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24champ
11-01-2006, 12:03 PM
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Los Angeles Kings (4-8-2, 10 pts) (http://lakings.com/)
VS.
Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-0, 12 pts) (http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/)

Game Time: 7:30 PM PST | 10:30 PM EST
Location:Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA
TV Broadcast: FSNW
Radio Broadcast: 1150 AM
Online broadcast: NHL Radio (http://gameradio.nhl.com/cc/playa.php?url=http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia-live/nhl/9297/20_nhl-losangeles_game_audio_050909.asx)

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LA Times: Kings News Page (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/)
LA Daily News: Kings News Page (http://www2.dailynews.com/Kings)
TSN: Kings Page (http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/main.asp?hubname=nhl-kings)
CBS Sportsline: Kings Page (http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/page/LA)
Kings dominate early, down Rangers (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=182463&hubname=nhl)
Lombardi has novel way to get read on Frolov (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kingrep31oct31,1,6435472.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Sopel cranks up Kings, 4-1 (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kings31oct31,1,6372194.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Kings Take A Bite Out Of NY, Win 4-1 (http://www.lakings.com/2,5028.ftm)

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Brent Sopel was named the #2 Star of the Day by the NHL for his excellent play on Monday

Mathieu Garon now holds the leagues best GAA with 1.72

The Penguins are 3-9 in their last 12 vs. Pacific Division opponents

Evgeni Malkin will try to become the first player in 89 years to open his career with goals in six straight games

The Kings have beaten or tied the Penguins in their last 8 meetings

The Penguins last beat the Kings on 1/16/1999

Dan Cloutier is 5-1 with a tie and a 2.27 goals-against average in his career against the Penguins

The Kings travel to Phoenix on Saturday to do some Coyote hunting


Click Here (http://www.lakings.com/2,4172.ftm) for the television schedule of the LA Kings.

Click Here (http://www.forecaster.info/latimes/hockey/roster.cgi?LA) For the Kings roster.

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“This is the way we have to play every night. We have to play with hard work. This is the best league in the world, and if you don't work hard you're not going to get the wins. Lately we've been working hard and not getting the bounces - but tonight we did. We have so many shots that didn't go in the last couple games, it was nice to bury one and give us the lead.” – Brent Sopel

“We know we can battle these good teams. What we have to do is do it again. We know we have a good team.” – Alexander Frolov

“Sometimes it has to get a little worse before it gets better. We did a lot of things right in the last two games…. Today it paid off. Today we got bounces from hard work. It's not like we did something different or better.” – Mattias Norstrom

“We talked about them being a better team than their record indicated. They came out and had a great first period and we didn't start playing until the second period. But by then they had built a significant lead. The penalties were a reflection of us not being ready to play.” – Brendan Shanahan

“I was challenging (Alexander Frolov) to pay attention to detail and stick to things. Fro is a pretty deep thinker, and he had mentioned before that he had read 'War and Peace' twice. What better example can you have of stick-to-itiveness and attention to detail and not quitting than reading that book? I said if Fro showed more determination on the puck, I'd read it. I'm on Page 250 and I'm wondering if I can buy my way out of this.” – Dean Lombardi

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Kings
Petiot (knee) IR
McCauley (knee) IR

Penguins
Malone (forearm) IR
Orpik (hand) IR
Petrovicky (hip) IR

24champ
11-01-2006, 12:04 PM
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**2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

Leading Scorers:

Forwards:
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Kopitar, LA - 13 points (3 G, 10 A, +0) | Crosby, PIT - 15 points (6 G, 9 A, +7)

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Defensemen:
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Sopel, LA - 9 points (4 G, 5 A, +3) | Whitney, PIT - 10 points (2 G, 8 A, +2)

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Probable Starters: (subject to change)
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Cloutier, LA - 8 GP Record: 1-6-1 GAA: 3.44 | Fleury, PIT 9 GP Record: 6-3-0 GAA: 2.58

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GAA:
LA – 2.64 (11th in NHL)
PIT – 2.67 (12th in NHL)

Avg. Goals:
LA – 2.07 (29th in NHL)
PIT – 3.67 (2nd in NHL)

24champ
11-01-2006, 12:05 PM
Power Play %:
LA – 10.5 (29th in NHL)
PIT – 23.1 (4th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 86.9 (8th in NHL)
PIT – 85.5 (12th in NHL)

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Pacific Division Standings:
1. Anaheim Ducks (9-0-3) 21 pts
2. Dallas Stars (9-2-0) 18 pts
3. San Jose Sharks (9-4-0) 18 pts
4. Los Angeles Kings (4-8-2) 10 pts
5. Phoenix Coyotes (3-9-0) 6 pts

Western Conference Standings:
1 Anaheim Ducks (9-0-3) 21 pts
2 Minnesota Wild (9-2-0) 18 pts
3 Nashville Predators (7-3-1) 15 pts
4 Dallas Stars (9-2-0) 18 pts
5 San Jose Sharks (9-4-0) 18 pts
6 Vancouver Canucks (7-5-1) 15 pts
7 Edmonton Oilers (7-4-0) 14 pts
8 Detroit Red Wings (6-4-1) 13 pts
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9 Colorado Avalanche (5-4-2) 12 pts
10 Los Angeles Kings (4-8-2) 10 pts
11 St Louis Blues (3-4-3) 9 pts
12 Chicago Blackhawks (4-8-0) 8 pts
13 Columbus Blue Jackets (3-5-1) 7 pts
14 Calgary Flames (3-6-1) 7 pts
15 Phoenix Coyotes (3-9-0) 6 pts

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Key/Division Games Tonight:
Colorado Avalanche @ Columbus Blue Jackets 4:00 PM PST | 7:00 PM EST
Calgary Flames @ Detroit Red Wings 4:30 PM PST | 7:30 PM EST
St. Louis Blues @ Dallas Stars 5:30 PM PST | 8:30 PM EST
New York Rangers @ Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM PST | 10:00 PM EST
Nashville Predators @ Edmonton Oilers 7:00 PM PST | 10:00 PM EST

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Jori
11-01-2006, 06:01 PM
I'll be staying up for this one.

24champ
11-04-2006, 04:22 PM
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Los Angeles Kings (4-8-3, 11 pts) (http://lakings.com/)
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Phoenix Coyotes (3-10-0, 6 pts) (http://www.wild.com/)

Game Time: 6:00 PM PST | 9:00 PM EST
Location:Glendale Arena | Phoenix, AZ
TV Broadcast: FSNW
Radio Broadcast: 1150 AM
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LA Times: Kings News Page (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/)
LA Daily News: Kings News Page (http://www2.dailynews.com/Kings)
TSN: Kings Page (http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/main.asp?hubname=nhl-kings)
CBS Sportsline: Kings Page (http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/page/LA)
Crawford wants to keep the Coyotes guessing (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kingrep4nov04,1,126812.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Cloutier, Garon still have a share (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kingrep3nov03,1,7668051.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Kings outdone by youths (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kings2nov02,1,3027680.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Pens Slip past Kings, Beating LA 4-3 in OT (http://www.lakings.com/2,5033.ftm)

24champ
11-04-2006, 04:25 PM
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The Kings sent forward Patrick O'Sullivan to Manchester

Rob Blake will play his 1,000th regular-season game tonight

The Kings are 8-3 in their last 11 Sat. games

The Coyotes are 1-10 in their last 11 Sat. games

Goaltender Jason LaBarbera stopped 21 shots in 65 minutes and denied three shooters in the shootout to lift the Manchester Monarchs to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Lowell Devils

Click Here (http://www.lakings.com/2,4172.ftm) for the television schedule of the LA Kings.
Click Here (http://www.forecaster.info/latimes/hockey/roster.cgi?LA) For the Kings roster.

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“There was no fault in our effort, but I questioned some of our decisions we made in the offensive zone.” – Coach Marc Crawford

“I saw an old interview when Blakey was a rookie and he had a mullet. What was up with that?” – Michael Cammalleri

“The feeling is we have guys in goal who give us a chance to win in every game we go into. That is an advantage for us. It's good to see Matty get off to the start he has had this season. Dan has not had the results that maybe he deserved some nights, but that can change. We wanted Cloot to work through the criticism he was getting from our fans and in public. Fighting through that is a positive sign.” - Coach Marc Crawford

“It's coming. I've had a couple good games and hopefully I'll be able to keep it rolling.” – Dan Cloutier

“I don't want to give that away in advance. There's a little advantage in that. I think it's still a big deal in how teams prepare. One's a left-handed stick, one's right-handed.” - Coach Marc Crawford, on why he won’t release the name of the starting goaltender before gametime.

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Kings
Cowan (upper body) day to day
McCauley (knee) IR
Petiot (knee) IR

Coyotes
Doan (back) IR
Zigomanis (groin) IR
Reinprecht (shoulder) IR
Ballard (hand) IR
Ricci (neck) IR

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(from NHL.com (http://nhl.com/))
**2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

Leading Scorers:

Forwards:
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Kopitar, LA - 13 points (3 G, 10 A, +1) | Comrie, PHX - 11 points (4 G, 7 A, +2)

24champ
11-04-2006, 04:28 PM
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Defensemen:
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Sopel, LA - 9 points (4 G, 5 A, +3) | Jovanovski, PHX - 5 points (2 G, 3 A, +1)

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Probable Starters: (subject to change)
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Garon, LA - 7 GP Record: 3-2-1 GAA: 1.72 | LeNeveu, PHX 2 GP Record: 1-1-0 GAA: 4.50

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GAA:
LA – 2.73 (12th in NHL)
PHX - 4.54 (30th in NHL)

Avg. Goals:
LA – 2.13 (29th in NHL)
PHX – 2.31 (27th in NHL)

Power Play %:
LA – 11.2 (25th in NHL)
PHX – 9.9 (28th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 86.5 (10th in NHL)
PHX – 75.0 (30th in NHL)

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Pacific Division Standings:
1. Anaheim Ducks (10-0-4) 24 pts
2. Dallas Stars (11-2-0) 22 pts
3. San Jose Sharks (9-5-0) 18 pts
4. Los Angeles Kings (4-8-3) 11 pts
5. Phoenix Coyotes (3-10-0) 6 pts

Western Conference Standings:
1 Anaheim Ducks (10-0-4) 24 pts
2 Minnesota Wild (10-2-0) 20 pts
3 Nashville Predators (8-3-1) 17 pts
4 Dallas Stars (11-2-0) 22 pts
5 San Jose Sharks (9-5-0) 18 pts
6 Detroit Red Wings (8-4-1) 17 pts
7 Vancouver Canucks (7-6-1) 15 pts
8 Edmonton Oilers (7-6-0) 14 pts
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9 Colorado Avalanche (6-5-2) 14 pts
10 St Louis Blues (4-5-3) 11 pts
11 Los Angeles Kings (4-8-3) 11 pts
12 Columbus Blue Jackets (4-6-1) 9 pts
13 Calgary Flames (3-7-2) 8 pts
14 Chicago Blackhawks (4-9-0) 8 pts
15 Phoenix Coyotes (3-10-0) 6 pts

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Key/Division Games Tonight:
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Detroit Red Wings 4:00 PM PST | 7:00 PM EST
Calgary Flames @ St. Louis Blues 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST
Nashville Predators @ Minnesota Wild 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST
Vancouver Canucks @ Colorado Avalanche 7:00 PM PST | 10:00 PM EST
Pittsburgh Penguins @ San Jose Sharks 7:30 PM PST | 10:30 PM EST

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24champ
11-06-2006, 11:24 PM
Several things I picked up on, one the Kings have scouts in Canada scouting the Canadiens and Senators. Rumors are that the Kings are talking with the Senators for a possible Brian Lee for Craig Conroy swap. GM meetings are tommorow and I suspect talks will continue there. Something will get done soon.

24champ
11-07-2006, 12:36 PM
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Los Angeles Kings (4-9-3) 11 pts (http://lakings.com/)
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Colorado Avalanche (7-5-2) 14 pts (http://www.coloradoavalanche.com/index.asp)

Game Time: 6:30 PM PST | 9:30 PM EST
Location:Pepsi Center | Denver, CO
TV Broadcast: FSN Prime Ticket
Radio Broadcast: 1150 AM
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LetsGoKings.com Press Box (http://letsgokings.com/bbs/forumdisplay.php?f=7)
LA Times: Kings News Page (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/)
LA Daily News: Kings News Page (http://www2.dailynews.com/Kings)
TSN: Kings Page (http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/main.asp?hubname=nhl-kings)
CBS Sportsline: Kings Page (http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/page/LA)
Kings come up dry in desert (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kings5nov05,1,4403942.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Kings Bitten by Coyotes, Lose to phoenix 6-4 (http://www.lakings.com/2,5036.ftm)

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The Avalanche are 8-0 in their last 8 games as a favorite but are 4-13 in their last 17 games following a win

Tim Jackman (RW) and Noah Clarke (LW) have been called up from Manchester

Los Angeles outshot its sixth straight opponent Saturday, 43-24, and is among the NHL leaders with 33.2 shots per game

The Kings come home to Staples Center on Wed to face the San Jose Sharks

Click Here (http://www.lakings.com/2,4172.ftm) for the television schedule of the LA Kings.
Click Here (http://www.forecaster.info/latimes/hockey/roster.cgi?LA) For the Kings roster.

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“A 3-1 lead in this league early on, we've got to find a way to put them away and not invite them back in the game. It's a really disappointing loss.” – Mattias Norstrom

“We had that bad half-minute at the end of the first period that allowed them to get back in the game. You've got to give them credit. They came pretty hard the second period. It seemed like every chance that they got they ended up capitalizing on it.” – Coach Marc Crawford

“I just thought I did my job. As a goalie, you just want to make every save and that's what I tried to do for 60 minutes and let the guys take care of the rest, scoring the big goals when it's time.” – Jose Theodore, after the win over the Canucks

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Kings
Armstrong (collare bone) IR
Cowan (upper body) IR
McCauley (knee) IR
Petiot (knee) IR

Avalanche
McCormick (chest) IR
Leopold (hernia) IR
Turgeon (shoulder) IR
May (shoulder) IR

24champ
11-07-2006, 12:41 PM
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(from NHL.com (http://nhl.com/))

**2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

Leading Scorers:

Forwards:
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Kopitar, LA - 14 points (4 G, 10 A, +1) | Sakic, COL - 15 points (6 G, 9 A, -1)

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Defensemen:
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Sopel, LA - 9 points (4 G, 5 A, +1) | Liles, COL - 12 points (3 G, 9 A, +1)

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Probable Starters: (subject to change)
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Cloutier, LA - 10 GP Record: 1-6-1 GAA: 3.38 | Theodore, COL 9 GP Record: 5-3-1 GAA: 3.12

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GAA:
LA – 2.94 (15th in NHL)
COL – 3.07 (18th in NHL)

Avg. Goals:
LA – 2.25 (28th in NHL)
COL – 3.29 (8th in NHL)

Power Play %:
LA – 11.6 (26th in NHL)
COL – 16.9 (14th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 85.4 (11th in NHL)
COL – 82.4 (21st in NHL)

24champ
11-07-2006, 12:44 PM
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Pacific Division Standings:
1. Anaheim Ducks (11-0-4) 26 pts
2. Dallas Stars (11-3-0) 22 pts
3. San Jose Sharks (10-5-0) 20 pts
4. Los Angeles Kings (4-9-3) 11 pts
5. Phoenix Coyotes (4-10-0) 8 pts

Western Conference Standings:
1 Anaheim Ducks (11-0-4) 26 pts
2 Minnesota Wild (10-3-0) 20 pts
3 Nashville Predators (9-3-1) 19 pts
4 Dallas Stars (11-3-0) 22 pts
5 San Jose Sharks (10-5-0) 20 pts
6 Detroit Red Wings (9-4-1) 19 pts
7 Vancouver Canucks (8-6-1) 17 pts
8 Colorado Avalanche (7-5-2) 16 pts
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9 Edmonton Oilers (7-6-0) 14 pts
10 St Louis Blues (4-6-3) 11 pts
11 Los Angeles Kings (4-9-3) 11 pts
12 Calgary Flames (4-7-2) 10 pts
13 Columbus Blue Jackets (4-7-1) 9 pts
14 Chicago Blackhawks (4-9-0) 8 pts
15 Phoenix Coyotes (4-10-0) 8 pts

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Key/Division Games Tonight:
Edmonton Oilers @ Montreal Canadians 4:30 PM PST | 7:30 PM EST
Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames 7:00 PM PST | 10:00 PM EST
Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks 7:30 PM PST | 10:30 PM EST

**(Some images courtesy of NHL.com (http://nhl.com/), lakings.com (http://www.lakings.com/), gettyimages.com (http://gettyimages.com/) and ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/))**

24champ
11-09-2006, 11:45 AM
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Los Angeles Kings (5-9-3, 13 pts) (http://www.lakings.com/)
VS.
San Jose Sharks (10-5-0, 20 pts) (http://www.sjsharks.com/index2.html)

Game Time: 7:30 PM PST | 10:30 PM EST
Location: Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA
TV Broadcast: FSNW
Radio Broadcast: 1150 AM
NHL Radio (http://gameradio.nhl.com/cc/playa.php?url=http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia-live/nhl/9297/20_nhl-losangeles_game_audio_050909.asx)

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Kings Team Home Page (http://www.forecaster.info/latimes/hockey/teamhome.cgi?LA)
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NHL.com Preview (http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=Preview&gnum=227&seas=20062007&gtype=2)
Fox Game Trax (http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/gameTrax?gameId=2006110908)
Game Day Roster (http://www.lakings.com/images/pdf_rosters/roster_110906.pdf)

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LA Daily News: Kings News Page (http://www2.dailynews.com/Kings)
TSN: Kings Page (http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/main.asp?hubname=nhl-kings)
CBS Sportsline: Kings Page (http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/page/LA)
Avery scores twice as Kings edge Avs (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=183364&hubname=nhl)
Becoming consistent is the goal (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kingrep9nov09,1,2420582.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Avery makes the plays as Kings win on road (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kings8nov08,1,5780204.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings]Avery makes the plays as Kings win on road)
Kings Bury Avalanche, Winning 6-5 in Denver (http://www.lakings.com/2,5041.ftm)

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Kings are 6-20 in their last 26 vs. Pacific Division opponents

Sharks are 13-3-1 in the last 17 meetings with the Kings

The home team is 26-12-3 in the last 41 meetings between the Kings and Sharks

The Sharks have won the last 6 out of 7 at Staples Center

The Kings play Minnesota on Saturday at Staples Center and the San Jose Sharks again on Monday

Click Here (http://www.lakings.com/2,4172.ftm) for the television schedule of the LA Kings.
Click Here (http://www.forecaster.info/latimes/hockey/roster.cgi?LA) For the Kings roster.

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“We just are all trying to get goals and win games. We have been playing hard and the bounces haven't been going our way. But tonight they did.” – Sean Avery

“Getting the breakaway short-handed seemed to lift our spirits a little bit. We got some big saves from our goalie, so the second was our best period by far. We shot the puck very well, and whether that was a reflection of great shots or subpar goaltending, it was a game tonight where the shooters were good and the chances were plentiful. Thankfully, we capitalized on a few more than they did.” – Coach Marc Crawford

“Unfortunately, with the situation we find ourselves in, nothing is going to be smooth." – Mattias Norstrom

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Kings
Armstrong (collar bone) IR
Cowan (upper body) IR
McCauley (knee) IR
Petiot (knee) IR

Sharks
No injuries to report

24champ
11-09-2006, 11:47 AM
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(from NHL.com (http://nhl.com/))

**2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

Leading Scorers:

Forwards:
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Kopitar, LA - 16 points (5 G, 11 A, +3) | Thornton, SJS - 19 points (3 G, 16 A, -4)

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Defensemen:
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Visnovsky, LA - 9 points (4 G, 5 A, +2) | Carle, SJS - 14 points (3 G, 11 A, +7)

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Probable Starters: (subject to change)
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Garon, LA - 8 GP Record: 3-3-2 GAA: 2.35 | Toskala, SJS 8 GP Record: 7-1-0 GAA: 2.12

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GAA:
LA – 3.06 (17th in NHL)
SJS – 2.19 (5th in NHL)

Avg. Goals:
LA – 2.47 (26th in NHL)
SJS – 3.06 (13th in NHL)

Power Play %:
LA – 12.9 (24th in NHL)
SJS – 24.5 (1st in NHL)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 84.2 (14th in NHL)
SJS – 88.5 (6th in NHL)

24champ
11-09-2006, 11:49 AM
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Pacific Division Standings:
1. Anaheim Ducks (11-0-4) 26 pts
2. Dallas Stars (11-4-0) 22 pts
3. San Jose Sharks (11-5-0) 22 pts
4. Los Angeles Kings (5-9-3) 13 pts
5. Phoenix Coyotes (4-10-0) 8 pts

Western Conference Standings:
1 Anaheim Ducks (11-0-4) 26 pts
2 Minnesota Wild (10-4-0) 20 pts
3 Nashville Predators (9-3-1) 19 pts
4 Dallas Stars (11-4-0) 22 pts
5 San Jose Sharks (11-5-0) 22 pts
6 Detroit Red Wings (10-4-1) 21 pts
7 Vancouver Canucks (8-7-1) 17 pts
8 Colorado Avalanche (7-6-2) 16 pts
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9 Edmonton Oilers (7-7-1) 15 pts
10 Los Angeles Kings (5-9-3) 13 pts
11 Calgary Flames (5-7-2) 12 pts
12 St Louis Blues (4-6-3) 11 pts
13 Columbus Blue Jackets (4-7-1) 9 pts
14 Chicago Blackhawks (4-9-0) 8 pts
15 Phoenix Coyotes (4-10-0) 8 pts

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Key/Division Games Tonight:
Chicago Blackhawks @ New Jersey Devils 4:30 PM PST | 7:30 PM EST
Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST
Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes 6:00 PM PST | 9:00 PM EST
Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks 7:00 PM PST | 10:00 PM EST

**(Some images courtesy of NHL.com (http://nhl.com/), lakings.com (http://www.lakings.com/), gettyimages.com (http://gettyimages.com/) and ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/))**

24champ
11-09-2006, 12:08 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=amber_david&id=2653832
Sean Avery has been called the most hated man in the NHL, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Avery has built a reputation as a player who will say what's on his mind and back it up with his fists.

Sean Avery
Avery

In this week's Facing Off, the Kings agitator explains why he prefers L.A. to Hockeytown, what separates Alexander Ovechkin from Peyton Manning and why he hasn't popped the question to Hollywood girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert.

Question from David Amber: How does an undrafted, average-sized guy like you find himself playing in his fifth NHL season, already with a Stanley Cup ring, and making more than a million dollars a season?

Answer from Sean Avery: Man, I don't know, I guess probably a little luck. Maybe I shouldn't say luck, I just worked hard. I just took my opportunity and ran with it. I found a role of maybe pissing a lot of people off, and it just escalated from there, I guess.

Q: You had to pay your dues in the minors, including 304 penalty minutes one season with Cincinnati in the AHL. How did you make a name for yourself that season?

A: Well, 304 minutes, that's a good start [laughs]. I fought a lot, just kind of came out of the gates hard. I didn't play any NHL games that year; I just worked hard and waited for my opportunity and worked on my game while I was down there.

Fast Facts -- Sean Avery
• He has led the NHL in penalty minutes each of the past two seasons.

• Undrafted, he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in 1999.

• He won a Stanley Cup in his rookie year with the Red Wings.

• He scored a career-high 15 goals last season.

• He was acquired by the Kings in 2003 along with Maxim Kuznetsov and two draft picks for Mathieu Schneider.

Q: How difficult is that, playing a big-guy role without the size?

A: It's funny, I don't realize I'm not 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3; I think I am delusional and feel as big as those guys. It's a good thing that I have that mentality. I can't believe I am only 5-foot-10 and just 195 pounds, so I go at guys and hope for the best.

Q: It did work out for you. You got the call to join the Red Wings during their Stanley Cup season in 2001-02. What was your first NHL moment like?

A: My first game was interesting. We were in Detroit, and I just came out and went 100 miles an hour and ended up fighting Trevor Linden. I think it was Trevor's first fight in 10 years.

Q: How did the fight start?

A: I think he asked me to fight, from what I remember. I think I had taken a run at him, and at that point, no one knew who I was, so I'm sure he just thought I was some rookie who weighed 175 pounds and he could work me over. It was a good fight, it wasn't completely lopsided. I would say I gave it to him a little bit, but it was good.

Q: And then, at 22, you win the Stanley Cup during your rookie season. What do you remember most about that experience?

A: I just remember watching all the great players we had like [Brendan] Shanahan, [Steve] Yzerman, [Kris] Draper and [Chris] Chelios, just learning from them. It was exciting, I was in awe. It felt like it wasn't real; it felt like a fairy tale.

Q: Would you appreciate winning a Stanley Cup more now?

A: It just happened so quick, I don't think I really appreciated it at all. Our team was so good. I still didn't realize how tough it is to win it. I wasn't going to make or break that team. I will always remember being on that team, but I was only a 22-year-old, so I feel the next one I win would be the real one, that's for sure.

Q: You have been described as a pest and an agitator. How would you describe Sean Avery the hockey player?

A: That's probably pretty accurate; I think I'm in your face. I play pretty hard, and I think now you have to respect me a little more because my game is on a different level as far as being able to play and challenge guys and make plays. Probably a lot of guys would rather play with me than against me.

Q: You'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Is there a dream scenario for you?

A: [Laughs.] I certainly enjoy the situation I'm in right now as far as my relationship with my coach, Marc Crawford, and my general manager, Dean Lombardi, but we'll see what happens. You know this is a business.

Q: A few weeks ago, Crawford said in an interview: "We want him to give the referees respect. He has a reputation and a well-deserved one, and it's going to take time to lose it." How do you accept that critique?

A: I completely agree with him. That was just part of the gig as far as being a young guy who had to find a way to make it and stick around, so that's how I played. I'm now in a transformation period, and it might take a whole season to change how things go. It's frustrating. At times, I want to go back to some of the old things I used to do that got me in trouble with the refs, but you have to be careful and remember it's not worth it in the long run.

Elisha Cuthbert
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Will Sean Avery ever pop the question to girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert? He says he's saving his dough.

Q: What are the biggest misconceptions about Sean Avery?

A: I don't really know, and I don't really care. Guys I worry about are the guys I'm playing with and the people in our organization. I'm not losing any sleep thinking about what anyone else thinks of me, that's for sure.

Q: How do you think you are viewed around the league by other players?

A: I couldn't care less. I have no desire in knowing what they think at all. Hopefully, none of them like me.

Q: Why?

A: It just means I'm going to be more effective when I play against them. I'm not here to make friends with guys that I play against. I think if you are, you're in the wrong business.

Q: With Mario and Stevie Y gone, who do you see as the face of the NHL right now?

A: I think with a couple of English lessons, I would like to see it be Ovechkin. I think he is the most exciting player in the league. That's what we need, someone who brings excitement to the game. At this point, I don't think a Peyton Manning-type guy is going to work. The game needs somebody as good as Peyton Manning, but with a personality like Ovechkin, and that's what he has. He's dynamic both on and off the ice.

Q: Within a three-week period last season, you issued an apology about a comment you made about French Canadian players, then denied making a racially insensitive comment about Georges Laraque [a black Canadian]. What was it like being Sean Avery during that time?

A: [Pauses.] I don't know, I just rolled with it. I don't get too riled up, as I said before, with other people's opinions. It was an interesting year, that's for sure, and I learned a lot from it, and that's what it's about for me, learning from mistakes because I've made my fair share.

Q: What did you learn?

A: I think there's a lot of things that I want to say that I can't say and probably don't need to say aloud. I can go home and say it to whomever is sitting around on my couch at home, or I can go up to Dean Lombardi's office and vent to him, so there's a lot of ways I can avoid making comments to reporters, who are, for the most part, there to get something to write about, generally.

Q: Have you spoken to Laraque since that incident?

A: No, I haven't talked to him. The timing of it and certainly other things I had said during the course of the year had brought a lot of attention to me, so I think if it were someone else, it wouldn't have been that big a deal. It was a while ago, I don't really read a lot of things or listen to radio, so I don't know exactly how bad things got and what was said.

Q: What's the biggest difference between playing in laid-back L.A. and playing in Hockeytown?

A: There's less media coverage in L.A. There is better shopping and better restaurants here. As far as hockey goes, it's nice to play in the Staples Center. Joe Louis was a great rink, but Staples is a cool arena. As far as the fans go, Detroit is Hockeytown, but by and large, the fans in L.A. are supportive. I like it, the weather is nice, so there are a lot of benefits to playing in California.

Q: Is L.A. the perfect venue for a guy as outspoken as you?

A: Yeah, I enjoy it. I'm sure in New York I would fit in and I'd do all right in Toronto, but I'm happy where I am right now.

