-handedly drove the Kings to the playoffs. But is it realistic? Vancouver IS the President's Trophy winners (two years in a row mind), earning it in the last game of the season with a convincing win in...
It's been a little surprising how many explanations of why the Canucks lost game 1 are tinged with just a little disrespect towards the LA Kings. A lot is said of what the Canucks DIDN'T do as opposed to what the Kings DID do. Well let me tell you one thing. The Kings had a far greater impact on game 1 than just that the Canucks didn't bring enough emotion and played ba...
Is it just me or is this one of the worst years for biased play-by-play and colour commentary? I understand that each team has their own announcer, whether on TV or on radio, for local broadcasts. What I'm talking about is the people doing nationally televised games on CBC , NBC, etc. Should these games not be called evenly for the benefit of all fans and not just fans ...
andydrmm writes...

NHL Semifinals 2011-2012

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Wow, that was an exciting first round with numerous upsets, and plenty of teams having some very close calls over the past 2 weeks. Like you, I’m surprised about several of the teams that are still alive and kicking in the NHL playoffs. Here’s my take on the 2nd round, and predictions as to who is moving on to the Conference Finals. http://betweenthebenches.com/?p...
Conference Final Observations -Let the 1994 comparisons between the Rangers and the Devils begin. Martin Brodeur is the only remaining player from either of those squads still on the same team. Officially dubbing the Eastern Conference Finals the Penn Station Showdown, but Ghosts of Matteau works too. -Much is going to be made of Henrik Lundqvist’s dominance agains...
"Diving." When you think of diving in the NHL, you think of the Vancouver Canucks. Now, in watching the Western Conference finals, Phoenix goalie Mike Smith has been acting like he has been shot whenever someone comes near his net. Smith's play has been outstanding in the first two rounds, and is the only reason Phoenix has made it this far, but the way he is acting in the...
centribo writes...

The LA Kings: A Dynasty

Posted Friday | Comments 15
Which is the greatest dynasty team in the history of the NHL? Is it the Edmonton Oilers of the late 80's? The Canadiens of, well, pick a decade other than the one we're in, or was it the Islanders of the early 80's? Another team perhaps? I guess my point is that in the history of the NHL, there have been teams which have succeed for prolonged periods of time. And I'm no...
DPennucci writes...

Cup Finals Storylines

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
-Expect two questions to abound for New Jersey throughout the Stanley Cup Finals: 1. Will Martin Brodeur retire should the Devils win the Cup? 2: Where will Zach Parise be playing next season? (although, it's seeming more likely that he will be staying in New Jersey). -How will the Devils adapt their style of play to Los Angeles after facing the passive approach of the ...
Anze Kopitar is hardly the skater a goaltender wants to see bearing down on him in overtime with yards of unimpeded ice. Kopitar's slick hands, put on display during the St. Louis series, waited out Martin Brodeur and snagged Los Angeles a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday evening, giving the Kings home-ice advantage in the process. In a physical...
Not since the late 80s has a team thoroughly dominated the NHL like the Oilers. There was a 5 year period where they won 4 Stanley Cups. The Oilers organization took what youth they had and expended as much from them as possible. Ever since the Oilers of the 80s, there has not been another team that ran through its opponents so easily. I would call the Oilers of the 80s a ...
It is often said that the most important position in sports is that of the goal-tender. While not every sport has a goal-tending position, you’d be hard pressed to find a player, coach, or member of management in sport’s like hockey and soccer that would disagree with the above. In the NHL, General Managers looking to build their team from the ground-up will agree that...
Honestly, I couldn't think of a better story for the 2012 NHL season. An 8th place team barely makes the playoffs after having an abysmal year were they couldn't score to save their lives. It took a head coach change, a huge trade and a lot of luck to even accomplish this. And yet, here we are, congratulating the LA Kings! It's quite amazing really, I had them picked every...
Back in February, I wrote a blog about Jeff Carter being traded to the Kings and how I felt it was a huge steal for Los Angeles. Carter in any other year would have been tough to trade for with out having to give up more players/prospects, but the Kings hit perfect timing in grabbing him from a team (Columbus) who wanted nothing more to do with him. I thought Carter would ...
Hey HockeyBuzzards, Today, PPP will phocus on a few recent re-signings in sunny California. Firstly, the San Jose Sharks re-signed 25-year-old Marc-Edouard Vlasic, one of their most dependable defensemen to a five-year extension, keeping him locked up until the 2017-18 season. Vlasic has quietly become one of the steadiest young rearguards in the Western Conferenc...
kingslife writes...

