Tag: Los Angeles Kings

John Tavares and Jeff Carter Reach 700 Point Milestone This Weekend

Not many players can say they reached 700 points in their NHL career, let alone played enough games to reach this milestone. Still, these two Jeff Carter and John Tavares reached the 700-point marker in their NHL careers just a day apart.

Jeff Carter reached career point number 700 with an assist in Saturday’s game vs the Panthers. Carter has played in 969 NHL games, collecting 362 goals and 300 assists at the age of 34-years-old. Drafted 1st round 11th overall in 2003 by the Philadelphia Flyers, Carter spent six seasons with Philadelphia until he was shipped to Columbus in 2011 off-season. Where he played just 39 games for the Blue Jackets until he was sent to Los Angeles mid-way through the season to help the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2011-12 and again in 2013-14. Carter has now been with L.A. for 7.5 seasons. And unless something changes he will earn his 1000th NHL game with the Kings and finish his time out in L.A. as he is signed until 2022. By 2022 he will be 37-years-old.

John Tavares also earned his 700th NHL point with a goal and an assist in Toronto’s loss to Ottawa Saturday night. Tavares notched also his 40th goal of the season the first time in his career he has tallied 40 in a season. Along with point number 79 in just 72 games this season. Tavares has played in 741 NHL games collecting 700 NHL points, a 0.94 point per game over his career. Tavares has 312 goals and 388 assists in his career. Drafted first overall in 2009 by the New York Islanders and recently leaving the Island this off-season to move back home. As much criticism as Tavares has faced this season he is en route to a hall-of-fame career. At 28-years of age with already 700 points and 741 games it is only likely to assume that Tavares will reach 1000 games and 1000 points in his career.

Carl Haglin Sent To Washington For A Third & Fourth Round Pick

The Los Angeles Kings were again involved in a trade this season. This time it was sending one of their recently acquired players Carl Hagelin to the Washington Capitals for a 2019 3rd and 4th round pick.

The Kings now have two 1st round picks, two 3rd round picks and two 4th round picks. With their acquisition of these picks this season they now have 10 draft picks this year.

Hagelin played 22 games with the Kings tallying 5 points, in 38 games split between the Kings and Penguins Hagelin has 8 points. Since going to Anaheim in 2015-16 Hagelin has been on four different clubs in 4 years, three different clubs in a year. Hagelin has collected 100 points in 260 games played since 2015-16. The Capitals will more than likely slot Hagelin on their third or fourth line. With the waiving of Devante Smith-Pelley, Hagelin is essentially coming in to fill Devante-Smith Pelley’s role but just add some speed on the wing and change things up for the Capitals offensive bottom-six make up.

Who won the trade?

L.A. by far. They are in no need for Hagelin he is not a long term player you build around. He is a prototypical bottom six winger that is easily replaceable. With the trading of Hagelin the Kings have ten draft picks. For a team that amongst a re-tool situation ten picks, two first rounders and four picks within the third and fourth round is pretty nice. Plus what is Hagelin going to bring to the Capitals that will make them that much of a better team? Speed the occasional point and perhaps a big-time goal here and there in the playoffs. Will Hagelin provide the Capitals with depth sure but will he be able to be the same player he was in Pittsburgh during their cup run? Probably not. Therefore the Kings getting a 3rd and 4th for Hagelin and Capitals giving away those picks for a player that is probably not going to be re-signed at the end of this season as he is a UFA seems like a little much. The Kings win this trade for sure.

 

Five Teams That Could Use Jake Muzzin

Aside from the fact that most if not all teams in the NHL (besides Nashville) would benefit from a Jake Muzzin type of player. Muzzin will more than likely end up on a contending team, a team in the market for a top-three defenseman, therefore the list is not too big but looking at what Muzzin brings to the table. These five teams could use him.

Pittsburgh Penguins: This team cannot make a playoff run again with their number one defenseman being Brain Dumoulin, therefore Kris Letang needs to stay healthy and the Penguins need to add a d-man. In comes Muzzin, a defenseman who can play the penalty kill, power play, move the puck, contribute in the offensive end and play sound defense. Muzzin has 20 points in 46 games played this year, that is not chump numbers. In his career he has 493 games played with 212 points (.43 points per game). He has been a 40+ point defenseman in three seasons of his five and a half years in the NHL so far. The Penguins are always on the hunt for back end talent and Muzzin could be there guy.

