No negotiations took place between the NHL and the players association on Monday, and no new talks toward ending their labor dispute were scheduled -- but a group of NHL players maintained their routine of skating a few times a week at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo.
They rented the ice on their own and, because theyre not allowed to use NHL facilities during a lockout, they used one of the small locker rooms usually occupied by kids' teams.
The group was made up mostly of Kings: Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford, Matt Greene, Brad Richardson, Rob Scuderi, Trevor Lewis, Jarret Stoll, Jeff Carter and Colin Fraser.
Two members of the Buffalo Sabres -- goaltender Ryan Miller, who lives in California during the off-season, and forward Ville Leino -- also scrimmaged, as did former Kings and Ducks enforcer George Parros. The teams, wearing NHLPA shirts, played a 4-4 tie -- or so Scuderi claimed after a disputed goal that triggered a lively and laughing argument.