Q: You're dating actress Elisha Cuthbert, so are you part of the Hollywood scene?

A: Yeah, I mean we do our thing and run with our circle of friends, but I guess it's viewed as the Hollywood scene. We definitely enjoy ourselves.

Q: So, who is in your crowd?

A: Elisha has more famous friends than me. I have my crew of buddies and keep it real like that.

Q: Elisha was in a movie with Paris Hilton, so do you hang out with Paris now?

A: I have spent some interesting evenings with her, that's for sure. She's cool. She certainly has an image that gets portrayed by the papers and everything, but she's cool. The tabloids are not a good indication of what she is really like, that's for sure.

Q: Last thing I read about Paris is that she is staying celibate for a year. Is that true?

A: I don't know about that [laughs]. Like I said, I don't know if everything you read is true or not true.

Q: So, guys on your team must be all over you to try and set them up with some of Elisha's friends.

A: Guys are always trying to get hooked up, but nobody has good enough game to pull anything off. I'm trying to shell out dating tips to these guys; I'm working on it.

Q: Spin Magazine readers selected Elisha as the second-hottest "Significant Other Among Pro Athletes" [Playboy playmate Jennifer Wolcott was selected as No. 1]. Was she bummed about coming in second?

A: I don't think she knows about that, I'll have to let her know. No. 2 is good. She's hot. If you're in the top five or top 10, it's all good. The average guy wouldn't turn down any of the girls, so it's all good for me.

Q: You guys have been dating for more than a year, no wedding bells yet. Why not?

A: [Laughs.] I'm still saving up for the ring. These Hollywood girls need a lot of diamonds. I have to wait for the new deal.

Q: You better get her to stop hanging out with Paris Hilton, then.

A: [Laughs.] Yeah.

Q: When you're done with hockey, what are we going to see Sean Avery doing?

A: Not sure, I haven't decided between sitcoms and movies yet.

Q: Are you taking acting lessons?

A: No, I don't need acting lessons. I already entertain 20,000 people every night. I don't think I have to work on my acting.

Q: That's true. The refs would say you're a pretty good actor.

A: [Laughs.] Yeah, exactly.

24champ
11-10-2006, 12:53 AM
Kings get smoked 7-3 by the best team in the NHL IMO.

broncocalijohn
11-10-2006, 01:24 AM
Kings get smoked 7-3 by the best team in the NHL IMO.

Please edit. THIRD best team in the NHL .
THis is like your personal page blog item. Going to be out for any of the Ducks vs Kings games in Anaheim?

24champ
11-10-2006, 02:34 PM
Please edit. THIRD best team in the NHL .
THis is like your personal page blog item. Going to be out for any of the Ducks vs Kings games in Anaheim?

Looking at the schedule, I doubt it. They do not play when I come home for Thanksgiving Break or after Im done this semester. Might see them play the Flames on the 25th this month.

24champ
11-10-2006, 06:20 PM
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Chris Foster reports the past two weeks have worn on Kings centre Craig Conroy, forced to wade through speculation as to where he might be dealt. GM Dean Lombardi has declined to comment but Foster cites sources claiming Conroy is being shopped, with one source suggesting Lombardi might listen to offers for everyone but rookie star Anze Kopitar. "The Kings probably would only accept a package that included a young player in return for Conroy", writes Foster.

Spector's Note: Lombardi's silence speaks volumes.

http://spectorshockey.tripod.com/spectors_trade_rumours.html

I think he is going to the Flames or Senators.

24champ
11-11-2006, 05:56 PM
***Rumors***



Edmonton is fairly disappointed with MA Bergeron and he is on the block. They are running low with patience on Robbie Schremp as well. Apparently Edmonton has called LA, who is looking to make a deal about a Visnovsky for Bergeron and Schremp deal. This would be a good deal for both teams, but Visnovsky is not on the top of the trade list for LA. Getting rid of Conroy is
the priority but won't happen until Alyn McCauley gets back.

Boston is still looking for goaltending help and the name of Vesa Toskala has come up but the Sharks want to give up Nabakov. There is still some sanity to a Murray for Nabakov deal but it won't happen right away.

Also, straight from Tampa Bay, what has been heard from my source is that Vinny Lecavalier is NOT getting dealt. The deal that is on the table is Alex Tanguay and Tim Ramholt for Martin St. Louis and a pick. Calgary is starting to pick things up but Tangs has not lived up to the hype yet. Iginla is still looking for help and Calgary has a defenseman that they can move...here comes the Craig Conroy rumors again...
http://hutchnikshockeytalk.blogspot.com/

Lowe looking to bring in an offensive Defenseman to Edmonton?
Here's a list of offensive defencemen Lowe might be looking at in a trade: Tampa Bay's Dan Boyle, Florida's Mike Van Ryn, Lubomir Visnovsky in L.A., Boston's Paul Mara and Ottawa's Chris Phillips, who is an unrestricted free agent in July. What they need is a puck-distributor like a Matt Carle in San Jose or a John-Michael Liles in Colorado.
http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/hockey/oilersstory.html?id=805a95c3-a353-4d4b-8a9a-640fdb3a2838&k=66247

24champ
11-11-2006, 05:58 PM
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Los Angeles Kings (5-10-3, 13 pts) (http://lakings.com/)
VS.
Minnesota Wild (10-4-0, 20 pts) (http://www.wild.com/)

Game Time: 7:30 PM PST | 10:30 PM EST
Location:Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA
TV Broadcast: FSNW
Radio Broadcast: 1150 AM
Online broadcast: NHL Radio (http://gameradio.nhl.com/cc/playa.php?url=http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia-live/nhl/9297/20_nhl-losangeles_game_audio_050909.asx)

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NHL Scores (http://www.nhl.com/scores/index.html)
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CBS Sportsline NHL Scoreboard (http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/scoreboard)
Kings Team Home Page (http://www.forecaster.info/latimes/hockey/teamhome.cgi?LA)
MSN Scoreboard (http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/scores)
NHL.com Preview (http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=Preview&gnum=245&seas=20062007&gtype=2)
Fox Game Trax (http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/gameTrax?gameId=2006111108)
Game Day Roster (http://www.lakings.com/images/pdf_rosters/roster_111106.pdf)


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LetsGoKings.com Press Box (http://letsgokings.com/bbs/forumdisplay.php?f=7)
LA Times: Kings News Page (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/)
LA Daily News: Kings News Page (http://www2.dailynews.com/Kings)
TSN: Kings Page (http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/main.asp?hubname=nhl-kings)
CBS Sportsline: Kings Page (http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/page/LA)
Kings' Conroy can hear trade rumors loud and clear (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-spw-kings10nov10,1,4002587.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Sharks knock around Kings (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kings10nov10,1,7945065.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Kings Can’t Fight Off Shark Attack, Lose 7-3 (http://www.lakings.com/2,5045.ftm)

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c49/Blueline_/KINGS/notes.jpg

Kings are 1-7 in their last 8 home games

The Wild have lost their last 2 games

Alyn McCauley has suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery

The Kings will go Shark Hunting again Monday at Staples Center, hopefully they will bring a bigger boat.

Click Here (http://www.lakings.com/2,4172.ftm) for the television schedule of the LA Kings.
Click Here (http://www.forecaster.info/latimes/hockey/roster.cgi?LA) For the Kings roster.

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“When we face a little adversity, we have issues with how we respond. Sometimes we respond by trying to do too much and that is poison against a team that moves the puck that well. They made us look silly sometimes. The effort was there, it was just misguided at times. We tried to respond with too much effort. We tried to do too much, and that's poison against a team like San Jose that moves the puck” – Coach Marc Crawford

“The power play, the penalty kill, five-on-five, in the defensive zone, in the offensive zone.” – Rob Blake, when asked where the Kings need to be better.

“I have been through this before, but this seems different. It seems more intense. Every day I'm hearing that I'm going somewhere else. It was worse when it all started, but now I'm just not dealing with it anymore. I've started leaving my mailbox full on my cellphone. I'm a worrier by nature and I like being here in L.A.” – Craig Conroy, about the trade rumors surrounding him.

“I think the Kings will listen about anyone but Anze Kopitar right now.” – NHL Source, on who the Kings plan to trade.

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Kings
Sopel (foot) day to day
Armstrong (collar bone) IR
Cowan (upper body) IR
McCauley (knee) IR
Petiot (knee) IR

Wild
Morgan (lower body) day to day
Gaborik (groin) IR

24champ
11-11-2006, 06:01 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/melissa77/Sports/comparison01.jpg

(from NHL.com (http://nhl.com/))

**2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

Leading Scorers:

Forwards:
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Kopitar, LA - 16 points (5 G, 11 A, +3) | Rolston, MIN - 15 points (10 G, 5 A, +6)

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Defensemen:
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Visnovsky, LA - 10 points (4 G, 6 A, +1) | Nummelin, MIN - 7 points (1 G, 6 A, -1)

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Probable Starters: (subject to change)
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Cloutier, LA - 11 GP Record: 2-6-1 GAA: 3.54 | Fernandez, MIN 14 GP Record: 8-4-0 GAA: 2.17

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GAA:
LA – 3.28 (24th in NHL)
MIN - 2.14 (4th in NHL)

Avg. Goals:
LA – 2.50 (24th in NHL)
MIN – 2.79 (16th in NHL)

Power Play %:
LA – 13.4 (22nd in NHL)
MIN – 21.0 (4th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 83.5 (17th in NHL)
MIN – 93.0 (1st in NHL)

24champ
11-11-2006, 06:03 PM
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Pacific Division Standings:
1. Anaheim Ducks (12-1-4) 28 pts
2. Dallas Stars (12-4-0) 24 pts
3. San Jose Sharks (12-5-0) 24 pts
4. Los Angeles Kings (5-10-3) 13 pts
5. Phoenix Coyotes (4-11-0) 8 pts

Western Conference Standings:
1 Anaheim Ducks (12-1-4) 28 pts
2 Detroit Red Wings (11-4-1) 23 pts
3 Minnesota Wild (10-4-0) 20 pts
4 Dallas Stars (12-4-0) 24 pts
5 San Jose Sharks (12-5-0) 24 pts
6 Nashville Predators (9-4-1) 19 pts
7 Edmonton Oilers (8-7-1) 17 pts
8 Vancouver Canucks (8-8-1) 17 pts
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9 Colorado Avalanche (7-6-2) 16 pts
10 Calgary Flames (6-7-2) 14 pts
11 Los Angeles Kings (5-10-3) 13 pts
12 Columbus Blue Jackets (5-8-1) 11 pts
13 Chicago Blackhawks (5-9-1) 11 pts
14 St Louis Blues (4-8-3) 11 pts
15 Phoenix Coyotes (4-11-0) 8 pts

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c49/Blueline_/KINGS/keygames.jpg

Key/Division Games Tonight:
Colorado Avalanche @ Nashville Predators 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST
San Jose Sharks @ Phoenix Coyotes 6:00 PM PST | 9:00 PM EST
Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks 7:00 PM PST | 10:00 PM EST

**(Some images courtesy of NHL.com (http://nhl.com/), lakings.com (http://www.lakings.com/), gettyimages.com (http://gettyimages.com/) and ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/))**

24champ
11-14-2006, 03:04 AM
Kings beat the Sharks 4-2. WHOOOT!

24champ
11-14-2006, 03:10 AM
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Bow before the Savior...
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Boom!

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Froooooo!

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broncocalijohn
11-14-2006, 04:24 AM
look at your line under marty. Misspell?

24champ
11-14-2006, 04:32 AM
look at your line under marty. Misspell?

nope. look under your line quacky.:clown:

Bronx33
11-14-2006, 05:45 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=184248&hubname=nhl
http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20060821/LucRV_62885.jpg
LOS ANGELES (CP) - Former star left-wing Luc Robitaille has been given a job in the Los Angeles Kings' front office, the club announced Wednesday.

Robitaille, hired as the Kings' alternate governor, will focus primarily on the Kings business operations and community relations.

"The game of hockey has been extremely good to me and my family, and I have always considered the Kings to be my second family," Robitaille said in a statement. "Even though I'm not on the ice anymore, my goal remains the same - to bring the cup to Los Angeles."

Robitaille is the highest scoring left-wing in NHL history with 668 career goals and 1,394 points. He played 14 of his 19 seasons with the Kings (1986-87 to 1993-94, 1997-98 to 2000-01 and 2003-04 to 2005-06). He also played for Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and Detroit.

The Kings will retire Robitaille's No. 20 jersey in January 20.

24champ
11-14-2006, 07:55 PM
Luc is also going to help AEG try and bring a hockey team to Kansas City since AEG built an arena in KC.

Bronx33
11-14-2006, 10:27 PM
I like lucky hes always been one of my favorite players hes been around the block and knows his shyt (he will be an asset)

24champ
11-14-2006, 10:49 PM
I like lucky hes always been one of my favorite players hes been around the block and knows his shyt (he will be an asset)

I hope he takes over for Tim Leiweke who is the Kings President right now sometime down the road. I can't stand Tim Leiweke who is an idiot in my book. The only reason they made changes with the coach and General Manager in the offseason is because of the team right down the freeway.(Ducks) It will be an embarrasment if the Ducks win the cup before LA did.

broncocalijohn
11-22-2006, 04:15 AM
Kings get smoked 7-3 by the best team in the NHL IMO.

Ducks 5 SJ 0

Time to plug your nose and admit that the Ducks are at least the hottest team in the West.

24champ
11-28-2006, 03:51 PM
Kopitar takes Brodeur to school.8')

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/CABK105112801_1024x768.jpg

24champ
11-28-2006, 09:17 PM
Anze is creating a fever in LA, people are tagging the walls off the freeway that has Anze on it. Pretty Cool!

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broncocalijohn
11-29-2006, 04:13 AM
yeah, graffitti is real cool. Ive never seen that in Orange County. You going to AZ for the game CB?

24champ
11-29-2006, 02:23 PM
yeah, graffitti is real cool. Ive never seen that in Orange County. You going to AZ for the game CB?

People in OC just are not creative which is why you won't see that in OC, an original boring city.It doesn't look good right now for me going to AZ...but there is a slim chance I go...

24champ
12-09-2006, 05:18 PM
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VS.
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Los Angeles Kings (10-16-4, 24 pts) (http://lakings.com/)
VS.
Colorado Avalanche (13-13-2, 28 pts) (http://www.coloradoavalanche.com/index.asp)

Game Time: 7:30 PM PST | 10:30 PM EST
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Radio Broadcast: 1150 AM
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NHL Scores (http://www.nhl.com/scores/index.html)
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LetsGoKings.com Press Box (http://letsgokings.com/bbs/forumdisplay.php?f=7)
LA Times: Kings News Page (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/)
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TSN: Kings Page (http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/main.asp?hubname=nhl-kings)
CBS Sportsline: Kings Page (http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/teams/page/LA)
Consistency remains a key issue (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kingrep9dec09,0,6658616.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Kings go back into full retreat (http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/kings/la-sp-kings8dec08,0,210738.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nhl-kings)
Kings Fall Prey to Nashville losing 4-1 (http://www.lakings.com/2,5114.ftm)

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Kings' defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, out with a groin injury, practiced with the team Friday, but said he was still not close to being ready to play

Goaltender Mathieu Garon (groin) is unavailable until next week

The Kings have five players in the World Junior Championships later this month, Jack MF Johnson, Trevor Lewis and Jeff Zatkoff (United States), Jonathan Bernier (Canada) and Niclas Andersen (Sweden)

The Kings face the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on Tuesday and then in San Jose on Thursday

Click Here (http://www.lakings.com/2,4172.ftm) for the television schedule of the LA Kings

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“I can only apologize for that. We didn't play with the desperation that I know we can play with. I feel awful about that effort. When you have an effort like that, you really do have to search your souls. And we're going to have to do some serious searching for the entire team.” – Coach Marc Crawford

“We can look at that and say that's who we are, or we can look at the Anaheim game. We beat one of the top teams. We played a good, solid game that day. We have to stay on that path. The other way is not an option. We're 30 games into the season, we can't wait any longer.” – Mattias Norstrom

“We have to find a way to be a team that can put back-to-back-to-back games. That's what we've been searching for all season. Until we do it, there will a question about who we are.” – Craig Conroy

“It's kind of a weird rule (in the labor agreement). It kind of handcuffs everybody. I don't understand why you'd have to go through waivers if you're getting called up to your NHL team. I would understand if you were getting sent down, but getting called up?” – Jason LaBarbera, on the rule keeping him in Manchester

“Depending on injuries and what not, we would assess it on an ongoing basis whether we take a chance bringing him up or not. It would depend on other teams' injuries and what not, but that's a hypothetical question. He's been a total pro. When we called up Barry, I called and explained the whole thing to him, and he was great. He's certainly earned a lot of respect from myself and from our organization.” – Ron Hextall, about Jason LaBarbera

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Kings
Tverdovsky (groin) IR
Sopel (foot) IR
McCauley (knee) IR
Petiot (knee) IR
Garon (groin) IR

Avalanche
May (shoulder) IR

24champ
12-09-2006, 05:23 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/melissa77/Sports/comparison01.jpg

(from NHL.com (http://nhl.com/))

**2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

Leading Scorers:

Rookie Leader:
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Kopitar, LA - 24 points (6 G, 18 A, -6) | Stastny, COL - 20 points (7 G, 13 A, -6)

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Forwards:
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Frolov, LA - 29 points (17 G, 12 A, -5) | Sakic, COL - 29 points (11 G, 18 A, +2)

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Defensemen:
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Visnovsky, LA - 22 points (7 G, 15 A, -5) | Liles, COL - 18 points (5 G, 13 A, +6)

24champ
12-09-2006, 05:25 PM
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Probable Starters: (subject to change)
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Cloutier, LA - 19 GP Record: 5-10-2 GAA: 3.76 | Theodore, COL 18 GP Record: 8-7-1 GAA: 2.94
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GAA:
LA – 3.37 (27th in NHL)
COL – 2.86 (16th in NHL)

Avg. Goals:
LA – 2.70 (21st in NHL)
COL – 3.00 (11th in NHL)

Power Play %:
LA – 18.1 (11th in NHL)
COL – 15.9 (18th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 79.4 (27th in NHL)
COL – 79.8 (24th in NHL)

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Pacific Division Standings:
1. Anaheim Ducks (22-3-6) 50 pts
2. San Jose Sharks (20-9-0) 40 pts
3. Dallas Stars (19-10-0) 38 pts
4. Los Angeles Kings (10-16-4) 24 pts
5. Phoenix Coyotes (11-16-0) 22 pts

Western Conference Standings:
1 Anaheim Ducks (22-3-6) 50 pts
2 Nashville Predators (18-7-3) 39 pts
3 Edmonton Oilers (16-10-2) 34 pts
4 San Jose Sharks (20-9-0) 40 pts
5 Dallas Stars (19-9-0) 38 pts
6 Detroit Red Wings (16-7-4) 36 pts
7 Minnesota Wild (15-11-2) 32 pts
8 Calgary Flames (13-10-3) 29 pts
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9 Colorado Avalanche (13-13-2) 28 pts
10 Vancouver Canucks (14-14-1) 29 pts
11 Chicago Blackhawks (10-12-4) 24 pts
12 Los Angeles Kings (10-16-4) 24 pts
13 Phoenix Coyotes (11-16-0) 22 pts
14 Columbus Blue Jackets (8-16-2) 18 pts
15 St Louis Blues (7-16-4) 18 pts

24champ
12-09-2006, 05:27 PM
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Key/Division Games Tonight:
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings 4:00 PM PST | 7:00 PM EST - CBC
Anaheim Ducks @ Tampa Bay Lightning 4:30 PM PST | 7:30 PM EST
Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST
Chicago Blackhawks @ Minnesota Wild 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST - HD Net
Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes 6:00 PM PST | 9:00 PM EST
Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames 7:00 PM PST | 10:00 PM EST - CBC
Nashville Predators @ San Jose Sharks 7:30 PM PST | 10:30 PM EST

**(Some images courtesy of NHL.com (http://nhl.com/), lakings.com (http://www.lakings.com/), gettyimages.com (http://gettyimages.com/) and ESPN.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/))**

Mtbrncofn
12-10-2006, 04:41 PM
I'll give it to you, 24cb.....Kopitar is hot stuff.

Avery is still a punk ass little bitch though. ;D

24champ
12-10-2006, 08:27 PM
I'll give it to you, 24cb.....Kopitar is hot stuff.

Avery is still a punk ass little b**** though. ;D

The thing Kopitar needs is someone to play with, he is one of the best passers in the league and yet whoever he passes it to doesn't know what to do with it. It's frustrating to watch however the future is VERY bright. We have 5 prospects playing in the World Junior Championships, which is an NHL high. I just can't wait to see Jonathan Bernier come up in 2-3 years to replace Cloutier ( assuming he is around that long). Some people say Bernier is the next Roy. I also expect that the Kings get more picks or prospects when the trade deadline comes up because we have some vets to unload like Conroy.


BTW Avery won that fight with Lappy.:P

Mtbrncofn
12-10-2006, 08:46 PM
No way! Take those purple, Avery lovin' glasses off.

24champ
12-11-2006, 03:23 PM
No way! Take those purple, Avery lovin' glasses off.



upon further review Avery got a couple shots on Lappy's face, and Lappy was hitting Avery in the back. Though Avery got tossed for the game misconduct so Avery loses this one on a technicality.:)

Mtbrncofn
12-11-2006, 06:52 PM
Ha. Thank you. ;D He loses it based purely on what a puss he is anyway. It took him 2 years to finally drop em with Lappy anyway. PUSS! :P ( Not you, him. )

24champ
12-12-2006, 02:59 PM
Great article on ESPN.COM on Anze Kopitar.


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LOS ANGELES -- Kings center Anze Kopitar is acting as a tour guide this week.

His mother, Mataja, and his 14-year-old brother, Gasper, have traveled from Slovenia to Southern California for their first trip to the United States, and will spend Christmas with Anze.

Anze Kopitar has impressed his coaches and teammates with his wisdom-beyond-his-years attitude. Oh, and he can score, too.

Over the weekend, before their arrival, Kopitar was already talking about what he would show them.

"The beaches, Universal Studios, Disneyland," he said in the Kings' Staples Center dressing room, sounding a bit excited and -- just for a moment, and for once -- like a teenager.

Although he just turned 19 in August, Kopitar led the NHL in rookie scoring for much of the season, at least until the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin recovered from his shoulder problem and hit the ice running. And everywhere, whether it be in the Kings' dressing room, on the road, in the games, even when he's sampling the on-the-town attractions, what's striking about Kopitar is not just his size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), but his maturity.

Close your eyes and you swear this is a 30-year-old.

Maybe it has a bit to do with the path he had to take.

Kopitar was raised in Jesenice, near both the Italian and Austrian borders, when Slovenia was considered part of Yugoslavia.

In the early 1990s, Yugoslav troops attempted to quash Slovenia's attempt to become an independent nation again. In 1992, when Kopitar was 5, the United Nations finally recognized Slovenia.

"Obviously, we were scared when those things were going on," Kopitar said. "But everything turned out fine. … When the war was going on, it was only for about 10 days and it didn't impact us. But all the people were happy."

That was about the time when he was beginning to pick up the sport under the tutelage of his father, Matjaz, who had played and gotten into coaching.

"Hockey was not that big in Slovenia," Anze said. "There was always soccer and basketball before hockey."

Soon, though, hockey was No. 1 for Anze.

"My dad made me an ice surface as big as this room," he said, gesturing around the dressing room. "Every time I would come home from school or kindergarten, I would just put on skates and play there."

At 15, he was playing in a men's league, and it was obvious he was at a crossroads. His father coached the local team, which was part of an Austrian league, but there were other challenges on the horizon for Anze.

"I reached my goals in Slovenia," he said, "so I knew I had to go somewhere else and step forward."

He had just turned 17 when he went to Sodertalje, Sweden, to play, first with a junior affiliate, but then in the Swedish Elite League for five games in 2004-05 and all of last season. (His mother also had to accept the loss of Anze as a waiter in the family restaurant.) There were no "billet" parents for him; he lived alone in an apartment near the Sodertalje arena.


"It was hard because I wasn't around my family," he said. "I was there by myself, but I got used to it. I liked hockey so much, I was willing to pay that price, too."

The Kings had made him the No. 11 overall pick in the 2005 draft, and it's not out of line to wonder if that one word in his bio -- "Slovenia" -- caused just enough skepticism to drop him out of the top 10.

"I think that was part of it," he said, and then smiled. "Actually, I'm glad I went later, because you can't really beat L.A. for the lifestyle, so I'm really happy about that."

He says it -- "L.A." -- naturally, and he wouldn't look out of place singing along with Randy Newman and riding down the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible. His apartment is in Hermosa Beach, and he again is living alone after his original apartment mate, Patrick O'Sullivan, was sent down to Manchester of the AHL. Kopitar is developing a friendship with fellow Slovenian Sasha Vujacic, the Lakers' guard, so there are occasional bursts of conversation in Slovenian at the teams' joint practice facility in El Segundo.

As of Tuesday, Kopitar's 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) left him second on the rookie list, six points behind Malkin. The Penguins center seems a lock for the Calder Trophy if he stays healthy, but Kopitar at least will be in the hunt.

"You're used to seeing young players come in, especially offensive players, and they're really good with the puck and on the offense," Kings captain Mattias Norstrom said. "With Anze, he looks like an older player, the way he plays the center position. He's very responsible defensively, so you find him a lot of the time on the defensive side of the puck, coming up on the ice. I would call him more the classic centerman. Most pucks come through him and he gets them out to his wingers. If you look at his stats, you'd think maybe he was cheating a little bit on the offensive side to create offense, but I'd really say the opposite. He's responsible in his own end and he takes care of that before he goes on offense."

And his maturity?

"He's a respectful young player," Norstrom said. "Probably at all the levels he's played, he's been the youngest guy. That's such a pleasant thing to see. He comes in, he listens, and he's really respectful. Then, on the ice, he has no respect, it seems, because of the way he challenges guys one-on-one or how he uses his size."

Kings coach Marc Crawford, who was at Quebec when Peter Forsberg broke into the league at 21 (and looked about 17), said Kopitar "is very mature, very well-grounded. We can't take credit for that. Obviously, he's had a real good upbringing, and that's a compliment to his parents and the people who have been responsible for his development.

"He's a respectful young player. ... That's such a pleasant thing to see. He comes in, he listens, and he's really respectful. Then, on the ice, he has no respect, it seems, because of the way he challenges guys one-on-one or how he uses his size."
-- Teammate Mattias Norstrom on Kopitar

"[Kopitar] maybe could have played here last year, but that wouldn't have been the right step. He's taken the right steps along the way. We weren't totally sure he was ready to play here at the start of the year, but he came very determined to make our decision an easy one."

"[Kopitar's teammates] love him because he shows so much respect for his teammates and, more than that, for the game," Crawford added. "He's very respectful for the people in it. A lot of great young players now come in and they have so much edge to them and their personality. He is so grounded and so respectful and so hard-working. I don't think enough gets said about those types of qualities in people, and to have it from a 19-year-old is so special. We can't take credit for that, but we sure can appreciate that we've got it and are trying to nurture it."

Kopitar is averaging 20 minutes of ice time, as much as Malkin, so the Kings are showing considerable trust in him. The other issue is that with the Kings hoping to reassert themselves in the crowded Southlands sports marketplace, and even avoid becoming completely overshadowed by the Ducks, having a well-spoken young star who could do a guest turn on "General Hospital" as an exchange student couldn't hurt. The Calder Trophy would be a bonus, but not mandatory if the Kings and the NHL consent to use him as a marketing tool.

"Right now, I don't think about the Calder race or anything," he said. "The team is struggling a little bit and I want to help my team the best I can to win games and make the playoffs. If, in the end, I'm rewarded with the Calder Trophy, I would be really glad."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=frei_terry&id=2694883

Bronx33
12-12-2006, 05:49 PM
upon further review Avery got a couple shots on Lappy's face, and Lappy was hitting Avery in the back. Though Avery got tossed for the game misconduct so Avery loses this one on a technicality.:)

Rematch: Sat Feb 24, 2007 (book it) :approve:

Pendejo
12-12-2006, 06:36 PM
Rematch: Sat Feb 24, 2007 (book it) :approve:

Cripes. If their next fight is as worthless as the first one they should probably do everyone a favor, and forget about it. They didn't throw many punches and neither guy landed anything worth while. It was a waste of time.

Good find re: the Kopitar article whoever posted it. He's another of the fine young players in the league.

24champ
12-12-2006, 06:40 PM
Johnathan Bernier on TSN talking about his chances to play for Canada in the WJC.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a198/24champbailey/JB.jpg


http://broadband.tsn.ca/tsn/?vid=1648

Mtbrncofn
12-13-2006, 12:51 AM
Cripes. If their next fight is as worthless as the first one they should probably do everyone a favor, and forget about it. They didn't throw many punches and neither guy landed anything worth while. It was a waste of time.

