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April 30, 2016 2:35 pm - JonRosen

Kopitar a Lady Byng finalist

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson and Florida Panthers center Alexsander Barkov were announced as finalists for the 2016 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded annually “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The trophy, which will be presented to the winner on June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, is determined by a vote amongst members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. With Kopitar’s nod, Kings have been announced as finalists for the Vezina (Jonathan Quick), […]

April 29, 2016 5:21 pm - JonRosen

Doughty, Karlsson, Burns Norris finalists

Surprise! Drew Doughty is a Norris Trophy finalist, as are Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. The race to garner support to be acknowledged as the defenseman who “demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position” evolved into a two-boat race midway through the season, at least according to those who make their opinions heard – frequently – on Twitter. And before this turns into a Doughty-Karlsson conversation, hey, let’s acknowledge how terrific of a season Burns had. The timing might be tough, given the results of Los Angeles’ first round playoff series, but, Burns had a phenomenal […]

April 29, 2016 11:53 am - JonRosen

LaDue signs entry-level contract with Kings

The Los Angeles Kings have signed former University of North Dakota defenseman Paul LaDue, Kings hockey operations has informed LA Kings Insider. The contract is a one-year entry level contract. Financial terms were not known immediately, but one-year, max-entry level contracts carry a $925,000 AAV, with hypothetical performance bonuses potentially added on. UPDATE: LaDue’s entry level contract comes with a $925K cap hit, via hockey ops. A sixth round draft pick in 2012, the 6-foot-1, 186-pound LaDue spent three seasons at North Dakota, which culminated with a 5-1 defeat of Quinnipiac in the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at […]

April 28, 2016 6:16 pm - Lindsay Czarnecki

Game 3: Reign 3, Barracuda 1 + postgame notes/video

Ontario Reign 3, San Jose Barracuda 1 Final (Reign lead best-of-5 series, 2-1) Radio Feed Box Score Game 3 Links: Morning skate notes | Game 3 crucial in 5-game series | Podcast SOG: ONT – 43; SJ – 17 PP: ONT – 1/2; SJ – 0/2 First Period 1) ONT – Adrian Kempe (1) (Michael Mersch), 7:11 Second Period 2) ONT PPG – Nic Dowd (1) (Jonny Brodzinski, Derek Forbort), 2:34 Third Period 3) ONT – Adrian Kempe (2) (Kris Newbury, Jeff Schultz), 11:27 4) SJ – Nikolay Goldobin (2) (unassisted), 13:28 (1) Ontario Reign vs. (4) San Jose Barracuda […]

April 28, 2016 5:23 pm - JonRosen

Kopitar a Selke finalist (again)

Centers Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks were announced as finalists for the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy, awarded annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” The trophy, which will be presented to the winner on June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, is determined by a vote amongst members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Kopitar, Bergeron and Jonathan Toews were finalists last year, with Bergeron (1,083 points) finishing atop Toews (1,051 points) and Kopitar […]

April 28, 2016 3:28 pm - JonRosen

“Team effort,” simplified approach improves Quick’s puckhandling

Jonathan Quick is a Vezina Trophy finalist for the second time in his career, and upon a cursory glance, his numbers don’t stray too far from most of those previously established. According to War-on-Ice, his “high-danger” save percentage in five-on-five play was a career-high .871, while his “low-danger” save percentage was a career-low .960. The formula for finding those numbers, though, may have flaws, as the eye test, as well as conversations with the club’s coaching staff and with Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford, indicated that Quick had made strides in wiping the “bad goal” out of his system. The last […]

April 28, 2016 11:09 am - JonRosen

Important NHL dates – Trophy finalists, lottery, awards

Wednesday’s announcement that Jonathan Quick, Braden Holtby and Ben Bishop are finalists for the Vezina Trophy opened up an 11-day stretch in which finalists for league awards will be announced. Expect the majority of these announcements to be made on nationally televised pre-game shows of playoff games, late in the three o’clock hour Pacific Time. Because Anze Kopitar is a safe bet to be a Selke finalist and has a strong chance at being listed as a Lady Byng finalist, and because Drew Doughty is a shoo-in to be named as a Norris Trophy finalist, members of the Kings should […]

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