King Doan

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Now I know the lean on Shane Doan is either in Phoenix or some way out there East Coast team (or for some of you, right in your backyard home team or favorite). The truth is right next Richards and Carter on the Kings 1A line is where he fits best. Three reasons - 1. It is here on the westside of things, not far from where he has been and easy to move the family 400 ...
[IMG]http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u182/legacy1436/mad-hockey-goalie-thumb1801053.jpg[/IMG] Matthew Barry has made an excellent point in his blog on Bernier to Toronto for Frattin and a 3rd rounder (http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Matthew-Barry/Frattin-and-a-3rd-for-Bernier/125/45651) Barry's quote - [i]Yeah, Bernier's been moaning like a kid whose parents won't t...
AarifDeen writes...

Offseason Review: Part 4 of 6

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
[u]I apologize for the late submission of part 4. I've been having trouble on this website getting this uploaded. Finally got it to work. Thanks for reading![/u] [b]For everything hockey - 24/7 news updates, scores, humour, blogs, and everything else in between, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind. [/b] [b]15. Los Angeles: [/b] Lad...
This is pre-Phoenix, but I think the Edmonton game was a sign the Kings are headed back to last season's form/pattern. They've shook the cobwebs I mean the suds of the party/offseason off and are ready to be stingy on D and in net. The forwards can't score, yet, and that is how the Kings got it going last year. Great D and netminding, anemic offense. Clifford is everyth...
This is pre-Phoenix, but I think the Edmonton game was a sign the Kings are headed back to last season's form/pattern. They've shook the cobwebs I mean the suds of the party/offseason off and are ready to be stingy on D and in net. The forwards can't score, yet, and that is how the Kings got it going last year. Great D and netminding, anemic offense. Clifford is everyth...
February 7th [b]Kessel Finally Lights the Lamp with Game Winner; Kings Throw in Towel[/b] [i]Maple Leafs 3 @ Winnipeg Jets 2; Kings 0 @ Nashville Predators 3[/i] While the Toronto Maple Leafs were in the midst of a huge come from behind victory tonight in Manitoba, the defending champion Los Angeles Kings were pretty much throwing up the white flag after two perio...
TheKingsGarden writes...

No More Mr. Nice Guy!

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
February 10, 2013 [b]A Tale of Two Cities; Leafs Dressed for Battle, Kings Relinquish the Sword[/b] In December of 2011, I took in my first Maple Leaf game in Toronto against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. At the time, the Kings had been struggling mightily and had just fired their coach Terry Murray and had yet to replace them with Darryl Sutte...
[b]The NHL's New Realignment Plan[/b] Otherwise known as, getting the Winnipeg Jets into the appropriate division and conference! As of right now the NHL has the following plan to divide the league into four conferences, thus eliminating the East and West as we know it. Western Conference includes: Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Phoe...
royalgardens writes...

New Name!

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Sorry, but for those who may know me before as TheKingsGarden, I had to change my profile around due to a blue screen crash my laptop suffered last night. When I get those, my computer automatically resets everything and I must log back into everything on the internet. Unfortunately, I must have failed to record my registration information because I could not get back ...
A long time ago I wrote a, “What would Iginla asking price be” for the Flames. Of course it was met with a lot of vitriol. No one wants to think that their best prospect may be included for an aging star like Iginla but make no mistake, if the trade happens the Flames will only do it if the return is an overpayment, otherwise why do it? Iginla will only go to a team...
[b]March 6th[/b] [u][i]Kings 6, St. Louis Blues 4[/i][/u] Wow! What a game! Watching this one late into the night was even better than popping by DVD copy of "Slapshot" in the player... To be honest, I was not at all surprised that the Kings made this sort of comeback. To me, it was the defending champions toying with the Blues all night. They may have just ska...
[b]March 10[/b] Defending Staples appeared to hit a road bump on Thursday, as the Dallas Stars used a three-goal third period to defeat the defending champion Kings 5-2. Dallas also got two goals from ageless wonder, Jaromir Jagr, who beat Quick on an early power play and then added an insurance goal at the 9:40 mark of the third. Perhaps the Kings were a little ...
Howling_Coyote writes...

