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National Hockey League Adopts Hybrid Icing: It’s About Time

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: Hybrid icing has been instituted in the National Hockey League. Frozen Royalty’s take: Long overdue. What’s your take on the issue? Audio of Los Angeles Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter’s thoughts about hybrid icing is also included.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — After experimenting with it in exhibition games this season, the National Hockey League has instituted hybrid icing for all games, effective this season.

For those who may not be aware of how hybrid icing differs from the “touch icing,” where players had to chase down the puck and touch it to get the linesman’s whistle to blow, here’s the text of the new icing rule:

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Tosses Ice Cold Water On Criticism Of New Assistant GM Rob Blake

ROB BLAKE NAMED ASSISTANT GM: Frozen Royalty continues its in-depth coverage of the Los Angeles Kings naming their former superstar defenseman Rob Blake as their new assistant general manager. In this story, President/General Manager Dean Lombardi tells critics of Blake, and of his hiring, why their criticisms are unwarranted.


Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake was named as
the team’s assistant general manager on July 17, 2013.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — It did not take long for a very vocal segment of Los Angeles Kings fans to express their rather vehement opposition to any involvement with the franchise by former Kings defenseman Rob Blake, who they believe betrayed the organization back when he left team in 2001 due to a very bitter contract dispute.

Blake left the Kings on February 21, 2001, when he was traded, along with Steven Reinprecht, to the Colorado Avalanche, in exchange for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin), a first round selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, (David Steckel), and a first round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Brian Boyle).

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NHL, NHLPA Reach Agreement On Framework For New Collective Bargaining Agreement

LOCKOUT ENDING: Includes comments from Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford.


NHL logo courtesy National Hockey League.
NHLPA logo courtesy National Hockey
League Players Association.

LOS ANGELES AND ONTARIO, CA — Shortly after 2:00 Pacific time on Sunday morning (January 6), the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association reached an agreement on a framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after a marathon bargaining session that exceeded 16 hours.

“We have reached an agreement on a framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told media gathered in New York. “We’ve got to dot a lot of Read more of this post

Arrogance, Foolishness and Incompetence Playing Lead Role In NHL Lockout Saga

COMMENTARY: The labor dispute between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association is nearing its 100th day, and the two sides are not only miles apart in their positions on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, no negotiating sessions are on the horizon whatsoever. Meanwhile, the two sides are heading for litigation. Here are some thoughts and analysis regarding why we’ve reached this point.


NHL logo courtesy National Hockey League.
NHLPA logo courtesy National Hockey League Players Association.

LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League lockout is now in its 99th day, and still, there is no end in sight.

Litigation is looming on the horizon, and a ruling on an unfair labor practice charge against the National Hockey League Players Association could be coming from the National Labor Relations Board.

Meanwhile, the NHLPA has voted overwhelmingly to authorize its leadership to disclaim interest or decertify the union. Read more of this post

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