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs have been longing for another defenseman for two years now, with the Norris like play of Morgan Reilly their blue has been a little better this year but the Leafs still have some holes back there. With Jake Gardiner being a little more offensive minded, Ron Hainsey aging and having younger talent picking up the slack. Jake Muzzin and his playoff/Stanley Cup experience plus his defensive mind would be perfect for Toronto. The Leafs also said their first round pick was up for grabs therefore that is available and they have the best prospect pool out there. It would be foolish not to try for Muzzin.

Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers need a d-man, they are not contenders but they have been asking for a defenseman for nearly a decade it seems like. Plus they have more than a first round pick to give up. The Flyers could easily throw Wayne Simmonds name in the conversation, a name the Los Angeles Kings are familiar with. I’m sure the Kings would not be opposed to seeing Simmonds back in Kings colors. Muzzin is a good fit for the Flyers too, tough, defensive-minded, posses some offense to his game and he comes with no learning curve and can be throw right into the fire. Again it would be asinine for the Flyers not to kick the can around with L.A.

Vegas Golden Knights: The Knights are again contenders this year and their General Manager has come forward and said he is not going to sit tight and be content with his current roster he is always planning and always looking to the future. Muzzin would definitely help that Vegas back end, one of the more so unexperienced blue lines in the NHL right now. Vegas has some decent forward but more importantly a ton of draft picks. Muzzin would definitely be a top-four defenseman on this team and I’m sure Vegas would feel a little more comfortable with Muzzin back there rather than Jon Merrill. It would be a smart move for this possible Cup contending team to make a move for a veteran defenseman like Muzzin.

Colorado Avalanche: With two defenseman ready to hit free-agency the Avalanche could easily fix that issue with Jake Muzzin. The Avalanche have one very important guy to worry about in the off-season which is Mikko Rantanen but they have also 13 million in cap space plus with the cap raise the Av’s should be fine. The Avalanche are a contending team right now that could use some help on the back end, on both the defensive side and offensive side. The Av’s also have two first round picks this year and some decent prospects to throw in the pool. I would not be surprised to see this team take a stab at Muzzin.

NHL Headlines: Cal Petersen blanks Blues, Laine scores hattrick in win over Vancouver, Chytil scores GWG in Rangers win, Leafs win fourth-straight

Who doesn’t like a long headline? If you don’t like well too bad. Here we go now. 

Kings Cal Petersen blanks Blues in 2-0 win

The Kings forced the Blues to asically fire their head coach Mike Yeo. Cal Petersen blanked the Blues in the Kings 2-0 win. Petersen made 29 of 29 saves to life the Kings past the Blues for their 7th win of the season. The Blues ended up firing Mike Yeo following the game and now have a big hole to fill. It is a sure disappointing season for the Blues but now they have a very difficult road to travel without their head coach and now a shaken up dressing room. Petersen the highlight of the day though in his third start of the year Petersen managed to shut the Blues out for his second win of the season and much needed Kings win. 

Laine scores hattrick in Jets 6-3 win 

Patrik Laine keeps on scoring. Laine now has 11 goals on the year and once this kid gets going on the score sheet and puts pucks home it seems like it is never ending. He came into the game with nine which really is not all that great for the Rocket Richard favorite but this is a good sign for the Jets and Laine as he walks away with now 11 goals on the year and feeling extra confident. Laine has 7 power play goals this season, 8 power play points and most of his shooting comes on the power play. He has a near league high with 75 shots on net this season already. The Jets ended up winning this game 6-3 and improve to 12-5-2 on the year. 

Chytil scores fourth goal in four games as Rangers win 2-1

Filip Chytil scores in his fourth straight game and what happened to be the game winning goal for the night. Chytil now has four goals on the year and has certainly caught the eye of head coach Dan Quinn as he goes from fourth line minutes to top six minutes now. Chytil was struggling before his recent goal spree. He has now 7 points in 21 games and 5 of those points coming in the last 10 games. 

Leafs take over first place in the Atlantic

Leafs win again, a big one too and an eventful one. The Leafs were trailing 2-0 going into the second period until Tyler Ennis broke open the scoring and it was no looking back for the Leafs as they scored four unanswered in the second and third period. Goal scorers on the night were John Tavares, Zach Hyma (2) and Tyler Ennis. The Leafs improve to 15-6-0, one point ahead of the Lightning for the Atlantic lead and two points ahead of the Sabres. The Leafs have Carolina and Columbus on the road before they finish out November with three home games in five days.

