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Less-Heralded Nick Cousins A Wild Card To Make The Flyers

The Jeff Carter trade is the gift that keeps on giving.

Everyone remembers where they were when the trade happened, and know all too well the details of that trade. Jakub Voracek and a pair of draft picks were traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to Philadelphia for the talented center.

The 2011 first round pick, 8th overall, turned into center Sean Couturier, who made a major impact in his first two seasons. The less heralded third round pick (63rd overall) turned out to be another center by the name of Nick Cousins, who will be looking to make an impact in the near future as well.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Phantoms Eric Wellwood Cuts Right Leg With Skate

Everyone around the NHL cringed after seeing Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson go down after having his Achilles tendon torn by the skate of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke back in February.

Everyone is now cringing after seeing the bloody skate of that which belongs to Flyers forward Eric Wellwood.

In Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NY Islanders) of the AHL, Wellwood, playing with the Adirondack Phantoms, severely cut his right leg with his left skate. He left a trail of blood all the way from the ice to the locker room.

(Photo by Matt Slocum/AP)

Phantoms Drop 2-1 in Front of a Huge Philadelphia Crowd

Ever since moving from Philadelphia to upstate New York, the Phantoms came back to Philadelphia once a year to treat their former fans with some minor league hockey.

This year, they hosted the Wilkes-Barre Penguins in front of 19,561 hockey fans. That number was good for the seventh highest attendance ever at an American Hockey League game.

The crowd was loud and boisterous, just like any other Philadelphia crowd at a hockey game.

Flyers Hire Ex-Kings Coach Terry Murray to Coach Phantoms

The Philadelphia Flyers have taken a page out of the Los Angeles Kings book and hired one of it's former members of the coaching staff to coach in their system.

Philadelphia has hired former Kings head coach Terry Murray to be the head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

Murray started out last season in his fourth year as head coach of the Kings, but was fired on December 12 when the eventual Stanley Cup champions were 13-12-4 and in 12th place in the Western Conference.

Kings Ring in New Year with Decisive 4-1 Victory

Brad Richardson (15) and Andrei Loktionov (48) celebrate a first period goal. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)

Prior to tonight’s game, head coach Darryl Sutter boasted that his team’s power play was “awesome.” Yes, the same power play unit that has capitalized on two of the previous forty-two chances. But 9:03 into the third period of tonight’s tilt with the Vancouver Canucks, Sutter’s high praise looked like it may have been spot on.

When presented with their fifth man-advantage of the evening, Justin Williams deflected a perfect wrist shot from Slava Voynov into the Vancouver net, ...

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...

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...

Offense Sputters, Kings Drop 4th in a Row

Simon Gagne (12) looks defeated. His team has lost four in a row and six of their last eight.

Other headlines I considered include “Pretty in Purple, Ugly Everywhere Else” and “A Case of Extraordinary Indifference.” Both sum up tonight’s effort from the Kings fairly well and quite frankly, do a better job of describing the game so one’s eyes won’t have to look at the statistics.

The Kings lost to the Dallas Stars earlier tonight by a score of 2-1. They were outshot 28-27 and committed 10 penalties within the allotted 60 minutes of gameplay. Add that to the 13 giveaways registered by the home squad (all of which seemingly occurre...

Kings Can Only Go Up From Here

Yes, it’s a worn-out cliché, but the Los Angeles Kings certainly didn’t picture their season to be playing out the way it has thus far. No proud franchise wants to be sitting in third place within their division a little more than a quarter of the way through the season. At 13-10-4 through 27 games, it would be far from an understatement to say that these Kings have underachieved.

Success is never a guarantee, even when seemingly all the right pieces are in all the right places. Professional teams from all over the world with far higher expectations (and consequently) far more media exposure have set the bar disappointing fans, players and owners alike. And let’s ...