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  • Tyler Toffoli tops list of potential trade targets

    Die By The Blade "Here we go again. After a hot start to the season, the Sabres have now dropped five straight. In a spooky deja vu moment, they have dropped from first place in the NHL to out of a playoff spot in a matter of a few weeks. However, in comparison to last season, the Sabres are..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin to face Kings for first time: ‘A lot of good memories’

    Sportsnet "Once upon a time, Jake Muzzin chose Los Angeles. He certainly didn’t ever choose to leave. “You don’t live your life planning to be traded or moved or have something drastic happen,” Muzzin said last month. “We assumed that our life..." November 05

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Drew Doughty clarifies comments about Canucks: 'Guys twisted my words'

    The Score "  Following the Los Angeles Kings' 8-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 9, Drew Doughty made headlines when he said "a team like that should not be beating a team like ours 8-2." "There's actually no way," he..." November 05

  • Kings could trade veterans

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings have made it clear over the last few seasons that they’re willing to part with some of their veteran names and Tyler Toffoli is the latest to be involved in trade rumors as he nears the end of his current contract. Not so fast for another pending free agent..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Six Reasons to Continue to Watch the Kings Right Now

    Jewels From The Crown "OMG. The Twitterverse and spoiled fans are really getting to me this year. I’ve never seen so many frustrated fans. It’s annoying. It’s unnecessary. Doubling down on the spoilage I see the daily articles mapping out Jonathan Quick’s exit path from..." November 04

  • Tyler Toffoli Comments On Trade Speculation

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the Kings struggling last season, winger Tyler Toffoli’s name started to come up in trade speculation as the trade deadline approached.  As he was struggling offensively and had another year left on his contract, GM Rob Blake ultimately decided against selling low and..." November 04

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty contracts loom large for rebuilding Kings

    TSN "“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I’ve been thinking about that famous quote from philosopher and essayist George Santayana while watching a few of the rebuilding franchises around the National Hockey League. We talked about..." October 31

  • What is wrong with Jonathan Quick, and can he turn it around?

    ESPN "After seven games, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick -- a two-time Stanley Cup champion and former All-Star -- has a 2-5 record with a 4.48 goals-against average and .849 save percentage. Only Winnipeg's Laurent Brossoit has worse numbers among goalies..." October 31

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • Todd McLellan: Dismal trip showed some Kings 'can't play in the league right now'

    The Score "Todd McLellan is putting his team on notice after a forgettable four-game Midwestern road trip. The Los Angeles Kings head coach refused to blame external factors and put the fault squarely on the players after they were outscored 15-4 in the final three games of the trip in..." October 29

  • Bringing NHL Feuds to Centre Stage

    The Hockey Writers "In the media, and all over Twitter, capturing the banter between these two stars seemed to be priority one. The rivalry is fun, it’s gripping, and it has been going on for several seasons with no real end in sight. Whenever the Flames and Kings play each other, Doughty and..." October 28

  • Analyzing the NHL’s luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far

    Sportsnet "Do you believe this is the year Buffalo, under Ralph Krueger, finally gets back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning just a shell of the 62-win team that dominated the regular season in 2018-19? Will Edmonton and Vancouver claim two of the top three..." October 28

  • David Pastrnak, Lil' Jizzy and other reasons to be excited about the NHL

    CBS Sports "Are you a hockey enjoyer? Perhaps you're someone who is not yet a hockey enjoyer but is looking for reasons to become one? Either way, congratulations... you've come to the right place.  With a new NHL season on our hands, we're rolling out a new weekly..." October 26

  • Who will be the Craig MacTavish of visors?

    TSN "Ryan O’Reilly is among the last of a dying breed. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner became the face of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory last season – in part because he’s one of the few players remaining in the NHL whose face isn’t protected by a..." October 24

  • Yes, let’s get alumni involved in the NHL Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have..." October 24

  • Sticker shock aside, NHL Seattle is banking on fans paying big to watch its team in person

    Seattle Times "To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to..." October 23

  • The NHL rules players would love to unfollow

    Toronto Star "No game is ever perfect, and hockey seems to tinker with its rules more and more every year. Everyone seems to have an idea of how to make the game they love just a little bit better. Even the players, who sounded off about coaches’ challenges, offside reviews, icing..." October 22