NHL Power Rankings: From 15th and up…

15. Columbus Blue Jackets: 43-30-9

The Metropolitan division is not as deep as it used to be. The Rangers, Hurricanes and Rangers are not contending teams anymore and the Devils while they had a great year last year are going to need a lot of fire power to repeat that season. I believe Columbus comes in at 4th in their division but middle of the pack for the year. They do not have a great team to be honest, while they have a very competent goalie and two good defenseman they are very thin on the backend. Like many teams though they have a solid group upfront, that is if Artem Panarin stays the full-year in Columbus as of right now basing of their situation it seems Panarin is starting the year with them. Making their first three lines very capable of scoring goals, with a fourth line of Sonny Milano-Riley Nash-Anthony Duclair they have a potential four scoring lines. Hopefully Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson can stay healthy, along with Josh Anderson. But aside from those three the Blue Jackets will be relying on Oliver Bjorkstrand, Alex Wennberg and Pierre-Luc Dubois to have a big year and be a focal point of this offense day in and day out. After another playoff season and falling short in the first round perhaps the Blue Jackets can come over that hump once and for all! 

14. Anaheim Ducks: 45-30-7

I think they creep into that #3 spot, essentially that 3, 4, 5 is going to be a real dogfight in the Pacific next year and with the Kings, Ducks and Flames really all relatively similar in structure and lineup depth, the Ducks team overall may be a little more balanced. Sure Corey Perry is not on-fire lately but with Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell, Jakub Silvferberg, Adam Henrique and a few other options on the forward end their has to be some spark in Anaheim. Their defense when healthy is a solid group of seven guys honestly, Brendan Montour, Cam Fowler, Josh Manson Hamphus Lindholm, Andrej Sustr and Luke Schenn that is a solid seven if you look at what each line will be doing. If John Gibson and Anaheim’s D can stay healthy it is a major confidence booster for the Ducks offense as well knowing you have puck moving defense it makes the forwards job easier, and looking at four puck moving d on Anaheim it can be a major positive for them. A possible third place finish or if they come out slow like they usually do, it could be a missed playoff chance for Anaheim.

13. Minnesota Wild: 43-32-7

The Wild are going to need another big year out Jason Zucker and Eric Staal without those two forward last year it would have been a different turn out for Minnesota. They have a lot of skill but not much consistency. Zach Praise you can chalk up for about 30 points if that, Mikael Granlund had that one year where he rose to the occasion hen battled injuries last year, same with Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle, two young forwards that have been hovering around that same point total for quite sometime now, they are either due for a breakout year or going to continue on this path. Along with an aging and injured Ryan Suter, all you have is Jared Spurgeon and Matthew Dumba two good defenseman but it is not enough. The Wild are good, they will get away with a lot because of their offensive talent and depth but, where they lack defensive depth is their issue. Same goes for goaltending, Devan Dubnyk is solid but at 32-years-old it is not getting easier for the goalie. This may be one of the last seasons we see the Wild within the top 15, another playoff run fallen short for this team.

12. Los Angeles Kings: 43-30-9

That division is not a breeze through for L.A. as it used to be but now you have teams like Vegas, San Jose, Calgary and Anaheim this is going to be a battle for L.A. I would not be surprised if they missed the playoffs. With the Flames getting better, the Ducks staying relatively the same and the Sharks and Vegas being the power houses in this division. The Kings may fall in the 4, 5 spot if anything. But luckily they do have a great tandem on defense in Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez and Dion Phaneuf to accompany that Jonathan Quick the William J Jennings trophy and Vezina winner is a solid addition not to mention. Hopefully eh Kings can string some offense together they saw a bizarre year out of Dustin Brown, a big bounce back year from Anze Kopitar but with Jeff Carter aging and really only Tyler Toffloli being the other option the Kings are not super deep on the offensive side of things. We can assume Ilya Kovalchuk will come in and score 30-goals but being out of the NHL since 2011-12 is a long time, as they say one year out and in the KHL equals like seven years (technically he was gone for 42 years), all joking aside. Kovalchuk may be a good addition with Kopitar or he may not be, we do not know he has been out for quite sometime I would not be surprised if the veteran winger had around 50 points this year. Anyways, middle of the pack for the Kings is reasonable what they finished last year essentially perhaps a little worse.

11. Philadelphia Flyers: 44-28-10

They somehow got by with their goaltending last year and I don’t think anything will change in that regards. They added James Van Reimsydk a former Flyer and now current Flyer gets to play alongside Nolan Patrick and Jakub Voracek, not to mention their first line with Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny, they are very deep across the forward side of things. But they are very similar to Minnesota good upfront and lack depth on the back end. The Flyers saw some good things out of their young defenseman last year and with Ivan Provorov with another year under his belt, Shane Gostisbehere on the back end too these two will do a lot of the heavy lifting. But Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg showed some bright spots last year. It will be a similar run for the Flyers they will have their ups and downs but at the end of it all, they will be out in the first round.