Good find re: the Kopitar article whoever posted it. He's another of the fine young players in the league.

It wasn't worthless! Avery got tossed for cheating. That was great.

Bronx33
12-15-2006, 08:08 PM
I just love this guys name...........

LOS ANGELES (CP) - The Los Angeles Kings recalled goaltender Yutaka ***ufuji from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis Friday.

***ufuji, 24, has not appeared in a game for the Monarchs this season. He has a 3-3-0 record with a 3.19 goals-against average in 10 appearances with Reading of the ECHL.

Should he get into a game, ***ufuji would become the first Japanese man to play in the NHL. He is one of just three Japanese-born players selected by an NHL team, and the first since Hiroyuki Miura was taken by the Montreal Canadiens in 1992.

The six-foot-one, 186-pound ***ufuji played for Kokudo of the Japanese league prior to making his North American debut in 2003 with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones.

Mtbrncofn
12-15-2006, 08:09 PM
Ha! Me too. You know how hockey players always have nicknames.....

broncocalijohn
12-19-2006, 06:53 AM
I saw this on HFBoards and I thought you might find it amusing, 24champbailey. :)

http://hfboards.com/signaturepics/sigpic3814_2.gif

REP! If you have to get a guy from Japan to goaltend, you are in toruble.
Champ, thanks for Parros. I get at least one fight almost every night. One of the last hippies in the league. I think Hanson brothers were/are worshipped by him.

Mtbrncofn
12-20-2006, 01:07 AM
I saw this on HFBoards and I thought you might find it amusing, 24champbailey. :)

http://hfboards.com/signaturepics/sigpic3814_2.gif

Oh holy ****! I about hurt myself rolling on the floor laughing on that one.

24champ
12-21-2006, 03:17 AM
I saw this on HFBoards and I thought you might find it amusing, 24champbailey. :)

http://hfboards.com/signaturepics/sigpic3814_2.gif

Yeah its a little old, there is some more material at a Kings board. I was at the Calgary game last night and I don't disagree with that google search of Coutier, but hey Kopitar made it a fun night and my seats were next to Jack Bauer's dad aka Donald Sutherland. Price of beer at staples is still a joke, 10 bucks per beer. My next game is probably going to be against the Red Wings or the Oilers next month so hopefully Cloutier is injured by then.

24champ
12-21-2006, 03:22 AM
REP! If you have to get a guy from Japan to goaltend, you are in toruble.
Champ, thanks for Parros. I get at least one fight almost every night. One of the last hippies in the league. I think Hanson brothers were/are worshipped by him.

Evidence is piling up that Suck fans know absolutely squat about the sport nor do they follow it. ***ifaji was brought up to LA to be a backup not the starter, secondly don't thank me for Parros we didn't trade Parros to you Suck fans. Thank the Av fans on this board, which by the way should be thanking me after they said Parros is essentially worthless.:giggle:

Mtbrncofn
12-21-2006, 03:24 AM
REP! If you have to get a guy from Japan to goaltend, you are in toruble.
Champ, thanks for Parros. I get at least one fight almost every night. One of the last hippies in the league. I think Hanson brothers were/are worshipped by him.

I like this fight between Parros and Scott Parker. Two of the hairy big boys in the league.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoVvpM5O9jM

24champ
12-21-2006, 03:32 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Anze Kopitar isn't only making his mark on the ice.

In the City of Angels, somewhere the Los Angeles Kings hotshot rookie centre is already being immortalized.

Cropping up around town is graffiti of his likeness, spreading the word of the city's newest sensation.

"I've seen pictures of it," said the teen - whose first name is pronounced Ahn-jay - embarrassed by the unique attention. "It's a great feeling the fans enjoy watching me and really like me here. That's one good thing. If the fans like you, it's easier to play."

The artwork - his face framed by a star outline, with Anze written beneath - may seem bizarre.



But it can't be denied Kopitar, the pride of Slovenia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, is on his way to being the face of the Kings franchise.

Drafted 11th overall in 2005, the first player from his homeland to be selected, he's second only to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin in the rookie points race, with 28 in 34 game going into last night's meeting with the Calgary Flames.

Throw in his excellent command of the English language, ability to fire verbal volleys and respectful attitude, and you can understand why the Kings are so excited.

"He's a great, great kid," said Craig Conroy, who sits beside Kopitar in the dressing room. "He reminds me, the persona, is kinda like Jarome (Iginla): Nice, giving, doesn't like anything, just comes to have fun. It's nice to sit next to him. Better than (Sean) Avery."

Malkin may be the odds-on favourite for the Calder Trophy, but Kopitar's achievements are impressive.



http://www.edmontonsun.com/Sports/Hockey/2006/12/20/2894665-sun.html



Kopitar one popular King
Fevered interest in top freshman
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Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- If photographic evidence on the Internet is to be trusted, interest in Anze Kopitar is reaching mania levels.

Apparently -- and these pictures do look authentic -- boosters of the Los Angeles Kings are so pumped by Kopitar's scoring exploits this season that they've taken to spray-painting his image, in bunches, onto concrete surfaces around town.

The stencil is Kopitar's face, wearing a crown and encircled by stars, with ANZE thick-lettered across the bottom.

"Really? I haven't seen it," says Craig Conroy, the rookie sensation's dressing-room neighbour. "[The popularity] has begun slowly. He's the future of the franchise. A great, great kid. It's fun to sit next to him."

A few feet away, Kopitar admits that he's heard about the graffiti tributes.

"But I don't really want to talk about it," says the 19-year-old Slovenian in impeccable English. "Well, obviously, it's a great feeling that the fans enjoy watching me. They really like me here, so that's a really good point. If the fans like you, it's easier to play because you know that everyone's cheering for you."

Even if web-posting fanatics are leg-pulling, the Kings are not. Appreciation comes genuine.

Only one freshman is producing more than Kopitar -- a 6-4, 220-pounder who's nudging toward a point-per-game pace -- and that's Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Evgeni Malkin.

Of course, there's more than on-ice success at play.

Handling NHL pressure as a teenager and living on his own as a newcomer in a sprawling American city are challenges that Kopitar must meet. So far, no problem.

He attends Los Angeles Lakers matches -- countryman Sasha Vujacic plays for the locals -- and, recently, he's been showing his mom, Mateja, and little brother, Gasper, 14, the So-Cal sights.

"It's nice to have some family around with Christmas here," says the 11th pick at the 2005 draft. "Sometimes, it gets to the point where you get a little homesick and you miss everybody. But you've got to battle through it because I'm here for hockey."

Kopitar had shone at the 2005 training camp, but returned to Europe to fulfil a contractual obligation in Sweden.

This time, he's not budging.

"Obviously, my dream came true," says Kopitar. "I never imagined starting off the year like I did. It was pretty big [in Slovenia] when I made the team. I guess I'm pretty famous back home."


http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/sports/story.html?id=d3694f00-6d2f-4485-b84d-40d6dd4e40b6

24champ
12-22-2006, 03:36 AM
Cloutier helping the Kings to secure the first pick overall this year.:giggle:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c49/Blueline_/KINGS/hockeykid.jpg

Mtbrncofn
12-22-2006, 05:55 PM
Bwahahahahaha!

24champ
12-24-2006, 03:22 AM
Cloutier sucked tonight big suprise but it was nice to finally see Cloutier show some emotion. I'm hoping he takes on Giguere before the season's over...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5nmSan5vUY

Breck Bronc
12-24-2006, 04:56 AM
Cloutier sucked tonight big suprise but it was nice to finally see Cloutier show some emotion. I'm hoping he takes on Giguere before the season's over...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5nmSan5vUYCloutier may be terrible at stopping pucks, but he's one of the greatest fighting goaltenders in NHL history. I would have loved to see him and Ron Hextall fight (maybe they have, I don't know?).

I wish Cloutier would have dropped them with Hartnell and beat that piece of **** up. Hartnell slew footed Paul Kariya in the last regular season game of 2004, giving Kariya an ankle sprain that essentially kept him out of the playoffs. Now they're on the same damn team.

24champ
12-24-2006, 05:13 AM
Cloutier may be terrible at stopping pucks, but he's one of the greatest fighting goaltenders in NHL history. I would have loved to see him and Ron Hextall fight (maybe they have, I don't know?).

I wish Cloutier would have dropped them with Hartnell and beat that piece of **** up. Hartnell slew footed Paul Kariya in the last regular season game of 2004, giving Kariya an ankle sprain that essentially kept him out of the playoffs. Now they're on the same damn team.

I just wish Cloutier would take some actual goaltending tips from Hextall or Bill Ranford. Hextall is the assistant GM to Deano and Bill Ranford is the goalie coach for the kings. I don't know if I have seen a goalie play as crappy as Cloutier. The ONLY reason I watch the Kings is because of Kopitar.

Breck Bronc
12-24-2006, 01:59 PM
I just wish Cloutier would take some actual goaltending tips from Hextall or Bill Ranford. Hextall is the assistant GM to Deano and Bill Ranford is the goalie coach for the kings. I don't know if I have seen a goalie play as crappy as Cloutier. The ONLY reason I watch the Kings is because of Kopitar.Cloutier has by far the worst statistics of any goalie thats played enough games to be qualified for the "leaderboard". The Kings should just release him and go with young guys. It's too bad for the Kings that they didn't keep Cristobal Huet, who would win the Vezina trophy if the season ended today.

24champ
12-25-2006, 04:04 AM
Cloutier has by far the worst statistics of any goalie thats played enough games to be qualified for the "leaderboard". The Kings should just release him and go with young guys. It's too bad for the Kings that they didn't keep Cristobal Huet, who would win the Vezina trophy if the season ended today.

Well we got rid of Huet because we didn't know his potential and Huet wasn't anything special with the kings. As far as releasing Cloutier we can't do it because it would be a major cap hit for the Kings for a while, so we are just going to have to suck it up and hope Cloutier regains his form or wait for Garon to come back. The goalie department isnt all that bleak though with Zatoff and Bernier doing well in the minors/juniors.

Bronx33
01-04-2007, 08:01 PM
http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070104.wsptjohnson4/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/home

Leksand, Sweden — United States defenceman Jack Johnson is not leaving the University of Michigan to join the Los Angeles Kings.

There was a buzz at the 2007 world junior championship yesterday that Johnson, the third overall selection of the 2005 National Hockey League entry draft, had already packed his bags and was primed to make his debut with the Kings next week.

But Johnson's father, Jack Johnson Sr., said Thursday night that the rumour was fictitious.

"He committed to [Michigan coach] Red Berenson for the entire season," Johnson Sr. said. "He's going back to school."



Johnson and the U.S. team will play for the bronze medal on Friday against the host country, Sweden. He raised the ire of Canadian fans at the 2006 world junior championship in Vancouver when he viciously elbowed Canadian forward Steven Downie in Canada's 3-2 victory in the round-robin.

But Johnson, a sophomore at Michigan, came through big-time for the U.S. in the 2-1 shootout loss in the semi-final on Wednesday when, twice facing elimination in the tie-breaker, the big defenceman beat Canadian goaltender Carey Price both times.

In fact, when U.S. coach Ron Rolston was selecting his three shooters for the shootout, he said, "OK, we'll have Pat Kane, Peter Mueller, and . . ."

Johnson interrupted and said, "Me," startling his teammates.

24champ
01-08-2007, 05:46 AM
Jack is almost to LA!:rofl:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/myspaceshh/lmfjtracker.gif

24champ
01-08-2007, 05:53 AM
Seriously though from what I understand is that Jack Johnson cleaned and moved out of the dorms at UM and is staying at his parents house in Ann Arbor. Might not be immediate but I am pretty sure he joins the Kings before the year is over.:strong:

24champ
01-08-2007, 06:11 AM
EJ Hradek on Team USA(more specifically on Jack Johnson)-
Here's a sentence that I'm very happy to write: Team USA defeated Sweden, 2-1, to win the bronze medal at the World Junior Championship on Friday. The Americans had lost their four previous bronze-medal games at this elite tournament and it's their second medal in the last four WJC appearances. Team USA won the gold medal in 2004.

Blues prospect Erik Johnson, the first overall pick at last June's draft, scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period. Johnson took a pass from fellow defenseman Taylor Chorney (Edmonton, 36th overall, 2005) in the high slot and ripped a low wrist shot past Swedish stopper Joel Gistedt. Chorney made the play by keeping the puck in along the left wing boards, then patiently finding Johnson with a crisp pass.

U.S. goalie Jeff Frazee (New Jersey, 38th overall, 2005) made 26 stops to earn the victory. The University of Minnesota puckstopper went 4-1 after replacing Jeff Zatkoff (Los Angeles, 74th overall, 2006) in the third game of the tournament. Frazee's only loss came in a semifinals shootout against Canada.

As I watched the game (thankfully, TSN's broadcast was shown on the NHL's Center Ice package), I wondered what Anaheim GM Brian Burke and his Carolina counterpart, Jim Rutherford, might be thinking.

Burke has done a terrific job since arriving in Anaheim in 2005. Let me say that again, Burke has done a terrific job with the Ducks. That said, he must be kicking himself for passing on American-born defenseman Jack Johnson at the 2005 draft. This kid is the real deal. He can skate, pass and shoot. He plays well in his own end, and he seems to thrive on adversity and loves a physical game. Really, he's a perfect Burke-type player.

Still, he passed on him to select another American, winger Bobby Ryan. Now, I don't want to downgrade Ryan, a power forward who's having another good season with Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League, but Johnson is going to be a special defenseman in the NHL. It's hard to believe he could have joined a defense that already includes future Hall of Famers Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. That would've called for a Dick Enberg special, "Oh my!"

Instead, Johnson will play up the road from Anaheim in Los Angeles. Kings GM Dean Lombardi made a steal of deal when he acquired Johnson's rights from the Hurricanes in October. Lombardi sent defenseman Tim Gleason and center Eric Belanger to the Canes for Johnson and overpaid D-man Oleg Tverdovsky. Clearly, Deano took Tverdovsky as the price to get Johnson. It was well worth it.

Rutherford, who became a 2005 draft day winner when the Ducks passed on Johnson, opted to deal the future star after he refused several offers to leave the University of Michigan and turn pro with the Canes. I guess everyone has their reasons for doing things, but I just don't see the sense in trading a player with Johnson's potential. I hate to criticize a Cup-winning GM and a good guy like Rutherford, but I wouldn't have traded Johnson. He's going to be a real good one.

While I don't have it on any firm authority, I expect Johnson to turn pro after his sophomore season at Michigan. I don't think he'll jump to join the Kings for the final few games of this season, but rather make the decision over the summer. When he does come to the NHL, I expect he's going to leave both Burke and Rutherford shaking their heads more than a few times.

Finally, I thought Buffalo-native Patrick Kane really juiced his stock for the upcoming draft with his strong play during the tournament. Kane is a terrific offensive player. He has excellent, quick hands. He's particularly good around the net, where he has a nice patience with the puck. With the tournament behind him, he'll go back to London (OHL) where he and fellow draft eligible Sam Gagner are tearing up the league. I think there's a chance that Kane will be the first player selected at the June draft.

24champ
01-09-2007, 03:32 AM
Anze fever spreads to ESPN the mag.:thumbsup:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v189/HeShootsNScores/Anze_ESPNMAG.jpg

24champ
01-12-2007, 03:39 AM
Just got back from the Sharks vs Kings game tonight...

Tickets for 2- 150 bucks
Dinner at the Foxsports sky box- 50 bucks
3 beers 2 peanut bags- 42 bucks ( Beer is 10 bucks)

Yikes! SEEING A KINGS LADY LIFT HER SHIRT UP....PRICELESS.


My friend had the camera and I will post them up later. I have my phone camera but I will have to wait till I get back to Denver on Sunday to upload them onto my laptop there.

24champ
01-12-2007, 04:05 AM
Kopitar- Goal and assist tonight versus the Sharks.:thumbsup:

http://jaka.iprom.si/albums/06season/abl.sized.jpg

Bronx33
01-12-2007, 02:19 PM
Just got back from the Sharks vs Kings game tonight...

Tickets for 2- 150 bucks
Dinner at the Foxsports sky box- 50 bucks
3 beers 2 peanut bags- 42 bucks ( Beer is 10 bucks)

Yikes! SEEING A KINGS LADY LIFT HER SHIRT UP....PRICELESS.


My friend had the camera and I will post them up later. I have my phone camera but I will have to wait till I get back to Denver on Sunday to upload them onto my laptop there.


What a freaking joke! i sneak a bottle of seagrams in and just buy a pop, at the can they charge 7 bucks for a mixer (gotta fight the greedy system) but iam glad to hear you got a free peep show. :thumbs:

Bronx33
01-13-2007, 03:53 PM
The Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Mathieu Garon on injury reserve and recalled goaltender Yutaka ***ufuji from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Garon injured his finger in a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Garon, 28, has a record of 8-7-3, a goals-against-average of 2.80, a save-percentage of .904 and two shutouts in 20 appearances with the Kings this season. The Kings acquired the 6-2, 192-pound native of Chandler, Quebec, from Montreal with a third-round choice (Paul Baier) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft for Radek Bonk and goaltender Cristobal Huet on June 26, 2004.

Originally selected by Montreal in the second-round (44th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Garon has a record of 55-53-3, a goals-against-average of 2.91, a save-percentage of .902 and 10 shutouts in 126 career NHL appearances with the Kings and Montreal.
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* Kings' Cloutier out indefinitely

***ufuji, 24, has a record of 2-0-0, a goals-against-average of 1.30, a save-percentage of .954 and no shutouts in three games with the Monarchs this season. In addition, the 6-1, 180-pound native of Tokyo, Japan, and the first player born in Japan to ever dress for in an NHL game (Kings vs. Dallas at STAPLES Center on December 16, 2006), has a record of 3-3-0, a goals-against-average of 3.19 and a save-percentage of .898 in 10 appearances with the Reading Royals (ECHL) this season.




Originally selected by the Kings in the eighth-round (238th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, ***ufuji has not appeared in an NHL game.

Mtbrncofn
01-13-2007, 05:16 PM
Man, Kings goalies are dropping like flies.

Bronx33
01-18-2007, 05:28 PM
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -The Los Angeles Kings, playing without their top two goalies, claimed veteran Sean Burke off waivers Thursday from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Burke, who turns 40 later this month, had a 14-10-4 record with a 2.80 goals-against average in 35 games for Tampa Bay last season. He became expendable when the Lightning acquired Marc Denis and Johan Holmqvist in the offseason, and has a 4.52 goals-against average in seven games for Springfield of the American Hockey League this season.

Burke, who made his NHL debut with New Jersey in the 1987-88 season, has a 318-331-105 record and a 2.95 GAA in 797 career games with seven NHL teams.

Dan Cloutier, acquired by the Kings from Vancouver last summer and given a two-year, $6.2 million contract extension, underwent hip surgery last Friday and is sidelined indefinitely. He has a 6-14-2 record in 24 games and ranks last in the NHL with a 3.98 GAA.

Mathieu Garon figured to get the bulk of the playing time with Cloutier sidelined, but he was placed on the injured list last Friday because of a broken finger. No timetable has been set for his return. He is 8-7-3 with a 2.80 GAA in 20 games.

The Kings entered Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Blues with a Western Conference-low 38 points.

24champ
01-19-2007, 08:30 PM
:nono:

Time to blow her up Dean...


http://isnoop.net/sa/nuke.jpg




AND BRING IN....


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v649/myspaceshh/rebuildy.jpg

24champ
01-19-2007, 08:38 PM
On the bright side Luc is getting his Jersey put up into the rafters tommorow. Wish I could be there to say thanks to Luc. Really nice guy and have been fortunate to skate on the same ice with him and Marty Mcsorely at some hockey camps he made a guest appearance at. Class guy and we will miss his playing days.



Robitaille reflects on great memories on eve of No. 20 being retired by Kings

(CP) - Luc Robitaille predicts the tears might be flowing come Saturday night when his No. 20 goes up to the rafters at the Staples Center.

But on the eve of his jersey retirement with the Los Angeles Kings, the former all-star winger was all laughs as he fondly reminisced about his 19 years in the NHL, 14 of them in L.A. He vividly recalled his reaction after the Kings drafted him in 1984.

"I remember looking at a map and seeing how far L.A. was from where I was born," the Montreal native said Friday.

Barely a word of English in his arsenal, it didn't take long for Robitaille to know he was far away from home after joining the Kings in his rookie season in 1986-87 following three stellar years with the Quebec League's Hull Olympiques.

"I knew right away it wasn't Montreal. Like they say, we're not in Kansas anymore," the 40-year-old said with a hearty laugh.

A then-20-year-old Robitaille didn't let the Hollywood backdrop affect his play, scoring 45 goals and 84 points in 79 games - earning him the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. But he couldn't help but notice his surreal surroundings.

"I remember one of the first celebrities I met, Chad Lowe came to see us after a game with his brother Rob," said Robitaille. "And Melissa Gilbert was with them. I was a big fan of Little House on the Prairie. She came in the dressing room with those guys, and she saw every guy walking around naked in the dressing room and I'll never forget, she stepped backward about five feet so fast.

"We were like, 'Hey, that's the girl from Little House on the Prairie."'

Robitaille also had to put up with the antics in his own dressing room, veterans such as Larry Playfair, Bob Bourne and Mark Hardy playing practical jokes on him in the early years.

"Every day those guys would seem to find something to do to one of us young guys," said Robitaille. "I remember looking for my shoes once and they were stuck on the ceiling with cement glue. We couldn't pull them off the ceiling."

Then there's the old sewing of the sleeves on the jersey.

"You go to put on your jersey and you'd almost break your wrist," Robitaille said. "They'd cut your socks or nail your shoes to the ground. It was so funny, you don't really see that anymore. But in those days those guys would spend hours figuring out new tricks."

The biggest trick of all for Robitaille was making the NHL, let alone starring in it. He was a ninth-round pick of the Kings, all the way down to 171st overall. Today the draft is only seven rounds long.

"He was a great junior but the setback was that he couldn't skate, or at least not enough to play in the NHL," former Kings GM Rogie Vachon said Friday. "That's why everyone kept passing on him that day at the draft.

"Finally I said, 'When are we going to take this guy?' I had seem him play in junior. At some point I said, 'OK, that's it, we're taking him now.' And I think it was a pretty good move."

The knock that Robitaille couldn't skate was answered in style: highest scoring left-winger in NHL history with 668 goals.

"Every day I was trying to prove people wrong," said Robitaille, now an executive with the Kings' parent company, Anschutz Entertainment Group.

The all-time franchise leader in goals scored (557), Robitaille will join Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Wayne Gretzky as the only Kings players to have their jersey retired.

"He's wonderful kid," Vachon said of him. "He has a very nice family, he was a great teammate and always very good with the young guys. Just a very, very classy guy."

Vachon and Gretzky, whose Phoenix Coyotes provide the opposition Saturday night, will take part in the ceremony as well as Kings alumni Bob Berry, Jimmy Carson, Mike Donnelly, Steve Duchesne, Daryl Evans, Stephane Fiset, Jim Fox, Garry Galley, Butch Goring, Bob Kudelski, Jari Kurri, Marty McSorley, Barry Melrose, Jay Miller, Bernie Nicholls, Larry Robinson, Jay Wells and the jokester Playfair.

"I think it's going to be a pretty emotional night," said Robitaille, who retired after last season. "I've put a lot into the game for the last 35 years of my life. It's really the ending of it. I'm looking forward to it because it's been such a great ride."

His next honour might be the Hall of Fame in a few years. He had 1,394 career points (668-726) in 1,431 regular-season games with Los Angeles, Detroit, Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers. Robitaille also ranks second all-time in Kings history in games played (1,077), second in points (1,154) and fourth in assists (597).

He never won a Cup as a King but came close in 1993 when Los Angeles lost to Montreal.

"The Cup final in L.A. was definitely the highlight of playing here," said Robitaille.

"Winning the Cup in Detroit (in 2002) toward the end of my career and really appreciating what it meant was really special too," he added.

And playing with Robinson and Gretzky, two players he idolized, was also huge.

"I think for the first year or two I barely said a word to them because I was so intimidated," said Robitaille. "Now I look back, I feel so fortunate to have met and played with my idols."
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http://www.thehockeynews.com/en/news/DetailNewsCP.asp?xml=h011927A

24champ
01-19-2007, 09:34 PM
http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2007/01/kopitar_iso_194x275_kings.jpg

Kopitar no stranger in a strange land
As a youngster, Anze Kopitar would wake up in the morning, walk out on the balcony of his family’s home in Jesenice, a town of about 21,000 people on the Adriatic Sea. Kopitar says it's not unlike a young boy growing up in North America with his nose pressed against the window, looking into the distance. Only Anze wanted to see more than just the countryside in his native Slovenia, which gained its independence and split from Yugoslavia in 1991. He wondered what was out there in the distance beyond the tunnel that separated the former Yugoslavia and Austria for him.

"I was five minutes from Austria and 25 minutes from Italy, but ..."

Kopitar paused to reflect on the whole big world that his family helped him reach, from the hockey rink his dad built for him to learn to skate and refine his skills, to the discipline he learned working at his mom's restaurant, to the insistence of his grandmother, a schoolteacher, that Anze take English as a second language.

Anze Kopitar wasn’t dreaming about the NHL when he was growing up in the tiny border town of Jesenice. His parents wouldn’t let him stay up at night to watch any NHL games that might be shown on Slovenian TV. That didn’t stop Anze from waking up in the morning and getting on-line to study the scores and stories of a game that seemed so far off.


Kopitar grew up reading about how Sergei Fedorov defected from his Russian team in Seattle before the Goodwill Games in 1990. He watched and followed Fedorov’s career with the Detroit Red Wings. He dreamed that he might someday also make his way to the NHL.

"It was really helpful to have a dad who knew so much about hockey," Anze said. "He gave me great advice. I remember we spent a lot of time watching old tapes. We’d watch different NHL players, Fedorov was one of my favorites. I’d watch his stride, his skills, his discipline among others. Then my dad and I would try to work on certain parts of my game and use the tapes as a learning tool."

A few minutes with Kopitar and you come away thinking he’s 19 going on about 30. He’s bright, outgoing, smart and always looking to challenge himself to do more. The problem some European players have with adjusting to the culture, the language, the bigness of everything over here doesn’t seem to affect Anze. Nothing seems to bother him.

Like his first game in the NHL, Oct. 6 at Anaheim, when, midway through the second period, Kopitar took a breakout pass from teammate Dustin Brown in stride. He looked up for an instant and saw All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger in his way to the net. Instead of pausing to wonder what he might do, Anze blew past Pronger, then put a nifty move on Ducks goaltender J.S. Giguere and scored his first NHL goal.

"I knew it was Pronger, but I didn’t want to think about it. I told myself going into the game that I wasn’t going to be scared or nervous, so I just reacted quickly the way I’d normally react to that kind of situation," he said, then he smiled and added, "I didn’t get scared until I watched it on replay after the game and saw exactly what I did ... and who I beat."

Actually, Kopitar scored twice in that opening-night loss to Anaheim and then he followed up that debut with three assists in a 4-1 triumph over St. Louis at Los Angeles.

At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Kopitar is the big, skilled center with leadership ability that every team wants. But the shred of mystery over coming from Slovenia enabled Anze to slip out of the top five or six in the draft to the Los Angeles Kings with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2005 Entry Draft.

"Anze was in our training camp a year ago," said Andy Murray, currently the coach of the St. Louis Blues, but then Kings coach. "He was our best center in camp. He could skate, pass and shoot. He had the whole package. We wanted him to play for us right away, but he had a commitment to play one more year for his team in Sweden.

"Let me tell you: There were a lot of tears shed by our coaching staff last September when we had to let Anze go."

Obviously, he was worth the wait for the Kings. Kopitar has ranked second only to Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin among rookie scorers in the NHL.

Kopitar is a very special player.

"The first time I saw Anze Kopitar he stood out as a talent and a difference maker at the World Junior Championships, when he was just 16," said Toronto Maple Leafs scout Craig Button. "He had five goals in five games. But from the first time I saw him to today, it’s clear that his biggest asset is how he challenges himself to be better and how he makes the players around him better.

"Without his desire and passion and skill for the game, Slovenia wouldn’t have stayed in the ‘A’ Pool of that tournament. He willed them to respectability."

Kopitar has ranked second only to Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin among rookie scorers in the NHL.
Matjaz Kopitar realized that, at 15, Anze was already playing in a men's league, and it was obvious he was at a crossroads and needed a bigger challenge.

"I reached my goals in Slovenia," Anze recalled, "so I knew I had to go somewhere else and step forward. It was a big challenge, because I had to leave home and live on my own. I really missed my mom’s cooking."