  • The LA Kings New System…Explained

    Frozen Royalty " With new head coach Todd McLellan taking over behind the bench this season for the Los Angeles Kings, one of the things he was charged with was making his new team faster and more aggressive up the ice. That meant that the system they played would have to change, at least..." October 22

  • Space Needle time capsule includes NHL Seattle’s final five name choices

    Pro Hockey Talk "Seattle NHL’s expansion franchise will have an official name sometime in 2020, but as of Monday the team is down to five choices ahead of their entry to the league for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, a time capsule that was sealed and won’t be opened until the..." October 22

  • The Jonathan Quick Conundrum

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As was the case for many Los Angeles players, 2018-19 was a year to forget for goaltender Jonathan Quick.  The team struggled to score and some poor play from Quick and the defense meant that they had trouble keeping the puck out of their own net.  The end result was Quick..." October 19

  • Los Angeles Kings Recall Nikolai Prokhorkin, Assign Tobias Bjornfot To AHL

    LA Kings Insider "Roster moves are upon us. The LA Kings announced this morning that forward Nikolai Prokhorkin has been recalled from the Ontario Reign, and in a corresponding move, the Kings have assigned forward Carl Grundstrom and defenseman Tobias Bjornfot to the Reign. Ontario is back..." October 18

  • LA Kings set Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Laser Show’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Los Angeles Kings may have dropped their third in a row Thursday night and fell to 2-5-0 on the season, but they set a world record during the first intermission. The Kings’ game presentation department used 642 lasers as part of the Guinness Book of World Records..." October 18

  • Drew Doughty’s Mom Hoping D-man Quashes Feud With Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk

    Sportsnet "After two-and-a-half years of feuding between Drew Doughty and Matthew Tkachuk, a third party has entered the fray: Drew Doughty’s mom. “As much as all that stuff happened with me and the other guy talking back and forth — as much as a lot of..." October 18

  • Exclusive: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with Mile High Hockey

    Mile High Hockey "It was 83 degrees in Denver on October 9th. By the morning of October 10th, Denver’s first snowfall of the season had ripped through town while thermometers in the Mile High City read 19 degrees, a record-breaking temperature drop in just a matter of hours. And it couldn’t..." October 18

  • A guru to the goalies

    Winnipeg Free Press "Somewhere in the wilds of B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, just north of Kelowna, lives a man who never played the game. Nevertheless, Adam Francilia's work during the six-month-long National Hockey League season takes him on the road. A lot. It's a grind he says averages out to..." October 18

  • Wysh List: The most overrated advanced stats in hockey

    ESPN "Ron Hainsey was a plus-30 last season. That means Ron Hainsey was sixth in the NHL in something, at a time when Ron Hainsey shouldn't be sixth in the NHL in anything. Go back 15 years, and a plus-30 would have been an indisputable measure of a defenseman's prowess. But..." October 17

  • LA Kings cannot blame all struggles on a Taylor Swift banner

    The Sports Daily "The Los Angeles Kings  of the National Hockey League announced on Sunday that they were covering a banner that recognized Taylor Swift’s streak of 16 consecutive sellouts at Staples Center. The Kings organization has been concerned that there has been some sort of curse..." October 17

  • Chinese billionaire partners with L.A. Kings to bring hockey to China's youth

    NBC News "If one Chinese billionaire and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings have their way, ice hockey will be flourishing in China well beyond 2022. That’s the year Beijing will host the Winter Olympics. When China won the bid, President Xi Jinping pledged to get 300 million..." October 17

  • The Kings are covering up Taylor Swift’s ‘eyesore’ of a banner

    Los Angeles Times "Taylor Swift’s banner at Staples Center isn’t coming down but it will no longer be seen during Kings home games. Before their home opener against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, the Kings covered Swift’s “most sold out performances” banner and will..." October 14

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • Drew Doughty: Canucks shouldn't be 'beating a team like ours'

    The Score "Drew Doughty might just make enemies with all of Western Canada before the 2019-20 season is through. The Los Angeles Kings blue-liner was asked for his thoughts after Wednesday's 8-2 waxing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks, and again raised eyebrows with..." October 10

  • 2020 Stadium Series to be 'nothing short of awesome' after snowy preview "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said if the snowy weather in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday is any indication, the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series game between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings at Falcon Stadium at the United States Air Force Academy on Feb...." October 10

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10