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This isn’t a sports story but it may as well be.

Deadline.com: LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein Writes Last Column

Longtime Los Angeles Times movie columnist Patrick Goldstein decided to take a buyout rather than work for the new leadership at the newspaper. “He felt there was no more future for him there. It was obvious since all the new people think about is driving web traffic. They’re trying to put everyone to work doing that,” my source says.

“You’ll be dead by then.”

Super Hockey Mom | Adventures at the rink

This is what Red Chief said to me the other day after his second day of Hobey Hopeful Camp:

RC: Mom, I’m never going to make it to the NHL.
Me: Why do you say that, honey?
RC: Because I can’t tie my own skates.
Me: Honey, if you make it to the NHL, I will come and tie your skates for you every day.
RC: Mom, that’s nice of you to offer but you’ll be dead by then.

Who does Bettman represent, besides himself?

If it turns out to be true that the real battle in this CBA negotiation is not between the owners and the players, but between the big owners and the small owners, then there’s the additional question of who exactly Bettman is representing. The league in its current incarnation, the post-Gretzky expansion into new markets, is entirely Bettman’s vision.

I guess not

Huet had said he was hoping to land an NHL deal believing he belonged in the league and he was better than some guys, but with the threat of a lockout and presumably good, secure money being thrown his way – Switzerland it is. via Cristobal Huet stays in Europe, signs four-year deal with Swiss…

Huet? Really?

Report: Kings, Canucks express interest in Huet | ProHockeyTalk [F]ormer Chicago netminder Cristobal Huet told French news outlet L’Equipe he’s been in contact with Vancouver and Los Angeles about a return to the NHL. “Huet tells L’Equipe [he] talked with Kings and Canucks,” Woodley tweeted. [...] Huet hasn’t played in the NHL since serving as Antti…

When playing the right way is wrong

It has often seemed odd to me that Dean Lombardi would draft players like Oscar Moller, or sign undrafted gems like Teddy Purcell or Matt Moulson, if he really expected them all to play like Mike Richards.

Is it really the case that every line has to be defensively responsible to the same degree and in the same way? Under Terry Murray, it often seemed like the first three lines were all designed to be ​the same, or at least, to play defense the same way.

A very good chance Ryan Smyth would have been bought out?

Among Rich Hammond’s latest set of answers to readers’ questions was this tidbit: Forum answers X « LA Kings Insider The fact is, there was a very good chance that the Kings would have bought out [Ryan] Smyth’s contract if they didn’t trade him. Getting his massive salary off the books was not a bad…