Marcel Dionne – ‘Kopitar needs to make a decision’

Anze Kopitar, LA Kings (photo: Ikiri)

“I told (Anze) Kopitar ‘You aren’t touching the puck enough. I don’t like your breakout.’ I think Kopitar can make magic with the puck” – Marcel Dionne on MayorsManor in 2009.
Getting a chance to speak with a legend is always an honor. However, to chat with somebody as open as Dionne, it’s […]

What I’ve learned so far… by Penguins dman Kris Letang

Penguins Kris Letang – sharp dresser

ZZ Top were right. Every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man.
Just ask center Jarret Stoll.
Most of his Kings’ teammates have selected him as ‘best dressed’ guy in the room – although Brad Richardson disagrees. Regardless of who can lay claim to being the cat with the sharpest threads […]

What I’ve learned so far… by Pittsburgh’s James Neal

Like the Penguins’ Steve Sullivan, who was profiled last hour, James Neal is one of the few Pittsburgh players who knows the Kings well. Having played for the Dallas Stars during his first three seasons in the NHL, he became well acquainted with Terry Murray’s hockey club.
Another change for Neal since the last time he’s […]

Drew Doughty, Davis Drewiske and their link to Kansas City

Inside the Sprint Center, Kansas City

Tonight’s NHL pre-season game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings is sold out.
Now, I’m not sure if hockey fans in Kansas City are similar to the ones in California. But, I’m going to assume there is one major difference – when they look over the game rosters, […]

Ponikarovsky Wants To Win ‘Em All

While tonight’s return to Pittsburgh may be bittersweet for Rob Scuderi, it probably won’t be anything close to similar for teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky. After spending seven-plus seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was acquired by the Penguins in a deadline deal last March.
It was a move that didn’t pay off for either the […]

Kevin Westgarth Values Life on the Road

Earlier today I posted comments from Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown about trying to pick up two points in Pittsburgh tonight against a Penguins team that will be without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Kevin Westgarth, who will be back in the line-up tonight and probably will see plenty of action over the next few games, had the […]

Johnson and Brown on the Pair of Missing Penguins

Over the last few years it sure seems like the Kings and Penguins don’t like each other very much. Which is somewhat surprising considering an LA-Pittsburgh match-up in hockey is pretty rare.
Evgeni Malkin, who has often found his way into the storyline when these two teams meet (see Malkin’s hit on Wayne Simmonds in March […]