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Big Ben Scrivens tabbed NHL’s No. 1 Star of the week

  Goalie Ben Scrivens #54 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on November 15, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

When Jonathan Quick went down to injury with a possible pulled groin, Kings fans instantly started to groan. (See what I did there? Groan about a groin. Heh.) Quick’s backup, Ben Scrivens was part of the package sent from Toronto for goalie Jonathan Bernier. Not many fans had high hopes, and instantly started to worry.

Turns out, there was nothing to worry about.

It was announced Monday morning than Scrivens, lovingly referred to some as The Professor, has been named the NHL’s number one star of the week.

Not So Winter Classic: Kings reportedly to host outdoor game

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The last thing I expected to read on a lazy Sunday was something coming across my Facebook feed that The Fourth Period is reporting that we’ll be seeing an outdoor game during the regular NHL season at Dodger Stadium.

I’ve been championing this for ages, and to have this possibly come to fruition is kinda cool. I mean, not as cool as Seeing the Kings win the Stanley Cup Cool, but still pretty tremendous.

I was convinced that AEG would stick to its guns and hold onto the Winter Classic for when Farmers Field became a reality. But with the uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of that venue, I imagine the Kings ownership want to strike while the iron is hot (and the team is still a contender).

According to TFP, the league wants to stage multiple outdoor games on the same day, which makes sense for Hockey Day In America, which usually is played in February. There’s talk Yankee Stadium may also host a game, which would make the above image improbable.

Worried about the condition of the ice? According to Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, the temperature on the dasher boards in Philadelphia back in 2012 was 71 degrees. They used an insulated blanket over the ice, leaving the ice playable by gametime. Obviously they wouldn’t play the game in the middle of the day, so that suggests the game would be the second of a doubleheader.

Obviously, the two teams that would most likely play in L.A. would be the Kings and the Ducks. Two teams who have previously won the Stanley Cup on the West Coast. (LOL @ San Jose. Suck it, Sharks.) EDITOR’S NOTE: As of Sunday afternoon, the L.A. Times’ Helene Elliott reported it would be Kings/Ducks and it could possibly be on Jan. 25, 2014.

Although, if the league wanted to guarantee a sellout, they’d be better off scheduling the Red Wings, the Canucks or any other cold weather team with a bunch of transplants living in L.A.

All I know is I’ll pay ANY price to see this game in person. I don’t care if the sightlines are crap, the weather is crap or if the game is crap. It’s something I’ve envisioned for a long time.

Mar. 29 is Tannerhead/Be The Match/Star Wars/Life In Hockeywood Night at the Reign!

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So, I was approached by the Ontario Reign a few months back because they had this killer idea: the Reign wanted to do another Tannerhead/Be The Match night, where they raise awareness for bone marrow donation.

“I’m all about Be The Match,” I told them. “So I told them anything I can do to help promote it, just let me know. I’ll use my limited online presence to help get the word out.”

 photo 543634_10151140157879663_358442590_n_zps6db769a1.jpgThe Reign also told me they were planning on it fall on Star Wars Night, where they were going to have members of the Inland Empire Squad of the Southern California Garrison of the 501st Legion come out to the game.

The 501st Legion is a group of volunteer Star Wars cosplayers (performance artists specializing in the Star Wars Universe) who are involved with charity work.

“So lemme get this straight,” I stammered. “You guys are having Star Wars Night and Tannerhead Night on the same night?!? Where do I sign up?”

They proceeded to tell me it’s much better than that. Because they know that I support Be The Match and I’m a huge hockey fan who loves Star Wars, they want me to DROP THE PUCK before the game! I mean really, what would you say?!? Of course I’m in!

I am extremely honored that the Reign asked me to help get the word out. As I’ve written before, the idea of donating marrow sounds scary. But not as scary as facing a life-threatening disease.

As hockey fans, we all follow our heroes on the ice, these men who are larger than life. But think about it, you can become a real superhero, by possibly matching up with someone and give them the chance for life.

So I’m asking for all denizens of Hockeywood to travel out to Ontario on Friday, March 29. There’s no Kings game, as they’ll be in the middle of a five-game road trip. The game is at 7 p.m so make a night out of it. Bring the kids and pose with Stormtroopers, there’s no school in the morning. Watch the Reign bring the pain (hey, that rhymes) when they take on the Alaska Aces.

