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Time for Change in Leadership

The Islanders disappointing season continues and after a difficult week with the trade deadline it’s now time to see where the future holds for the team. With one more season on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn, serious evaluations of this organization will be in place at the conclusion of the season.

Hartnell: "Giroux is ready to be captain"

Hockey will finally resume on January 19, but the talks concerning a certain letter in the alphabet has already begun for the Flyers.

Chris Pronger is nowhere nearing a return to the ice. And with his retirement inevitable - but not official due to his contract - the designated captain slot will remain vacant until the Flyers decide to finally fill the void.

Three names have been on the lips of fans during the 2011-12 season: veterans Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen, and the young leader of the team, Claude Giroux. Only one of those players has remained a hot topic for the captaincy and it's the one who many around the NHL view to be the future of the Flyers and the league.

Sam Carchidi threw up a tweet that shouldn't come to a surprise to anyone. Giroux's best friend and locker room leader Scott Hartnell said that "Giroux is ready to be captain."

A Nightmare Finals: Why Are Fans Rooting Against Richards, Carter?

Let’s face it: the Stanley Cup Finals will be a nightmare to watch for Flyers fans.

One scenario will see the hated neighboring-state rival New Jersey Devils raise their fourth Cup in 18 years, pouring more salt in the wounds of Flyers fans who haven’t seen their team celebrate in almost four decades.

The other scenario will see the Los Angeles Kings win their first ever Stanley Cup, a team modeled after the Flyers organization thanks to former head coach John Stevens (assistant coach), former goalie great Ron Hextall (assistant general manager), and former scout Dean Lombardi (president and general manager).

But why not root for the Western Conference team? Because of two former Flyers named Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

Kings End Road-Trip with 3-2 Shootout Victory

Captain Dustin Brown celebrates his 2nd period goal.

As tempting as it may be count Dustin Brown’s shootout winner as the Kings’ third goal of the evening and the first time in twelve games they have reached that mark…well, you can’t really do that. Nonetheless, the captain’s final tally gave his team the 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier tonight.

The Kings outshot Toronto 42-33, including a dominating second period which saw the Kings get four times as many shots as their opponents (16-4). Goals were provided by Justin Williams, his fifth of the year, and Brown, who fi...

Stevens’ Swan Song Falls Flat, Kings Throttled 8-2

Jonathan Bernier knows things have to get better than this soon.

If Thursday’s win versus Columbus was cause for a quiet optimism, tonight’s contest could very well be considered nothing less than rock bottom.

Some might argue it had already been decided halfway through the first period. Less than two minutes had passed before the away team found themselves on their heels and down by two. Both Jonathan Quick (who started) and Jonathan Bernier (who struggled in relief) played less than spectacular and the Kings were downed by the Red Wings’ stifling, and at times, flawless offensive attack. Detroit...

Game Preview: Red Wings vs. Kings

Games at this point in the season shouldn't be filled with so much of it, but today's game has drama written all over it. 

The Red Wings and Kings face each other for the second time this season, with the Wings having the series advantage after a 4-1 win in Los Angeles. The Kings are now without Terry Murray, who was fired from the head coaching position on Monday. They gave interim coach John Stevens his first win Thursday night against Columbus, snapping a five-game losing streak. 

The Wings on the other hand, managed to let a potential four-game win streak get awat from them Thursday night in Nashville. Expect them to be looking for a chance to r...

Streak Snapped, Kings Win 2-1

Davis Drewiske is greeted by a smiling Anze Kopitar (11) and Dustin Brown (23).

The Kings played hockey for more than 104 minutes without scoring a goal. So naturally, the one to stop the streak would be none other than Davis Drewiske, the 27-year old defenseman who hasn’t scored in more than two years and pride of Hudson, Wisconsin, right?

The stat sheet doesn’t lie. The Kings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight by a score of 2-1. It was indeed Drewiske who flung the puck from the blue line over Curtis Sanford’s left shoulder and into the net four minutes into the third period. With the ga...

New Coach, Same Result—Kings Shutout by Bruins 3-0

Rich Peverley (49) bangs home a first period goal to put the Bruins on top.

We’ll never know exactly how GM Dean Lombardi pictured this game playing out, a mere 24 hours removed from a change at head coach—but I think it would be safe to say he hoped for better than this.

The Kings were shutout by Tukka Rask and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins earlier tonight in Boston by a score of 3-0. The goals were provided by the combined efforts of Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand, who netted two for his tenth and eleventh tallies on the season. Rask stopped all 41 (!) (more later on that) shots that came...

Terry Murray Fired

It may not be for long, but this is John Stevens' team for now.

For what it lacked in elegance, it made up for in brevity. But what’s done is done and Terry Murray is no longer head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. The team has lost four in a row and currently sits on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture with a 13-12-4 record.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, general manager Dean Lombardi “scorched the players in a meeting” shortly before the firing was announced and that he was “very upset to fire Murray.” During Lombardi’s presser earlier this evening, he admitted that Murray’s d...