Jersey numbers for new prospects, anyone?

I’m out of town, so I’m missing development camp for the first time since they started having them. Does anyone who attended have the roster sheet with the jersey numbers that the Kings usually provide? I’m looking especially for the new prospects, and Maxim Kitsyn (and anyone else I’m missing — see the reserve list,…

New CBA Limits on Burying Contracts in the Minors

The 2005 CBA contained a loophole though which clubs could make a player’s cap hit “disappear” by sending the player to the AHL. This was commonly referred to as “burying” a contract. The 2013 CBA closed this loop-hole. The new rule, in its simplest form: for all players in the minors, any cap hit above…

Suddenly the Kings have nine NHL defensemen

Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Matt Greene, Robyn Regehr, Jeff Schultz, Keaton Ellerby, Willie Mitchell, Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez. Mitchell may or may not be healthy (ever); Muzzin and Martinez are qualified RFAs. If we’re still looking at Regehr/Doughty and Muzzin/Greene, are we to assume that Schultz or Ellerby will be playing top four minutes…

What do these seven coaches or GMs have in common?

Peter Laviolette Garth Snow Joe Sacco Robbie Ftorek Lou Nanne Herb Brooks Larry Pleau [sociallocker id=”16181″] They all played on one or more US Olympic teams. Peter Laviolette (1988, 1994) Garth Snow (1994) Joe Sacco (1992) Robbie Ftorek (1972) Lou Nanne (1968) Herb Brooks (1964, 1968) Larry Pleau (1968) [/sociallocker]  

Ex-Kings Pt. 2: Around the World

This morning (I think it was this morning), I did a rundown of ex-Kings scattered across the NHL. Here’s the follow-up, comprising ex-Kings everywhere else. Teams and leagues listed are current as of the 2012-13 season. A couple of interesting things I learned putting this list together: (1) Petr Nedved is still playing, in the…

LA Kings 2013 Draft Bullets

I don’t have a whole lot to add to what’s already been written about yesterday’s draft, other than: Justin Auger was selected with the 3rd round pick acquired in the Simon Gagne trade. Patrik Bartosak was selected with the 5th round pick acquired in the Davis Drewiske trade. Valentin Zykov was selected with a 2nd…

Former Kings Stumpel, Norstrom, Murray, victims of massive fraud scheme

Scammed ex-NHL star fighting back […] Bryan Berard […] former […] No. 1 draft pick, [is attempting] to recover the millions he invested with an unlicensed financial investor who bills himself as a “lifestyle coach”[,] and a convicted cocaine dealer who reinvented himself as a race car driver. […] Berard is […] trying to unravel bank transfers…

My 2 Cents on Bernier for Frattin and Scrivens

Jonathan Bernier was the first King drafted by Dean Lombardi, with the 11th pick in 2006. I have closely followed Bernier’s career for longer than I have any other current King. Seven years. I was aware of Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar when drafted, but can’t say I was following closely, not until they arrived…

Kings Anagrams: I am a bold nerd

Having established the true identity of toenail crud, we’re moving on to someone in the current Kings organ-EYE-zation. This mystery man’s name is an anagram of many things, among them: I am a bold nerd. Odd lamebrain. Bad old marine. Born amid deal. Admirable Don. Mad bandolier. [sociallocker id=”16171″] [/sociallocker]  

Are the Kings “screwed”? (And is it news?)

I told you all many months ago that the Kings would have to get rid of two of their $3MM+ contracts in order to get under the cap. I gave a short list of (pick two of) Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. This was of course long before we all knew…

Kings Anagrams: Acne Turd Oil

The following four “phrases” are all anagrams of the name of the same ex-King: Acne turd oil. Do it nuclear. Eclair donut. Toenail crud. [sociallocker id=”16171″] [/sociallocker]  

NHL 2013 CBA: ARTICLE 12 – SALARY ARBITRATION

Well, RFA season is upon us, with questions about offer sheets, arbitration eligibility, arbitration deadlines, qualifying offers, etc.. ARTICLE 12 – SALARY ARBITRATION 12.1 Eligibility for Player or Club Election of Salary Arbitration a)     A Player is eligible for salary arbitration if the Player meets the qualifications set forth in the following chart and in…

Whimsical NHL Realignment by Expansion Eras

Found this on my hard drive. Meant to post it during the realignment debate. This is not a serious suggestion. It wouldn’t work for any number of pesky real-world practical reasons. Still, it’s fun, at least for me, maybe for you. Montreal Canadiens Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins New York Rangers Chicago Blackhawks Detroit Red…

It’s here: the 2013 NHL CBA!

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2013 NHL CBA (NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement PDF) I am perversely excited to dive into this massive document, which is officially titled “Collective Bargaining Agreement between National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, September 16, 2012 – September 15, 2022.”