Lighting the Lamp: [UPDATE] Preissing is playing hurt and that somehow explains everything

Preissing came in for criticism last night from the media (including this writer, see previous post) for what appeared a-less-than-100-percent effort on the game’s decisive play. Preissing’s admission explains everything and places even more blame on the LA Kings for not sending back healthy D Davis Drewiske and allowing Preissing to play when he clearly…

[UPDATE] Crucial Remaining Games for the Kings

…in the Tavares Sweepstakes, that is. FLA @ ATL [ATL wins by losing, booo!] DAL @ COL [DAL loses by winning, yay!] LOS @ VAN [LA wins by losing, yay!] PHX @ SJS [PHX loses by winning, yay!] (Friday) DAL @ ANA (Saturday) SJS @ LOS OTT @ TOR TBL @ ATL ANA @ PHX…

Tom Benjamin: Calgary is Out of (cap) Money

Problem is, because they were right against the $56.7-million (U.S.) salary cap, they needed to ship Dustin Boyd and Warren Peters to the minors to make the numbers work. Accordingly, the Flames went with only 10 forwards playing their second game in two nights — with predictable results… “That’s part of the cap rules and…

Hockey’s Future Top 50 prospects: #10 Oscar Moller

10. Oscar Moller, RW – Los Angeles Kings A number of Kings forward prospects were expected to make the team out of training camp this season, but not Moller. Moller did his best to disrupt those plans and indeed earned a spot. At only 19 years of age, Moller is already skating a semi-regular shift…

Helene Elliott = annoying and clueless

Snippet of her dopey “open letter” to Kings’ ownership: Speaking of leaving, has it occurred to you Lombardi might be letting his emotions influence personnel decisions? Michael Cammalleri invoked his salary arbitration rights last year and Lombardi soon traded him for a draft pick. Cammalleri is having an excellent season with the Calgary Flames. They…

Ted Mouths Off: NHL descenders and ascenders – USATODAY.com

Los Angeles: The Kings’s season didn’t culminate in a postseason appearance, but that reality is not far off. Emboldened by a young and still-learning defense that includes Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty and Kyle Quincey, the Kings stayed in the playoff hunt nearly until the end. Having Justin Williams on the team from the start next…

Hockey’s Future Top 50 prospects: #12 Thomas Hickey

12. Thomas Hickey, D – Los Angeles Kings Returning to Seattle of the WHL, Hickey began the season concentrating on his defensive game and proving that he can shut down the top forwards of the league. After anchoring the blueline for Team Canada during the U20 WJC, the Seattle coaches let loose the reins on…

Hockey’s Future Top 50 prospects: #26 Jonathan Bernier

26. Jonathan Bernier, G – Los Angeles Kings A disappointing start to the season has dropped Bernier in these rankings. After watching Jonathan Quick earn the call-up to Los Angeles, Bernier fell into a trap of inconsistent and lack-luster play. Unfortunately, this trap would last for a significant portion of the Manchester Monarch’s season before…

Hockey’s Future Top 50 prospects: #45 Jonathan Quick

45. Jonathan Quick, G – Los Angeles Kings While rookie goaltenders Steve Mason and Pekka Rinne have stolen the headlines, Quick has quietly been the only reason the Kings remained in the playoff discussion for as long as they did in 2009. When the Kings offense disappeared, it was Quick who stepped up his game…

Hickey Scores First Pro Goal

At 10:42 of the second period, Monarchs defensemen Thomas Hickey scored his first professional goal and evened the score at 1-1.  With the man advantage, center Marty Murray played the puck from the left corner to the front of the goal where left wing Matt Moulson tipped the puck over to Hickey who was driving…

John Tavares Tells Isles Nyet! | Toronto Sports Media Blog

Lindros 2.0? Is Tavares worth the grief? I’m not saying he is or he isn’t…but that’s a lot of ill-will to generate before you’ve ever stepped on the ice for an NHL game. What will this do to draft day trade shenanigans? Pat Grissom, John Tavares’s agent apparently had a pretty pointed discussion with Garth…

Hickey will wear number 37 in Manchester

Hopefully he will wear #4 with the Kings. Although I guess he would be the greatest player in Kings history ever to wear #37 (assuming he’s better than Denis Grebeshkov and/or Bob Kudelski).  The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have added defenseman Thomas Hickey to their roster, Monarchs Director of…

Christian Hanson Signs with Leafs

This is Christian Hanson. TSN is reporting the unrestricted free agent will sign with the Toronto Maple Leaf today. Hanson is a strapping 6’4″ 225lb center who is graduating from the NCAA’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He had 16 goals and 31 points in 37 games this season. Hanson will be most notably in the…

Two T-Birds Headed to AHL

Defenseman Thomas Hickey will join the Manchester Monarchs for the rest of their season. The Monarchs are the top minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. In four seasons with the T-Birds Hickey appeared in 262 games and had 39 goals and 138 assists for 177 points. He had a plus/minus rating of plus-73…