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Points Blown in the West

What are “points-blown?” It’s the number of points a team could have earned, but didn’t. One point for a SOL or OTL, two points for a loss in regulation. For a further explanation, check the related links. The top three teams and bottom two teams in the West are off the chart, because who cares.…

Dustin Brown is from Buffalo, okay?

And we like trading with Buffalo, do we not? Stop the Ducks, fix our broken D, swap big cap hits, bring back Richards. This is a win-win-win for us. Okay, if you’re not sure about Richards, subtract one of those wins. But it’s at least a win-win-wash. Dean can sell this. And make up for…

What do the Kings need to make the playoffs?

It’s that time. Time to handicap the Kings’ playoff chances. Are they doomed? Is this just what they do? Here’s the scoop: The Kings have 54 points. They have 31 games left. I’m sure lots of people are going to Sportsclubstats.com and looking at the only number anyone ever looks at: 28% chance of making…

Subtract Brown and Stoll; add Richards

Deal Dustin Brown, whose value, no matter how far it’s fallen, is still higher “out there” than in reality, for a suitable replacement for Slava Voynov. Deal Stoll for a veteran Willie Mitchell replacement. Recall Mike Richards, whose numbers at this shitty low ebb for him are still as good as Brown’s, and give him better…

“No, the personnel.”

Sutter: The first goal is a bad change by a veteran player and the second goal is a bad penalty by a veteran player. On Dustin Brown referencing a lack of emotion: He did? He made a bad change on the first goal. On whether “emotion” plays into the team’s road struggles: It’s more than emotion…

Or maybe…

Odds are Cody Franson will be moved before the March 2 trade deadline unless the Toronto Maple Leafs have a change of heart on what they’re willing to agree to contractwise with the pending UFA blueliner. The Leafs and Franson’s agent Gerry Johansson chatted last week. Toronto expressed willingness to do something in the neighborhood…

Or…this guy…

In a perfect world, the Ottawa Senators would have settled things on the Marc Methot front long ago. But instead it has dragged out to within a month of the trade deadline, which was exactly what veteran general manager Bryan Murray wanted to avoid back in September. But a change of agents — Larry Kelly…

Why didn’t Lombardi waive Dustin Brown?

This is a serious question. Dustin Brown’s numbers are just as bad as Mike Richards’s. Brown also has a long contract with a big cap hit. Brown is also on the downward slope of the productivity curve. I’m not prepared to write a gigantic post on all the many reasons why Richards and not Brown.…