But his hunger for the NHL grew.

First, he went to Sodertalje, Sweden, to play, with a junior affiliate. But then quickly graduated to the Swedish Elite League when he was just 17.

If it seems like this is a kid who was poured into a hockey-only world. But he also played soccer and basketball. And, oh yes, you’ve got to hear about his job at his mom’s restaurant, which specializes in pasta and steak.

"My mom made sure I worked hard, but also had some fun," Anze laughed, who would take orders sometimes, but ...

"Some of the waitresses weren’t strong enough to handle more than a couple of plates," Kopitar said. "Three or four plates filled with pasta or with a huge steak got too heavy for them. But I got to be good enough that I could carry about four plates at a time."

And the balance from those plates ...

"Yeah, it didn’t hurt my balance on skates, either," Anze joked.

And in school, Kopitar not only worked on his native Slovenian language, but he added English and German to his repertoire.

"Grandma was right," Kopitar said. "There are so many things knowing different languages can open up to you in life."

In Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar feels right at home. He lives in Hermoso Beach and he’s gained a bit of home with his friendship with Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, who is one of a half-dozen Slovenian players in the NBA.

That confidence living away from home came with some great advice from his junior coach, Per Nygards.

"I’ll never forget what he told me," said Kopitar. "He said, ‘Don’t hope. Make things happen. You can only hope to win the lottery.’ "

Clearly, the Kings must feel like they won the lottery with Kopitar making a difference for them nearly every night.

"He’s already our go-to guy and he’s only 19," said defenseman Rob Blake. "He plays more than 20 minutes a night, in all situations, and he never seems to have a bad game."

"You're used to seeing young players come in, especially offensive players, and they're only good with the puck on offense," added captain Mattias Norstrom. "With Anze, he plays the center position like a throwback player: He's very responsible defensively, so you find him a lot of the time on the defensive side of the puck, coming up on the ice.

"Offensively, most pucks come through him: He’s like the classic playmaker, dishing the puck off to his wingers. It’s funny, but if you look at his stats, you'd think maybe he was cheating a little bit to create offense, but I'd really say the opposite. He's responsible in his own end and he takes care of that before he goes on offense."

Coach Marc Crawford paid the ultimate compliment to his rookie center.

"He’s our most dangerous player on most nights," said Crawford. "He’s really reliable for such a young age and what a competitor. He really likes to challenge opponents one-on-one ... and he wins most of those battles."

Then, Crawford went to a baseball comparison.

"In baseball, the experts like to talk about the elite players in the game being five-tool players (refering to those who can hit, run, hit for power, play defense and can throw)," Crawford said. "Well, Anze is already a five-tool player in our game."

And this youngster is having the time of his life. Recently, the fun-loving Kopitar took his mother and younger brother, Gasper, who were in town for Christmas, on a tour of Hollywood, the beaches, Universal Studios, Disneyland. They went everywhere.

"It’s amazing how lucky I’ve been," Kopitar said.

Lucky? Not this young man, who has the Midas Touch. Now, when he wakes up in the morning and looks out the window, he must enjoy knowing how old dreams have been reached ... and finding new dreams that are oh-so-close to being conquered as well.
http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=287623

Bronx33
01-20-2007, 02:01 PM
Sean Burke will be in net tonight when the Kings play the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings sent Brust back to Manchester of the AHL. D Mike Weaver returned to the Kings after spending two weeks on a conditioning assignment with Manchester. Forward Marty Murray cleared waivers and was sent to Manchester. - Los Angeles Times

24champ
01-20-2007, 07:20 PM
:wave:

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c49/Blueline_/KINGS/kingssplashpage.jpg

Bronx33
01-20-2007, 09:23 PM
I always liked lucky..

24champ
01-20-2007, 09:34 PM
SI has a slideshow of Luuuuuuc.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0701/gallery.nhl.robitaille/content.1.html


Pic gives me goosebumps.
http://i.a.cnn.net./si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0701/gallery.nhl.robitaille/images/12.final_home_game(3).jpg

Bronx33
01-20-2007, 09:35 PM
Could he be????? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwww..

http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2007/01/kopitar_iso_194x275_kings.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/5b/The-Incredibles-5.jpg/800px-The-Incredibles-5.jpg

24champ
01-20-2007, 09:37 PM
I don't watch Disney movies...so I don't know...LOL

24champ
01-20-2007, 10:29 PM
Kings trade Ryan Munce (G) to Tampa Bay for a 4th round pick.

24champ
01-21-2007, 06:31 AM
This is going to be a long post(rant) so bear with me, you probably won't read it anyway.:D


Kings game tonight was very disappointing. Of all the games I wanted to win, this was the one I wanted to win for Luc. This is the ONE game King fans marked down on the Calendar. SUCKS we lost but it was great to see all the King players dress up in #20 with Robitaille on the back of the sweater during warmups. Also was awesome to see all the greats I grew up watching all on the ice. I saw Barry Melrose, Jay Wells,Bernie Nicholls, Gretzky, Stephane Fiset, Jari Kurri etc I could on and on. I don't think there is a classier athlete than Luc and hopefully he will be remembered as one of the...wait no THE Greatest left-winger to ever play the game. Can't wait for his Hall of Fame Induction!:notworthy


If it was not for Kopitar on this team NOBODY would be watching this pitiful excuse called a hockey team. WTF! We go 0/8 on the PP? That isn't going to get **** done. You won't win hockey games being extremely crappy on the PP's. This game showed what typical King's hockey is all about this season, STUPID Penalties and a crappy PP unit. Goaltending is becoming a huge hole to this team and has been for a long long long time. We can never find a consistent or hell a HEALTHY goalie would do. Because of that we will have a top 2 pick. Looking at the standings, it sure is nice to see everyone within reach of the playoffs. This bodes well for the Kings because as the trading deadline looms it will be beneficial for the Kings. Obviously the Kings will be sellers in this market, the more buyers there is the more likely the buyer will overpay for Conroy, Norstrom, Miller etc because the more bidders there is then the higher the price goes. Witt got a prospect and a 1st last season. So I expect to see Deano pull off some shrewd moves. He already has trading a nobody Goalie in Munce for a 4th round pick. I know for a fact Dean Lombardi is looking for young defensemen to go with Jack Johnson. I also know he has been calling Nashville, Rangers, Flames, and pretty much anyone with young defensemen within reach of the playoffs. Alot of hints were said at the season ticket holder breakfast with the GM which several of my freinds went to. His motto has always been build from the Goal out.

Hopefully Bernier can fill that role by 09' supposed to be the next Brodeur/Roy. Earning alot of praise in the Juniors. Jack Johnson WILL be a King by next year. Brian Boyle is kicking ass with Boston College. O'sullivan just needs to learn how to play the corners and will be very good. Trevor Lewis is doing well in OHL with Owens Sound. Frolov is going to be a consistent 40 goal scorer. Cammelleri is having a good season. Brown is knocking the snot out of everyone. Kopitar is going to be Kopitar, had a sick sick sick shorthanded goal tonight. Probably won't win the Calder but thats fine, there are plenty of runner-ups that have moved on to great careers. Kopitar is just scratching the surface of his potential considering where came from. Kings will select a defenseman with their 2nd or 1st overall pick. Probably Alzner. Only interesting thing this season is the trading deadline, time to blow it up and rebuild Dean...

24champ
01-21-2007, 06:33 AM
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Bronx33
02-22-2007, 04:29 PM
(Just a rumor)The San Jose Sharks are still scouring the market for a top-two defenseman and appear to have focused on Montreal's Sheldon Souray and Los Angeles' Rob Blake

24champ
06-21-2007, 10:14 PM
"Canadiens may get shut out of the action on Daniel Briere by an overwhelming offer expected to come from the Los Angeles Kings."

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl.../WBhockeyblog/

http://www.spectorshockey.net/rumors.html

I dont know how reliable globe and mail, but at least it isnt eklund.Ha!

24champ
06-23-2007, 02:47 PM
Kings are having a SOLID draft so far.

Kings selections so far-

With the 52nd Selection Kings selected Oscar Moller, he captained the Swedish U18 team - impressive. rated #13 overall by RedLineReport...#19 overall by THN.


OSCAR MOLLER C/RW

Pos: Centre
Shoots: R
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 179 lbs.
Born: 1/22/1989
From: Stockholm, SWE
Team: Chilliwack (WHL)
RANKINGS
TSN: 29
CSB: 20 NA
ISS: 25
RLR: 13
McK: 38
THN: 19 The TSN Insider's Forecast: The Swedish forward who loves to shoot the puck, but is also an adept playmaker, excelled on both sides of the ocean this season. He captained Sweden at the Under-18 tourney in April, but he was fifth in WHL rookie scoring (32 goals and 69 points in 68 games) with the expansion Chilliwack franchise. Moller is not overly big but plays hard in all situations. He teamed up well on a line with Mikael Backlund at the Under-18s. Moller is one of those players who wouldn't surprise anyone if he were taken between 20 and 30, but could slip a little to no later than the top of the second round.

From NHL Central Scouting: A playmaking forward with a good work ethic. Is a two-way player that competes every shift. Has good skating ability and vision. Anticipates the play well and handles the puck with ease. Needs to improve his ability to fight through checks and play in traffic.

From ISS: His size is a slight issue, but he works so hard that he makes up for it with tenacity and effort on every shift. His low centre of gravity actually assists him because he is difficult to move off the puck. He also has great leadership traits that should translate very well at the next level. This kid will do whatever it takes to win. His skating is just OK, however his hockey IQ and and ability to be in the right place at the right time are impressive to say the least.

Year Team GP G A Pts Pim
2006-2007 Chilliwack (WHL) 68 32 37 69 50
2007 Playoffs Chilliwack (WHL) 5 0 3 3 6



With the 61st overall pick the Kings Select Wayne Simmonds


Simmonds started his rookie year in Owen Sound fighting for ice time on the fourth line. Only 17.

In the second half of the season he was moved up to the top two lines and that helped him finish sixth in team scoring with 23 goals and 26 assists along with 112 penalty minutes in 66 games. He added a goal and an assist in four playoff games.

"Once I started to do well, I started to think I could go to the next level," said Simmonds.

"I went from being a first liner in rookie in junior A to sitting on the bench for the first 20 games (in the OHL). When you get thrown out, you just have to hit everything you can and hopefully coach sees that you're trying your hardest and rewards you."

Simmonds isn't rated on the NHL's Central Scouting list, but he has talked to 11 teams and worked out for New Jersey following the NHL draft combines.

"I think in the second half of the season, everyone saw what he was capable of," said former Attack general manager Mike Futa, now the co-director of amateur scouting for the Los Angeles Kings.

"He brings a very unique blend of talent, skill and grit. He likes to drop the gloves. He'd be the first to admit that he's got to put on some weight."



In the third round with the 82nd overall the Kings selected C/RW Bryan Cameron.


Cameron was the captain of the Toronto Marlies Minor Midgets that won the OHL Cup last season. 13 players from that team were picked in the draft in May, including John Tavares, the first overall pick of the Oshawa Generals, and Patrick Daley, who suited up for the 67’s on Wednesday.

“I think when you’re the captain of the best team in the province a year ago at the (minor) midget level and you win a provincial championship at the level that that team played at all year long, that says a lot about Bryan Cameron,” said Burnett, who is in his second season as the coach and general manager of the Bulls.



With the 95th pick overall the Kings selected Defenseman Alec Martinez.

http://muredhawks.cstv.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/martinez_alec00.html


The 109th overall pick the Kings selected C/LW Dwight King.

http://hockeysfuture.com/prospects/dwight_king

With the 124th pick overall the Kings selected Goalie Linden Rowatt

Second ranked goalie from ISS

http://www.whl.ca/stats/player.php?id=24198


With the 139th pick, the Kings selected C Joshua Turnbull.

http://www.waterlooblackhawks.com/webpage.php?pageid=player_bio&script=player_bio.php&playerid=202



The 184th pick the King select Josh Kidd.

"Kidd is a throwback to the big, bruising defensemen of the past. And while he’s still slight of frame, there’s plenty of room to bulk up and complement his solid two-way play with a little extra power. In the end, you can’t teach size – and Kidd would be a welcome sight for many teams in keeping their creases clear."


The 188th pick the Kings select LW/ C Matt Fillier.

Central Scouting Report: A hard working forward… shows leadership and
has a steady positive influence on the play… has a physical presence on the ice
and is very dependable defensively… needs to improve his consistency around
the net.

24champ
07-11-2007, 03:53 AM
The Reign begins...

JMFJ
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1234/772624975_ff5965863a_o.jpg
Sully
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1237/772634981_5f44d80c8b_o.jpg
Joe Piskula
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1119/772649367_9ffa4ea492_o.jpg

D-Men corp.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1129/763142526_f465e64317_o.jpg

The Next Zdeno Chara...Brian Boyle 6'6 without skates.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1316/772625015_227adc2393_o.jpg

24champ
07-11-2007, 03:45 PM
KINGS SIGN VISNOVSKY TO FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION

http://cdn.nhl.com/kings/images/upload/2007/07/lubo_mp.jpg

The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Wednesday. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Visnovsky, 31, has played in 417 games over six seasons with the Kings (2000-07) and he ranks fourth all-time in goals (62), assists (176) and points (238) by a Kings defenseman. Originally selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (118th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 5-10, 188-pound native of Topolcany, Slovakia, set a career high with 18 goals for the Kings this past season, represented the Kings at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game and was named the club’s Outstanding Defenseman at the end of the season.

“I’m very happy that I’ll be staying with this organization for a long time,” said Visnovsky from his off-season home in Slovakia. “I love Los Angeles and I want to play in the playoffs with the Kings.”

Visnovsky finished the 2006-07 season with 58 points (18-40=58) in 69 games. His 58 points led all Kings defensemen for the second consecutive season and his eight power-play goals ranked second among Kings defensemen and fifth overall on the club. In addition, Visnovsky set career highs for shots (159), shooting percentage (11.3) and time-on-ice average (24:27, led the team) while finishing second on the team in takeaways (37) and third in blocked shots (107).

Visnovsky is the only defenseman in club history to ever lead his team in scoring for a season after recording a career-high 67 points with the Kings in 2005-06. His 67 points represented the fourth-highest single-season total ever produced by a Kings defenseman. In addition, Visnovsky, the only defenseman in the NHL to lead his team in scoring that year, was named the club’s Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Defenseman after tying for fourth in scoring and assists among all NHL defensemen. Visnovsky also led the Kings (and set a career high) with 50 assists and he paced the team with a time-on-ice average of 23:16 per game and with 41 power-play points (10-31=41). Visnovsky’s 10 power-play goals ranked second on the team and his 80 games played tied for second on the club. In addition, his hat trick at Dallas on Nov. 2, 2005, was just the fifth hat trick ever recorded by a Kings defenseman (Rob Blake, Steve Duchesne, Dominic LaVoie and Ian Turnbull are the others).

Visnovsky played for HC Slovnaft Bratislava (Slovakia Extraleague) and finished second on his team and 12th in the league with 38 points (13-25=38) in 2004-05 (the NHL’s lockout season). He scored 12 points (2-10=12) in 14 postseason games and earned Best Player honors while leading his team to the league championship.

Selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman at the conclusion of the 2003-04 campaign, Visnovsky finished second in scoring among Kings defensemen with 29 points (8-21=29) even though injuries limited him to just 58 games. Five of his eight goals came on the power play (led all Kings defensemen) and he finished second on the team with an average of 24:02 of ice time per game.

Visnovsky finished third in scoring among Kings blue-liners with 24 points in 2002-03 while averaging 19:20 of ice time per game, and in 2001-02 he finished fourth in scoring among Kings defensemen with 21 points (4-17=21) while averaging 16:14 of ice time per game. Two of his four goals that season were game winners.

Visnovsky led all rookie NHL defensemen in scoring with 39 points (7-32=39) in 2000-01 and his 39 points ranked fourth among all rookies while his 32 assists ranked second best overall. Visnovsky also ranked third among rookies with a plus-16 rating and he was the third Kings rookie to ever be named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team (joining Blake and Duchesne). In addition, Visnovsky was named the Kings Best Newcomer at the end of the season.

Visnovsky last skated for his native Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and the three-time Olympian also participated in both the 2002 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games. In addition, Visnovsky is a veteran of several other International tournaments, highlighted by a gold medal at the 2002 World Championships (5 GP, 2-1=3), a silver medal at the 2000 World Championships (9 GP, 0-6=6) and a bronze medal while leading all defensemen in scoring (9 GP, 4-8=12) at the 2003 World Championships.

24champ
07-11-2007, 04:27 PM
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24champ
07-17-2007, 04:10 AM
Kings new promotional Video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpAYAQuKi-k

Anze Kopitar Highlights...really good stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCcTM_fkuBE

SoCalBronco
09-06-2007, 10:26 PM
here you go, 24

Better or Worse? A look at Los Angeles
posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2007 | Feedback | Print Entry
filed under: NHL, Los Angeles Kings

As we count down the days until the opening of training camps, I've decided to play a fun game of "Better or Worse?" In the coming weeks, I'll look at each team (in alphabetical order) and give you my opinion about whether it will be better or worse in the coming season, based on what it has done in the offseason. This isn't meant to be a complete preview. I'll leave that for the fall.

Los Angeles Kings (27-41-14): Better.



It will be difficult for the Kings to be any worse than they were during the 2006-07 season. They finished with just 27 wins, the second fewest in the league. So, I'll play the odds and predict that they'll pick up a few more points in the standings.



Still, these rebuilding Kings are a long, long way from a crown.



For the second straight summer, GM Dean Lombardi's efforts to woo high-end free agents to L.A. came up short. This time, he couldn't convince Daniel Briere or Chris Drury to relocate to Hollywood.



Once those key players went off the market, Lombardi started taking some expensive risks. To date, he has signed experienced forwards Michal Handzus (four years, $16 million), Kyle Calder (two years, $5.4M) and Ladislav Nagy (one year, $3.75), defensemen Tom Preissing (four years, $11M), Brad Stuart (one year, $3.5M) and Jon Klemm (one year, $500,000), as well as journeyman goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin (one year, $525,000).



With the exception of Preissing, who did well as a 5-foot-6 defenseman in Ottawa, none of the aforementioned players is coming off what you might call a "good" season.



Handzus missed all but eight games last season with the Blackhawks due to knee surgery. Lombardi committed a lot of money and term to an average player coming off an injury.



Calder, Nagy and Stuart didn't have injury problems, but none of the three skaters played up to expectations last season. In fact, all three guys were traded during the season and neither really made a significant impact for the teams that traded for them.



Nagy and Stuart signed expensive one-year deals, so the risk is limited. Calder, however, inked a two-year contract. If he doesn't find his game, the Kings will be on the hook for a second year. While Klemm was signed as a depth defender, Aubin will have a chance to get some crease time in L.A. because of the club's messy goaltending situation.



The Kings came into last season with goalies Dan Cloutier and Mathieu Garon. New Kings coach Marc Crawford wanted to lean on Cloutier, who had tended goal for him in Vancouver, but the netminder never found his stride. He was 6-14-2 with a dreadful .860 save percentage in 24 games before having his season shortened by hip surgery on Jan. 12. It was the second straight season Cloutier missed significant time due to injury.



Garon, who also had some injury problems, fared much better, posting a 13-10-6 record with a .907 save percentage. He was good enough to leave Los Angeles via free agency, signing a new deal with Edmonton.



With Garon gone, Cloutier, Aubin, minor-leaguer Jason LaBarbera and 2006 first-round pick (11th overall) Jonathan Bernier will battle for the two goaltending slots. The Kings have high hopes for Bernier, who turned 19 last month. Lombardi and Kings fans everywhere hope Bernier will be the long-term solution to the team's goaltending woes. At his tender age, I doubt he's ready for full-time NHL duty. Hopefully, he won't be rushed to the big league; the Kings cannot afford to damage this valuable asset.



In all, the Kings' summer signings didn't do much for me. The defense should be better, but it won't show if the club doesn't get consistent goaltending. Up front, I don't know what to expect from Handzus, Nagy and Calder. The answer might be ... not much.



I think it's pretty obvious the club's future rests firmly in the hands of young vets like Mike Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown, as well as top young prospects such as Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Bernier. In time, as these players continue to mature, the Kings have a chance to be more competitive. For now, however, I don't see them making more than a 10-point improvement in the tough Western Conference.



That won't be nearly enough to get them to the playoffs in 2007-08.

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24champ
09-06-2007, 11:09 PM
Poor article overall. The signing of Aubin is so that we can have some of the young goaltenders get playing time in the lower divisions of hockey like in Reading. Those goalies are Jonathan Quick and Jeff Zatkoff, if the writer would call Lombardi or just look at Lombardi's track record with young goalies. Using Kiprusoff and Nabokov as examples, they both had problems in the minors but they worked through them and now look at them. If he did some research he would know that Lombardi DOES NOT rush goaltenders to the NHL at all. Quick and Zatkoff will get more playing time in the minors because of getting Aubin and also so we don't have to bring up somebody that is not ready. Last year we had goalies going down like flies and had to call up a friggin Japanese goalie who was way too green for the NHL. Kings have Ersberg, Labarbera (AHL Hap trophy winner for fewest GAA), Cloutier and now Aubin. Not a great situation for the Kings but this year is different than last year because there will be actual competition for the starting spot, instead of just handing it to Cloutier. When the season goes on, I will have one eye on Bernier when he is in the Juniors for one more year and the other on what is going on with Kiprusoff and the Flames, if Kipper can play for Keenan or if the Flames start losing. His contract is up at the end of the season and is a UFA.

Anyway as far as FA's signings go, I find it comical this writer would criticize Lombardi for not bringing in Briere or Drury, two guys that will never live up to their contract. What the writer doesn't understand is that the Kings had a lot of holes and signing a player with contract demands of 7-9 million a year isn't going to plug those holes or make the problem any better.

But then again, to be honest, if you had to do the seven (million for Drury), then you couldn't spread the money out and fill the other holes. I've debated that myself. I'm certainly not sure I wanted to go to 7.3 (million), even if it wasn't that he wanted to go to the Rangers. So you try to be objective about it, and I think I kind of like the idea of filling a number of holes. Maybe a year or two from now, when more holes are filled, it makes more sense to say, ``OK, let's give all the money to one guy.'' I'm not sure if this doesn't end up making us better, but I can't deny that we were involved in it.

BINGO! You see the plan now Hradek? You don't get a 8 million dollar player when you have holes on your team, Dean is stockpiling the pipeline with good young players who will be ready 2-3 years down the road and then maybe we can get a top player once we have actual depth on the squad. I'm not sure the Kings make the playoffs this year but I put them in the 7-12 range, Pacific division is still tough and playing the Ducks, Sharks, Stars is going to be a grind. We'll see like Deano says-

"They've proven they can play in the league and they've proven they can be pretty good players. Let's see if you can prove you can win."

Bronx33
09-06-2007, 11:22 PM
Why dean lets crawford keep cloutier around blows me away? with no clear potental starter it's going to be musical goalies again just to keep cloutier from shooting himself, It's very similar to the avs situation in net.

24champ
09-06-2007, 11:32 PM
Why dean lets crawford keep cloutier around blows me away? with no clear potental starter it's going to be musical goalies again just to keep cloutier from shooting himself, It's very similar to the avs situation in net.

Ok, A. Cloutier is coming off injury. Who knows if he will ever be the same guy he was with the Canucks when he won 30 games. B. Nothing is promised to Cloutier this year, he has to earn his way. C. He might be in Manchester, who the hell knows. Like I said in my earlier post, there will be competition, if he can prove himself to be a quality goaltender then great. Kings would be thrilled with just a consistent goaltender. Avs have Budaj who isn't too shabby at all and they are going to be pretty competitive this year with Smythe and Hannan (who I wanted over Stuart).

Bronx33
09-11-2007, 07:54 PM
http://www.presstelegram.com/sports/ci_6857763

For Dan Cloutier, the beginning of training camp was long awaited.

The Kings goalie has been wishing for the new season to come along so he could put the last two - both cut short by injury - in the past.

"It was a long and frustrating rehab process," said Cloutier, who had surgery on his hip in December. "Whenever you have to rehab that long, you're just looking forward to the next training camp."

A premier goaltender in Vancouver before missing most of the 2005-06 season with a knee injury, Cloutier was brought to the Kings last year to shore up the position.

Instead, he allowed 3.98 goals in 24 games played, up from a career average of 2.75 goals against, and the lack of a dependable goalie was a key reason for the team's fourth-place finish in the Pacific Division.

Cloutier said he knew in the first week of the season that he had done severe damage to the hip.

Every time he went into his stance, he would feel bone dig into bone.

"If you're a goalie and you're a second or two late, you can't really compete at that level," Cloutier said. "That's what I found.

I wasn't playing very good. I was getting beat every night on saves that I should make."
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Cloutier admitted to being stubborn for not having the surgery earlier and said his desire to play after missing most of the previous season played a part.

Entering training camp, he said he is feeling close to 100-percent physically but will need time to get back the reaction time and instincts that made him so good in Vancouver.

"Health-wise, I'm there," Cloutier said. "It's everything else.

It's getting out there and playing, the speed of the game with traffic. Those are the things you lose. You don't necessarily lose guys coming down the wing and shooting. You lose all the little things, tips and battling around the crease."

Cloutier enters training camp in a battle with Jason LaBarbera and newcomer Jean-Sebastien Aubin for time at goalie. He wants to be the starter in the regular-season opener, though he admits it could be a while before he returns to his top form.

"I don't know how long it's going to take but I guarantee I'll work as hard as I can to get there," Cloutier said.

Blake back

Another player returning from a hip surgery is defenseman Rob Blake.

Blake practiced Monday but said it will be a few months before he is fully recovered.

"You try to do as much as you can on it," Blake said. "As far as structurally, you're not going to do any more damage. The stiffness will be there for a few months but that's nothing we can't overcome."

Blake said he plans to play a few of the exhibition games to make sure the hip is recovered to the point that it won't hinder him on the ice.

24champ
09-11-2007, 08:38 PM
GO DAN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQuKg3Ej_d8



http://www.letsgokings.com/gallery/files/1/tc_0550.JPG

Bronx33
09-19-2007, 10:34 PM
Found this tidbit on kuklas..

Fresh off a stellar turn with Canada’s national junior team, goaltender Jonathan Bernier has nominally thrown a monkey-wrench into the Kings’ net-minding plans, with two excellent performances thus far. Kings’ coach Marc Crawford suggested the three-way competition for jobs in goal (among Dan Cloutier, Jason Labarbera and J.S. Aubin) is now a four-way battle, as a result of Bernier’s strong work.

Because Bernier is just 19, the Kings would need to send him back to junior if he doesn’t make the NHL team, which seems the most likely scenario anyway, given GM Dean Lombardi’s philosophy of not rushing kids, especially kid goalies. Crawford reiterated that he made a mistake last year in rushing to name Cloutier as his No. 1 man and sending Labarbera to the minors, where he languished all year, the Kings afraid to call him up, for fear of losing him on waivers. According to Crawford, the Kings will take three goalies to Europe with them and won’t get their roster down to size until after they play their first two games (the league gave them and the Ducks a special dispensation to do so in exchange for starting the season four days ahead of everybody else). Cloutier won the Sharks’ game with a dazzling save in the shootout, but overall, he had just a so-so outing and is clearly not where he wants to be yet. Bernier looked sharper but maybe that had something to do with having almost a month of hockey under his belt already.

Bronx33
09-22-2007, 04:42 PM
http://kings.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=337913

Meet bailey (http://kings.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=MediaGalleryPlayer&galleryId=2494)


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings introduced the club’s new mascot, Bailey, on LAKings.com, the club’s official website, on Friday, Sept. 21. Bailey will make his first public in-arena appearance on Saturday, Sept. 22, during the Kings-Colorado “Frozen Fury 10” preseason game at the MGM Grand (game time is 7 p.m.).

Photo Gallery | Bailey's Bio | Join Bailey's Buddies

“As an organization, we feel it is very important to connect with our fans and with the public as a whole and a mascot is a great and fun way to accomplish this, especially as it relates to kids,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “Bailey will be active and visible in our community, especially with our fan development, community relations and game entertainment departments.”

Bailey is a 6-0 lion (6-4 with mane) who wears No. 72 (after all, isn’t it always 72 degrees in Los Angeles?). While in Las Vegas this weekend, Bailey will also be visiting Sunrise Children’s Hospital on Friday from 2 – 3 p.m. with Kings radio color commentator and former left wing Daryl Evans.

Bailey was named in honor of the late Garnet “Ace” Bailey -- who served as the Kings’ Director of Pro Scouting for seven years; spent 32 seasons in the NHL as a player (he played left wing for Boston, Detroit, St. Louis and Washington) or scout, and had seven Stanley Cup rings. In addition to his successful hockey career, Ace was known not only for his warm and fun-loving personality but also for his love and work with children’s charities. As part of his lasting legacy, the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation was established in 2002 and the Kings will make an annual donation to the Foundation (for more information on the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation, visit www.acebailey.com).

