Thursday, June 28, 2012

Crosby And Quick Agree To Long Term Deals With Their Respective Teams


The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins just got a little better for the next ten plus years. 


It was announced today that, the Kings have agreed to terms that will keep Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Quick, in Los Angeles through the 2022-2023 season, and the Penguins have locked up former Olympic gold medalist, Sidney Crosby, through the 2024-2025 season.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Could Schultz Be The Red Wings' Next Lidstrom?



The Detroit Red Wings, like most other teams in the NHL, are in hot pursuit of sought after free agent, Justin Schultz. For an organization that just saw future Hall-of-Famer, Nicklas Lidstrom, retire, they are more than willing to bring in this future star with open arms.
"We've contacted his agents to express the Detroit Red Wings are interested in signing him to a contract," general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com. "We think there's a tremendous opportunity in Detroit."
 Schultz is a star in the making. He has played his college hockey at Wisconsin where he had 16 goals and 44 points last season, and 40 goals and 113 points in 121 games over the last three seasons for the Badgers. Schultz was originally a prospect for the Anaheim Ducks, drafted 43rd overall by the Ducks in '08.


Schultz de-registered from school, which opened a 30 day window for the Ducks to sign him. That window has opened and slammed shut on Anaheim, and all 30 NHL teams are now allowed to talk contract negotiations with Schultz.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Canucks' General Manage In Control Of Luongo Trade Talks


It has been chanted. He has been used as the scapegoat many times, and it looks like the fans in Vancouver will finally get what they want, well what they want when they are losing at least. Canucks management has been entertaining offers for their All-Star goalie, Roberto Luongo.

Many thought Luongo would be traded leading into this year’s Draft. Well, the Draft has come and gone, and Luongo is still a part of the Canucks’ organization, and things could stay this way for some time.

There have been three teams reportedly in the talks for Luongo. The Toronto Maple Leafs, perhaps a more media heavy and fan scrutinized organization than Vancouver, don’t know if that will work too well, the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that has tormented Luonogo for the past few season, might be a little weird on the other side of Chelsea Dagger, and the Florida Panthers, which would serve as a sort of reunion for Luongo.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Van Reimsdyk Traded, On Wrong Side Of Ironic Fate

It was the talk of the town yesterday, two of the Stall brothers, Jordan and Eric, coming together and playing together for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan, formerly a Pittsburgh Penguin, was involved in a pre-Draft trade that will unite him and his brother next season.

James van Reimsdyk, then a Philadelphia Flyer, tweeted this.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Is Bobby Ryan's Time With The Ducks Coming To An End?



This is a time when teams are building for the future. However, the Anaheim Ducks may be digging themselves a hole, and a deep one at that.

There has been talks that forward, Bobby Ryan, is once again on the market and that is a scenario that Ryan is not too happy with. In an interview with one of the Philadelphia Flyers’ beat writers, Ryan voiced his opinion on the situation.

"At this point, I don't care’” Ryan said. “Move me ... because it's just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you're going to be the guy moved.”

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kings Will Raise Stanley Cup Banner Against The Rangers


It's a jam packed week of activities for the NHL. The NHL Awards Show was last night, and the League will welcome it's newest batch of talent tomorrow night when the NHL Draft gets underway. But they managed to squeeze one more headline in this week, when the 2012-2013 regular season schedule was released earlier today.

The season is set to kickoff on Oct. 11. But the game most will be looking forward too, at least the majority of Southern California, will take place on the second day of the season, when the Los Angeles Kings take on the New York Rangers.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NHL Awards Show Preview: The Jack Adams Trophy



The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out.  In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.

Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Jack Adams Trophy.

NHL Awards Show Preview: The Vezina Trophy



The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out.  In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.

Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Vezina Trophy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NHL Awards Show Preview: The Norris Trophy



The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out.  In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.

Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Norris Trophy.

Monday, June 18, 2012

NHL Awards Show Preview: The Hart Trophy



The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out.  In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.

Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Hart Trophy.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

NHL Awards Show Preview: The Calder Trophy


The season is over, and the Stanley Cup has been awarded. But the NHL still has some hardware to hand out.  In just a few days the NHL will hand out the Calder, Hart, Norris, Vezina and Jack Adams Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The league’s best players will invade Sin City, and will wait for the crowning of the NHL’s best rookie, head coach, defenseman, goalie and most valuable player.

Over the next few days we’ll give you an inside look at who should win and why. Today, the Calder Trophy.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Photos And Video From The Kings' Championship Parade


Less than a week ago, the Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history. Since then, the Kings have been busy showing Lord Stanley’s Cup the Hollywood lifestyle. From late night partying, to appearances on various late night talk shows the Kings have become Hollywood’s biggest stars.

However, things did not feel official until the parade. The people of Los Angeles have witnessed championship parades before, and have seen the streets lined with purple and gold just a frequently, Lakers purple and gold.

Not this year. This year thousands of people lined Figueroa in Kings gear and championship memorabilia, a sight most termed as the Black Parade. Kings fans had waited a very long time for this event, and being casted in the shadows of the Lakers for so many years they savored their time.

Below is the video of the parade just after the intersection of Figueroa and Olympic and just before the buses turned into the LA Live Plaza.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Despite A Season Of Ups And Downs The Los Angeles Kings Are Stanley Cup Champs



It seemed unlikely at times, even impossible at others, but the Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup. The Kings put together one of the most dominant playoff runs in recent history, going 10-1 on the road and 16-4 overall en route to  being crowned the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions.

However, the Kings regular season was not so convincing, and had many doubting the Kings ability to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Are The Kings Destined To Win On The Road?



A standing room only crowd filed out of the Staples Center and onto the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. They had entered the building just over five hours earlier, some in hopes of seeing a Stanley Cup Champion crowned and others in hopes that their team would survive to fight another day.

The later group walked out happier than the prior.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Devils May Fall Victim To Quick Turnaround

It was a late nigh for the Stanley Cup Finalists. The turnaround and travel was known to be a quick and late en devour when the schedule for the Finals was released. However, game two of the series ran into overtime and almost ran the entirety of the frame making the task even more grueling.

This type of travel, hell travel at all, is something that the New Jersey Devils are too accustom to of late. The Devils have been fortunate enough to face the Philadelphia Flyers, a short two hour bus ride from Newark, and the New York Rangers, an even shorter 30 minute train ride.

The Devils have not had to board a plane in order to play their away games since game seven in the first round against the Florida Panthers, nearly ten weeks ago. Nothing like a six hour plane ride to get you back in the swing of things.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Video: Doughty Delivers Punishing Hit On Parise

Drew Doughty conitinued his stellar play in the Los Angeles Kings' game two win of the Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils. He scored the Kings' first goal of the game, unloaded three shots and registered the most time on ice for the Kings with just under 28 minutes.

Doughty also upped the physical aspect of his game, when he backed into the Devils' Stephen Gionta and Zach Parise. Since Doughty almost skated backwards into the Devils' forwards when he hit them with his back and side the two hits had a Niklas Kronwall type feel to them.

Of course they did not have the power that Kronwall usually has behind his hits, but they were good solid hits by the Kings' d-man. Check out the hit on Parise below.



A Season Off Could Be The End Of Tim Thomas


It has been announced that Boston Bruins goaltender, Tim Thomas, is considering sitting out the 2012-2013 season due to family matters and the strain he has been under that last several seasons. General manager, Peter Chiarelli, has said that the Bruins are moving forward as if they will not have Thomas next season.

Taking a season off is not the smartest thing the two-time Vezina trophy winner can do at this point in his career.  Thomas, 38, is at the point in his career and life where players usually are trying to extend their career by just one more season and taking a season off could mean we have seen the last of Thomas.

While the Bruins' organization and fan base may be scratching their heads about their decision, they do not have to worry as much as you would think because backup goaltender Tukka Rusk is ready to step into the lime light.