Be sure to pre-order your tickets beforehand: head to tinyurl.com/cb3sc32 and use the codeword TANNER to order your tickets. The best part? $7 from each ticket goes toward Be The Match! Thanks in advance, drop the puck and may the Force be with you.

Gm. 5 is @ 5 p.m.! Watch Party at Legends Long Beach

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PhotobucketSo the Kings couldn’t sweep the Canucks. Big whoop. The Canucks are a dangerous team. Get over it.

Game 5 is at 5 p.m. this Sunday, and what better way to watch the game than to come down to Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach and watch the game on a massive 240-inch HD screen.

Last time, over 100 Kings fans filled the storied sports bar down on Second Street to watch the Kings foil the Oil.

The mood was electric, and that was for a regular season game. Against a crappy Edmonton squad. Imagine what it’ll be like when the Kings beat the Canucks in their own house!

Hockey truly is a communal sport, one that is intensified by watching with large groups of fans. Nothing matches the roar of the score as it washes over you like an undeniable wave. And that’s how it was last game at Legends.

Quick cleans up at team awards. Duh.

Jonathan QuickAS VOTED BY THE MEDIA
Most Valuable Player “Bill Libby Memorial Award” – Jonathan Quick 
Best Newcomer “Mark Bavis Memorial Award”  – Jeff Carter
Outstanding Defenseman – Willie Mitchell
Defensive Player – Jonathan Quick

AS VOTED BY THE KINGS PLAYERS
Most Inspirational Player “Ace Bailey Memorial Award” – Jonathan Quick
Unsung Hero – Trevor Lewis / Rob Scuderi (co-winners)

AS SELECTED BY THE KINGS CARE FOUNDATION
Community Service – Jonathan Bernier

AS SELECTED BY THE KINGS BOOSTER CLUB
Most Popular Player – Jonathan Quick
Leading Scorer – Anze Kopitar

CarterWatch 2012: Part II

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These videos should just about sum up the arrival of Jeff Carter to the Kings. For part one of CarterWatch, click here

Here’s a bleary-eyed Carter, being welcomed to LAX by KingsVision.

After slipping on a Kings hoodie, Carter is crushed by the media.

Here’s Mike Richards, giving his reaction of the Kings obtaining his former teammate and current bro-friend.

Kopitar, Mitchell and Scuderi all comment on how Carter can help the Kings.

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Patrick O’Neal talks to Jeff Carter moments before starting his first game as a King.

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And finally, here’s Carter’s postgame comments.

Jeff Carter is now a King! No more excuses.

Jeff Carter #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to the start of the game against the Minnesota Wild on November 15, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates down the ice against the New York Rangers on April 3, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)For the Hockeywood Dailies of CarterWatch 2012, click here.

There’s your team, Los Angeles. Hope you like it.

Dean Lombardi finally acquired a high-scoring forward, after striking out two other times. (Ilya Kovalchuk and Brad Richards send their regards.) And for the most part, Dean made the best possible deal to acquire a top-six forward.

He didn’t have to dole out an insane amount of time/money (Kovalchuk signed in NJ for 17 years at $100 million, Richards signed with the Rangers for nine years at $60 million.)

Carter is in the second year of his 11-year, $58 million contract he signed in Philadelphia. Even though the Kings are now on the hook for the remaining money on the contract, Carter’s cap hit is now third on L.A. for forwards (behind Anze Kopitar and bestie Mike Richards.)

Lombardi also didn’t trade away any prospects, either. He held onto Jonathan Bernier, who was rumored to be part of the deal for Rick Nash. The Kings are considered in the top five, organization-wise, for their prospects in the minors. Granted, he did include a conditional draft pick. But at this point, the Kings have a solid core in the minors that could conceivably be on the big league roster one day. The loss of one pick won’t kill them.

For the most part, Lombardi has stayed true to form: conservatively building this franchise, which was in shanbles when he inherited it in 2006. He kicked the tires on several high-ticket items during his tenure, but consistently settled back on his long-term plan.

I can’t say I was surprised. After all, in that Mike Richards’ Twitterview with Sportsnet’s Eric Gage, Richards possibly revealed Deano’s plan…

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Kings fans have had to endure six years of this “five-year plan,” only to see this team completely go off the rails this season. These baby steps the entire franchise has had to take have to this point have now evolved into bigger strides. We have now established the core of this team for the next 10 years. Barring what happens with Jonathan Quick’s contract, which is up at the end of the 2013-14 season, this team won’t really change significantly anytime soon.

