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    VS.


    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






    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 for the television schedule of the LA Kings.

    Click Here For the Kings roster.


    “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


    Kings
    Petiot (knee) IR
    McCauley (knee) IR

    Penguins
    Malone (forearm) IR
    Orpik (hand) IR
    Petrovicky (hip) IR
    Last edited by Bronx33; 11-04-2006, 03:35 PM.

  • #2

    (from NHL.com)

    **2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

    Leading Scorers:

    Forwards:

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


    Defensemen:

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


    Probable Starters: (subject to change)

    Cloutier, LA - 8 GP Record: 1-6-1 GAA: 3.44 | Fleury, PIT 9 GP Record: 6-3-0 GAA: 2.58


    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)

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    • #3
      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)


      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
      --------------------------------
      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


      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

      **(Some images courtesy of NHL.com, lakings.com, gettyimages.com and ESPN.com)**
      [/QUOTE]

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      • #4
        I'll be staying up for this one.

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        • #6




          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 for the television schedule of the LA Kings.
          Click Here For the Kings roster.



          “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.



          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



          (from NHL.com)
          **2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

          Leading Scorers:

          Forwards:

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

          Last edited by 24champ; 11-04-2006, 04:27 PM.

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          • #7





            Defensemen:

            Sopel, LA - 9 points (4 G, 5 A, +3) | Jovanovski, PHX - 5 points (2 G, 3 A, +1)



            Probable Starters: (subject to change)

            Garon, LA - 7 GP Record: 3-2-1 GAA: 1.72 | LeNeveu, PHX 2 GP Record: 1-1-0 GAA: 4.50



            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)



            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
            --------------------------------
            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



            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

            **(Some images courtesy of NHL.com, lakings.com, gettyimages.com and ESPN.com)**

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            • #8
              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.

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              • #9

                @


                Los Angeles Kings (4-9-3) 11 pts
                @
                Colorado Avalanche (7-5-2) 14 pts

                Game Time: 6:30 PM PST | 9:30 PM EST
                Location:Pepsi Center | Denver, CO
                TV Broadcast: FSN Prime Ticket
                Radio Broadcast: 1150 AM
                Online broadcast: NHL Radio



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                Kings come up dry in desert
                Kings Bitten by Coyotes, Lose to phoenix 6-4



                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 for the television schedule of the LA Kings.
                Click Here For the Kings roster.



                “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



                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

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                • #10


                  (from NHL.com)

                  **2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

                  Leading Scorers:

                  Forwards:

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



                  Defensemen:

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



                  Probable Starters: (subject to change)

                  Cloutier, LA - 10 GP Record: 1-6-1 GAA: 3.38 | Theodore, COL 9 GP Record: 5-3-1 GAA: 3.12



                  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)

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                  • #11


                    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
                    --------------------------------
                    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



                    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, lakings.com, gettyimages.com and ESPN.com)**

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                    • #12

                      VS.


                      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






                      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 for the television schedule of the LA Kings.
                      Click Here For the Kings roster.


                      “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


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

                      Sharks
                      No injuries to report

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                      • #13

                        (from NHL.com)

                        **2006-07 Regular Season Stats**

                        Leading Scorers:

                        Forwards:

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


                        Defensemen:

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


                        Probable Starters: (subject to change)

                        Garon, LA - 8 GP Record: 3-3-2 GAA: 2.35 | Toskala, SJS 8 GP Record: 7-1-0 GAA: 2.12


                        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)

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                        • #14

                          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
                          --------------------------------
                          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


                          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, lakings.com, gettyimages.com and ESPN.com)**

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                          • #15
                            Q&A with Sean Avery

                            http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/column...vid&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
                            John Shearer/WireImage.com
                            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.

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