Monthly Archives: October 2009

I Now Love Raitis Ivanans (and new bonus nickname)

…because of the insane ferocity with which he charged at whoever it was who ran Drewiske. That was just about the scariest thing I have ever seen and every team in the league should have it in mind when they play the Kings. When I was a kid, there was a nerdy genre of board…

Kinder Care

Whether the Kings can beat the Sharks tonight will not depend on whether the second line wakes up, Kopitar can hit the net, Quick/Doughty/Simmonds return to pre-nightmare form, or anything else so rational. My theory is: they will win tonight if they don’t freak out. I think the big problem with game #1 — which…

“NO TURN-BACKS!” — from comments section of “Teachable moment?” @ LA Kings Insider

Here is commenter wavesinair’s report on (yesterday’s?) practice, cut/pasted in full: Here’s what happened… Richardson, who Murray calls “Richie,” was the offensive player and carried the puck behind the goal with Purcell on his tail. As Richardson passed the goal and was nearing the corner he cut and went back behind the net in the…

After One Game, Loktionov is AHL Player of the Week

The hat trick put up by Manchester Monarchs center Andrei Loktionov in the season opener against the Albany River Rats earned him American Hockey League Player of the Week honors for the period ending Sunday. In his pro debut Saturday, Loktionov, 19, helped Manchester to a 6-3 victory with his three goals and an assist.…

Gauthier and O’Donnell to Oversee Kings’ Defense, According to People who Don’t Do Their Homework

One unexpected windfall of successful clubs dealing with salary-cap troubles is that valuable talent is forced elsewhere. Such was the case with the Kings’ newest addition, Rob Scuderi, late of the Cup champion Penguins who was inked to a four-year deal. He, along with 37-year-old Sean O’Donnell and 32-year-old Denis Gauthier will oversee an evolving…

Random Thoughts

Smyth/Kopitar/Williams Frolov/Moller/Brown Purcell/Stoll/Lewis Clune/Handzus/Simmonds Waive Ivanans and Richardson; make a trade for a legitimate enforcer; roll four lines; teach Kopitar to hit the net. I wonder how many goals Loktionov is going to have to rack up before he gets the call despite the fact that he’s got the body of a 12 year old.…

Nikolai Khabibulin’s Costly Turnover — NHL FanHouse

Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin made his debut in Edmonton on Saturday night, and it couldn’t have gone any worse for the veteran netminder. Just seconds after Oilers forward Patrick O’Sullivan missed the net on a wide open shot at the opposite end of the ice, Khabibulin came out of his crease to play a loose puck,…