The mascot will make his first Southern California in-arena appearance at the Kings’ regular season STAPLES Center home opener on Saturday, Oct. 6, against St. Louis. If you are interested in meeting Bailey and having him attend a special event, please contact the Kings’ Mascot Coordinator at 213-763-5475 or tsmith@lakings.com.

Saturday night’s Kings-Colorado preseason game will be broadcast on KTLK 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. The Kings’ 2007-08 regular season opener is in London, England, on Saturday, September 29, at 9 a.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast on FSN Prime Ticket, on KTLK 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.

24champ
09-22-2007, 07:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mno085mftk

24champ
09-22-2007, 07:53 PM
The Los Angeles Kings introduced the club’s new mascot, Bailey

**** the mascot, get some ****ing ice girls.

Bronx33
09-28-2007, 07:03 PM
http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2007/0927/nhl_g_kopitar_580.jpg

The Starting Line

By Scott Burnside
Everyone loves the new-look Los Angeles Kings. GM Dean Lombardi surely has put his stamp on the team in a dramatic fashion since his arrival at the end of the 2005-06 season. He has assembled or secured an exciting cast of young players, including Anze Kopitar, Michael Cammalleri and Jack Johnson, who should blend nicely with emerging stars like Alexander Frolov, Lubomir Visnovsky, Brad Stuart and Ladislav Nagy.

The Kings have got an experienced coach in Marc Crawford, who knows a thing or two about blending the old and the young. Now, if only the Kings had a No. 1 NHL goaltender, they may well be knocking on the door to the playoffs instead of languishing at the bottom of the standings (they were 14th in the Western Conference last season). Like with other teams that are trying to drag themselves out of the doldrums (Chicago, St. Louis and Phoenix), there is no quick fix. It takes time, and for a team that was 28th on the road, 28th at home and 27th in defense, playing meaningful games in January and February might be a more realistic goal than actually making the playoffs. At least this season.

OFFENSE
The offense might be the least of the Kings' worries. Cammalleri has thrived in the new NHL, leading the team with 80 points, a 25-point jump from 2005-06. He just turned 25. Frolov had 35 goals and Kopitar had 20 as a rookie. Throw in Nagy (who has yet to see his point production match his potential at the NHL level), solid two-way center Michal Handzus (who is a 20-goal guy), and Dustin Brown (who also should hit the 20-goal mark), and you've got the makings of a balanced attack.

DEFENSE
This is where things get a little tricky for the Kings, who have assembled a lot of interesting pieces but do not know yet what the picture will look like. Johnson, the third overall pick in the 2005 draft, has the potential to be a force at both ends of the ice, but this will be his first full NHL season and he will need to be handled accordingly. Tom Preissing, who was plus-40 on a very good Ottawa team, will see lots of ice time. Stuart comes in with high expectations, but he didn't really hit his stride last season in Boston or Calgary, where he landed at the trade deadline. He will be expected, likewise, to shoulder a lot of the load in terms of ice time and responsibility. In another year, we might be touting this group as the best in the conference, but until this remade back end gets used to each other, there undoubtedly will be growing pains.

GOALTENDING
Ah, the goaltending. The problem is there has not been much of it in recent years. Unless Lombardi caught lightning in a bottle with former AHL player of the year Jason LaBarbera, it is going to be a major chink in the Kings' armor again this season. LaBarbera, 27, has played all of 34 NHL games and now will get a chance to carry the full weight of an NHL schedule. He has excelled at the minor league level (his 2.21 GAA was third in the AHL among netminders who played at least 40 games), but that's a big step on a team that still is in rebuilding mode. Dan Cloutier, a one-time Vancouver player who seems to have lost his way mentally if not physically, will try to get back in the groove. He won 97 games over a three-year period for Vancouver, but that seems like a lifetime ago. He will start the season in the AHL.

COACHING
As with all bad teams, it's hard to know just how good the coaching has been. Crawford couldn't get the talented Canucks over the hump, but he wasn't unemployed long -- the Kings snatched him up last offseason after tiring of Andy Murray's hard-fisted ways. This season will be a good test for Crawford because he will have lots more options in his lineup, but he will have to show pretty significant movement up the Western Conference standings to ensure his future behind the Kings' bench.

Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.

Bronx33
09-29-2007, 02:42 PM
Well regular season has officially started...

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/boxscore?gid=2007092908

chadta
10-15-2007, 11:08 PM
the next roy has been sent back down to juniors Hilarious!

i cant tell you how shocked i am (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=220676&hubname=nhl)

now champ will you please change your signature hes not the next roy, altho he might get to play against a team that roy coaches

24champ
10-15-2007, 11:42 PM
the next roy has been sent back down to juniors Hilarious!

i cant tell you how shocked i am (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=220676&hubname=nhl)

now champ will you please change your signature hes not the next roy, altho he might get to play against a team that roy coaches

You are about 20 minutes late...I posted the reason WHY he got sent down in the General Hockey thread.

`It's not an indictment on his play, it's more of a reflection of where the team is at right now,'' coach Marc Crawford said. ``We always are concerned about the long-term development of all our players and, right now, the decision has been that (returning to juniors) probably is the environment that is conducive to his long-term development. He's going to be a great goalie. He is a great goalie.He's played his heart out here and he has not been at fault for how we've played. As a matter of fact, I think he's played pretty good.''

To make it simple for you Chadta...he got sent down because the Kings aren't ready for him, our defense is like swiss cheese. He will be next Roy, 2-3 yrs down the road when Bernier is holding the Cup you will say DAMN! 24champ was right!;D

chadta
10-16-2007, 10:19 AM
To make it simple for you Chadta...he got sent down because the Kings aren't ready for him, our defense is like swiss cheese. He will be next Roy, 2-3 yrs down the road when Bernier is holding the Cup you will say DAMN! 24champ was right!;D

can i use that "he got sent down cuz the D is swiss cheese" line as my sig i mean in 2 or 3 years when the kings dont win the cup.

i mean no ill will dood, i really know nothing about him other then what i saw in the first game, and one game isnt enough to judge anybody, only reason i even knew of him was cuz of your next roy comment that i found really funny.

anyhow as for the general hockey thread, i jus tassumed that if a team had there own thread that any info about that team should be put there, and that the general thread was just that about hockey in general not about teams that had there own thread.

24champ
10-16-2007, 12:28 PM
I love Rich Hammond's Blog.

His interview with Kings GM Dean Lombardi on mostly Bernier and the reasoning for sending him down...gives long detailed answers.

Q: Can you share a little about the conversation you had with Bernier today?

LOMBARDI: I met with him this morning and I told him what we were going to do. Whenever you're dealing with young players, and I've always believed this, the communication and the message, when they get sent down to the minors or junior, is critical. So I told him this morning... I think at the time, it was an emotional time for him. I told him to go see his teammates, to go through the emotional roller coaster and come back at 5 (p.m.) and meet with Ron Hextall and Billy Ranford and I. We met with him and went over how proud we are of him and how much he has accomplished. He's way ahead of schedule. Billy went over the four things we think he needs to work on, to stay focused and try to get better.

This is, in no way, an indictment of how he has played. Like I said, he went beyond our expectations. There's no way that we anticipated him going this far. We thought, when he came in, that he would get half an exhibition game, but obviously he continued to play well and showed enormous potential. We feel that the best way to ensure he realizes it, though, is to take it a step at a time and go back to junior. So that's basically it, in a nutshell. The meeting was a lot longer, but like I said, it's important that he understands where we're coming from and also what we expect of him now, going forward.

Q: You could have waited nine games before sending him down. Why did you choose now?

LOMBARDI: I struggled with this right from the beginning. It almost bordered on a moral dilemma. I think there's the

question of what's best for Jon. Most people know me enough, and how I feel about development, that is has to be taken a step at a time. I think I've made clear that I'm not big into hype for young players. So I was cautious at the beginning even, and like I said, I had to ask myself too, what's best for him and the franchise? I can remember a dilemma I had in San Jose my last year, when we were struggling to make the playoffs and I could have gone one of two ways. I could have traded draft picks just to try to make the playoffs that year, or do the right thing and actually load up on picks, and those picks turned into guys like (Steve) Bernier, (Milan) Michalek and (Matt) Carle. That was the right thing to do. At the time, it might not have looked that way, but that's how I feel about this. It's a tough decision, but I think it's the best thing for the franchise in the long run.

And I think, like I said, it's a very tough position to play. My experience with Nabokov and Kiprusoff and Toskala, you just have to be careful. And we're starting to put together now, with Jack Johnson coming in and Kopitar last year, there's nothing wrong with another piece maybe coming in down the road. That's how it's built. So it wasn't easy, but on the other hand, once you realize what you thought was best for the franchise, it was kind of easy. The only risk in this, as we told Jon, is that what happens sometimes with kids, particularly ones that do well, they'll go back and they'll struggle for a month because they're not focused or it's such a big letdown. I don't think Jon is like that. Last year, he didn't make that World Junior team, which was a huge setback for him. And he went right back and worked his butt off and took his team and went 16-1 in the Memorial Cup and just kept on going.

So it's a little setback for him, in his own mind. But we conveyed to him that it wasn't. `Look how much, how fast, you've come. To play in England, to have played at this level and played well.' So again, as a young man he probably doesn't look at it that way, but we're looking at it and saying, `Wow, we might have something here.' But you've got to do the right thing.

Q: Which specifically about this situation made you decide it wasn't working? Was he just not getting enough support from the defense or was it something you saw in his game?

LOMBARDI: Part of being a goaltender, and I guess you could say it with any athlete, but goaltending success... Other than a quarterback or a pitcher, the emotional toughness with the position is probably second to none. I think that's why a lot of young goaltenders have failed. You can't overlook the maturity factor, and being able to deal with the ups and downs and having, at some point, to carry a team. That is an enormous responsibility that he's going to have to do some day. I think that's why you see so many young goaltenders fail. They might, athletically, be capable of it, but the mental part of that game is incredibly...

I think, to me, that's why Ron Hextall was so successful. Everyone knows that mental makeup, that mental toughness, as much as his athleticism, made him great. Same with Billy Ranford. Both of those guys were Conn Smythe Trophy winners, not only because of their athleticism but because of their mental toughness. I just think you can't push that too fast. I know it may be a nebulous thing, but again, why risk it at this stage of the kid's career? And why risk it for the franchise? It just didn't make sense when you add it up. I think the experience for him was great. I mean, he got more experience than we anticipated. Like I said, knowing the way the kid came back from the World Juniors (experience), I think it's going to be tough at the beginning but I think he's going to come back and continue on with a vengeance. He's a pretty special kid.

Q: Did you anticipate the team being in the situation that it's in at this stage?

LOMBARDI: No. I think we all felt that we were going to be better than this. I don't think there's one person (in the front office) or downstairs who thought that we would be in this situation, but we didn't have any legs here. It's been one of the issues, the way we've come out from the beginning. There's not a lot of juice there, for whatever reason, and it's something that we're going to have to figure out here. We put ourselves in a hole. When you bring in a lot of new players, on a team that's searching for an identity, and you get off to this kind of start, it's certainly not a great recipe, but we're going to have to find a way through it. It starts in the (dressing) room. You can throw out all the cliches, but I don't think there's one guy in there who thinks we're playing up to our level.

Q: Following up on that, I was wondering if you could respond to something Crawford said this morning. He said, `We protected Jonathan Bernier and we protected Brady Murray from an environment that's not conducive for younger players.' How do you respond to that?

LOMBARDI: I don't know if this is what he's getting at... I don't think that's in Brady's case. We went over Brady this afternoon. There are some things that we want to tighten up on Brady. We went over some of his film and he was good, he understands where he was short and what he's got to work on. I think he realizes too, with the European game that he was playing there (in Switzerland), that he's going to have to tighten some things up. The kid is a real driven kid and I would expect him to embrace this. He was good and he understood. He said something to the effect of, `With the big rink, it's different and I've got to be better in these areas.' So in Brady's case, I don't think that was the case at all. In Jon's case, I think one of the things (Crawford) might be alluding to is, because we have not played well, I think the tendency is, when you see seven goals, is to look at the goaltending. I don't think, when you look at the goals, that you pin it on Jon. But I think the tendency is, sometimes, to do that, and it's not fair, particularly to him as a 19 year old.

So to put that burden... And this is what we told Jon. At some point in his career, and this is what the great goalies do, they put a team on their back. Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, the great ones...Hexy did it. `Here we go, the team is flat. Just get me one (goal) boys and I'll get it done.' At some point, you're going to expect your No. 1 goalie to do that, and hopefully Jon is the guy. But I don't think that's fair to him right now. I don't think anybody does. So I don't know if Marc's alluding to, in Jon's case, to expect him to put a team on his back, that has not found its legs for whatever reason, that part is not conducive for any player. I don't think that is fair. So if that's what he meant, I concur. The one thing to know is, as far as the room, there's not any fracture in the room, so to speak. I don't think there's a lack of character, so to speak, or guys that are bad influences. I think it's more that it's not fair to put it on Jon's back.


http://www.insidesocal.com/kings/2007/10/lombardi_quotes_1.html#more

24champ
10-16-2007, 12:32 PM
And this is what we told Jon. At some point in his career, and this is what the great goalies do, they put a team on their back. Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, the great ones...Hexy did it. `Here we go, the team is flat. Just get me one (goal) boys and I'll get it done.' At some point, you're going to expect your No. 1 goalie to do that, and hopefully Jon is the guy.

Glad me and the GM are on the same page...

chadta
10-16-2007, 10:37 PM
hey champ how about, berniernextboucher, it is after brian boucher who holds the record for most consecutive shut out minutes in the nhl, But he also is a very streaky hot and cold goalie which is why he cant seem to stick on a team for very long. Bernier may have looked like roy in the first game but apparently he hasny the last few, sounds to me like hes got boucher syndrome.

24champ
10-16-2007, 11:22 PM
hey champ how about, berniernextboucher, it is after brian boucher who holds the record for most consecutive shut out minutes in the nhl, But he also is a very streaky hot and cold goalie which is why he cant seem to stick on a team for very long. Bernier may have looked like roy in the first game but apparently he hasny the last few, sounds to me like hes got boucher syndrome.

I can understand your jealousy...hope your happy with your overpaid pile of dung called Briere. Meanwhile I will enjoy the Kings youth movement that probably costs less than what Briere is getting paid.:wave:

chadta
10-17-2007, 12:04 AM
actually ive been against the brieere signing all along, but ill let him live as long as the team keeps winning.

dont kid yourself tho with the youth thing, you arent exactly the penguins out there champ, young or old crappy is still crappy.

24champ
10-17-2007, 12:16 AM
actually ive been against the brieere signing all along, but ill let him live as long as the team keeps winning.

dont kid yourself tho with the youth thing, you arent exactly the penguins out there champ, young or old crappy is still crappy.

That's fine, however HockeyFuture.com (named the Kings the number one in organizational standings)and most hockey knowledgeable people that I know of say the Kings are on their way.


Strengths: The Kings have two of the top 10 prospects (Jack Johnson and Patrick O'Sullivan) on Hockey's Future's Top 50 list and a third (Jonathan Bernier) also on the list, three players who could be the top prospect for 90 percent of the other teams in the league. The fact that the Kings have all three lifts them to elite status. A forward, a defenseman and a goaltender, the cupboards in LA are stocked very well indeed. There are also NCAA stars Brian Boyle and Scott Parse as well as notables Trevor Lewis, Joey Ryan and Richard Petiot. Weaknesses: You don't get to be at the top of the list if you have many holes so any faults with the Kings prospect pool would only be found with a microscope. The right wing might be a bit thinner than the other positions as former first rounder Lauri Tukonen's 13 goals and 32 points in the AHL this year was a small drop in production. Top Five Prospects: Jack Johnson (D), Patrick O'Sullivan (LW), Jonathan Bernier (G), Brian Boyle (C), Lauri Tukonen (RW) Key Graduates: Anze Kopitar

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/nhl_organisation_rankings/

Chew on that Chadta...

chadta
10-17-2007, 01:57 AM
well if a magazine says it then it must be true :thumbs:

i stand by my original post, you aint no pittsburgh, they are a young talented team, your not.

24champ
10-17-2007, 02:30 AM
well if a magazine says it then it must be true :thumbs:

i stand by my original post, you aint no pittsburgh, they are a young talented team, your not.

I would venture to say your hockey knowledge is not up to snuff compared to the guys who do these articles for HF. By the way Socal who as we all know is a Pen fan, would say the Kings are on par with the Penguins as far as young talent goes. You are entitled to your opinion though Chadta.:welcome:


PS Kings beat the previously undefeated Wild. 4-3 in the SO. Brown, Kopitar, and Cammy win it for the Kings. All who are under 25. Chew on that Chadta.:spit:

chadta
10-17-2007, 09:25 AM
yeall well shootouts have no place in the game, you cannot decide a team sport on an individual performance.

congrats on your second win, 3 more and youll be 500 :rofl:

but dont think one win makes a team, the flyers beat the ducks last year 8-3, does that mean the flyers should be the real stanley cup champs ? NO, its the every blind squirell eventually finds a nut thing. :thumbsup:

i really meant no ill will, was just adding something i thought was funny about your "future hall of fame goalie"

good luck this year , its gonna be a long one

24champ
10-17-2007, 02:36 PM
Oh don't worry, I will have fun watching the young guns mesh together this year. :wave:


http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071017/capt.f177ab84bb9847159b97628a4edcc6c2.wild_kings_h ockey_las105.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071017/capt.fe8b82c5e89b4767ba6526331b790345.wild_kings_h ockey_las107.jpg

chadta
10-17-2007, 04:02 PM
you sure changed your sig fast, giving up on bernier already ? ROFL!

Bronx33
10-17-2007, 06:46 PM
Crow says earn your money!!!

Nagy benched

Perhaps the message finally got through. If Kings Coach Marc Crawford was attempting to send one, it resonated in a big way in the morning when forward Ladislav Nagy and his $3.75-million salary were taken out of the lineup, a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Of the free agents acquired over the summer in what the Kings called "Plan B," perhaps Nagy has been the most invisible, recording three assists in six games.

Link
(http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-kings17oct17,1,3169055.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-sports&ctrack=1&cset=true)

24champ
10-17-2007, 09:20 PM
you sure changed your sig fast, giving up on bernier already ? ROFL!

Since when does changing sigs mean I give up on Bernier, he isn't with the Kings right now and when he does come back I will put Bernier back on my sig. Anze is carrying the team right now.

SoCalBronco
10-20-2007, 03:16 AM
Congrats 24...JMFJ with his first career goal and Cammy with his league leading 8th goal in your win tonight vs. VAN.

Bronx33
10-20-2007, 05:55 PM
Loungo has been pitiful for the nucks but their O is not producing either but it's early in the season.

24champ
10-20-2007, 06:48 PM
Congrats 24...JMFJ with his first career goal and Cammy with his league leading 8th goal in your win tonight vs. VAN.

The Legend begins.:D


http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071020/capt.06695298581f44c3bb16b2179490852b.kings_canuck s_hockey_rxl112.jpg

24champ
10-20-2007, 06:52 PM
Also in other news...

The Kings 2007 2nd round pick Oscar Moller had another hat trick tonight (and 2 assists). Unfortunately, his team still lost 6-5. T.J. Fast, another Kings prospect, got an assist for Tri-City.

That's Moller's 2nd in as many nights. He has 6 goals and 2 assists in 2 nights.

http://www.chilliwackbruins.com/content/bruins/images/Mollerheadshot_000.jpg

Mollernextstatsny.;D

Bronx33
10-20-2007, 07:19 PM
Mollernextstatsny :rofl:


Whos his dad? :P

24champ
10-20-2007, 11:18 PM
Youtube vid of JMFJ first goal-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzJMWUeV5VI

SoCalBronco
10-21-2007, 07:11 PM
The doctor is in: Blake taking Johnson under his wing in L.A.
By George Johnson
Special to ESPN.com
(Archive)
Updated: October 21, 2007, 9:54 AM ET
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When the Los Angeles Kings look at the 6-foot-1, 201-pound package that is Jack Johnson, they see their future … and their past.


They see a big, mobile defenseman capable of contributing points and launching unwary attackers into the 12th row of premium seating behind the glass. They see a rawboned kid to build a franchise around.


They see a young Rob Blake.


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Jack Johnson is living with Rob Blake and his family this season.

"Maybe, in a sense," corrects Blake politely, "but this guy has way more puck skills than I've ever had. His deception coming up ice. His tight turns. His decision-making. He sees the ice so well. He can bring the puck out all by himself.


"Plus, he has the ability to dish out these huge, open-ice checks like [Dion] Phaneuf. Given the size and speed of players today, when you catch someone now, it's a highlight-reel hit. Jack's going to be on a lot of highlight reels."


The comparison draws an argument from Johnson, too. For entirely different reasons, naturally.


"A young Rob Blake?" he grunts. "I wish. He's won everything -- an Olympic gold medal, a Stanley Cup, a Norris Trophy. I'd take that career in a minute. He's a sure-shot Hall of Famer. I'm just a rookie defenseman trying to learn the league and get better every day."


Blake remembers his first season in the NHL. As a King, he found himself a seat beside a future Hall of Famer named Larry Robinson and studied how the Big Bird handled himself and went about his job. It was comparable to apprenticing under Giotto or articling under Darrow.


"He was the blueprint on how to be a professional," Blake says. "As a young player, I could not have received a better education."


The education of Jack Johnson, the all-American defenseman, is full of daily lessons. Professor Blake is in charge of this tutorial. Class is always in session. When they spot Johnson and Blake together (which is often), the L.A. players tease Blake, calling him "Dad."


The description isn't that far of a stretch.


"We all need mentors," Kings associate coach Mike Johnston reminds us. "They help mold us, establish our parameters for success. Jack could not have a better mentor than Rob."


Johnson sits next to Blake in the dressing room. Johnson is boarding with the Blake family this winter -- Rob and his wife, Brandy, and their children, Jack and Brooke. He plays mini-stick hockey with the kids and appreciates the relaxed atmosphere of staying at a home rather than a hotel. He also appreciates the opportunity to pick his teacher's brain.


"He's a sponge," Blake says. "Rather than flop on the couch at night and play the latest video game, he's picking out hockey games on the satellite dish. He just loves to watch hockey. We'll watch a game and he's always asking questions. 'Is [Jarome] Iginla that powerful?' Or 'How would you handle [Sidney] Crosby in that sort of a situation? What's this guy like? Does that guy have favorite tendencies?'


"He just wants to soak it all up."


All of which makes young Johnson an ideal tenant, no?


"You bet."


And how is Blake as a landlord?


"Great," Johnson replies with a smile. "He hasn't asked for any rent yet."


There are other similarities between the old pro and the young phenom besides build, ability and appetite. Blake came out of the U.S. college system -- Bowling Green, specifically -- and played four games at the end of the 1989-90 season to become acclimated to the league. Johnson, from Michigan, got in five at the end of the 2006-07 campaign.


"Those five games made such a difference," Johnson says. "Without them, I would've spent all summer wondering what it'd be like, whether or not I could cut it. The transition was pretty smooth. I came in this year knowing that if I worked hard and paid attention, I could play in the NHL."


Playing in the NHL is one thing. Playing in the NHL in California is quite another, which is one more example of Blake's value to the kid's development; he understands the peculiar challenges of the place better than anyone.


"It's a different environment," Blake says. "When you step outside the rink, the hockey atmosphere is … gone. That's not the case in Calgary or Montreal or, to a lesser degree, when I was in Denver. In traditional hockey markets, it's all people talk about. You're accountable everywhere you go.


"I learned from Larry and Wayne Gretzky and those guys that, somewhere like L.A., you develop that atmosphere, that environment inside the dressing room and you work hard to maintain it."


Defenseman is a notoriously difficult position to master, particularly at this level. It's generally accepted that defensemen take longer to mature and prosper. Since 1932-33, when the NHL began issuing a Rookie of the Year award (later christened the Calder Trophy), only nine defensemen have won the prestigious bauble. They are, for the most part, a legendary lot: Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, Ray Bourque, Brian Leetch.


Johnson is one of the leading candidates for 2008. Indianapolis -- known as the hometown of David Letterman, Dan Quayle, Joyce ("Come and knock on my doooooor …") DeWitt, Oscar Robertson, Jim Davis (creator of Garfield) and Brendan Fraser -- might soon be known as the hometown of Jack Johnson, too.


He could wind up being the worst deal the Carolina Hurricanes ever made -- shipping Johnson (their third-overall pick) and Oleg Tverdovsky to L.A. on Sept. 29, 2006, for Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger.


"What we've been very impressed with is his patience, in the five games we saw him last year and so far this season," Johnston says. "He had a reputation in college and in international hockey for going for the big hits. But he hasn't tried to ramrod his way into this league. He's come in respecting the game and the players.


"I believe it's harder now for defensemen coming in because of the new rules. You can't put a stick on a guy. You can't battle people in front of the net. You can't hold them up along the boards. So positioning, more than ever before, is vital. That's difficult for a young player to develop.


"Everybody knew he was good, but he's a willing learner and a quick student, too."


A young Rob Blake?


Johnson is right. He, and the Kings, can only wish.


But there simply could not be any better preparation for writing your master's thesis on NHL defense than learning the ropes from one of the best of an era.


And Professor Blake predicts nothing but great things from his prize pupil.


"He's the best I've seen in a long time. And he's only 20. To be that good at 20 is scary good."


George Johnson, a columnist for the Calgary Herald, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=johnson_george&id=3071148&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab3pos1

24champ
10-22-2007, 10:11 PM
Gretzky talks about Kopitar:

Darren Pang: I was thinking about so many great young players, we obviously know about Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, are there other guys that you like watching so far, that maybe haven't caught your eye in the west but that you're looking forward to see develop?

Gretzky: Well, I think that, uhm, those two guys are really special. And I think it's great for the game that we have those two guys. The guy that I really think that doesn't get as much credit, maybe as time goes on he'll get a lot more recognition, but, Kopitar in Los Angeles. I just happen to think that this guy is a horse, plays the game the right way, plays hard every shift, a wonderful young man, and I think he has an outstanding future. So, unfortunately for us, we see him 8 times, but I think he's up there amongst the best young guys in the game.

Coming from The Great One...

http://gretzky.com/main/

:sunshine:

24champ
10-23-2007, 08:56 PM
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Chilliwack Bruins forward Oscar Moller is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 21, 2007. Moller registered seven goals and three assists for ten points in three games this past week, leading the Bruins to a 2-0-1-0 record.

On Wednesday, October 17th, the Bruins hosted the Seattle Thunderbirds at Prospera Centre. Moller scored three goals in the Bruins 6-2 victory over the Thunderbirds. He was named the games first star for his efforts. Two nights later, the Bruins visited the Toyota Centre to face the Tri-City Americans. Moller recorded the hat-trick for the second consecutive game along with two assists, despite losing 6-5 in overtime. On Sunday, October 21st, the Bruins travelled to Portland where they faced the Winter Hawks at the Memorial Coliseum. Moller picked up a goal and added an assist in the Bruins 4-3 victory.

An 18 year-old native of Spagna, Sweden, Moller was a second round selection of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Jakub Voracek of the Halifax Mooseheads was the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League nominee after recording one goal and six assists for seven points in three games. Nick Spaling of the Kitchener Rangers was the Ontario Hockey League nominee after scoring six goals and two assists for eight points in three games.


http://www.chilliwackbruins.com/content/feature-07/feature-news-story.php

There is highlights of Oscar on the bottom of the page.

:approve:

24champ
10-23-2007, 11:46 PM
Kings up 1-0 against the Preds, Cammy scores off a rebound.

24champ
10-24-2007, 12:09 AM
2-0 Kings, Lubo scores and Nagy with the assist.

24champ
10-24-2007, 12:42 AM
3-0 Kings, Ivanans scores.

24champ
10-26-2007, 02:26 AM
Kings win 2-1 over the Stars. That is the third straight game the Kings have won and have ended the Stars 9 game winning streak against the Kings.

chadta
10-26-2007, 07:33 PM
Kings ink Brown to six-year extension (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=221474&hubname=nhl)

The Canadian Press

10/26/2007 4:38:38 PM

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have signed winger Dustin Brown to a US$19.05-million, six-year contract extension.

The deal averages out to $3.175 million a year, a big raise from the $1.175 million he's making this season.

''Dustin is an integral part of what we are building here with the Kings,'' Kings GM Dean Lombardi said in a statement. ''We like how he competes; we like his toughness; and we are very pleased with how his overall game has developed.''

Brown, 22, was chosen 13th overall by the Kings in the 2003 NHL entry draft. He has eight points (4-4) in 11 games this season. Last year he recorded a career-high 46 points (17-29) in 81 games.

