Let The Phoenix Coyotes Move Already

LOS ANGELES — The last thing commissioner Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League wants during the Stanley Cup Playoffs is embarrassing controversy off the ice and that is exactly what they have with the Phoenix Coyotes filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent days.

To be sure, there is a great deal of controversy brewing over whether or not Coyotes majority owner Jerry Moyes had the authority to file for bankruptcy and move to sell the Coyotes to Jim Balsillie, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research In Motion, Inc., the makers of the wildly popular Blackberry.

Balsillie, who also attempted to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators (both attempts failed), would like to move the Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario’s Copps Coliseum. Read more of this post


Los Angeles Kings: The Wait Is Going To Be Painful

ANALYSIS: With netminder Jason LaBarbera looking more like a sieve in recent games and with goalie Jonathan Quick not yet ready for the National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Kings have hit hard times and it’s going to be an insanely difficult climb in every game until goaltender Erik Ersberg recovers from injury.

After getting blown out and shutout at Buffalo on Friday night and after a loss at Detroit on Saturday night, one thing is certain for the Los Angeles Kings…until goaltender Erik Ersberg recovers from a groin strain he suffered on December 15, wins are going to be a rarity.

Indeed, with goaltender Jason LaBarbera unable to stop a beach ball these days and with goalie prospect Jonathan Quick clearly not yet ready for the rigors of the National Hockey League, the Kings are already on a downward slide, having lost four straight games, including an overtime loss and a shootout loss (0-2-2), and it seems likely that without reliable goaltending, the Kings will struggle to get back into the win column. Read more of this post

Loktionov Returned To Juniors, Ellis Claimed by Buffalo

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On October 1, the Los Angeles Kings sent center Andrei Loktionov to his junior team, the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Kings also announced that the Buffalo Sabres claimed left wing Matt Ellis off of waivers.

The Kings now have 35 players remaining on their 2008 training camp roster, including 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.

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Don’t Burn Your Tape Of This One

LOS ANGELES — The last time the Los Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres met, Kings television play-by-play announcer Bob Miller said during his broadcast, “…burn your tape of this one!”

Indeed, the Kings were never in that game, an embarrassing 10-1 defeat on January 14, 2006, at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

Almost two seasons later, revenge was not really on the minds of the Kings, but after bombing the Sabres in a 8-2 blowout victory in front of 15,980 fans at Staples Center on Thursday night, payback was certainly welcomed. Read more of this post

Pronger Suspension: Discipline In The NHL A Joke?

LOS ANGELES — About 48 hours have passed since the Detroit Red Wings pounded on and embarrassed the Anaheim Ducks in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, taking a 2-1 series lead, and Detroit’s dominance over the Ducks has been all but overshadowed by the vicious, brutal hit laid upon Detroit winger Tomas Holmstrom. Read more of this post