Tag Archive for Andrei Loktionov

Henrique on Loktionov: “He’ll be here in no time.”

Devils center Adam Henrique predicted that Andrei Loktionov, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, will be in the NHL in no time. Loktionov and Henrique were junior teammates on the 2008-09 Windsor (OHL) team that won the Memorial Cup. I loved that team. Henrique, Loktionov, Taylor Hall… “He’s a skilled…

Why was it stupid to trade Andrei Loktionov? Let’s review

Yesterday Dean Lombardi traded the most NHL-ready playmaker in the Kings prospect pool to New Jersey for a 5th round draft pick. Ever since Lombardi inexplicably chose not to petition to have Loktionov’s name engraved on the cup (while simultaneously petitioning for Davis 9 games Drewiske and Kevin 25 games Westgarth) we’ve been waiting for…

Recyling old rumors

The Loktionov and Bernier trade requests are getting more virtual ink this week, though it doesn’t appear to be motivated by actual trade talks. Spectors Hockey | NHL Morning Rumor Mill – January 31, 2013 James O’Brien, citing a report from the LA Kings blog Mayor’s Manor, reports Kings center Andrei Loktionov has requested a…

The logic of a third line that isn’t “defensive”

Every time I suggest that the Kings put someone like Oscar Moller, Andrei Loktionov, Tyler Toffoli, Teddy Purcell, Linden Vey, etc., on a so-called third line, I invariably get responses about how bad those players are defensively and how they would get crushed in match-ups against opponents’ top lines. Here’s the thing. Our third line…

Revisiting the 2013-14 question

We looked at the possibilities for next season a few weeks ago, before Hickey and Westgarth moved on, and before the cap for 2013-2014 was announced to be $64.3MM. This summer’s UFAs: Penner, Gagne, Scuderi, Drewiske, Richardson. Assuming that Penner and Gagne both leave and Scuderi is re-signed, there will still be the need to…

I think Simon Gagne might get dealt soon

And, no, I’m not reporting a rumor. I don’t know any rumors, and I don’t have sources anyway. So why am I saying such things? Here’s my reasoning: Gagne – Richards – Brown sucked Saturday. They were by far the worst line on the ice. This point in and of itself means nothing. Sutter was…

Kings Quickie Roundtable 2013

This was going to be a longer conversation, but we got interrupted by yesterday’s sudden flurry of activity, so I decided just to post what we have. The last time I participated in a proper roundtable of Kings’ bloggers, it was back in 2010 on Jewels from the Crown. The participants were RudyKelly (then of Battle of…

The answer to the Hickey/Muzzin (and King) waiver mystery

This morning, the Mayor reported (or, I guess, tweeted) that several Kings prospects playing in the AHL were being put through waivers. Those players were Thomas Hickey, Marc-Andre Cliche, Andrew Campbell and Rich Clune. Previously, Jake Muzzin was recalled from Manchester and is currently in camp with the Kings. Those five names are the ones…

2013 Kings’ opening night line-up?

The 2013 season starts in 10-14 days. Camp starts in less than a week, I suppose. Anze Kopitar and Willie Mitchell sound like they’re out with knee injuries for at least a few weeks. Tyler Toffoli has been tearing up the AHL. Jonathan Quick either has just been cleared to play (surgery, remember?) or is…

Who will still be on the Kings in 2013-14?

2013-14, that’s this fall, by the way. The NHL and NHLPA have apparently agreed to allow 2 buy-outs per club for 2013-14. That’s two buy-outs that will not count against the cap. The point is to make it easier for teams to get below the presumed $60 million cap ceiling. I don’t know what other…