Dustin Penner is one of those players that can be described as a lot of different things to a lot of different people. He’s universally loved by his teammates and has likely frustrated every coach he’s played for. Many fans love him, others want to love him, but resist because of his point totals. Physically, [...]
Welcome back to summer school. This is Salary Cap 101, week two.
Please take copious notes, there will be a pop quiz later this week.
We pick things up following the trade that went down over the weekend between the LA Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let’s begin with a few quick reminders – (a) when evaluating a [...]
Unless you were a math major in college, the NHL salary cap likely bores you once the conversation gets past a certain surface level. So, with that in mind, we’ll try to keep this light and breezy.
Putting it as simple as possible, the LA Kings are screwed.
Essentially, compiling a 23-man roster and staying within next season’s [...]
Yesterday we posted comments from Kings forward Anze Kopitar after specifically asking if he was injured during the team’s playoff run this year (Why not start the end-of-season conference call off with a bang, right?).
Basically, the Slovenian center confirmed our earlier reports that he wasn’t injured. So, what exactly was going on that saw his [...]
When your cap hit is more than a million dollars above every other forward on the team, high expectations come with the territory. So when Anze Kopitar scored just 10 goals during the regular season and had only two more through 17 post-season contests, it wasn’t surprising that questions were popping up all around him. In [...]
As they say, the show must go on.
So, right in the middle of the NHL playoffs – and just as the Blackhawks and Red Wings were set to face off in Game 7 – we were on the phone with Kings Vice President and Assistant General Manager Ron Hextall.
Why would we be talking prospects now [...]
Earlier this week, Sharks forward Logan Couture took some good-natured shots at his friend Drew Doughty.
It wasn’t that surprising either, considering he’s often the butt of jokes by roommate Trevor Lewis, former defensive partner Willie Mitchell and several other teammates. And, Couture was referencing Doughty’s supposed love of the Toronto Blue Jays – something we tested [...]
There’s no denying that being a General Manager in the National Hockey League is a year-round job. In addition to putting a team together for the NHL’s regular season, there’s scouting, the draft, salary cap related contract issues, trades, injury management and much more. Just this season alone, Kings GM Dean Lombardi oversaw multiple deals [...]
Beginning Monday, the NHL will start to announce the nominees for the 2013 Regular Season Awards, beginning with the three Calder Trophy candidates. This comes on the heals of having members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (myself included) submit our nominees in various categories just before the playoffs began. We were asked to provide [...]
When Mark Hardy joined the Ontario Reign as an assistant coach in September 2011, it was a classic case of nobody knowing exactly what to expect – including Hardy himself.
A veteran of 900 NHL games on defense for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, and another 10 years behind the bench as an [...]