Edmonton Journal: Hossa? No, sir!

There was never any firm dollar offer on the table, though the Oil’s bidding apparently started at $9 million a year, and could perhaps have gone as high as $100 million over a suitable long, long term. When Hossa first heard of the Oil’s interest, he had little interest himself, as the Oil haven’t exactly…

Top NHL pick Teubert already a hit – San Bernardino County Sun

As the Reign’s special military-themed jerseys earned a total of $52,000 during a postgame charity auction, the bid on Teubert’s jersey set a team record. Not a bad omen for a 19-year-old who had just appeared in his first game at Citizens Business Bank Arena. “Great fans. The atmosphere in the building’s awesome,” Teubert said.…

Latest on Hossa, Luongo and the Rangers.

Spector’s commentary on the Rangers’ cap issues (link below) notes the following about the direction of the cap ceiling: SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem with that is the uncertainty over the status of the salary cap in 2010-11. If the cap declines to $52 million or lower it could seriously handcuff the Rangers if they commit…

via Kuklas Korner: The Story Behind the O’Sullivan Story

    I don’t know if there’s any truth to this, but if so it’s fascinating and I guess not surprising:    A couple of hours ago, I wrote about how upset I was with the Justin Williams for Patrick O’Sullivan for Erik Cole deal.  I lamented the fact that Patrick O’Sullivan would have been…

ESPN Magazine, January, 2003: “Damage Control” by Gare Joyce

This story was written nearly six years ago, and this is the third time I’ve stumbled across it. The whole thing is worth reading. Patrick O’Sullivan always looks for his father in the stands. He’s done it since he was a 2-year-old skating in Winston-Salem, N.C. He still caught himself doing it this season when,…

YouTube – Evgeni Malkin has words with LA Kings

Someone finally posted a clip of the so-called aftermath of the Malkin hit. It’s mostly milling around.  I kind of liked when the announcer, who sounds like he might be the local Pittsburgh guy, finally figures out what Malkin did.  Announcer: [seeing the video]: “Oh, ooh, uh, see, Gino —  Gino hit Simmonds…uh…you know, kinda…

This time last year

I wanted to remember what it was like to be a Kings fan this time last year. In March, Rich’s question was, who is the Kings’ best defenseman? The choices? Rob Blake, Kevin Dallman, Peter Harrold, Jack Johnson, Jon Klemm, Tom Preissing, Lubomir Visnovsky. Seems like about a million years ago. via Seriously…who? – Inside…

Projecting the magic playoff number

sports.theglobeandmail.com. “Not everyone wants to play the game, but for the statistically driven among NHL GMs, coaches and players – and there are lots of those – the primary exercise at this time of year is projecting The Number: That is, the number of points that gets you into the playoffs. The Number has dramatically…

Kings Lead the League in Scoring

Wrong league though. An article about Jagr possibly playing for Edmonton next year linked to the scoring stats for the KHL (link below). Jagr finished 7th in scoring, a couple of points ahead of Era Pirnes, and five points behind (5th overall) Kevin Dallman. Dallman leads all defensemen in points, and by a mile. Meanwhile,…

Ken Holland on Hossa, Franzen

Holland: “It’s about team building, it’s about our philosophy. We can keep Franzen and Hossa, but then we’ll have to let a whole lot of other players go. I don’t know if that’s the answer to being competitive. But if I can get a number that I think allows us to have one extra player,…

Komisarek: $6MM+

“…if Komisarek can’t come to terms on a contract extension prior to July 1, the asking price for the league’s premier available shutdown defenseman will assuredly skyrocket to the $6 million per season rate and beyond.” via The Hockey News: Canadiens face tough UFA decisions.  

Quisp vs. Troll

I’m digging into the archives in search of time-capsule material from the Dawn of Lombardi or whatever we’re calling it. Here’s the first one I came upon. It’s from the old “Inside the Kings” site, comments section, December 3, 2008. The post was titled “World Juniors Roster,” and announced that Thomas Hickey and Colten Teubert…

10-17-2008: Quisp vs. Cristobal

From the “Inside the Kings” comments section, October 17, 2008, the day Kyle Quincey played his first game as a King, and his fourteenth career game. Commenter “Cristobal” is upset that I appear not to have a problem with Chris Chelios. cristobal said: Quisp – Chelios is ok and Blake isn’t? I don’t think so. Quisp…

9-6-2008: “Inside the Kings” comments section

Sydor25 said: Running an NHL franchise in a major market at $40 million? Disgraceful. Does anybody believe that Lubomir wasn’t a salary dump? [...] anthony said: He wants to save more room under the cap, in order to blow it (or waste it) on players like Handzus, Blake, McCauley, Cloutier, Nagy etc, etc. etc. Sorry, couldn’t…