Los Angeles Kings (LAKingsHockey) on Twitter

I am really excited. great day for our franchise – Luc #NHL I hope so, but does he know something we don’t know, or is he just being optimistic? I guess he could be saying, “it’s a great day for our franchise because whether we get Kane, Schenn, Cowan or MPS those are all great…

From Working the Corners: Agent on trade rumors: ‘I think Doug tried to see the value for Ryane Clowe’

Just talked with Ryane Clowe’s Quebec-based agent, Paul Corbeil. He, too, had seen the TSN.ca reports from the NHL draft site saying Clowe was the subject of trade talks that Sharks GM Doug Wilson was having in Montreal with several teams, Toronto and Philadelphia among them. Corbeil, of course, knows that Clowe’s current contract expires…

From Sportsnet.ca: Cammalleri runs screaming from new coach’s defensive system (according to me, not Sportsnet; they just say he’s bolting from Calgary, but I think my headline is more accurate)

Barring a sudden development, it appears Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri will not sign a new contract with the club and will put his services on the open market when the free agent signing period begins July 1. Cammalleri’s agent, Ian Pulver told Sportsnet Thursday, talks between Calgary and his client have grinded to a…

Russo’s Rants: Trade chatter

As of now, Chuck Fletcher is still trying to make a trade, with the emphasis on the trying. As proof by the crickets throughout the NHL, it’s not easy making a trade right now, not when as a colleague said to me today, there’s about 150 players on the block, of which 100 nobody wants. The…

Michael Russo (Russostrib) on Twitter

Appears L.A. Kings team to beat for Heatley; Alex Frolov, another & the fifth overall pick I’m hearing; No way Wild can beat that #nhl Okay, that’s f’ed up. Russo is a real writer and a real reporter and is, as far as I know, always reliable. I guess I have to take back the…

From Minneapolis Star Tribune: “The number of players on the trade market is overwhelming”

According to numerous NHL insiders who are in Montreal preparing for this weekend’s draft, the number of players on the trade market is overwhelming. The reason? With the economic future of the NHL uncertain, salary-cap strapped teams are trying to unload players before the cap potentially drops significantly after this upcoming season. The players on the market…

From TSN: Tavares or Hedman? Remember “Daigle or Pronger?”

Well if the year was 1993, the Ottawa Senators would select slick centre Alexandre Daigle and leave stalwart defenceman Chris Pronger for the Hartford Whalers. In some cases, having the second overall pick can work out pretty well. The New York Islanders have a similar decision to make heading into Friday’s first round of the NHL Entry…

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Signing the Sedins

I don’t see what the statistical data has to do with anything. The Sedins are about to become free agents – after July 1st, they are worth whatever an NHL team is prepared to pay them. Emphasis on the word them. The ballpark here is not between $5 MM and $7 MM. It is between…

Scott Burnside: Trades, rumors and who’ll be No. 1

Another guy bound to be in the middle of about a million rumors this weekend will be Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi, whose young Kings took a big step forward last season by hanging around the playoff picture well into the second half. Lombardi is now on the hot seat to get the Kings into…

Via Matthew Barry: Lombardi on Gauthier

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.2800366&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] [vodpod id=Groupvideo.2257038&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] Love him or hate him, Denis Gauthier was certainly a decent “filler”. “I told this to him twice“, Lombardi began. “I’ve just to keep my options open in terms of whether one of the kids is ready and what would fit with this group. The one kid who had moved along…

Something may be up – The Boston Globe

The Bruins also could have their eye on Zack Kassian, perhaps the toughest customer in the entire draft. The 6-3 Kassian, though, is more likely to be nabbed in the top 12-15 picks. via Something may be up – The Boston Globe.  

Via Greatest Hockey Legends: Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne

Lafleur was not eligible for the NHL draft until 1971, but Montreal wanted him badly. In May 1970 they made their first move to secure the 1st overall pick in ’71. They traded Ernie Hicke and their own 1st rounder to lowly Oakland. As the 1970-71 season progressed, the Habs gamble was working well as…

Via Habslegends: Ralph Backstrom and the Super Street Skate

After 13 seasons and 6 Stanley Cup championships in Montreal, Backstrom went to GM Sam Pollock and requested a trade in 1970. The Habs sent Backstrom to Los Angeles, one of his requested destinations, in exchange for Gord Labossiere and Ray Fortin. “It was very refreshing for me to play in Los Angeles. It was…

Via Matthew Barry: Lombardi on JJ Sr and ALL THAT B.S.

Of course that was a perfect segue for me to ask about all of the off season turmoil surrounding Jack Johnson and that he seems to be talked about in every single trade deal. Lombardi cleared the air. “Aw, that’s not fair. This is the truth. The thing that set off the firestorm was the…