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,…

The math of keeping the team together

Dean Lombardi got a lot of praise for “bringing back everyone” from the cup-winning roster. This was never really totally true, though, since Kevin Westgarth, Simon Gagne, Andrei Loktionov and Davis Drewiske were all moved either before the lock-out-shortened 2013 season started, or before the trade deadline. And Willie Mitchell has yet to play a…

Dan Quayle, Kings Assistant GM?

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First, Daniel Carcillo. Now, this rumor that Rob Blake will be replacing Ron Hextall as Asst. GM. It’s a two-for-Tuesday of Superdickery. Maybe this is Lombardi’s way of protecting himself, by hiring someone no one on Earth would ever think is ready to be an actual GM. Hextall could have replaced Lombardi if Lombardi ever…

Flyer Quota Intact – Lombardi acquires Daniel Carcillo

Yesterday, Ron Hextall left for the Kings’ East Coast Affiliate. Today, Dean Lombardi traded a conditional 5th round pick for ex-Flyer Daniel Carcillo, maintaining the Philly West population at seven (Carcillo, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams, Colin Fraser, John Stevens, and Lombardi). I’ll leave it to someone else to point out that Lombardi seems…

Greatest Hockey Legends: Jim Fox

Fox stood just 5’8″ though was built solidly at 185 lbs. Despite his lack of size the Kings drafted the right winger 10th overall in the 1980 Entry Draft following three straight 100+ point seasons in the OHA. In his final year with the Ottawa 67s, he led the entire league with 101 assists and…

Salary Arbitration Workshop: why is Trevor Lewis eligible?

Twenty-one NHL free agents file for salary arbitration Twenty-one NHL free agents have elected to take their teams to arbitration in an attempt to solve contract disputes, including […] Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Nolan […] You may have noticed, as I immediately did, that Trevor Lewis is apparently eligible for arbitration, despite my assertion that he…

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…