Coyotes Dethrone Kings

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
The Phoenix Coyotes took on the Los Angeles Kings last night at Jobing.com Arena in the second math up between the two teams this season. The Kings were coming off a victory over the Flames the night before. The first period was all Coyotes pretty much. It was clear that they took advantage of their two day rest while the Kings suffered from their back to back game. Th...
[b]The Ides of March[/b] [b][i]Leafs Lose Again, et tu LA?[/i][/b] I apologize for not working on this last night after the game, but it has almost become unbearable to stay up later in the evening, having to watch both the Leafs and defending champion Kings find ways to lose. Although I am not as much concerned about the Kings, however I am beginning to worry abo...
[b][b]March 18[/b] [b][i]Leafs Lack of Leadership Hampering Results?[/b][/i][/b] Well, another big game for the Leafs on Saturday fell the way side once again. Toronto got a promising start from a nice backhand goal from Joffrey Lupul, who finally returned to the lineup after missing 25 games. But the Maple Leafs could not build on the early lead and completely f...
[b]March 21 [i]Sabres Steal Key Point from Lazy Leafs[/b][/i] Before I get into this one, I just want to make one thing clear about both of these teams on the ice; all weaknesses were greatly magnified throughout this game. The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs are two teams going absolutely nowhere this season. Both teams are lazy, they cough the puck up at ...
In the midst of a playoff race the Dallas Stars may be fielding some phone calls for their legendary winger Jaromir Jagr. The Great Jaromir has had success everywhere he’s played and what a motivating factor it would be to win a Cup for JR, who last won the prize in 1992 when most of the players in the league were learning how to ride a bike. In his eighteen seasons i...
[b]March 24[/b] [i][b]Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 2[/b][/i] Perhaps the Maple Leafs caught a break facing Anton Khudobin instead of Tukkka Rask? Be as it may, Khudobin came into the game with a 6-2 record and a sparkling 2.14 GAA and a save percentage of 92.5%. Toronto also may have caught the Bruins at a good time, as Boston played with some inexperience on its ...
[b]April 2nd [i]Trade Deadline Thoughts[/b][/i] First, regarding the "potential" deal or rumor of Miikka Kiprusoff to the Maple Leafs...Why not Curtis Glencross or perhaps Dennis Wideman? The only way this makes sense for Toronto to acquire the 36 year-old veteran backstop, who's best seasons are already in the books is if GM Dave Nonis and company share very litt...
[b]Playoff Time [i]Kings vs. Blues[/b][/i] [i]Game One...[/i] Los Angeles was lucky to be alive and playing into overtime; thanks in large part to the outstanding play of Jonathan Quick, who gave the Kings a chance to steal the opening game from a St. Louis team who could not have played any better. Call it a chip on their shoulder, or old fashioned revenge, th...
[b]May 6th[/b] If the defending champion Kings are going to turn around and take this quarterfinal series against the St. Louis Blues as originally expected, then some big guns need to step things up a bit. Through the first three games, the Kings have scored a grand total of three goals, and one of them has been by a defenseman. One goal a game is not going to get t...
[b]Sharks - Kings Preview[/b] Well, Sharks' Fans got their wish. Thank you Detroit. Now, the Sharks don't have to play the Blackhawks in the Second Round. That's the Good News. The Bad News, is that they will have to play the Los Angeles Kings instead. Out of the frying pan, and into the proverbial fire as it were. This is going to be a tough series for the ...
I did not write this!rnrnA Blogger for the Kings wrote this! A jealous blogger deleted it! rnProps to the Red Wings but leave it to the Ducks to screw up a showdown with the Kings in what might be Teemu Selanne’s final season.How can the Ducks lose to THAT defense?I’ll tell you how.Bruce Boudreau in the post season:rnThis is his record with an amazing Washington team:r...
I did not write this!rnrnA Blogger for the Kings wrote this! A jealous blogger deleted it! rnProps to the Red Wings but leave it to the Ducks to screw up a showdown with the Kings in what might be Teemu Selanne’s final season.How can the Ducks lose to THAT defense?I’ll tell you how.Bruce Boudreau in the post season:rnThis is his record with an amazing Washington team:r...
[i]Ryan Leong filling in for Cam Gore who is on assignment. Cam will be back for Game 4.[/i]rnrnLogan Couture is coming of age.rnrnCouture has been mentioned numerous times on this blog how important he is to this team and this game only punctuates how he is the unquestioned 'leader' now. Sure the Sharks still have Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau but even the fans are awa...
[i]Ryan Leong filling in for Cam Gore who is on assignment. Cam will be back for Game 4.[/i] Logan Couture is coming of age. Couture has been mentioned numerous times on this blog how important he is to this team and this game only punctuates how he is the unquestioned 'leader' now. Sure the Sharks still have Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau but even the fans are awa...
I was thinking about the President's Trophy and its curse. Past winners and losers, etc., so I decided to do some research and figure out what each Cup winners' (since 1986) regular season final ranking was. There are two lists of rankings. One by final conference rank, one by overall. Regular season final ranking (Overall NHL standings) and number of Cup winners p...
[i][b]June 21[/b][/i] Now, shifting over to the Los Angeles Kings, who I hope are resting and healing fast for the real upcoming 82-game season starting in October... The pending trade of backup, yet capable #1 goaltender Jonathan Bernier is obviously the most important next step for GM Dean Lombardi. With the Toronto Maple Leafs emerging as front runners as of ri...
It's been a while. I apologize for those who have been wondering what happened to me...(Roadrunner especially!) Compacted with some laptop computer issues ($875 and a little bit more for tech support via Geek Squad, that has finally been addressed), coaching both junior high and high school teams in the fall, as well as and other commitments, I have spent the month of O...
Matt.Nicol writes...