He will earn $2.6 million next season, $2.45 million in 2009-10 and $3.5 million for each of the remaining years on the contract.

24champ
10-27-2007, 03:55 PM
JMFJ postgame interview-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVaW9udu_XQ

24champ
10-28-2007, 03:55 AM
Kings win their 4th game in a row and 5 of 6.

The last time the Kings won four in a row was in March of 2006.

This was the first two-goal game in Patrick O'Sullivan's young career.

Jason LaBarbera made a season-high 34 saves and has now stopped 123 of his last 127 shots against (.969 save percentage). He stopped all 15 shots in the third period. He was named the No. 1 star for the third consecutive game.

Ladislav Nagy has five points in the past four games, Anze Kopitar eight points in the past eight games and Lubomir Visnovsky six points in the last five.

The Kings were outshot 35-31. Michael Cammalleri led the Kings with five shots.

John Zeiler led the Kings with seven hits in just over seven minutes on the ice.

Jack Johnson spent 23:36 on the ice, most on the team.


http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20071028/capt.eb5c360da84b46e4815c5bcf5ca63527.oilers_kings _hockey_las109.jpg

O'sully goal vid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cF77TmsUkY

Bronx33
10-28-2007, 12:55 PM
I feel asleep....:cuss:

24champ
10-30-2007, 07:48 PM
With every game-winning goal and every "SportsCenter" highlight, Michael Cammalleri is making a name for himself around the NHL.

Cammalleri's Quick Facts

• He was selected in the second round (49th overall) of the 2001 NHL draft.

• During the lockout, he was awarded the Willie Marshall Award for leading the AHL in goals (46) while playing for the Manchester Monarchs.

• He led the Kings in scoring last season (34 goals, 80 points).

• He helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships.

In this season-debut edition of Facing Off, the 25-year-old Los Angeles Kings forward tells us what it was like making history in Europe, how he is coping after getting the royal treatment from the Kings' brass and which celebrity had him starstruck in La-La Land.

Question from Amber: Earlier this season, you scored the first NHL regular-season goal in Europe. What was that like?

Answer from Cammalleri: It was a good way to start the season. I didn't realize the meaning of it until after the game when people kept asking me about scoring the first goal. Any time you put your name on something like that, it's cool to have, so it's nice. More importantly, it was big for us to get off to that start and win that game against Anaheim.

Q: What was the atmosphere like in London?

A: It was pretty cool. Just like during the soccer games over there, the fans were into it. They were doing the wave and stuff. It was pretty neat. Of course, when there was a fight between Scott Thornton and George Parros, it got the most attention (laughs). That's what they wanted to see. Overall, it was a good experience.

Q: Why did you choose to play college hockey at Michigan?

A: It was an easy decision for me. I was thinking of playing Junior, then I went and visited some schools I was interested in going to. I went to Michigan and Michigan State. I went and saw a game at Michigan and they were playing at the regionals against North Dakota. Michigan was losing 3-1, but then came back to win the game. It was the most crazy hockey experience I have ever seen. The building was electric. I remember turning to my dad and saying, "I want to play here."

Q: So, as a Michigan guy, maybe you can explain what happened against Appalachian State in football?

A: (Laughs) Man, that ruined my college football season! That was disheartening for me. I got a lot of text messages and took a lot of heat for that one.

Michael Cammalleri

Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images

Through Monday's games, Michael Cammalleri has a league-leading 10 goals.

Q: Is there a kinship among former Michigan players in the NHL?

A: Yeah, there is. We all know who played there. I played with like five or six guys at Michigan who are now in the NHL. It's a pretty cool bond knowing we have all gone through the same stuff, even though Marty Turco punched me in the head [the] last game (laughs). I'll have to bury a couple on him next time.

Q: You put up some sick numbers during the lockout when you were playing with Manchester in the AHL. How did that help prepare you for your breakout in the NHL?

A: Going into that lockout year, there were probably four to six guys on every American League team that were going to play in the NHL the following year, so it was a really good league. It became our NHL. It was the best league you could play in. It was good for me because I played under Bruce Boudreau and he was a great influence on my career.

Q: And now you're leading the NHL in goals. How do you explain it?

A: I don't know. My teammates are playing well and getting me chances to score. It's the consummate team sport, so any time you get individual success, it has a lot to do with your team.

Q: True, but what about for you personally? Do you notice the league is finally taking notice of Mike Cammalleri?

A: I heard the comments that the coach in Vancouver made the other night. I had a couple of whacks at a chance in front, and after the game in the press conference, he said, "We can't let the league's leading scorer get three chances in front of our net. That just can't happen." So, that comment caught my attention a little.

Q: You're a pretty low-key guy, but this summer, I'm flipping channels, and there you are on "MTV Cribs." How did you get chosen for that?

A: They just called me up. They wanted to do it. So far, it has only been played in Canada. I guess they need to fill up their Canadian content. I'm Canadian, so it worked out for them.

Q: So, did you go out and rent some Bentleys so you could look like a serious roller?

A: (Laughs) No, I did it "au naturale." That's my real house. It would look the same if you came by today. I still have that one same car and that's the way it is. I'm not like Sean Avery, who borrowed Pavol Demitra's Bentley and pretended it was his.

Q: (Laughs) Did he really do that?

A: Oops. Did I say that in the press? Yeah, he borrowed Demitra's Bentley for the show. You can print that. (Laughs) Sean and I are buddies; we get along, we still have a good friendship. He called me two days ago. He didn't call me back for a while the last time I called him, so I'm going to make him wait a little longer.

Q: You live in L.A. where there are Hollywood stars and famous people everywhere. Have you ever had a star sighting where you were like, "Wow! That's cool"?

Michigan and Appalachian State

AP Photo/Duane Burleson

Michigan's season-opening loss to Appalachian State? Cammalleri is paying for that one.

A: You know who I was the most starstruck with? This is kind of a weird one, but I saw the golfer Freddie Couples after a game. Jeremy Roenick introduced us and that was the most starstruck I have ever been. I've been a huge Freddie Couples fan my whole life. He asked me what kind of clubs I use and I couldn't believe he was talking golf with me. I was totally tongue-tied. I know that's not the answer you were looking for, but that was definitely the most starstruck I have been.

Q: You're right. That was not the answer I was looking for (laughs). You play a lot of golf?

A: About four or fives times a week. I'm getting it pretty low.

Q: What's your best round?

A: 67. 68 in a tournament round. I'm always ready for a game.

Q: You went through a nasty arbitration with the Kings this past offseason. [Cammalleri was awarded a two-year deal worth a total of $6.7 million. He was seeking $6 million per season.] What was the toughest part of that?

A: (Pause) It was what it was. I really don't have too much on that to be honest with you. I knew what I was getting into and it was what it was.

Q: You are going to be an unrestricted free agent in 2009. What you went through in arbitration, which was obviously difficult, does it have an impact on whether you will ultimately stay in L.A.?

A: I really haven't thought that far ahead. There's a lot to happen between now and then, and I'm excited about our team. So, it won't affect the way I play the game, that's for sure.

Q: The Cup going to Anaheim, has that changed hockey culture in California at all?

A: I think so. It's tough on us. The Kings have been here awhile and have a longer hockey tradition here. So, for the Ducks to get the Cup before us, it's not the right order. But I think it can also give Kings fans hope that it can happen here. It's not impossible to win a Cup in California.

ESPN reporter David Amber is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com.


http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=amber_david&id=3086964

24champ
11-03-2007, 03:07 AM
Pacific Division leading Kings beat the Sharks 5-2. Someone pinch me...Aubin with 45 saves? Say what? And...first place Kings? Holy shiat. :sunshine:



http://cdn.nhl.com/kings/images/upload/2007/11/kings110201.jpg

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 45 saves and Dustin Brown scored two goals in the Los Angeles Kings' fifth victory in six games, 5-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Matt Moulson scored the go-ahead goal in his NHL debut, and Mike Cammalleri got his 11th goal and two assists as the first-place Kings ruined the Sharks' return from a 13-day road jaunt with just their third win in their last 15 trips to San Jose.

Aubin gave up seven goals and got pulled once in his only two previous appearances for the Kings this season, but Jason LaBarbera's backup was sensational in his first start since Oct. 18. He made 34 saves in the first two periods under constant assault from San Jose's talented forwards, and his teammates rallied with four goals in the final 26 minutes.

Captain Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton scored and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 24 shots for the Sharks, who finally returned home after playing nine of their first 12 games on the road. San Jose fell to 1-3 at the Shark Tank before traveling to Los Angeles for a rematch Saturday night.

Not everything went poorly for the Sharks: Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh got a rousing ovation when he was introduced in the starting lineup more than 12 years after his last appearance with the Sharks, and the seven-time All-Star played fairly well.

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Ozolinsh, who appeared washed up with the New York Rangers last season, was signed by the Sharks earlier Friday after a six-week tryout with the organization that drafted him in 1991. The 35-year-old, who's been skating with his new teammates since training camp, immediately got a shot on the Sharks' top power play unit.

After Marleau scored just his second goal in 12 games for San Jose, Cammalleri evened it early in the second period with a deflected shot into a crowd in front of Nabokov's net. The NHL's early goals leader hadn't scored in three games after getting 10 goals in the Kings' first 10 contests.

Moulson, a former Cornell star, was called up by the Kings on Thursday -- his 24th birthday -- when Kyle Calder went on injured reserve. Moulson got his first goal on a feed from Michal Handzus late in the second period.

Brown added his fifth goal four minutes later, setting off a round of boos at the sold-out Shark Tank, where fans expect more from a club picked to challenge for the Stanley Cup. San Jose trailed by two goals despite taking 35 shots and committing no penalties in the first two periods.

Ladislav Nagy scored early in the third period on a 2-on-1 break with Alexander Frolov. Thornton got his fifth goal with 1:13 to play, but Brown added an empty-netter moments later.

Notes

Kings LW Raitis Ivanans got a deep cut under his left eye in the first period on a deflected shot. He went to the locker room. ... Ozolinsh and Los Angeles' Brad Stuart, who spent his first 5 1/2 NHL seasons with San Jose before going to Boston in the Thornton trade, are the top two goal-scorers among defensemen in Sharks history. ... Sharks F Ryane Clowe isn't scheduled for surgery Saturday, contrary to a television report. Clowe, who has three goals in 11 games this season, injured his knee in last week's loss at Columbus. The injury could keep Clowe out for an extended period, according to coach Ron Wilson.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/recap;_ylt=At8J64aXW2acqAHO8amoKGp7vLYF?gid=200711 0218&prov=ap

Bronx33
11-03-2007, 11:56 AM
[QUOTE=24champbailey;1772940]Pacific Division leading Kings beat the Sharks 5-2. Someone pinch me...Aubin with 45 saves? Say what? And...first place Kings? Holy shiat. :sunshine:



Man i was kinda glad i forgot to pick my games in my pickem league everybody picked the sharks i would have too nabby has been great for them i guess your boys found a way around him big time. I feel asleep early i had a root canal yesterday and was jacked up on vicodines i really wanted to watch that game too. And the sharks only had one penalty? wow! and the kings had five (nice PK) aubin was the difference.

Check this out it really tells you alot about the match ups becuse you have to play em again tonight..

Shiftchart
(http://www.timeonice.com/default.html?GameNumber=20187&submit=Go)

24champ
11-03-2007, 03:19 PM
Registered by the official tracking station for LA seismic hockey occurrences, the Dustin Brown Institute of Skate Techtonics. :approve:

http://www.instituteofskatetectonics.com/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBV1aZHYk9c

24champ
11-07-2007, 10:19 PM
Amazing racers
Posted by Rich Hammond at 4:26 PM

The Kings had a day off Tuesday, at least from hockey. They were told to assemble at the training facility at 7:30 a.m., at which point they were told to hand over their wallets and cell phones. (No, it wasn't Tim Leiweke collecting them to sell on EBay to pay for L.A. Live.) The players divided up into four teams for an amended version of The Amazing Race, CBS's Emmy-winning reality show. Jerry Bruckheimer, a huge hockey fan, is the show's executive producer.

The teams were sent out in vans to different locations and had to complete the first of five tasks. The first team to complete all five tasks won the competition. The tasks were:

A) To hit a fly ball beyond the infield grass at Dodger Stadium. Tommy Lasorda was there to provide assistance and, I'm told, a profane pep talk, as only Tommy can provide.

B) To have an artist in Venice Beach sketch a portrait of one of the players.

C) To teach a 10-minute lesson in a classroom at Torrance Elementary School.

D) To stand on a surfboard for at least five seconds in the Manhattan Beach water.

E) To find Jim Fox in Hollywood. A clue was posted near Bob Miller's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which the players also had to locate.

The teams took cabs to each location, but for one of the cab rides, they were not given money. They had to ``beg or barter'' for that ride, and they could only go on to the next task when they had completed the previous task.

All of this was taped and will be made into a show on FSN in the near future, so I've been asked not to reveal the winners. But the players' competitiveness did come out, and the winners were quite proud of themselves.

Only one of the teams did not complete all five tasks. A member of that team said, ``We just didn't want to leave Dodger Stadium. I think we hit about 100 balls. That was so much fun.''

The team-building exercise got a general thumbs-up from the players, although one did say, ``It was a lot of work. The last thing I want to do on a day off is exercise. But it was still a fun thing.''

Jason LaBarbera, a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and baseball in general, particularly enjoyed the day.

``It was cool,'' LaBarbera said. ``We didn't know what the next task was going to be. To hit baseballs at Dodger Stadium was awesome. I wanted to stay there all day. ... We all had to do our part and act like a team, so that was a good lesson to take away.''

http://www.insidesocal.com/kings/

24champ
11-11-2007, 03:52 AM
HOLY MOTHERF***ING ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kings come back from a 4-0 defecit and came roaring back to beat the Stars 6-5.

http://cdn.nhl.com/kings/images/upload/2007/11/Kopitar_111007.jpg

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Anze Kopitar scored during Los Angeles' five-goal rally in the third period against Dallas goalie Marty Turco, then connected again 2:34 into overtime to give the Kings an improbable 6-5 victory over the Stars on Saturday night.

Playing their first game in seven days, the Kings seemed out of it after Jeff Halpern's goal put Dallas up 4-0 with 2:12 left in the second period. Turco stopped the first 27 shots he faced, then surrendered five goals on the next six shots. The Stars had won 34 consecutive games in which they had a lead of more than one goal.

Dustin Brown, Scott Thornton, Alexander Frolov, Kopitar and Ladislav Nagy scored during a span of 5 minutes, 7 seconds. Nagy tied it with 4:01 left in regulation.

Mike Modano pulled Dallas even with a slap shot from the slot during a power play with 1:05 left in the third, after Turco was pulled for an extra attacker. But Kopitar ended it with a backhander between Turco's pads.

Turco was coming off Thursday night's 5-2 loss at Phoenix, his worst of the season until this one.

Brown triggered the comeback with a slap shot that trickled through Turco's pads after a flurry of shots in the Dallas end. The goal came during a power play with 7:14 remaining in the third, while former Kings defenseman Philippe Boucher was off for hooking.

Thornton scored on a wrist shot from the right circle 75 seconds later, forcing Dallas coach Dave Tippitt to call a timeout in an attempt to slow the Kings' momentum.

Frolov, with his back to the net, then redirected a long slap shot by Derek Armstrong with his right skate but had to wait for a video replay to determine that the goal was legal. Kopitar sliced the deficit to 5-4, and Nagy sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy when he converted Brad Stuart's cross-ice pass in front of the net.

The Kings have beaten Dallas twice in a row after losing nine straight to the Stars, including an eight-game sweep last season.

Notes: Jean-Sebastien Aubin played the entire third period and overtime for the Kings, stopping three of four shots after Jason LaBarbera allowed four goals on 21 shots. ... Dallas has outscored Los Angeles 17-2 in the first period during the last 11 meetings. ... Stars D Mattias Norstrom was back in Dallas, where he was examined for a facial fracture after being high-sticked by San Jose's Steve Bernier on Wednesday night. The former Kings captain has missed two of five meetings with Los Angeles since he was traded to Dallas on Feb. 27. A knee injury prevented Norstrom from suiting up the other time.



8') :D :notworthy :welcome: ROFL!

24champ
11-11-2007, 03:57 AM
Kings net five third-period goals off Turco before topping Stars in OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marty Turco didn't seem too rattled after Dustin Brown spoiled his shutout bid with 7:14 left in the third period. After all, the Dallas Stars still had a three-goal lead, so what could possibly spoil it?

How about five goals on six shots?

That's what happened to one of the NHL's top goalies on Saturday night. Turco and the Stars collapsed down the stretch, and the Los Angeles Kings escaped with an improbable 6-5 overtime victory that brought back memories of the "Miracle on Manchester" three decades ago at the Inglewood Forum.

Turco was coming off Thursday night's 5-2 loss at Phoenix, his worst of the season until this one.

"The whole third period was brutal," Turco said. "Other than embarrassing, it's a total lack of respect for each other. You can't just sit back and wait for it to go your way. You've got to make things happen. And we haven't been making enough happen. We were just lucky to get a point out of all that."

Anze Kopitar sliced the Kings' deficit to one goal with 4:01 left in regulation, then connected again 2:34 into overtime. Perhaps the happiest guy in the building was Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera, who allowed four goals on 21 shots over the first two periods before backup Jean-Sebastien Aubin finished up and stopped three of four.

"Before the third period, we said we were going to go all out and show our character and not give up. And it turned out amazing," Kopitar said. "We got the momentum going after the second goal and just took it all the way."

Playing their first game in seven days, the Kings seemed out of it after Jeff Halpern's goal put Dallas up 4-0 with 2:12 left in the second period. Turco stopped the first 27 shots he faced before the Kings stormed back against a team that had won 34 consecutive games in which it had a lead of more than one goal.

"That is the type of finish you look back on and say, 'That was really special,' And you never know. This may be the turning point of our season," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "Our players showed no quit, and they got a payoff at the end."

Scott Thornton, Alexander Frolov and Ladislav Nagy also scored during the frenetic rally. The five goals came in a span of 5:07, breaking the franchise record.

Nagy tied it with 2:07 left in regulation. Mike Modano pulled Dallas even with a slap shot from the slot during a power play with 1:05 remaining, after Turco was pulled for an extra attacker. But Kopitar ended it with a backhander between Turco's pads.

Brown triggered the comeback on a rebound after Lubomir Visnovsky's long slap shot trickled through Turco's pads and lay in the crease following a flurry of shots in the Dallas end. The goal came during a power play with 7:14 remaining in the third, while former Kings defenseman Philippe Boucher was off for hooking.

Thornton scored on a wrist shot from the right circle 75 seconds later, forcing Dallas coach Dave Tippett to call a timeout in an attempt to slow the Kings' momentum.

"After I got that first goal, Thorny scored on the very next shift and the momentum kind of built. You don't see that happen too often," Brown said. "I don't think we competed in the first period like we needed to. I thought we played pretty good in the second and then we dominated in the third."

Frolov, with his back to the net, then redirected a long slap shot by Derek Armstrong with his right skate but had to wait for a video replay to determine that the goal was legal. Kopitar sliced the deficit to 5-4 with a screened 45-foot slap shot, and Nagy sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy when he converted Brad Stuart's cross-ice pass in front of the net.

"That was unbelievable. We were talking on the bench about just shooting the puck on the net and see what happens," Nagy said. "Everybody was getting excited on the bench when we scored that first goal, and then the second, and then the third."

The Kings have beaten Dallas twice in a row after losing nine straight to the Stars, including an eight-game sweep last season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=271110008

:wave:

24champ
11-11-2007, 12:22 PM
wow...just wow, still can't believe it.

Highlights from NHL Network-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXyywvHOJeg

Bob Miller of FSNW recaps the game-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm--Ig3j5n8




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"This is a character-building win for our club,’’ Crawford said. "It’s something we can look to down the road as the turning point of our season. It wasn't fluky. It was the result of a lot of hard work and determination by the players.''

Bronx33
11-14-2007, 05:42 PM
Hey 24 did you watch the game last night? i thought i was crazy for a bit but i liked it....

Something very cool is happening at the Honda Center in Aneheim. The FSN West feed on NHL Center Ice is showing the LA Kings / Anaheim Ducks game. That’s normal. What isn’t is that there are no FSN Westannouncers. Just the sounds of the game and the crowd. Oh, and all the camera angles are from ice level with what they call “Rinkside View.”

More (http://www.onfrozenblog.com/2007/11/13/rinkside-view/)

SoCalBronco
11-18-2007, 08:23 PM
Here you go, 24

A cold one with Luc Robitaille
Talking Kingly glory, top fighters, and the fame game
Posted: Thursday November 15, 2007 1:57PM; Updated: Friday November 16, 2007 10:53AM



Now suiting up for a shift of a different kind, former Kings great Luc Robitaille spearheads the team's effort to reach out to fans.
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Over a pre-game beer in the Grand Reserve Room at Staples Center, I recently had the chance to talk to Hall of Fame-bound and current L.A. Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille. Reminiscing about the golden age of the old Forum Club, a mid-90s Hollywood hockey hot spot, we talked Kings history, the team's current roster of promising young talent, marketing (a major part of Luc's new gig), and his desire to bring back the buzz to a team that is now playing second fiddle to the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks down the road in Anaheim.

Perhaps most intriguing to me was Luc's frank discussion of being a family man in the sometimes selfish occupation of a professional athlete. I, of course, inquired about the greatest fighter to ever share Lucky Luc's ice. As we sat down to chat, former Kings owner Bruce McNall, the man who brought Gretzky to LA, wandered over, thus amping my blast from the past.

John: You know, seeing Bruce McNall brings me back to '93 and, some would say, the glory days of the Kings. Do you think about the past at all?

Luc: It's always about the present, and what we can do for the future. In the early nineties, Bruce created something special here. How can we bring that back? I try to learn from the good things that were done.

John: Well, we are sitting here in the GRC. I know you're trying to recapture the old days of the Forum Club, where you had to get through three or four bodyguards, you had to know somebody. The players and coaches would come back and Hollywood's Who's Who were up there along with some pretty ladies. Can you speak about what you're trying to do here with the Kings?

Luc: That's what we're trying to do. It's a little bit different at the Staples Center. At the Forum it was easy. We're trying to recreate it here because it's a great room, the Grant Reserve Room. We've had players come out. We've had [musical] performances after the games and so forth. Right now we're starting to get fans who are calling about it and starting to hear about it. We're going to throw a couple of big charity events in the next few months. We're doing one for the fire victims. The bottom line is our players like it. This is LA. There's no other city like it. We need to go out of our way to cater to the right people.

John: I know you've been reaching out a lot to Hollywood. [Before the season-opener, Robitaille and producer Jerry Bruckheimer hosted a Meet The Kings bash at Wolfgang Puck's in The Beverly Wilshire Hotel that was attended by Constance Zimmer, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mary Hart, Tom Arnold and other notables, including Kings all-timers like Marcel Dionne.]

Luc: A lot of guys in Hollywood are huge Kings fans. We're hockey people and we give entertainment. Hollywood understands things like mixing music with an event, mixing lighting and so forth. We're just at the infancy stage of working with that, but I really think going forward this could make a difference. It could help the NHL altogether.

John: I actually went to Game One of [last season's] Stanley Cup Final and I sat next to Mr. Bettman. It was all I could do to restrain myself [laughs] about some of the marketing choices the NHL's made in the last few years. What specifically do you think the NHL could really do for outreach?

Luc: The biggest thing is you gotta find a way for people to see the game. It doesn't matter what channel it's on, it's how you market and promote it. You gotta tell people to go to a certain station, but I think we need to work harder at it. Look at the NFL. The NHL's never really done a good job of marketing players. People on the inside say that hockey players are the nicest guys, but then nobody talks about them. I think we need to make sure people see our players. We have Sidney Crosby, we have Alex Ovechkin. We need a couple guys in New York and LA. For us, we have Anze Kopitar and Michael Cammalleri. The Rangers signed a couple stars in Drury and Gomez.

John: Do you think Versus has enough coverage to do what the NHL really needs to do as far as exposure?

Luc: I look at the deal with Versus as the same thing as when we were on ESPN2. When we started on ESPN2 they had, what, 50 million [homes]? The next thing you know, they were at 90, and then they forgot where they came from. We were their main sport. Versus started at about 60. Then they were around 80 and I'm hoping over the next two years we can get about a 100 million and then we'll see. At the end of the day, I think we need to market the players and people will find the channel.

John: I think we both agree that unless you win, not much helps. Your team started 1-6 [laughs]. Were you a little nervous in the first few weeks?

Luc: Oh, we weren't happy. I knew our team was good 'cause I really like our young guys. In our top positions, Kopitar is 20 years old. Our top defenseman going forward, who's not there yet but will be, is Jack Johnson ]20]. We have a goalie [Jonathan Bernier] who went back to junior this year, but he's 19: We feel like we have our three most important positions covered. Compared to football, it's like you have a star at quarterback, receiver and linebacker. The receiver will be Cammalleri. He's 24, so we're very, very young. This is a key for us.

John: [Jason] LaBarbera really solidified the goaltending position and that's when the Kings started to win.

Luc: I've said it for the last two years. I think he's deserved his chance in the NHL and like many big guys, it always takes some time to start the season. He's won those games because he's not playing above his head. He's just being himself. He's going to surprise a lot of people.

John: I know you think fighting has a place in the league. Who do you think is the best fighter in the NHL now?

Luc: Even though fighting has gone down a lot, I have to admit there's a couple of guys, Hal Gill, [George] Parros, [Zdeno] Chara, [Derek] Boogaard. Those guys are 6-7, 6-8. Everbody else is 6-1, 6-2 and you can't beat those guys. I saw Chara hit a guy the other night. I couldn't believe it. It was like he disfigured the guy. I felt so bad, but I think those guys are the best fighters.

John: You did have your Tie Domis back in the day. Who's the toughest fighter you ever played with or against?

Luc: Well, there's two guys. The first was Ken Baumgartner. He could take ten punches and his face wouldn't even move. It was amazing. The other guy that made it tough because he would never admit defeat was Marty McSorley. Marty was the kind of guy who understood his role and fought for the team, for the right reason. First he protected guys. Then he'd change the tempo of many games. The other thing that made Marty special was if he would lose a fight -- he didn't lose that many -- he would fight the same guy until he'd win.

John: One thing that I took from your retirement ceremony that really struck me because I relate a bit to it was when you thanked your wife Stacia for all the years. You mentioned that being a professional athlete is a very selfish occupation . I can relate to that because of what I do. It's about our brand, our career. Whether it's a gig or a game, there's always pressure where the spotlight's shining.

Luc: I think that's the biggest thing when you're living your dream. Every day, everything I did, my whole life was hockey. I came home and everything was about the game that next day. My family had to adjust to my schedule. I never adjusted to them because it was constantly about my life, my workout schedule. I had to be better the next year. To be successful, you have to be that self-centered. It's all about driving and being the best you can be every day.

John: People will say, man, it must be fun to do what you do. I always say it's a lot of things, but it's not fun [laughs]. It's rewarding. It's exciting. There are moments that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Was it ever fun for you?

Luc: I can look back and say it was the greatest time of my life, but while you're doing it, it's never fun. I remember I scored two goals and I came back and told my wife, "Oh man, I missed one."

John: It's never enough.

Luc: Our highs are really big, but people don't understand we have a lot of big lows and they're hard. They're emotional and physically hard, and then when you have a high, though, it's like the ultimate rush. That's why we're one in a million. We're very fortunate. There's 18 or 20 thousand people watching the game. They pay because you do something that a lot of people can't do.

John: Let's talk about one of the ultimate highs: when you finally won the Stanley Cup [in 2002 with Detroit]. You were at that stage in your career where you really needed to work hard as your body was starting to give up on you a little bit. Were you able to sit back and at least recognize the moment?

Luc: Actually, yes. I always said that if I would've won the Stanley Cup my first three years, I would have partied. It would have been the greatest and I would have thought I would have won it again. But because I had played 16 years at the time, I'll never forget enjoying literally every single moment of it. It wasn't about drinking and partying. I took my family and kids and my wife in the parade, and I knew this probably was not going to happen again. I knew how hard it had been for me to get there.

John: When was the last time you put on skates?

Luc: A year and a half ago. Today we had a game for charity and they wanted me to play and I'm like, "Ah, I'm not ready yet."

Musician John Ondrasik is the creative force and voice of the platinum award-winning band Five for Fighting. His SI.com column will appear each month during the NHL season.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/john_ondrasik/11/15/robitaille.chat/1.html

chadta
11-20-2007, 02:18 AM
hey champ, a buddy of mine got a kings touque in his case of bud, send me an address or a po box or something an ill ship it out to ya, cuz he dont want it.

