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One more reason to drive to Ontario: Reign signs Setoguchi

Report: Setoguchi to play in ECHL | ProHockeyTalk Devin Setoguchi is going to play for a California team once again, only this time ESPN’s Craig Custance reports that it’ll be the ECHL’s Ontario Reign. The team’s roster includes former NHL defenseman Paul Mara, who signed there in late November. The Reign currently sport a 4-4…

Bettman and Jacobs vs. the World?

Kypreos on NHL: The silent majority – sportsnet.ca I find it so ironic that eight years after the last lockout, the course of events that eventually sunk former NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow might very well affect Gary Bettman in the same way. Back in 2004, Goodenow’s small executive board shared only the negotiation information…

Dwight King waiver issue clarified

Niesy left this comment in the Dwight King post of a couple of weeks ago: OK, I did some searching and apparently other NHL clubs have been sending non-waiver-exempt players down to the AHL for a while. It seems to be a safe move so long as the player was listed on the AHL club’s…

How is Dwight King going to avoid waivers?

Mayor’s Manor reports that Dwight King has “signed a minor league contract” and is going to play in Manchester. I assume more details are forthcoming. All of the Kings’ waiver-exempt players (Andrei Loktionov, Jordan Nolan, Slava Voynov) were loaned to Manchester before the September 15 lock-out date, per a special agreement between the NHL and…

Found: my first comments

I’ve been strolling down memory lane, in the form of the archives of Rich Hammond’s first Kings blog, Inside the Kings. I believe I found my first three comments on the blog, which are interesting (if only to me) because of how naively optimistic I was about the 2007-08 season, and because of how different…

Er, no they didn’t

Terry Murray returning with the Adirondack Phantoms – ESPN (Scott Burnside) Although the Kings lobbied to have Murray’s name engraved on the Stanley Cup, Murray’s name was left off. GM Dean Lombardi ensured, however, that Murray will receive a Stanley Cup ring, a nod to the work Murray did in helping establish a defensive identity…

“But those days are over.”

No sport has controlled its athletes as effectively and totally as hockey. Though fabulously profitable in the long-term, the NHL has always been able to convince the players — in good times or bad — that the clubs couldn’t afford the salaries, benefits and working conditions they demanded, and that if they persisted, the players…