July 2010 - Page 3 of 5 - LA Kings Insider
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Student, athlete

What do NHL players do during the summer? Well, lots of different things, but few are quite as ambitious as Jack Johnson, who is working toward his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. Johnson turned pro after his sophomore year but has since been taking classes every summer toward hi... Read More
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Take them out…

It's Baseball Night for the Kings. Dustin Brown is at Dodger Stadium tonight for the Kings' ``My Town'' promotion and is scheduled to throw out the first pitch before the game against the Cubs. Having never seen Brown swing a bat, I'm fairly confident in saying he could crack the Cubs' starting line... Read More
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After one week…

There's one bottom line to the Ilya Kovalchuk situation: on July 1, at 9 a.m. Pacific time, he became a free agent and negotiations began. When he signs his name on a contract, negotiations will end. Everything else is the Hokey Pokey. In, out, in, shake all about, etc. The Kings have made at least ... Read More
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Summer reading

I recently started reading a new book called ``Money Players,'' by Bruce Dowbiggin, which chronicles the NHL's salary structure from the '40s and '50s through the end of the 2004-05 lockout. It's a very interesting read, and since I don't know the author, that's not just a shameless plug. Anyway, ea... Read More
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Over again?

The latest Kings/Kovalchuk twist took place tonight, when team governor Tim Leiweke entered the fray and told the L.A. Times that the latest proposal from the Kovalchuk camp did not fit within the team's financial structure. ``We really would love to add Kovi to our team, but not at the cost of our ... Read More
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One more day (at least)

In response an inquiry about the possibility of anything happening tonight, in terms of a resolution to the Ilya Kovalchuk situation, Dean Lombardi responded with, ``Nothing - have a nice evening.'' How polite! So as the Kings mull over a counter-offer from the Kovalchuk camp, we'll wait another day... Read More
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The saga continues

One day, there might be a good book written about this Ilya Kovalchuk story. Only problem is, nobody will be able to follow the plot. To the best of my knowledge, the Kings have not made an offer on Kovalchuk since late Friday afternoon, when they presented a long-term contract that would keep the c... Read More
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Back in?

There are strong reports that the Kings are once again talking with Jay Grossman, Ilya Kovalchuk's agent. Remember, it's all a big poker game. The Kings never once said they were ``out'' of the picture, and our 24/7 media culture is a great way to publicly negotiate and influence opinion. Anyway, I'... Read More
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Probert vs. Kings

The sad news yesterday was that former NHLer Bob Probert died at age 45, of causes still unknown. Probert finished his NHL career with 3,300 penalty minutes in 935 games, so to honor Probert in a way that he would probably appreciate, the Kings' website presented two of his classic fights against th... Read More
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One more…

I'm not even certain if this qualifies as news anymore. At this point, I'm truly confused as to what qualifies as news. But in response to my semi-rhetorical question about Ilya Kovalchuk's ``choices,'' Dean Lombardi responded with, ``We are not a choice.'' So take that for what it's worth, and my a... Read More
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Day 6, coming up

Jay Grossman, Ilya Kovalchuk's agent, has announced via Twitter that Kovalchuk's ``choices have been narrowed down, details to be finalized but no announcement tonight.'' All those surprised, please raise your hands. Anyone? Hands? (EDIT: And, if you want to add to the insanity, Pierre LeBrun is... Read More
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Kings arbitration

In actual Kings news... Brad Richardson was the Kings' only restricted free agent eligible to file for salary arbitration, and he did so today. The Kings and Richardson are still allowed to reach agreement on a contract, but if they don't, an arbitration hearing will be held sometime between July 20... Read More