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Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings can’t reach deal before training camp

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL,

Drew DoughtyNHL training camps opened up on Friday, with hundreds of players across the league reporting in for physicals. Most of the time, this isn’t news, other than the obvious heralding of a new NHL season underway, but the situation with the Los Angeles Kings’ inability to sign restricted free agent defenseman Drew Doughty has reached a boiling point.

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Ilya Kovalchuk re-signs with the New Jersey Devils

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL,

Ilya KovalchukNow that Ilya Kovalchuk has finally made up his mind, the rest of the NHL can return to summer hours. After months of speculation of where this year’s top free agent would land, Kovy brought the discussion full-circle as he chose to stay in New Jersey, which is exactly where many thought he would end up when free agency opened up after the playoffs. Several teams tried their best to acquire the Russian-born scorer; most of them being the Los Angeles Kings; but in the end it was New Jersey who won.

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Kings court crumbling quickly

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL, Playoffs,

Anze KopitarThe Los Angeles Kings’ freefall continues. They dropped their fourth straight game on Monday; third straight in regulation, losing to Minnesota 3-2. The last time they got a point was a 4-3 shootout loss to Colorado. Since the Olympic break, the Kings are 5-7-2, which has seriously hurt their playoff positioning and with seven games left in the regular season, some are beginning to wonder if they’ll be able to hold on to their playoff spot.

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The history of the NHL: The Expansion Era

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL,

Wayne GretzkyThe history of the NHL spans almost 100 years, and to make things easier, it has been broken in down into several eras. The third era is commonly referred to as the “Expansion Era”, taking place from 1967-1992, when the NHL doubled in size by adding six new franchises to the Original Six to create a more competitive league and grew to allow more teams into the playoffs, and more seven-game series. Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis still operate where they were, the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas where they now play, and the California Seals ceased operations in 1978 after merging with the aforementioned North Stars.

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Overtime points are ruining the NHL

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Milan MichalekGoing into Saturday’s NHL games, the standings were what they were thanks in large part to the overtime and shootout loss points given to teams, which are basically the equivalent of the “participant” medal you got as a kid to not make you run home crying after getting last place in the school race. These points are ridiculous. A team wins a game and gets two points, but when a team loses after regulation play, they get a pity-point and make it difficult for those actually winning the games to rise in the standings. The Tampa Bay Lightning, with 31 overall points, have nine overtime/shootout points. Almost a third of their points have come in games in which they were the losing team. But what happens if you remove these “thanks for showing up” points from the equation?

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Kopitar’s Kings crushing the competition

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Anze KopitarAnze Kopitar is killing it for the Los Angeles Kings. Almost a quarter of the way into the 2009-10 NHL season, Kopitar leads the league in goals (14) and points (28), and is fifth in assists (14). He is seventh in power play goals (4) and is fourteenth in plus-minus (plus eight). Being the first Slovene player in the NHL, it’s no surprise that this guy is as good as he is. He scored two goals in his first NHL game, and added three assists the following night. The reason why anybody was even looking in Slovenia was because they were trying to find him.

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