24champ
12-01-2007, 11:43 PM
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n7/x-wing_2006/goal.gif

Kings up 1-0 vs the Avalanche!

Bronx33
12-01-2007, 11:46 PM
Booooooooo

24champ
12-02-2007, 12:01 AM
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n7/x-wing_2006/goal.gif
2-0 Anze Scores!!!!

Bronx33
12-02-2007, 12:35 AM
2-1
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n7/x-wing_2006/goal.gif

Bronx33
12-02-2007, 12:41 AM
2-2 hensicks first goal!

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n7/x-wing_2006/goal.gif

24champ
12-02-2007, 12:47 AM
get your own damn lamp Bronx!

Bronx33
12-02-2007, 12:52 AM
get your own damn lamp Bronx!


lol i knew that would burn your a**..:clown:

24champ
12-02-2007, 12:58 AM
Well we weathered the storm and hopefully we can put together a good third period. Kings looked flat in the second.

Bronx33
12-02-2007, 12:59 AM
Damn labarbra looks like a keeper..

24champ
12-02-2007, 01:09 AM
Hey Bronx, when did Altitude hire Brian Engblom as an analyst?

Bronx33
12-02-2007, 01:14 AM
Hey Bronx, when did Altitude hire Brian Engblom as an analyst?

This season i guess he lives here as well...



3-2

24champ
12-02-2007, 01:28 AM
Smyth should be taken out with that cheap ****, spearing the goalie.

Bronx33
12-02-2007, 01:38 AM
He was trying to shove the puck in


4-2

24champ
12-02-2007, 01:47 AM
He was trying to shove the puck in


Bull*** and you know it, he put his stick in between Labs pads and hit him in the groin area. Should be called for spearing and its 5-2 Avs. God doesn't like the kings.

24champ
12-05-2007, 03:53 PM
Bernier (11th overall in 2006) , Hickey (4th overall 2007 pick), and Simmonds (61st overall in 2007) were all named to WJC Team Canada Selection Camp roster.

Oscar Moller (52nd overall in 2007) and Niclas Anderson (117 overall in 2006) was named to the Swedish roster.


Teddy Purcell ( UFA pickup in 2007, 22 yrs of age) wins the AHL rookie of the month honors.

Manchester Monarchs right wing Teddy Purcell has been named the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for November. Purcell recorded five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 12 games to finish November as the leading scorer in the entire AHL.

http://www.monarchshockey.com/fullstory.php?id=2924



:~ohyah!:

Bronx33
12-05-2007, 10:54 PM
Yotes 1-0 :P

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n7/x-wing_2006/goal.gif:P

Bronx33
12-05-2007, 11:00 PM
2-1 boooooooooooooo

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n7/x-wing_2006/goal.gif

24champ
12-05-2007, 11:16 PM
Hey Bronx, what were you doing at a Flyers bar Downtown Denver last night? :)

24champ
12-05-2007, 11:24 PM
Damn I love this kid the more I read about him. Thinking of changing my handle to JBernier or something. !Booya!

The Lewiston MAINEiacs are proud to announce that goaltender Jonathan Bernier is launching a fundraising program in support of the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to run throughout the remainder of the 2007-2008 regular season.

The program, appropriately called “Bernier’s Saves to Remember,” will generate funds to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Bernier will make an $8 donation to the Maine Alzheimer’s Association every time he stops the puck for the Lewiston MAINEiacs during the remainder of the 2007-2008 season.

Bernier, a first round NHL draft pick in 2006, started this season in Los Angeles playing for the Kings of the National Hockey League. Bernier played in the Kings historic season opener in London, England posting a 4-1 victory on the 29th of September. Bernier played a total of 4 games this year with LA as a 19-year old before returning to the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“Jonathan has a family connection to Alzheimer’s disease and is proud to find himself in a position to be able to assist in the fight against this disease,” commented Matt McKnight, the team’s President & Governor. “Jonathan is a testament of what it means to be a MAINEiacs player. His personal commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease sets a great example of positive leadership for his teammates and this community.”

The Maine Alzheimer's Association serves the entire State of Maine. There are approximately 30,000 families in Maine who are affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Bernier’s Saves to Remember officially commenced this past weekend as Lewiston played 3 games in 3 nights in the cities of Moncton Bathurst. Bernier played in 2 of those 3 games, recording a total of 68 saves (32 vs. Moncton & 36 vs. Acadie-Bathurst) which translates into $544 towards the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

http://www.lewistonhockey.com/popupNews.php?id=646

Bronx33
12-05-2007, 11:34 PM
Hey Bronx, what were you doing at a Flyers bar Downtown Denver last night? :)


We ummmm errrrr I accidently walk into it plus meck was buyin...:clown:

24champ
12-07-2007, 03:20 AM
Kings destroy the Sabres, 8-2. Now that is what these youngsters are capable of. We played rookie Goaltender Jonathan Quick who stopped 2 of the 17 shots that came at him.



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Kopi gets 4 assists on the night.


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Dustin Brown gets 2 goals and 1 assist.


The Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Michael Cammalleri line combined for 10 points.

Got a ways to go, but its a nice start to turn things around.

chadta
12-07-2007, 02:27 PM
Damn I love this kid the more I read about him. Thinking of changing my handle to JBernier or something. !Booya!



http://www.lewistonhockey.com/popupNews.php?id=646

shouldnt you change it to berniernextroy ? :curtsey:

24champ
12-07-2007, 02:49 PM
shouldnt you change it to berniernextroy ? :curtsey:

Indeed. :thanku:

my other choices are

MollernextStatsny

QuicknextBrodeur

Kopitar>Sidney Crosby.

Flyerssuck ;)

Bronx33
12-08-2007, 12:44 AM
http://mvn.com/qmjhl-maineiacs/2007/12/07/roy-stole-the-show/

Lewiston, Me- Jonathan Bernier only has played in four games in the NHL. Patrick Roy has played in 1,053 games and leads all goalies with 551 victories. Not mention the 4 Stanley Cups, 3 Vezina Trophies, 3 Conne Smythe Awards, 5 William M. Jennings Trophies and being to named multiple All-Star games. There’s no comparison to the two goalies yet. But the son of the Hall of Famer, Jonathan Roy says Jonathan Bernier is his idol. His father gave him the chance to go up against his idol and he stole the show. He stopped 27 out of the 28 shots he saw in a 4-1 victory over in front of 2,936 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee Friday night.

After no scoring in the first half of the first period, Angelo Esposito made it 1-0 when he beat Jonathan Bernier with 9:40 remaining. Another former Shattuck-St. Mary Prep player Kesley Tessier got the assist on the play. Samuel Groulx got the other assist. Felix Petit made it 2-0 almost six minutes later with 3:45 remaining in the period. Maxime Sauve got his first point of the night on the goal. Maxime Lacroix got the second assist on the goal. The Maineiacs were 0 for 1 on the powerplay and the Ramparts went 0 for 2 with the man advantage. Ramparts had a shooting gallery out there with 16 shots to Lewiston’s 7 on Jonathan Roy.

The Maineiacs couldn’t score on the man advantage that carried over from the first period. Danick Paquette got his 13th on the year that trickled past Roy. Stefano Giliati and Stefan Chaput got the assists on the play. The Ramparts got the lead back up to two after Kevin Marshall pinched in to far and Maxime Savoie beat the defenders and Bernier went down early and Savoie took advantage. Darick Ste-Marie got the only assist at the 4:21 mark of the period. No other goals were scored in the period. Jonathan Bernier made an amazing save to rob Savoie. The hometown fans gave got back into the game with that save from the Los Angeles Kings 1st Round draft pick in 2006. The Maineiacs were called for a questionable too many of the men on the ice. Ed Harding wasn’t too impressed with that call. The Maineiacs had more chances in the second period, they had 13 shots on net. The Ramparts managed to get nine shots.

In the third period, it was all Jonathan Roy. He made save after save. The Maineiacs brought the entire arsenal and it wasn’t good enough The Maineiacs had eight shots on the Hall of Famer’s son. It was also a penalty filled period with the calls going both ways. The Ramparts also had a too many man on the ice penalty in the third period. The Maineiacs got a powerplay with 1:29 remaining in the game. Billy Lacasse couldn’t get the puck deep into the offensive zone and the Ramparts cleared the puck into the neutral zone. Maxime Lacroix threw the puck towards the open net from the red line and he puts the nail in the coffin with 1:10 remaining.

Jonathan Roy stopped 27 shots. Jonathan Bernier also stopped 27 shots but he saw 30 shots. The Quebec Ramparts went o0 for 8 with the man advantage and the Maineiacs were 0 for 7. The three stars were:

3. Jonathan Bernier

2. Angelo Esposito

1. Jonathan Roy

The Maineiacs first star on Wednesday night Dave Taylor was a healthy scratch.

That’s My Take

Bronx33
12-15-2007, 12:06 AM
Just a rumor

Los Angeles Kings: The rebuilding continues for the Kings, with goaltending and defense the main areas of concern. It’s been suggested veteran blueliner Rob Blake might waive his no-trade clause for a chance to play for a contender this season, but at this point in his career it appears Blake is content to remain with the Kings.

24champ
12-22-2007, 03:51 AM
I don't think Blake is going anywhere...

Cammalleri on the other hand, I think is going to be jettisoned if the right offer comes along.


Also....


Stamkos will look great in a Kings uni next year. :)

Bronx33
12-22-2007, 11:37 AM
24 i have an inside source that says (Granato could be the next coach of the Kings before long)

24champ
12-22-2007, 03:17 PM
24 i have an inside source that says (Granato could be the next coach of the Kings before long)

PM me please, I swear I wrote on a blog writing EXACTLY that. I wrote that if the Kings should happen to fire Crow then my choice would be Granato since he is a FORMER KING and also has ties to Dean Lombardi from his playing days in San Jose.

24champ
12-27-2007, 04:04 AM
Kings lose eight in a row...

Stop! Stammertime!;D

http://www.news1130.com/images/FEEDS/12/12/s121270A.jpg

chadta
12-27-2007, 10:41 AM
bernier looked pretty good for canada yesterday, maybe he will be the next roy.

24champ
12-27-2007, 02:08 PM
bernier looked pretty good for canada yesterday, maybe he will be the next roy.

Someday I will be able to tell people "Told Ya!" ;D

But King fans I talk are leery to make statements like I do with BerniernextRoy... even if Bernier is playing in the WJC's, as did former Kings Goaltender Jamie Storr. I can tell Bernier is special, he wants IT, Storr never did care for ****.

Can't wait to draft Stamkos, that kid is Crosby-Lite.:thumbsup:

chadta
12-27-2007, 07:02 PM
Can't wait to draft Stamkos, that kid is Crosby-Lite.:thumbsup:

lite ?

how much more of a puss could he be ?

24champ
12-27-2007, 07:16 PM
lite ?

how much more of a puss could he be ?
was speaking from a production standpoint...Stamkos has a great attitude if you read his interviews.

chadta
12-27-2007, 10:45 PM
oh ok thats cool then

an no i havent read his interview, im still trying to figure out why the flyers picked JVR instead of that tavares kid who works so well with giroux, who we already have signed.

24champ
12-27-2007, 11:38 PM
oh ok thats cool then

an no i havent read his interview, im still trying to figure out why the flyers picked JVR instead of that tavares kid who works so well with giroux, who we already have signed.
come on you know that tavares isn't eligible until after this next draft. I don't think JVR was a bad of a pick, he is playing for the americans in the juniors, correct?

chadta
12-28-2007, 12:53 PM
opps i meant that kid that phoenix got, whats his name , turris thats it, tavares has been playing only on powerplay. sorry for the mix up, that shows you how puzzled it has me.

side n note, ive watched some ohl games just to see that tavares kid play, and all i can say is wow, kids got skills and hes not a whiney biatch.

i dunno if jvr is playing, i really dont know much about him, hes in the american college system now and we dont get any of those games up here, hes supposed to be similar to rick nash is the name ive heard tossed around. Im just going by how well turris works with giroux, the two of them seem to really work well together, and to me thats worth something to be able to bring 2 guys in who already play together.

you know you can watch the games on tsn.ca eh ? the canadian ones anyhow, i started a thread about it somewhere on here, that proxy server is still good too.

sorry for the hi jack of the thread, hope you had a good christmas.

24champ
01-02-2008, 03:53 AM
It's all good Chadta...long as it is about hockey then its ok.

After a very long couple of weeks traveling the west, name a city in the west, and I probably went there. I'm not kidding either. Had a great New Years in Las Vegas. :twokisses


Anyway flew tonight again to Reno/Tahoe and caught the last 2 periods of the Kings and Blackhawks...and killed them. 9-2 folks, I'd say it was a nice way to start the new year, only problem I had with the game was with O'Sullivan swinging his stick at a players head. No matter who you are, that kind of crap has no place in the game. I know the Hawks were banged up, but 9-2 beatdown is impressive either way you cut it.

Speaking of Banged up, Cammy missed his 3-4th game in a row and the Kings have shown they can win and put points on the board. Pretty sure Cammy is on the way out for picks/prospects/young NHL player. 8')


http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080102/capt.36e92483eb7f488693649452733fd562.blackhawks_k ings_hockey_cama101.jpg

chadta
01-02-2008, 10:11 AM
i hear kyle calder was a -1

how the heck are you aminus 1 in a 9-2 win ?

i dont miss him at all, i hope you guys are having more luck with him then we did last year.

24champ
01-02-2008, 04:51 PM
i hear kyle calder was a -1

how the heck are you aminus 1 in a 9-2 win ?

i dont miss him at all, i hope you guys are having more luck with him then we did last year.

minus 1, yeah not a great stat when your team blows out the other team by 7 goals. However Calder is just getting back into the swing of things, He was injured for a while and he brings to the table what the Kings desperately need. Toughness. He scratches and claws his way to get the puck. The Frolov/Calder/Nagy line worked wonders last night, and Nagy showed why he is so talented with a 5 point night.

I'm on the fence whether to keep Nagy or trade him, the numbers show that he has improved from last year. I'm more content to trade Cammy to be honest because his value is so high.

chadta
01-03-2008, 12:54 AM
dood can you come over to the o and b forum, ive got a bunch of flyer fans that need a good laugh,

calder brings toughness ?


:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:

24champ
01-03-2008, 01:43 AM
dood can you come over to the o and b forum, ive got a bunch of flyer fans that need a good laugh,

calder brings toughness ?


:rofl:

:rofl:

:rofl:

Dood, from the games I have watched of the Kings...which are quite a few I might add. Calder is gritty. I guess that's why he was called "Kid Chaos" in Chicago during his time there...

Bronx33
01-06-2008, 01:22 AM
To Washington

Johnathan Bernier
Jack Johnson
Mike Cammalleri
Our #1 Pick

To L.A.

Alexander Ovechkin
Chris Clark
"Top Defensive Prospect"
Their #1 Pick

Link
(http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=buccigross_john&id=3179964)

24champ
01-06-2008, 02:43 AM
No way, I discussed this with Socal. We both agree that it goes against everything Dean Lombardi envisions for the Kings.

24champ
01-14-2008, 09:01 PM
MANCHESTER, NH – The Los Angeles Kings, the parent club of the Manchester Monarchs, have recalled defenseman Peter Harrold and right wing Teddy Purcell (emergency recall) from the Monarchs, and have placed forward Michael Cammalleri on the injured reserve list (retroactive to December 22), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi today announced.

Harrold, 24, has played in 39 games with the Monarchs this season, and has recorded 38 points (7-31=38). His 31 assists rank second overall on the team (and first among all AHL defensemen) while his 38 points rank third overall on the team (and first among all AHL defensemen). Named last week to PlanetUSA’s AHL All-Star Team, Harrold, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound native of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, has played in 12 career NHL games – all with the Kings – and has two points (both assists). He was originally signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 12, 2006.

Purcell, 23, has played in all 40 games with the Monarchs this season, and has a team-high 53 points and a team-high 39 assists. In the AHL, Purcell is third in points and first among rookies; tied for second in assists and first among rookies; and he was selected as the AHL Rookie of the Month in November. Named last week as a starter for the Canadian AHL All-Star Team, Purcell, a former standout at the University of Maine (he helped the Black Bears advance to the 2007 Frozen Four), is a 6-foot-3, 177-pound native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Originally signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 27, 2007, Purcell has not played in the NHL.

Purcell should be interesting to watch during his debut in the NHL...

Bronx33
01-17-2008, 01:44 AM
Check this out 24 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6cvlCldrw)

24champ
01-18-2008, 05:40 PM
Least we get mentioned in THN...

http://www.letsgokings.com/images/custom/staybad.jpg

Bronx33
01-19-2008, 06:12 PM
OK, enough with that analogy: the Kings need to take a page from John Davidson’s playbook (http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/stl070225a.html)and make a trade deadline feast out of their short term players. The Kings indeed should follow the Blues' lead by giving up their dead weight for quality draft picks (just look, the Blues even like their former coaches!)

Rudy did a fantastic job detailing a player who is there biggest bargaining chip, Rob Blake. When you consider the rarity of a tough, skilled veteran D-man compared to the loafing mediocrity of a Bill Guerin or Keith Tkachuk, the Kings theoretically could get a helluva package.

Smaller names include Ladislav Nagy (what the hell happened to him?) and Brad Stuart. You know, more or less every recent FA signing.

24champ
01-19-2008, 06:25 PM
I heard that Chelios is lobbying for Rob Blake to join the Wings since Chelios and Blake work out and live near each other in Southern California.

24champ
01-21-2008, 07:50 PM
Last week, Red Wings defender Chris Chelios said this of Rob Blake in an interview on a Detroit radio station: "He's in a situation there where there's just no end at the light of the tunnel and he's lost his drive right now. I've been there. I talked to him last time we played him, and he would love to come here."

Blake's response: "I don’t know if that’s exactly what was said, so I’ll leave it at that."

Blake said he wasn't upset at all with Chelios for making the comments. When I asked if there's any truth to him losing his drive, he gave a long ``Well ...,'' then said he was still trying and he didn't know any more he can say about that.

http://www.insidesocal.com/kings/2008/01/blake_on_chelios_comments.html


I am a big fan of Blake, but that was a weak response.


At any rate, Jakub Kindl and First for Robbie will do. :approve:

24champ
01-31-2008, 03:01 AM
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i216/bgkcasting/Stamkos6.jpg


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i216/bgkcasting/Stamkos4.jpg



!Booya!

24champ
02-06-2008, 11:51 PM
The Kings brought up Dan Cloutier on re-entry waivers and put J.S. Aubin on waivers. - TSN


http://www.insidesocal.com/hockeywood/0928-cloutier.jpg


Stamkos will look NICE with a crown on his jersey next year. :approve:

Smiling Assassin27
02-08-2008, 11:45 AM
Nice win for the Kings last night! I expect some high level talks between the two teams to heat up as well.

24champ
02-08-2008, 01:27 PM
Nice win for the Kings last night! I expect some high level talks between the two teams to heat up as well.

Kindl and a first for Blake....:wave:

Bronx33
02-08-2008, 07:08 PM
A former Los Angeles Kings defenceman understands what it's like to be the coveted prize and to also be in control of the situation.

It was just over a decade ago that the Detroit Red Wings called the Toronto Maple Leafs and made a pitch to acquire the services of Larry Murphy.

Murphy's contract included a no-trade clause, meaning he had the final say as to whether he'd doff the Maple Leaf in favour of the winged wheel.




"(Leafs GM) Cliff Fletcher called me in a few days before the trade deadline and sounded me out, to get an idea of places I might be willing to go," recalled Murphy, who won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie with the Kings in 1980-81.

When Fletcher called to inform him of Detroit's offer, Murphy talked it over with his wife and opted to make the move.

It was a wise decision that earned Murphy back-to-back Stanley Cups with Detroit in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Fast forward to this season and a current King finds himself in the catbird's seat.

Kings captain Rob Blake is the most coveted prize up for grabs as the Feb. 26 trade deadline fast approaches.

Blake wasn't in the lineup Thursday as the Kings dropped the Wings 5-3 at Joe Louis Arena.

In fact, he wasn't even in Detroit.

Expect that scenario to continue through the rest of the NHL season, unless the Wings happen to cross paths with the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

According to highly-placed league sources, Anaheim is where Blake will be headed at the trade deadline.

He wouldn't even be required to move house to play for the cross-town Ducks and since Blake owns a no-trade contract, he can make that call.

That's not the only reason why Blake won't be coming to Detroit.

A non-displaced fracture of the left ankle kept Blake out of the lineup Thursday.

A desire not to displace themselves of their future will keep the Wings from making a move for Blake.

In return for Blake, word is the Kings are seeking a player off a club's roster, a top prospect and a high draft pick.

As a rental player -- Blake will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end -- that's a hefty price.

Detroit moved a similar package last season to grab Todd Bertuzzi, the big forward who was supposed to put them over the top. That didn't work out very well at all, but it's got nothing to do with why they won't be willing to pay the Kings' ransom for Blake.

The Wings, who figure they will be contenders for years to come, won't to be willing to part with young defencemen Jakub Kindl or Jonathan Ericsson, likely targets that the Kings would pursue.

Instead, they'll pursue a depth defenceman. The Wings learned a harsh lesson last spring in how quickly a defensive corps can thin out when they lost both Mathieu Schneider and Niklas Kronwall to injury.

The Ducks don't possess Detroit's option of patience. They must win now.

Moves to bring back defenceman Scott Niedermayer and forward Teemu Selanne from self-imposed exile further skewered Anaheim's salary cap.

The Ducks won't be able to keep all their current pieces in place for next season.

Along with Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, Blake would give them an unprecedented three Norris Trophy-winning blue-liners and the right to call themselves Cup favourites.

The price for Blake will be one Detroit is unwilling to pay, but considering how they've loaded their guns for this season, it will be a price the Ducks can't afford not to pay.

24champ
02-09-2008, 04:44 PM
We'll see where Blake ends up, I think the Ducks/Sharks/Wings and maybe the Rangers are all going to vie for Robbie. Ducks will have to overpay to get him IMO even though the Kings need Robbie to clear the trade...



Meanwhile, I am really HAPPY with Brian Boyle the young 24 year old GIANT (6'6 225 pound) center, just got called up and is a PPG player (2 goals and one assist) in his first 3 games in the NHL....



http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/9f/fullj.e7b29c2c507c8de11d48a36c213e01ac/e7b29c2c507c8de11d48a36c213e01ac-getty-76074474jm005_los_angeles_k.jpg




OH AND GO STAAAAMMKKKOOOOS.:strong:

24champ
02-10-2008, 07:05 PM
Further proof Bernier will be the next Roy....Hilarious!



http://www.lewistonhockey.com/images/photos/IMG_5502.jpg


http://www.adpulp.com/archives/patrick_roy.jpg

24champ
02-10-2008, 07:25 PM
By the way Cloutier gets the nod against Columbus today...


Stamkos looking better and better everyday. Good job Dean.

24champ
02-11-2008, 08:47 PM
http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2008/02/Jack_Johnson_play_2225x300.jpg


If USA Hockey is looking to promote its success this decade, the executives should take their marketing dollars to Hollywood. Amid the glitz and glamour of “Tinseltown” live three billboard quality ads for the United States.

Fourth-year center Dustin Brown, second-year wing Patrick O’Sullivan, and rookie defenseman Jack Johnson have all played integral roles in USA Hockey’s resurgence this decade. Now they’re three cornerstones for a rebuilding franchise in Los Angeles. But if Brown, O’Sullivan and Johnson can mimic their success from the international stage to the NHL, the Kings could quickly challenge Anaheim for hockey supremacy along the Pacific coast.

“Ever since I’ve been here there have been more American guys than normal. Not necessarily marquee players, but Americans in general,” Brown told NHL.com. “Now having three so-called core Team USA guys is something to build on for sure.”

Each of these three can author a remarkable international résumé.

At least one of them played for Team USA’s entry in the World Junior Championships from 2002-07. O’Sullivan played in three WJC’s from 2003-05, helping Team USA to its only World Juniors gold in 2004.

In fact, prior to arrival of the three aforementioned players in the USA program, the Americans had won just three medals in the first 28 years of the World Junior Championships. In the last seven, Uncle Sam has taken home two medals, O’Sullivan’s ’04 gold and Johnson’s bronze last year.


Brown, O’Sullivan and Johnson also have played in a combined four World Championships, and O’Sullivan and Johnson were tutored in Ann Arbor, Mich. at the United States National Team Development Program.

“The fact that they’re all U.S. kids I think speaks to just how good the hockey is getting in the USA because they all come from different areas,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “Hopefully we’ll get a few more.”

O’Sullivan, 23, who hails from North Carolina, left the USNTDP as an 18-year-old to play major junior hockey in Canada. After scoring 92 points for the Mississauga IceDogs of the OHL, he was named OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year.

Two years later, he scored three goals in helping Team USA’s WJC squad take home the gold. Now, in just his second NHL season, he’s playing top-line shifts for the Kings and producing with 13 goals and 17 assists through 58 games.

“He might be the most improved player I’ve seen in 12 months,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi, a native of Massachusetts, told NHL.com. “Quite frankly, he had no interest in playing in traffic, getting his nose dirty, protecting the puck, getting to the holes. In the summer, he spent a lot of time looking at those areas, looking himself in the mirror and his improvement in those areas is as much as I’ve ever seen.”

Brown, who is also 23 and a native of Ithaca, N.Y., teamed with O’Sullivan in the 2003 World Junior Championships, losing in the bronze-medal game. Now he’s one of the most complete players in the NHL. Brown leads the League in hits and could be on his way to a 30-goal season.

Brown has 24 goals and 241 hits, 41 Better than second-place Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek, also a young American player.

Johnson, from Indianapolis, is the baby of the bunch. He turned 21 last month and played in World Junior bronze-medal games both in 2006 and 2007. Team USA lost to Finland in 2006, but beat Sweden last year to take home its first medal since O’Sullivan’s gold.

Now Johnson, the third-overall pick of the 2005 Entry Draft, logs more than 20 minutes per game as a rookie defenseman. He has nine points so far this season.

“His progress for a first year, (I) couldn’t be more than happy,” Lombardi said. “This (summer) will be crucial for him. He can’t be satisfied. He’ll have to spend this summer analyzing his game. This kid’s not playing to play; he’s playing to be the best.”


While O’Sullivan admitted it is “pretty cool” to be on the same team with two other Team USA members, he said the level of comfort he gained in joining a team already stocked with one former teammate (Brown) was essential in his growth.

“Last year it was nice for me having Dustin because I didn’t really know anybody else on the team,” O’Sullivan said. “And, for Jack, we played against each other growing up and we’ve been in different camps together. So I’m sure for him it’s nice just seeing guys you know from before.

“It’s hard as a young player in this League to find that comfort both on the ice and off the ice. I think a lot of people don’t realize how hard that is. I could be wrong, but I’m sure (Johnson) likes having guys that he can talk to, younger guys around that are the same age that he can relate to.”

Because of their international résumés, Johnson, O’Sullivan and Brown are also taxed with being key components to the Kings future. They plan to use their successful Team USA experiences as a guide.

“We have one guy on this team that has won a Stanley Cup (Rob Blake), so everyone has to draw on their past experiences -- whether it’s NCAA, World Juniors, or World Championships,” Brown said. “With the U.S. program, we’ve played numerous times in numerous situations.”

Could the big one – the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver – be next?

Nobody wants to think about it. The dream is still a dream.

“All three of us would love to play for Team USA (in the Olympics) if we had that opportunity, but it’s a long ways away,” O’Sullivan said. “It would be pretty neat to say the least. Hopefully that will happen.”


http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=353055&page=NewsPage&service=page

24champ
02-14-2008, 01:57 AM
TSN : FANTASY NEWS - Canada's Sports Leader (http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/columnists/scott_cullen/?ID=229480)


The Plan:
The most obvious sellers on the market, the Kings are out of the playoff hunt and have a boatload of unrestricted free agents, some of whom even have value to other teams. The Kings have put together a solid young core, so and deals will be focused on complementing their best young players. With good young NHLers and a handful of fine prospects, the Kings have an exciting young base that should only be better and deeper after the deadline.


Deano meets Blake about being traded...

LOS ANGELES TIMES: reports Kings GM Dean Lombardi is expected to meet with defenceman Rob Blake today to discuss his future with the club. Lombardi recently presented Blake with a list of ten teams that had expressed interest in him. Before the start of the Kings' trip, Lombardi gave Blake a list of 10 teams that had expressed interest in acquiring him before the Feb. 26 trade deadline."There are a lot of things involved in making this decision, and a lot he has to process," Lombardi said from St. Louis before the game against the Blues.

