Thank you again for the patience while off-ice matters were attended to yesterday. Regularly scheduled programming continues today with this attractive minute-long NHL ad:
–Well, this doesn’t sound good. The L.A. Daily News reported on Wednesday that a Blackhawks fan is suing AEG and alleging a “violation of a safety statute” because of injuries he suffered during an altercation with Kings fans during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final last May. Details are included in the link.
–A minor update in the Slava Voynov proceedings, via the Daily Breeze: Voynov’s wife, Maria Varlamova, will continue to receive domestic violence counseling as part of Judge Eric Taylor’s efforts to compel her to testify in the domestic violence case.
From Larry Altman’s report:
Judge Eric Taylor said Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, and her attorney, Michael Walsh, must report to him on July 6 whether she has changed her mind about testifying in the case. To this point, she has steadfastly refused.
Walsh said she has attended three therapy sessions and still does not plan to take the witness stand.
“She is still overwhelmed by the idea of testifying and does not want to testify,” Walsh told Taylor.
-In what is clearly the first phase of Skynet becoming self-aware, robots will be taking fan reactions of important events at Kings and Clippers games inside Staples Center next year. As reported by FOXSportsWest.com, you’ll be able to download the Fanpics app, enter your seat location and have your reaction shots sent directly to your mobile device. There was a similar technology used during the Stadium Series game (and many large-scale football games).
-Jordan Weal continues to be “an instrumental part of the Monarchs’ success,” Kinsey Janke of NHL.com wrote.
In 2011-12, the first of Stothers’ two seasons as coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League was Weal’s final season starring in the league for the Regina Pats.
“He was pretty much the individual that you designed your whole game plan around,” Stothers said. “He was that good. He made things happen. He’s continued to do in pro what he did in junior. He’s competitive, he’s fearless, and he wants to be the best. Right now he’s playing like he wants to be a man playing in the NHL next year.”
-For additional Monarchs coverage, Mayor’s Manor has accounts from the locker room from shortly after the club’s four-game sweep of the Hartford Wolfpack.
-As for the #ReignTrain, Frozen Royalty takes another look at Maxim Kitsyn.
-Jewels from the Crown is also attacking player evaluations. Recently they reviewed the seasons of Brayden McNabb, Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin, the latter of whom they just absolutely tore into. Foolies!
-Via the LA Times, Alex Frolov is selling his Manhattan Beach home for $2.995 million. It’s Slava Medvedenko’s old house!
-Via Jason Lewis of HockeyBuzz.com, Goaltending: An X-Factor or a Non-Factor?