I would hate to lose Futa, but

…he would be great for a team in a full rebuild. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a friendly trading partner with lots of high picks. Jeff Solomon, the Kings vice president of hockey operations, said club executives are considering the Buffalo Sabres request to speak to Michael Futa, the Kings co-director of amateur scouting,…

The return of Points-Blown

I’ve decided to go back to individual posts on points-blown, rather than a dedicated page. This way, each post’s standings will be preserved, rather than just disappearing into the ether as the standings are updated (which was a necessary feature of the dedicated page). Also, this way it’s easier to notify people when the standings…

Good thing Scrivens didn’t get that third consecutive shut-out

Because Terry Murray would have had to bench him. Memory lane: Quisp @ Jewels from the Crown (10/25/11): You (a) are an idiot? (b) are pathologically rigid? (c) like to tempt fate? (d) are arrogant? (e) are just f***ing with us? (f) are Scrooge? (g) are Yoda? (h) are tired of everyone over-reacting to your sage stewardship?…

Tyler Toffoli can’t play LW, we’ve been told…

…but he’s NHL-ready, and a pure sniper. Oh, and the Kings need goals. The problem is, there’s no room for him. Because the Kings have three top-six centers (Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter), one of whom has been converted to RW (Carter). Dustin Brown and Justin Williams are natural RWs. Brown goes left so…

Macleans defends fighting, issues challenge, I accept

Maclean’s is a highly-respected Canadian news magazine (a weekly, I think). It’s older than the NHL, and almost older than ice hockey. This week, they published an article on fighting in hockey, by a writer named Colby Cosh. I encourage everybody to read the whole thing (follow the link below). The real danger in hockey: Colby Cosh…

Former Kings prospect Jeff Zatkoff gets first NHL start

Rookie goalie Jeff Zatkoff will make his NHL debut either Friday or Saturday when his undefeated Penguins travel to Florida for games against the Panthers and Lightning, respectively. Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed the plan today. via Rookie Zatkoff to start one of Penguins’ next two games | ProHockeyTalk.  

Jon Quick = Billy Madison

And he let that goal in for the same reason Billy peed his pants. Frankly, the game was so boring I had long since stopped looking at the TV, and only looked up when Jim Fox said, “OH. MY. GOD.” Yes, it’s true. Quick sometimes mishandles the puck. This is not news. He’s done it…

Leaf Bernier pitches half a shut-out in relief of Reimer

Didn’t even allow a goal in the shoot-out. He’s 2-0. Leafs are 3-0. Watching NHL Network highlights tonight, I also saw goals by Matt Moulson, Brad Richardson, Teddy Purcell, Lubomir Visnovsky, interviews with Purcell and Bernier, Jason Labarbera in goal for Edmonton. I didn’t even realize he was an Oiler. Top four goalies in GAA…

Kings’ old 3C is Hawks’ new 2C

Though we all know Michal Handzus was the Kings’ best (or at least most important — see defense) center on many nights. For me, he’s the silver lining in the Hawks’ 2013 cup win. Handzus aims to keep 2C job with ‘Hawks | ProHockeyTalk Michal Handzus isn’t your prototypical second-line center on a Stanley Cup-winning…

Goth-EE-er? With an accent on the e?

Gabe Gauthier — a k a Go-Chay — new hockey coach job at Metro State Folks in Denver and Maine will never forget his goal. Sophomore Gabe Gauthier beat All-American goalie Jimmy Howard five-hole to ultimately give the Denver Pioneers a 1-0 victory over Maine in the 2004 NCAA championship game. Probably the best, most…

New Kings: #17, #21, #54, #55

The Kings roster on NHL.com has some new jersey numbers for in-coming players. Daniel Carcillo will be wearing #17 (most recently worn, not by Wayne Simmonds — as I had been thinking — but by Ethan Moreau). Matt Frattin will wear #21 (last worn by Scott Parse). Ben Scrivens will wear #54. Jeff Schultz will…

My favorite 25 Kings under 25

I was asked to contribute my own list to the Top 25 Under 25 feature now running over at Jewels from the Crown. Every time they post a new name (25, 24, 23…), I have to go check my own list to see what I said about so-and-so. To make that task easier on me…

Like I said

Worst jerseys in the NHL? Los Angeles Kings have them, according to ESPN | Puck Daddy Last year, sports swag guru Paul Lukas […] released NHL jersey power rankings on ESPN.com in which he determined the best-looking […] and worst-looking […] sweaters in the NHL.The rankings have been updated for 2013, and we have a…

Did the Pens pay too much for The Piece?

Boston Globe: NHL GMs get assist with analytics Schuckers is an associate professor of statistics at St. Lawrence University and director of the school’s Quantitative Resource Center. Schuckers is also cofounder of Statistical Sports Consulting […]. There are numbers, however, that Schuckers and some of his peers in analytics do not like. They are 34,…