SPECTOR'S NOTE: It's up to Blake to decide if he'll stay or go, and if he'll go where he'll go. He's previously suggested he could waive his NTC if the Kings approached him about it. This report seems to suggest that the Kings might be doing so.



http://www.spectorshockey.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=182:nhl-rumor-roundup-for-february-13-2008&catid=5:trade-rumors&Itemid=9

24champ
02-16-2008, 05:18 AM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/0d/fullj.40a5c628ac47f6767db7c906681e02e5/40a5c628ac47f6767db7c906681e02e5-getty-76073565vd006_calgary_flame.jpg


It was very nice to be seeing the Kings plan of developing young players like Boyle and Purcell tonight against the Flames. Those are just two players coming into the NHL and doing extremely well. Couple that with the already young proven NHLers like Kopitar, Brown, O'Sullivan, Frolov, Jack Johnson. Each of these players are playing better as the season progresses. The most improved young player has to be O'sullivan who is coming into his own and clearly getting comfortable at the NHL level. Brown definitely took his game to a whole new level this year, possibly will be the Kings Captain in the future. He is a really good example to the young guys that come up to the Kings. Then you see Boyle who is a monster 6'6 225 pound wrecking ball center, make you think that possibly the Kings have an Eric Lindros (minus the Concussions of course) on their hands. Laying out Phaneuf when he was coming to take out Boyle was great.


Which brings up another point with all these kids doing so well, Crawford is definitely going to be sticking around for another year at least. There is definitely more consistency and improvement for the team this year, even though we are in last place and I hate to say it, if the Kings continue on this pace, we will not be in last and not likely to get Stamkos.

It's an extremely rare time for a Kings fan after the game to extremely happy with the way their team plays and at the same time got a glimpse of just what the future holds. Kings still have the Berniers, Mollers, Hickeys to come and that's not even mentioning the forthcoming draft picks and prospects the Kings are likely to acquire by the trading deadline. The days of Kings being the laughingstock of the league are definitely numbered.8')


Brian Boyle and Dustin Brown take out Phaneuf vid. :strong:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0-xnq0BQ4Y&eurl=http://www.letsgokings.com/bbs/f4/kings_cant_get_enough_phaneuf_video-73460.html

24champ
02-19-2008, 10:45 PM
Deano is gearing up and ready to unload players for picks and prospects.

On if trading Modry makes it less likely to move another defenseman: ``No. The reality is, where we’re at, we're building a reserve list -- and that includes picks and young players. That has to be the focus. We're the last team in the league. We're in this situation where we have to -- I don’t want to say turn a negative into a positive -- but we have to use this situation to a positive as best as we can. I don’t think you can make that statement that if we move one defenseman, we're not going to move another.''


Also another rumor flying around on Hockey Future, is that the Kings are working on a BIG trade. Credible poster on there says a big trade is in the works. !Booya!

24champ
02-24-2008, 03:41 PM
With the trade deadline fast approaching and the playoffs just around the corner, this is an exciting time of year.

For many fans, the best hockey they'll see lies ahead.

But for teams like the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks, the 2007-08 season is as good as done.

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To those fans I suggest, do not fret. Your teams made significant improvements this season and success is not too far off.

That may be a difficult notion for Kings fans to swallow, but those who have been critical of GM Dean Lombardi must also admit the team has a solid foundation of youth from which to build on.

What some fans don't comprehend is when you elect to build through a youth movement, you need to surround those players with veterans to help them get over the hump.

So if the Kings signed a veteran or two that you don't necessarily care for, understand those players will, in all likelihood, be gone when the kids begin to hit their stride.

Players such as Anze Kopitar, Alexander Frolov, Dustin Brown, Patrick O'Sullivan and Jack Johnson all have the potential to be impact performers for years to come. And when that day arrives, Lombardi will surely surround them with a higher quality of unrestricted free agent.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?page=brophy080216




And for the second time this year, the Kings come roaring back from a 4 goal lead in the 3rd period.



Dallas, Part II?

Not quite.

Apparently, the Kings are allocated one classic, near-miraculous comeback victory per season, having pulled that off against the Stars in November. They almost made it two with a spirited third-period rally -- scoring four goals to tie it, including two in the final 1:07 of regulation -- only to lose, 6-5, in overtime to the Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.

Kings forward Anze Kopitar was the driving force in sensational fashion, tying it, 5-5, at 19:45, with his 27th goal of the season, and added two assists. Michael Cammalleri picked up three points, a goal and two assists, and Alexander Frolov had two assists, the second setting up Kopitar's goal. Kings defenseman Peter Harrold scored his first NHL goal, at 5:23 of the first.

"That's as good an overtime loss as you're ever gonna see. . . . That was a lot of blood and guts there in the third period," Kings Coach Marc Crawford said.

If those words aren't the catchy marketing slogan the Kings envision, how about this one? If you don't like what's happening on the ice right now . . . . well, wait one period.

Interesting for the fans, irritating for the masked men attempting to stop the puck. Which is why there was a brief huddle about the streaky nature of the squad afterward between three Kings goalies in the dressing room -- injured No. 1 Jason LaBarbera, Dan Cloutier and rookie Erik Ersberg.

Cloutier was pulled during a team-wide, train wreck of a second period, in which Chicago scored four goals in 4:06 to go up, 5-1.

He was replaced by Ersberg, who was making his NHL debut at age 25.

Ersberg was more than adequate, stopping 18 of 19 shots, including Patrick Sharp's breakaway at 13:15 of the third. Sharp scored the winner at 1:48 of overtime.

"They're such a streaky team, offensively and defensively," said a bemused Cloutier. "We were just talking, all three goalies here. It's got to be so tough on the coaching staff.

"Down 5-1 in the NHL, going into the third period, is not easy to do. That was a character builder. It's the way we get down, the chances we allow for five or six minutes. It's hard to pinpoint it. If we could find a way to start games the way we played in the third period, we'd be a hell of a hockey team.

"We wouldn't be having this discussion. For me, I've got to be better on some of those goals. I know it's a young team. We've been saying that for two years now and I think it's time to come up with something else."

He was not dodging blame.

"I'm an older guy," Cloutier said. "I have to make saves at certain times of the game. We're down 2-1, there's still a lot of hockey left."

But Kings defenseman Jack Johnson pointed out that the team in front of Cloutier wasn't exactly providing much support.

The Kings would not have grabbed a point without Johnson's standout effort on rookie forward Jonathan Toews, stopping him in the waning seconds of regulation just before Kopitar's goal.

Crawford called it the play of the game, saying: "His effort to fight off a very competitive Toews and keep the play alive. . . . "

Said Johnson: "I just got lucky. I think if I do that 100 more times, don't think I'd bat it out of the air like that again, but I'll take it. I think he [Toews] gave up there a little bit on the play, I took one more stride to catch up to him. There was still plenty of time to make another attack at him."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl/la-sp-kings24feb24,1,132420.story?track=rss&ctrack=1&cset=true

24champ
02-26-2008, 05:00 PM
Kings trade Stuart to the Red Wings...no word on the return. I predicted this 4 days ago! Whoohooo!

Pendejo
02-26-2008, 07:12 PM
Kings trade Stuart to the Red Wings...no word on the return. I predicted this 4 days ago! Whoohooo!

A second and a fourth.

http://spectorshockey.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=273:nhl-trade-deadline-trade-tracker&catid=5:trade-rumors&Itemid=9

Bronx33
02-26-2008, 07:24 PM
Stuart has to be one happy SOB.

Pendejo
02-26-2008, 08:03 PM
Stuart has to be one happy SOB.

No kidding, and not a bad haul for the Kings either. It's not going to be long until they're contenders...unless they deviate from what they're doing.

Smiling Assassin27
02-27-2008, 12:47 PM
Kings made out pretty darn good yesterday. I hate to see that 4th rounder go since that's usually where the Wings do their best work in the draft but hey, there's a better than outside shot of re-signing stuart and he'll upgrade the top 4 on the blue line. once we get back to full strength, it'll be a nice little dogfight between ducks, stars, and wings.

p.s. glad to see that blake didn't end up in anaheim

24champ
02-27-2008, 01:30 PM
I'm kinda pissed off that Blake forced the Kings their hand. Stupid NTC, however I expect Dean Lombardi to lowball Blake in the offseason when Blake is a FA.

Keep in mind the Kings have it all geared towards this draft, 10 picks in the first four rounds and half of that is in the first two rounds. I don't think that will be the number when we get to draft day. Cammy will definitely be traded for a pick and prospects.

24champ
02-28-2008, 03:05 PM
Every fantasy junky worth their salt knew the talent was there. It’s just nice to see flashes of what’s to come.

Patrick O’Sullivan’s five-point night Feb. 21 reinforces the notion the 23-year-old is destined for stardom. His value in keeper leagues is already quite high (just try trading for him), but by next season it will probably be too late.

O’Sullivan is one of the rare players with the ability to reach offensive production well into the 90s. It will be a few years before we see anything like that, but he looks like a prime candidate to break out next season with 70-plus points.

His role with the team is increasing. In the past 42 contests, the Kings forward has seen at least 17:30 of ice time in 40 of them. Prior to that, he saw that much ice on just five of 21 occasions. He is part of the top penalty-killing unit (averaging 2:45 of ice time per game when down a man) and has lately been on the first unit of the power play.

The savvy sophomore’s minus-10 rating may be of some concern, but he was a minus-5 after the first eight games of the season.

O’Sullivan is currently centering the second line with streaky Alexander Frolov on the left side and sniper Mike Cammalleri on the right. The trio combined for 11 points Thursday and given Frolov’s tendency to get very hot for several games in a row, expect him to drag his linemates along for the next couple of weeks…

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/13704-Fantasy-Pool-Look-OSullivan-coming-into-his-own.html

Bronx33
03-05-2008, 07:29 PM
With the team arriving late from St. Louis last night, today’s practice was optional on ice and only four players – Raitis Ivanans, Jon Klemm, Dan Cloutier and Derek Armstrong – participated in drills with the coaching staff.

The rest of the players, in an attempt to get refreshed and revitalized after playing four games in six nights, took practice outdoors and threw the football around and kicked soccer balls at the park across the street from Toyota Sports Center.

The biggest news from practice, however, was that Jason LaBarbera had undergone sports hernia surgery this morning and is out for the season.

LABARBERA OUT FOR SEASON
LaBarbera, who has not played since Feb. 18 due to a groin injury, will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery this morning. His 2007-08 season, the first of a two-year contract extension singed on July 3, 2007, will end with LaBarbera posting a 17-23-2 mark, stopping 1,220-of-1,341 shots (.910 SV%) with a 3.00 GAA.

"He is going to be out for that,” head coach Marc Crawford said. “It is unfortunate, he has had a decent season for us. I think he has proved he is a capable of being an NHL goaltender. He had the bulk of the time for us. It is a tough injury, but on the positive side he will have a long period of recovery and hopefully he can start fresh at the start of next season."

With LaBarbera out, the goaltending duties will fall to rookie Erik Ersberg and veteran Dan Cloutier.

Ersberg, the first Swedish goaltender in Kings history, has stopped 79 of 85 shots (.929 save percentage) in his first three NHL games, though he has not earned a win, posting an 0-1-2 mark.

“I thought he has played well, his rebound control has been quite good. He skates well, he looks like he has a good demeanor and an overall good package in terns of what he does in the net,” Crawford said. “It is unfortunate for him, he has been there and probably deserves to have his first win by now but hasn’t gotten it.”

Regardless of his 0-1-2 start, Ersberg has enjoyed his three games with the Kings.

“It was a great experience to start some games and play some games up here,” Ersberg said. “It was a lot of fun. We didn’t get too many points, but I think I played okay.”

When asked about his rebound control, something that Crawford had pointed out as a positive, Ersberg said: ”It is something I worked on this year in Manchester with the goalie coaches. It is an important part of the game and helps your ‘D’ out, so if you can do that well, it makes them not have to take some long shifts.”

"I think that what we are doing now is saying 'hey, Erik has been playing well and let's see if he can continue to play real strong.' Obviously, he isn't tired or anything,” Crawford said. “Dan [Cloutier] came in here and he had no pressure on him with Jason being the No. 1 goalie, and he played well.

”But since Jason's injury and he became the guy, so to speak, maybe we can lesson that burden on them. Both of them just have to go out to play. We are in a situation where we are seeing where these players are at. It is exciting, Ersberg is young and looks like has a little something, much like at the start of the season when we had a young goaltender, Jonathan Bernier, come in and show that he had something you could look forward to. He is going to get a chance to play right now, we are excited for him."

24champ
03-05-2008, 10:45 PM
Kings sealed up the number one overall spot. STTTAAAAAMKOOOOSSS.

Bronx33
03-08-2008, 11:44 AM
Link
(http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_8469829)

Enough already.

Enough bluster. Enough talk of a different future.

Enough mediocre/simply bad hockey.

It is time for Philip Anschutz to sell the Kings. Time to wave goodbye.

Please.

It has been 13 years of failure for the Kings under Anschutz. Thirteen years with one playoff series victory. Thirteen years of pained, absentee ownership.

Devoted Kings fans deserve better. The Kings deserve better. A lot better.

They don't deserve another year of watching the playoffs go by. They certainly don't deserve this horrific season, in which their only claim is: worst team in the NHL.

Anschutz would have a lot to answer for when it comes to the Kings, except he doesn't speak about his team. Our Garbo doesn't speak publicly at all.

Billionaire Phil is a veritable recluse living in Colorado, running an international empire that's believed to include more than 100 companies.

If the Kings are more than some toy, more than an anchor for his Staples Center and downtown development, he should say so. Better, he should prove it.

But he hasn't, and he won't.

He has the country's largest cattle and farm property, its largest theater chain, largest oil fields, a railroad, a telecommunications firm, arenas in London and Berlin and Kansas City, a movie production company, newspapers and Celine Dion to worry about.

It's not like he hasn't done wonders for Los Angeles, and vice
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versa, but when it comes to the Kings, his commitment simply isn't there.

He'll bring in David Beckham for his Galaxy. Build "L.A. Live" and the Home Depot Center. All while the Kings flounder, again. While the organization rebuilds again and gamely speaks of better days to come.

Only it has been 13 years of talk, of letdowns and failed promises.

Time to sell the team to somebody whose focus is not spread so thin. Who is less concerned with running the world than winning an NHL championship.

Disney was another world-wide company that owned and failed at running a hockey team. They sold the Ducks to Henry and Susan Samueli in 2005, and two years later Anaheim hoisted the Stanley Cup.

It's not like it can't be done. The Kings need someone less fractured and more involved, need an owner whose connection goes beyond some weekly report and approval of expenditures.

Kings fans are among the most loyal in all of L.A. sports. Their overall numbers don't compare to Lakers and Dodgers fans, but their devotion is unquestioned.

Actually, it's incredible.

Despite the Kings owning the worst point total in the NHL, fans continue to flock to Staples. Continue to show up at the rate of more than 16,000 per game. Continue to support the NHL's most feeble brand of hockey.

Two years ago, this culture of losing was supposed to all change. The NHL finally adopted the salary cap that the team's then-president, Tim Leiweke, had long championed.

No longer would the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings outspend everyone else on the way to titles. It was an even playing field.

Leiweke announced it was a new day, and fired almost everyone of significance in the organization, including - sort of - himself.

"We've had one playoff win in 10 years," Leiweke said then. "Ownership is angry. We're tired of losing and want to win."

Two years later, they must be in a real rage.

Two years later, they plead patience. Leiweke's new president, Dean Lombardi, arrived with a reputation of being an astute observer of young talent and a keen drafter.

And Lombardi has drafted well, built a promising core for the future. The veterans he signed to complement that youth have not been as successful, but he has pretty much done what he was hired to do.

"My biggest point after taking the job was to get the infrastructure in place to turn this around," Lombardi said. "It takes resources for proper scouting and development. Just like in baseball.

"It all takes some time to get up and running. He (Anschutz) has given me the resources. And that's all you can ask for."

For his part, there is no doubt Leiweke - the team's main face during these Anschutz years - is passionate about the Kings. But he's running about half of the Anschutz empire through AEG and recognized he could not give the Kings the time deserved when he hired Lombardi.

Meanwhile, Billionaire Phil remains on his ranch and the Kings continue to stumble. They haven't made the playoffs since 2002, and of course, won't this year either.

Leiweke recently admitted AEG had done a poor job with the Kings, but that's a revelation? He promised in two years they would have a good team, and where have we heard that before?

I asked to speak to Anschutz for this column and was told it wouldn't happen. No surprise.

I asked to speak to Leiweke and was told he was out of town. No surprise there, either. Poor Lombardi had to speak for the organization, and he has been around for less than two years.

Anschutz has owned the Kings, though he hasn't been around, for 13 years. That's long enough.

That's a track record of losing. It's indisputable. It should be as obvious to Leiweke as it is to every clear-thinking Kings fan.

Anschutz is not what is best for the Kings. Los Angeles - and the NHL - deserve a winning franchise here. Deserve an owner whose focus is on his team.

The puck stops with Anschutz, and it's time he passed it on.

24champ
03-08-2008, 03:13 PM
Well Dilbeck doesn't have a clue about the Kings CLEARLY and I read that article a couple days ago.


If you want actual intellegent articles on the Kings, then look up Rich Hammond. This Dilbeck guy doesn't know anything about what AEG has done for the Kings, and compared to past ownerships, AEG puts a ton of resources into the Kings. They literally buillt and bought the minor league system (Two minor league teams in Manchester, Reading with a hockey team in Europe as well). Built Staples Center and as well built state of the art practice facilities for the Kings.

Then they hired a GM that knows how to build an actual team with his expertise being in the draft and prospects. Building the team from the ground up and for this moron to state we should start all over and have an owner that will do what the Kings have done in the 80s by trading all of our assets and picks for washed up veterans. We could have had Ray Bourque etc from those high draft picks. I don't want to go back to these eras.

Don't forget, they also hired Luc Robitaille, a well known reputable hockey face, as president of sports business operations.

Dilbeck needs to get off his ass and do some actual research on owners and what they have contributed to the Kings...

24champ
03-11-2008, 05:29 PM
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/sports/story.html?id=ba1f54dc-5945-4684-9242-7bf0337f2c6e



Here is the interesting stuff-

the Kings sent him to Vail for season-ending surgery. In pain, Cloutier flew to Colorado in a middle economy-class seat and was lodged by the Kings at a Super-8 Motel about 50 kilometres from the clinic where he was treated daily.


Cloutier's wife, Nikki, accompanied her husband to the American League, where they lived in a hotel. They were expecting their first baby in December. As the due date neared, Cloutier asked the Kings to move them into an apartment. The team balked and said the Cloutiers should stay in their hotel.

"I said: 'I can't, we're expecting a baby here. I don't know if it's a big thing to you guys, but to me it's the most important thing,'" Cloutier said. "Finally, I called the [Players' Association] and they said after 28 days you're entitled to get a place."



::)

Awaiting word from Rich Hammond who will ask Dean Lombardi about these allegations..

Bronx33
03-11-2008, 08:27 PM
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/sports/story.html?id=ba1f54dc-5945-4684-9242-7bf0337f2c6e



Here is the interesting stuff-










::)

Awaiting word from Rich Hammond who will ask Dean Lombardi about these allegations..



So a guy making 3.1 million a season can't rent a apartment :clown:

24champ
03-12-2008, 01:40 AM
So a guy making 3.1 million a season can't rent a apartment :clown:

Yeah tell me about it...

Anyway here is the response by Dean Lombardi.


Dean Lombardi declined the interview request but gave the following statement: ``The Kings take the utmost pride in how our organization treats its players and its staff. Not only do we treat everyone fairly and top-shelf, it is a priority for our organization.''

A team official also sought to clarify some of the accusations made by Cloutier. Specifically...

-- The Vancouver Sun describes the lead-up to Cloutier's hip surgery last year by reporting, ``In pain, Cloutier flew to Colorado in a middle economy-class seat and was lodged by the Kings at a Super-8 Motel about 50 kilometres from the clinic where he was treated daily.''

According to the Kings, Cloutier insisted upon having the surgery as soon as possible, which meant booking flights and a hotel on Jan. 11, 2007 for a Jan. 12, 2007 surgery. That was a holiday weekend (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and there was only one available flight to Vail, Colo. According to the Kings, that was OK with Cloutier. The Comfort Inn in Vail, located 10 miles from the clinic, was the only hotel to have rooms available on three consecutive nights, and the Kings decided to book that rather than have Cloutier change hotels mid-trip. The clinic later found a different hotel for Cloutier and his wife, and the Kings paid for all five nights.

-- The Vancouver Sun describes Cloutier's time in Manchester by reporting, ``Cloutier's wife, Nikki, accompanied her husband to the American League, where they lived in a hotel. They were expecting their first baby in December. As the due date neared, Cloutier asked the Kings to move them into an apartment. The team balked and said the Cloutiers should stay in their hotel. I said: 'I can't, we're expecting a baby here. I don't know if it's a big thing to you guys, but to me it's the most important thing,'" Cloutier said. "Finally, I called the [Players' Association] and they said after 28 days you're entitled to get a place."''

(This has been updated, because of a clarification on a second phone call)... According to the Kings, the Cloutiers stayed in the team-provided hotel room for an undetermined period of time, after which the Kings asked Cloutier ``to continue in that situation'' -- meaning to stay in the hotel rather than get him an apartment. (I'm still awaiting more clarification from the Kings on this part of the story)

I asked for a bit more clarification, particularly in terms of whether Cloutier's hip injury was ever downplayed by anyone in the organization. When I hear back, I'll post it...




then there's another entry by Rich Hammond.


This is the statement from Jeff Moeller, the Kings' senior director of communications, on Dan Cloutier's assertion that the Kings encouraged him to play while hurt:

``We would never put a player's long-term health at risk.''

This is what was written in the Vancouver Sun story: ``(Cloutier) was having hip pain. He volunteered to keep playing because the Kings' other goalie, Mathieu Garon, had a broken finger. Cloutier's pain got worse, but the team insisted initially there was little wrong with him. Knowing his body, Cloutier pushed the issue. Only after a specialist said his career could be in jeopardy, the Kings sent him to Vail for season-ending surgery.''

http://www.insidesocal.com/kings/

Bronx33
03-13-2008, 06:07 PM
So Cloutier was being a bitch?

24champ
03-13-2008, 06:15 PM
So Cloutier was being a b****?

That and he is angling for a buy-out. He knows his time will be up in LA soon, so he is placing the blame on the Kings for his crappy play. Rumor has it he wants to play for Colorado.:~ohyah!:

24champ
04-02-2008, 12:06 AM
The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Davis Drewiske to a multi-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.

Drewiske, 23, had 21 points (5-16=21), 46 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating with the Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA) this past season while appearing in all 40 games for the team. The 6-1, 215-pound native of Hudson, Wisconsin, who served as the Badgers’ captain, also tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman (5) and finished second on the team in points scored by a defenseman (21).

In four seasons with the Badgers (2004-08), Drewiske never finished with a plus/minus rating of lower than plus-6 and his goal production went up every year. During his Badgers career, he appeared in 152 total games, scored 41 points (12-29=41), logged a plus-28 rating and recorded 136 penalty minutes.

Drewiske skated with the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) during the 2003–04 season and that year he led his team and tied for 13th in the league in scoring by a defenseman with 23 points (4-19=23). Prior to his stint with the Buccaneers, Drewiske skated with Hudson High School where he was a member of the school’s 2001 WIAA State Championship team. He finished his high school career as a three-time all-state player, and he was named Wisconsin Mr. Hockey and team MVP as a senior.

24champ
04-04-2008, 01:09 AM
KINGS ASSIGN JONATHAN BERNIER

TO MANCHESTER (AHL)

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have assigned goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Manchester Monarchs (American Hockey League), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Bernier, 19, most recently played for the Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL), where in 48 regular season games he posted a 18-12-3 record, a 2.73 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. His 2.73 goals-against average ranked second in the QMJHL and his .908 save percentage was fifth (among goaltenders with more than 1,000 minutes played). He also appeared in six playoff games, as Lewiston was eliminated in the first round by Cape Breton in six games.

Bernier started the season with the Kings, where in four games he went 1-3-0 (his first NHL win came on September 29) with a 4.03 goals-against-average and .864 save percentage. He earned the victory in his NHL debut on September 29 against Anaheim in London, England.

The 5-11, 177-pound native of Laval, Quebec, was also a member of Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championship held in the Czech Republic in January. He went 1-1-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average, one shutout and a .947 save percentage in two appearances, helping Team Canada win the gold medal.

Bernier was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.



Jonathan Bernier, the team's franchise goaltender and Los Angeles Kings draft pick, was at the head of the line. He drew a larger crowd than most.

"It's fun, things like this," Bernier said. "I remember when I was 16, sitting here, how nervous I was. Now, it's the end. It all went so fast."

Bernier said that by Thursday, he would report to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings' top affiliate, for practice.

"I am still going to have to earn my spot, but it's good to move on," Bernier said.


http://www.insidesocal.com/kings/2008/04/bernier_to_manchester.html#more




So the Journey begins...for Roy er Bernier. God I get them both confused. My bad. :approve:

24champ
04-06-2008, 03:59 AM
Kings finished 29th in the league, meaninig they have an 18% chance of winning the first overall pick. Lightning have a 25% chance of the first overall.

Draft lottery to be live on VS. tommorow 4/7/08.

broncocalijohn
04-06-2008, 01:35 PM
Arent we going to hear about the best places to golf in April in this LA thread? Enjoyed the 2nd period though of yesterday's game. It was like the all star match up with all that scoring. Kings are in need of an everyday goalie. How many have you guys gone through this year, 8?

24champ
04-06-2008, 02:52 PM
Arent we going to hear about the best places to golf in April in this LA thread? Enjoyed the 2nd period though of yesterday's game. It was like the all star match up with all that scoring. Kings are in need of an everyday goalie. How many have you guys gone through this year, 8?

Well 7 I believe, and yes the Goalie situation is a problem, injuries have contributed to that problem greatly. It won't be a problem when Bernier comes up for good.

The future is looking extremely good with the young prospects we have already in the system and with the upcoming draft it will be even better which some people find it hard to believe with the Kings having one of the best pipelines in the NHL.

I believe the Kings have like 7 picks through the first three rounds in the upcoming draft with 2 numbers ones and 2 number 2s with three number threes.

broncocalijohn
04-06-2008, 04:56 PM
No doubt they have some good players that are young. Defense is what is needed in this division. Not getting Ilya would have improved the Kings big time. Hell, you wouldnt lose to Phoenix so many times since they got him on waivers.

SoCalBronco
04-06-2008, 08:06 PM
Kings finished 29th in the league, meaninig they have an 18% chance of winning the first overall pick. Lightning have a 25% chance of the first overall.

Draft lottery to be live on VS. tommorow 4/7/08.

Go 'Ning, Thrashers or Blues! :)

24champ
04-06-2008, 09:22 PM
No doubt they have some good players that are young. Defense is what is needed in this division. Not getting Ilya would have improved the Kings big time. Hell, you wouldnt lose to Phoenix so many times since they got him on waivers.

Ilya isn't doing so great in Phoenix. I understand that the Yote fans talk on the HF boards that Wayne Gretzky doesn't like his work ethic and towards the end of the season Ilya didn't help the Coyotes when they needed him. We weren't going to make the playoffs with Ilya anyway, so it's a moot point.

24champ
04-06-2008, 09:23 PM
Go 'Ning, Thrashers or Blues! :)

You'd hope so, socal. You don't want to be facing our squad in the 2010 cup finals with Stamkos on the Kings.;)

broncocalijohn
04-07-2008, 05:30 PM
Ilya isn't doing so great in Phoenix. I understand that the Yote fans talk on the HF boards that Wayne Gretzky doesn't like his work ethic and towards the end of the season Ilya didn't help the Coyotes when they needed him. We weren't going to make the playoffs with Ilya anyway, so it's a moot point.

Phoenix had the best record against division opponents. That includes Ducks, SJ and Stars. Look where they were before he got there. If they are complaining about him, they forget how bad they were to start.

24champ
04-07-2008, 07:47 PM
Phoenix had the best record against division opponents. That includes Ducks, SJ and Stars. Look where they were before he got there. If they are complaining about him, they forget how bad they were to start.

Doesn't matter, your GM Burke thought the same thing as Gretzky is now realizing. Phoenix has nothing really in the pipelines as far as Goalies are concerned, so they were hoping it would be a chance at a long-term solution.

Secondly, If Bryz was such a good goalie, why the **** did Burke cut bait with no return? Burke's not an idiot, There are lots of teams in need of goaltending, but he cut bait without a return. That says more than words can say.

chadta
04-07-2008, 09:10 PM
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww time to change your sig champ, altho stamko will play in LA once a year when he visits, playing for the lightning.

24champ
04-07-2008, 09:14 PM
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww time to change your sig champ, altho stamko will play in LA once a year when he visits, playing for the lightning.

We'll get Doughty instead. Which will bolster our D-Corps for the next 5-10 years. JMFJ, Hickey, Doughty. Not bad.