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LA Kings Anze Kopitar Deserves To Win 2013-14 Selke Trophy, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar (right) checks Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Pardy (left) behind the net
on March 29, 2014, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With less than two weeks left in the 2013-14 National Hockey League season, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar is finally getting some well-deserved consideration for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward.

Indeed, such consideration is overdue by two or three years. In fact, yours truly has voted for Kopitar as a finalist for the Selke Trophy (voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association) in each of the last three seasons.

This year, unless something drastic happens before the end of the regular season, Kopitar will get my top vote for the Selke Trophy, as he has been the league’s best defensive forward this season.

But don’t just take my word for it.

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LA Kings Trade For Marian Gaborik Is A Good One, But…

NEWS/ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Kings made quite the splash on Trade Deadline Day 2014, with the acquisition of high-powered sniper Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Was this a good trade for the Kings? A bad one? Does it push them ahead of the pack of legitimate Stanley Cup contenders? For answers to these questions, and for comments on the deal from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, read on…



Newly-acquired winger Marian Gaborik made his
Los Angeles Kings debut during a 3-1 win at
Winnipeg on March 6, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Now former Los Angeles Kings right wing Matt Frattin was skating during the Kings’ March 5 practice when the news broke that he had been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, along with a 2014 or 2015 second round draft pick (obtained from Toronto in the June 23, 2013 trade that sent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Toronto, in exchange for Frattin, and goaltender Ben Scrivens; Toronto has the option on the year), and a conditional third round draft pick, in exchange for oft-injured sniper Marian Gaborik.

Frattin stayed on the ice for some extra work after practice had ended. But as players began to head to the dressing room, head coach Darryl Sutter emerged—a highly unusual sight after practice—to deliver the news the moment Frattin stepped off the ice.

“It’s a business, and that’s what happens,” said the 26-year-old, 6-0, 205-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta. “It’s going to be tough leaving this group of guys, but hopefully, I’ll get more ice time there. It’s a fresh start, and they’re a good team that’s in the playoff hunt.”

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2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles – In Photos

Teams are lined up at center ice for the singing of the U.S. National Anthem by Jordin Sparks at the
2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, at Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — As reported in this space earlier today, the National Hockey League’s 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles at iconic Dodger Stadium was a grand slam home run for the league, whether or not you were happy with the the fact that the Anaheim Ducks handed the Los Angeles Kings a 3-0 defeat in the game last night.

Although photographer David Sheehan was not a big enough fish in the NHL’s pond to get a coveted photo position on the glass for the game, he managed to get some good photos of the festitivies, which you can see below.

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NHL Hits Grand Slam Home Run At Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium

Legendary hall of fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Bob Miller opened
the festivities for Stadium Series: Los Angeles on
January 25, 2014, at Dodger Stadium.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images
and the Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — So many said that it couldn’t be done.

Just as many laughed derisively while insisting that the rink would turn into a swimming pool by the end of the first period.

Thousands upon thousands just shook their heads, muttering something about there being no real hockey fans in Southern California, and that Dodger Stadium would be mostly empty.

As evidenced by the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium on January 25 for Stadium Series: Los Angeles, the naysayers were wrong.

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