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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Jeff Carter still has trouble wrapping his mind around the surreal direction his hockey career has taken in the last year since the Philadelphia Flyers got rid of him and Mike Richards, his good friend and teammate.
After a stop in Columbus, Carter improbably reunited with Richards in Los Angeles, where they're playing for the surging Kings and living together in a beautiful beach town.
And in the sweetest development of all, Carter and Richards are still playing while the rebuilt Flyers' season is over.
They'll be in the Kings' lineup for the Western Conference finals opener on Sunday alongside linemate Dustin Penner, another veteran earning redemption in Los Angeles' surprising playoff run.
Carter and Richards acknowledge no grudge toward the Flyers. They're too focused on their great new lives.
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For many talented goaltenders, finding that long-sought rhythm and routine over an 82 game season is a major key in establishing consistency and maintaining good numbers.
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Justin Williams, Dustin Penner, Rob Scuderi and Colin Fraser have traveled this path before, feeling their confidence grow faster than their playoff beards as their respective teams marched to the Stanley Cup championship.
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Stop giving me crap!
I went into the archives!
Here's what I ACTUALLY SAID!
DEAR LOMBARDI, IF YOU HRIE SUTTER, COUNT ME OUT - Dec 13, 2011
Darryl Sutter was Dean Lombardi's coach in San Jose. He had three first round losses and two second round losses. So that means he fits PERFECTLY in the never ending cycle of misery that is Kings hockey.
Darryl did make it...
from Bob Miller at the Kings website, It’s great to see that all Kings fans are having so much fun and excitement this playoff year. It’s nice to see because all of you have been so loyal and supportive all these years.
What strikes me about this playoff season is how similar it is to 19 years ago when the Kings last made it to the Conference finals and then to the Stanley Cup...
Photo Credit: Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times
The 2011-12 Western Conference Final will feature a matchup of two Pacific Division teams, the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes. Los Angeles hasn’t been to the Western Conference final since 1993. The Phoenix Coyotes have never been there. Suffice it to say, this is pretty much uncharted territory for the current incarnations...
3) Coyotes vs. 8) Kings How they got here…(3) Coyotes-WCQ: Beat (6) Blackhawks in 6WCS: Beat (4) Predators in 5(8) Kings-WCQ: Beat (1) Canucks in 5WCS: Beat (2) Blues in 4Season Series…Tied 3-3Previous Playoff Meetings…First meetingTale of the Tape…Forwards-Edge: Kings… Anze Kopitar. Dustin Brown. Mike Richards. Do I need to keep going?Defensemen-Edge: Coyotes…...
Wayne Gretzky gave hockey in Los Angeles a significant boost in his eight seasons with the Kings, providing them with some cache in an overloaded market while boosting attendance and interest all the way down to the youth level.
He had a similar impact as owner and later coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, though to a different extent and without nearly as much success.
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft will be remembered for something. Every draft class has a thing. A tag line. You know what I mean. In 2010, it was Tyler vs. Taylor. 2005 was the Crosby lottery. 2012, judging by draft rankings, will be the Year of the Defensemen.
But wait, there already was the Year of the Defensemen? 2008. Try this list on for size:
2nd Overall - Drew Doughty - LA...
The team that made the biggest wholesale changes last summer was probably the Philadelphia Flyers. They traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in order to make salary cap room to acquire Ilya Bryzgalov, who was supposed to solve their goaltending problems. Initially, I didn’t think the moves were very smart. Now that the season has ended for the Flyers, we can better assess...
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, ...For hockey’s chattering classes—including some NHL executives—the Scottsdale episode represented a “Russian problem.” Forget that while Radulov grew up in Nizhni Tagli, Kostitsyn is actually from Belarus. In the Russian Devolution all semblance of nuance is lost. Although it has been more than two decades since marquee players...