Reigning Champs La Kings Begin Quest Of 3rd Nhl Title In 4 Seasons « Cbs Los Angeles

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Ken Hitchcock Isn’t Concerned About Playoffs Right Now – Yahoo Sports

It tells you how close it is. Indeed, the Kings won the West in Game 7 on an overtime goal that took a crazy bounce off Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddys upper body. Without that fortunate break, Los Angeles might have been headed home while Chicago played for its second title in three years. The Blackhawks are still loaded with talent, and the NHLs balance of power again seems tilted toward the West teams. Nearly every West contender has made significant personnel additions for another run at the champions, but the Kings have worn a target for the past two seasons, and theyre confident they can handle it. Seems like the West is loading up, but at the end of the day, I dont think its going to matter much what the other teams do, Kopitar said. Its going to matter what we do. The Kings allowed defenseman Willie Mitchell to leave for Florida as a free agent, cutting ties with their oldest player. Theyre hoping to promote from within to fill his absence, with young defensemen Brayden McNabb and Derek Forbort and dependable veteran Jeff Schultz getting long looks in training camp. Colin Fraser is the only other veteran who left Los Angeles, and he didnt contribute to last seasons Cup run. The Kings only veteran addition is Adam Cracknell. I think that weve built a great chemistry within the locker room, and the majority of the guys have been together a long time, Quick said. source:

The Game 7 Western Conference finals loss in overtime to the eventual Cup champion Los Angeles Kings still weighs on their minds. The 2013 Cup champions are focused on bettering last season’s finish. ”It’s motivation knowing our potential and how close we came,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said ahead of training camp on Friday at Notre Dame’s campus. ”(We’re) using that as a source of energy to improve upon.” The roster will look slightly different by the end of camp. The Blackhawks are still around $2.2 million above the NHL salary cap and will need to make a move, possibly in the form of a trade, to get below the cap before the puck drops on the regular season Oct. 9 at Dallas. Veteran defenseman Duncan Keith, the Norris Trophy winner, said the team knows a move is coming. ”Sure, I think about it,” Keith said Thursday. ”But it’s not something that’s a topic of conversation every day amongst us players. We all kind of know the business and obviously, management has to make some decisions. Trades are always part of the game and part of the business.” The Blackhawks’ big splash in offseason free agency came in the signing of 34-year old center Brad Richards, a key component in the New York Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. Coach Joel Quenneville said Richards, who was signed to a one-year, $2 million deal, will start camp alongside second line wingers Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. source:–nhl.html

Blackhawks open training camp at Notre Dame – Yahoo Sports

We officially know the 52 guys who will be at training camp later on Thursday, including the surprise presence of Cam Barker . The Chicago Blackhawks officially released their complete roster for training camp at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday. A total of 52 players will be convening for the next few days in the run up to next week’s preseason opener, including former defenseman Cam Barker . In a somewhat unexpected move, Barker will be attending training camp with the team hoping to crack into Chicago’s deep d-man rotation. The 28-year-old spent the first few years of his career with the Hawks before being dealt to Minnesota as part of the deal that reeled in Nick Leddy . Barker has become something of a journeyman the past few years, however, and didn’t even play in the NHL last season. His last stint came with the Canucks in 2012-13, though he only appeared in 14 games. Here’s the complete roster, via the Chicago Tribune: Forwards Cody Bass , Bryan Bickell , Alex Broadhurst , Matt Carey , Phillip Danualt, Ryan Hartman , Marian Hossa , Patrick Kane , Marcus Kruger , Pierre-Cedric Labrie , Drew LeBlanc , Brandon Mashinter , Mark McNeill , Jeremy Morin , Joakim Nordstrom , Dennis Rasmussen , Peter Regin , Brad Richards , Garret Ross , Brandon Saad , Ryan Schnell, Patrick Sharp , Andrew Shaw , Ben Smith , Teuvo Teravainen , Jonathan Toews , Kris Versteeg . Defensemen source:

Blackhawks announce 52 players invited to training camp – Yahoo Sports

Oh, good. I guess this explains why the team brought known physical guy Paul Bissonette into the fold for this camp. Checking. I’m not a professional coach, or an amateur one either obviously, but I do know a couple things about the sport well enough for this to raise a big question mark for me. If you are checking, you do not have the puck. Also, if you are checking, you may not be paying attention to the defending very well to boot. The Blues didn’t lose in the first round to the Chicago Blackhawks because they didn’t hit enough – they hit constantly. They hit constantly because the Hawks constantly had the puck and the Blues were constantly at a loss to defend. The Blues didn’t whittle away the Central Division title lead because they didn’t check enough, the team finished second in the division because they were tired, damaged goods. The increase in muscle mass’ll help that a bit, at least in the endurance area. But it’s not what wins championships. Offense helps. source:


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