PhotobucketSo the $64,000 is: is this enough? Can the Kings become perennial contenders as constituted right now? Unless Lombardi does something so out of character (like trade Quick for Nash), this is your Los Angeles Kings team for the foreseeable future. Are they good enough?

A good friend once told me that you can only live on potential for so long. Youngsters like Kopitar, Brown and Doughty are now out of that period in their careers. These players will now be judged as compared to the two outsiders Richards and Carter.

The time is now for Kopitar to assume his role as the team’s most dominant player. No longer hindered by the head coach to make everyone else better, Kopitar needs to shoot and (more importantly) score more.

The time is now for Drew Doughty to evolve back into the Norris Trophy-contending defenseman he was in 2010. He’ll need to crank up the intensity, as his job just got ultimately tougher with the Johnson trade.

The time is now for Dustin Brown to truly step up as this team’s nasty leader. The type of nasty to allowed him to lead the league in hits for two seasons; the type of nasty that make other players uncomfortable.

Dean Lombardi’s job as acquirer of a top-six player is done with getting Carter. From now on, he’ll really have to rely on the evolution of the players down in the minors. But he’s done something more than that. With this trade, he will have affected this franchise, whether it turns out good or bad, for the next decade. When you think about the scope of that, it’s equal parts impressive and scary.

I think this should quell any rumors that Lombardi will lose his job at the end of the season. It wouldn’t be the first time a team misses the playoffs after making it previous years. And this team still has its positives, heading into next season. There’s 21 games left in this season, and anything can happen once you get to the playoffs. I’m thinking we’re going to see something amazing in the next two months.

Photobucket• L.A. Times: Kings acquire Jeff Carter from Blue Jackets for Jack Johnson

Lombardi has come under significant pressure to add offensive punch to a team than ranks last in the NHL in scoring and is in danger of missing the playoffs. The Kings are 10th in the Western Conference, tied in points (61) with eighth-place Dallas and ninth-place Calgary. Three other teams, including the Ducks, are within four points. The top eight teams make the postseason.

• Yahoo: Jeff Carter traded to Los Angeles Kings: Scorer gets another second chance

He and Richards had made long-term commitments to the only NHL team they had ever known, dreaming of raising Cups together in the City of Brotherly Love (in more ways than one), only to have the Flyers split them up and send them on their separate ways before their no-trade clauses kicked in.

• Yahoo’s Puck Daddy: Analysis: Deal a royal coup for Kings, conditional success for Jackets

He’s slowly pushed his chips into the middle of the table, through free-agent signings and two blockbuster trades for former Flyers. Now, he gets Jeff Carter for half the asking price of Rick Nash — rumored to be a frontline player, two prospects and a first-round pick — and for a much smaller cap hit.

• NHL.com: Kings feel rewards outweighed risks in Carter deal

Carter comes to the Kings with a desperately needed to score goals with regularity, but also with some serious questions. Perhaps the biggest concern revolves around the fact that Carter is just in the second year of a whopping 11-year, $58 million contract extension that he signed with Philadelphia in November of 2010, just months before he was traded to Columbus in the summer’s biggest blockbuster. The Kings are now on the hook for $5.2 million annually through 2022.

• NBC Sports: Kings acquire Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson, first-rounder


Carter provides goal-scoring zip and perhaps some depth down the middle, although he might make more sense on the wing. Los Angeles is heavy on defensive talent – one can imagine that Johnson’s absence will be a boon for Slava Voynov and/or Alec Martinez – so losing the attacking blueliner shouldn’t be too difficult.

• TSN: A Royal Deal

Carter, who has 368 points (196 goals, 172 assists) in 500 career games, has scored at least 30 goals three times. He has hit the 20-goal mark five times during his six-plus seasons in the NHL but struggled to find a role in Columbus.


They said it



“This isn’t a rental. This isn’t a classic trade-deadline deal where
you are giving young players for a rental-type situation. It’s a hockey
deal.” – Dean Lombardi, on the deal.


“I am obviously excited. I am familiar with the team and a lot of guys on the team. I looked at the Kings at the start of the year as being a club in a good position to win. I look forward to coming to L.A. and being a part of it all.” – Jeff Carter, on coming to Los Angeles.


“I want to be part of the solution there. I know they’ve had some bad breaks and some tough seasons, but it’s going to be great when it turns around. Really, I don’t think there is anything sweeter in sports than being part of a team when they get it turned around.” – Jack Johnson, on heading to a rebuilding Blue Jackets club.