Scrivens a Saviour?

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Hockey fans who fancy fantasy leagues or the L.A. Kings may have found a place in their hearts for a new goaltender. Ben Scrivens has been stellar since arriving in California, starting in only 6 games but allowing only 9 goals. He has been very impressive, recording 3 shutouts so far this season. This is tremendous news for Kings fans, as Jonathan Quick is expected to ...
[b]December 2nd[/b] [u][b]Kings Continue Dominance of Blues[/b][/u] Finally, a nice easy win for the Kings at Staples Monday night. It also came against a very solid Blues team still looking to avenge its back-to-back first round ousting at the hands of the black and white. LA seemed to be playing much more relaxed than Saturday night, but in a good way. They let...
[b]December 5th[/b] [u]Welcome back to the scene Mr. Bernier and Mr. Kadri.[/u] Tonight at the Air Canada Centre, the Maple Leafs got exactly what they were asking for when they traded for Jonathan Bernier. Bernier was a man on a mission tonight, and although he allowed the game-tying goal later in the third on an outstanding hand-eye coordination play by the savvy v...
[b]December 9[/b] Before the Kings and Maple Leafs meet at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Los Angeles will first face off against a strong Montreal Canadiens team at the Bell Centre Tuesday evening. I can hardly remember the last time the Kings won at the Bell Centre or even Centre Molson. In fact, the Canadiens have won 12 of the last 13 meetings in Montreal sinc...
[b]December 12[/b] Toronto is a spectacular city. Full of great people, who take great pride in their town...and its teams, even though when they've hit rock bottom. Watching TSN from my Bond Place Hotel room the other night, they broadcasted a bit from the MLB Winter Meetings from Lake Buena Vista Florida, (aka The Swan at the Walt Disney World Resorts where I ran i...
[b]December 15[/b] Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs showed what it takes to have a chance at beating a team like Chicago. Not sure what happened to the Leafs, perhaps they were angry and completely unsatisfied at the effort on Thursday in St. Louis and they should be, but they took Chicago's game and threw it right back at them. Remember what 1980 USA coach Herb ...
The Chicago Blackhawks do what they do best and don't let a bad games get any further than the night it was played. After the 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Hawks come out with 3 first period goals against the Los Angeles Kings, which no team had scored any first period goals against the LA in 18 games! Where does that come from? But anyone knows if any team had ...
[b]January 12[/b] Jimmy Howard just proved why he deserves to be a member of the United States Olympic team. Despite a tough year for him, mainly due to inconsistencies of play of the guys in front of him and injuries to several Red Wings players, Howard still remains an elite goaltender in the NHL and nearly single handedly defeated Chicago in the second round of t...
[b]January 18th[/b] Lots to write about following a (near) perfect week for the Toronto Maple Leafs (their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies) and the Los Angeles Kings... I was planning on writing up my recap from last night's Chicago Wolves-Toronto Marlies game, but when I returned home, I instantly crashed as my body hit the bed. It had been a very long, tiresome week ...
[b]January 20th[/b] [i][u]Bruins Return the Favor[/u][/i] Another fantastic hockey game this afternoon in Boston between the Bruins and Kings. World class, championship-style hockey. It is a shame that these two teams will not face each other again this season...unless they meet in the Finals. First and foremost, this was another frustrating loss for the Los Ang...
[b]Game day Preview: Red Wings @ Flyers 1/28/14 RED WINGS (23-18-11) at FLYERS (25-22-6)[/b] The Flyers have lost 4 straight, making it the worst losing streak since October. With The Stanley Cup Playoffs about 11 weeks away, and with the standings so closely bunched together in the Eastern Conference, each game seems like it will have serious postseason implications ...
[b]Game Day Preview: 2/1/14 - 4PM EST FLYERS (26-23-6) at KINGS (30-20-6)[/b] [img]http://imageshack.com/a/img836/4536/rfic.jpg[/img] The Flyers continue their three-game California road trip looking to improve on the start, losing 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. The Flyers will look to improve their power play. They lead the NHL with most goals against w...
RJNSmith writes...