 

 

John Tavares contract news, Red Wings sign Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach, Kovalchuk WATCH, Craig Anderson out in Ottawa…

Yeah big headline, little text. Sue me. 

John Tavares is going to be staying in New York, per Mike Commodore it is rumored that Tavares and the Islanders are essentially all settled on a deal that could look like 8 years upwards of 10 mil. New York Islander fans your prayers have been answered, your lord and savior is staying!

Red Wings hire Bylsma as assistant coach 

Red Wings have signed Dan Bylsma as their assistant coach. Bylsma spent 6 seasons in Pittsburgh winning the Stanley Cup in his first year with the Penguins and going onto to lead the Penguins to a 2nd place finish or better every year with the club. After Pittsburgh and Blysma split in 2014, Bylsma went to Buffalo for a short two years where he combined for a 68-73-23 record. Bylsma won the Jack Adams in 2010-11. The Red Wings for sure added a great veteran and different mindset to their coaching staff now.

Kovy WATCH 

Ilya Kovalchuk will be meeting with the four finalists to sign him Friday, of those four teams they are the Bruins, Kings, Sharks and Golden Knights.

Anderson out in Ottawa? 

The Senators have come out and said they will be looking for trade partners to get rid of Craig Anderson, the 37-year-old goaltender had one of the worst years in his 16-year career. The only issue with Anderson is his 2 years and 4.75 AAV left on his contract. Not many teams will want to eat that or even half of that for a 37-year-old goaltender.

Who in the HUNT will make it

Right now, we are nearing in on the regular season, all teams have 71 plus games played and some have as many as 75 games played. which means we are looking at nearly 9 or fewer game left in the regular season. Which also means that in the next week or so, we will have a good idea of what teams will be in the playoffs and which teams will be out.

East Coast heating up…

Taking a look over at the Eastern Conference. This conference is going to come down to the wire, it seems as if the top three in each division are a shoe in. Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto, those three will stay in that order until playoff time. Also, the top three in the Metropolitan, Washington, Pittsburgh, Columbus, now these three will be moving around until the last day I believe. The two wild-card spots, in the first one, are the Flyers who were in the three seed but after dropping five of ten games they have found themselves 4 points ahead of the Devils. Now, the Devils are the interesting team because they have 73 games played with 82 points and end the season with Pittsburgh(A), Tampa(H), Carolina(H), Pittsburgh(H), Montreal(A), Rangers(H), Toronto(H) and Washington to close it out. While the Panthers who have 81 points with 71 games played, have two games in hand on the Devils, one point back and end the season with, Columbus(A), Arizona(H), Islanders(A), Toronto(A), Ottawa(A), Boston(A), Carolina(H), Nashville(H), Boston(H), Buffalo(H), Boston(A).

My prediction: I mean we look at the Panthers schedule and they hit the road soon for four straight road games then come back for four straight home games, play 5 playoff teams in their remaining 11 games and definitely have the favor of the schedule in their hands here. I think the Panthers honestly bump out the Devils unless the Devils go on some sort of tear here, take Philadelphia’s spot, then Philly can’t find a way to win, then maybe Panthers, Devils get in. Unlikely so I am going with Devils out, Panthers in.

West Coast tripping…

Heading over to the Western Conference now. Much like the East, the top three are basically solidified in each division. Besides the Pacific, the three seed is still up for grabs. Anyways, it looks like Nashville, Winnipeg and Minnesota are in. Vegas, San Jose are in, and just waiting on either Dallas, Anaheim or L.A. to take the three spot in the Pacific. Anyways the wild card race in this division has looked different every month but consistently we have seen Dallas, Anaheim, St. Louis, L.A. and Colorado in contention.

My prediction: For the wild card spots here I honestly am sticking with Colorado they have 8 games left and have picked up points in their last nine games. They face the Kings twice, Vegas twice, St. Louis, Anaheim and the Sharks as there real threats right now. The second team getting in I see is the Kings(assuming Ducks take the three spot), I say the Kings because right now Dallas is on a huge skid, Ben Bishop got hurt recently and won’t return for the regular season, that is going to be a huge crutch and plus the Kings have the easiest remaining schedule with 3 non-playoff teams, and 5 home games remaining also. Kings and Avalanche sneak in the wild card spots here for me.