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…

Parse signs AHL contract

Scott Parse has signed an AHL contract with the Albany Devils Parse has 14 goals and 30 points in 73 career NHL games. He hasn’t played since Nov 8 due to a hip injury.  

The Cup, Names, Petitions, since the lock-out [CHART FUN]

[I wrote a more exhaustive post on this topic in 2013, The History of Cup-Winning Teams and Their Petitions, which covers the criteria for inclusion over the years, and how teams have chosen to petition — or not — the league on behalf of players who don’t qualify.] Yesterday, we learned that the Kings did…

Still no Voynov; Monarchs Camp Day 1

New Hampshire Union Leader: Monarchs Roster Takes Shape

[…] Nolan and Loktionov arrived in town this past week to report to Monarchs training camp. Voynov, however, did not and his status remains a mystery.

It was rumored that Loktionov might opt to go play back home in the KHL in Russia and that could be where Voynov ends up. But for now, the 22-year-old Loktionov, who played in 39 NHL regular season games and two playoff games, is here and he wants to play hockey.

“Here, I just I need to play my best game,” Loktionov said. “I played 30 games. I think it’s good for me to take it step-by-step, one game, then 20 games, then 40 games. Hopefully I will play this year a full season.”

Horrible News (and why am I not surprised?)

The day started with joy at the sight of Andrei Loktionov’s name on the cup, which turned out to be a Photoshop, and ended with the news that Andrei Loktionov will ask for a trade when the Lock-Out is over. Way to manage your assets, Kings Brain Trust.  

Do the Right Thing, Dean! (part two)

So, today the HHOF released the first picture of the Kings’ names engraved on the Stanley Cup. Imagine my ecstasy when I saw that the picture did indeed include the name of Andrei Loktionov! There it was, tacked onto the end of the last row, the only player’s name to be out of alphabetical order,…

Training Camp Opens on Saturday

The Monarchs Training Camp roster consists of 16 forwards: Andy Andreoff, Marc-Andre Cliche, Richard Clune, Robbie Czarnik, Justin Johnson, Brandon Kozun, Stefan Legein, Andrei Loktionov [AWOL in KHL – Q], David Meckler, Jordan Nolan, Brian O’Neill, Tanner Pearson, Nikolay Prokhorkin [status unknown -Q], Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey and Jordan Weal.  There are also seven defensemen on the roster: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Andrew Campbell, Nick Deslauriers, Thomas Hickey, David Kolomatis, Jake Muzzin and Slava Voynov.  Netminders J.F. Berube and Martin Jones round out the Monarchs Training Camp roster.