Mason, Flyers shutout Kings

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[b]Mason, Flyers shutout Kings[/b] [img]http://imageshack.com/a/img571/791/v9ww.jpg[/img] Steve Mason made 35 saves & recorded his second shutout in his last three games as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0. "You've got to have a short-term memory," Steve Mason said. "People like to talk about negative things, and as players, you've just...
This has been an interesting year for Edmonton Oiler fans. What was supposed to be the season where it all turned worked out has become exactly the opposite. The Oilers currently sit 2nd to last in the NHL only ahead of the pitiful Buffalo Sabres. The poor result has caused rookie General Manager Craig MacTavish to make some peculiar deals. With Smid and Dubnyk now gone it...
cove48 writes...

Wild vs. Kings

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Wild Fans, and NHL fans! Stay tuned, I will be posting a pregame with thoughts about the Wild and their recent struggles and successes before the 9:00 p.m. central time start! Go Wild!
cove48 writes...

Wild vs. Kings Pregame

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Wild Fans! It is game night in the city of Angels, and the Wild need to have a game like the had in the third period against the Coyotes on Friday. This game is key for the Wild to win to keep a comfortable lead on the Coyotes and Stars in the Western Conference Wild Card race. A story for the ages. The Wild can't seem to catch a break this year, which is Goalten...
[b]April 27[/b] [i]Do the Leafs need a new coach or new Philosophy? [/i] First of all, I do not think that simply bringing in a new coach and continuing with the same exact roster for the most part will pay instant dividends. First, the team needs to decide what it will do with its goaltending situation. Everyone thinks that Jonathan Bernier was a "savior" for th...
Flash4 writes...

How the Kings Climbed Back

Posted Tuesday | Comments 6
The Los Angeles Kings were down 3 games to 0, in the first round of the playoffs to the San Jose Sharks. Last night they managed to climb all the way back to even the series at 3 games apiece. [code]rnrn[/code]The question is how? What changed? [code]rnrn[/code]After the first three games the Sharks looked not only superior, but dominant. They won the first three games...
Brayton writes...

Mock Draft 3.0

Posted Monday | Comments 11
We are officially less than one month away from the 2014 NHL Draft from Philadelphia. The NHL Combine has come to a close with some of the best draft prospects making some headlines. Tope prospects like Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, and Aaron Ekblad stood out from the other players at the Combine. Now it is time to evaluate and prepare for the NHL Draft on June 27th. With ...
The Day of Reckoning in the National Hockey League has arrived as Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers kicks off tonight. And it must be said again: what a dream match-up for the NHL, as its two biggest markets get set to do battle on its biggest stage. The league’s growth-and-revenue train just seems to keep on chugging....
Been a while, been replying mostly to posts from our Kings beat blogger Jason Lewis...what a great job he has done having taken over for the at times overbearing yet passionate Matthew Barry. Thanks for all of your work this season! Some first period thoughts...lousy opening 20 for the Kings. Looking to finish the series on home ice in front of thousands of die hards I ...
MLew65 writes...

L.A. Kings a dynasty?

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
As I sat and watched the Stanley Cup Finals the first three games weren't what I expected. After watching the Rags in the semi-finals I thought they had what it takes to win the cup. I was rooting for them, but in games 1 - 3 I watched the Kings toss around the Rangers like they were rags. Where were Mike Richards, Marty St.Louis and with the exception of King Henrique t...
[b]Follow me on Twitter @DailyNHLGRIND A Glance Back[/b] I don’t think anybody could have predicted the outcome of the brutally nicknamed metro-terrible division last season. Columbus impressed while the Capitals faltered. The Penguins took a dip in the playoffs while the Rangers surprised many after a rough start. Other teams sort of slotted right into their right...

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