Los Angeles Kings Victory Parade And Rally

Video: Kings and their fans celebrate after ’emotional, exhausting ride’


The party was Friday night. What took part Monday was just another part of the celebration.

The L.A. Kings held their Stanley Cup parade and rally on Monday, a way to celebrate the club’s second championship in the last three years with their fans. According to NHL.com, more than 300,000 fans took to the streets near Staples Center to cheer on their team once again.

“It was an emotional, exhausting ride,” Justin Williams said, as per NHL.com. “For us to come out on top after you poured everything that you had into it, and it was good enough, words can’t describe it.”

Well, one man found some words to describe it. Just used some colorful language, was all. L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti, showing his enthusiasm, dropped an F-bomb during his speech to the masses.

Perhaps more impressive than the championship itself was just how the Kings won it. They played in three Game 7s – all on the road. They were down 3-0 in the first round to the San Jose Sharks. Down 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks in the second round. Down a pair of goals early to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, in Game 7 of the conference final.

Their brushes with elimination were numerous, yet they found ways to win time and time again.

“You see this baby, right here?” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “She’s been gone for a couple of years, and we’re happy she’s home.”

Raffl coverts PTO into one-year, $575K deal with Jets

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There’s another Raffl in the NHL.

On Tuesday, the Jets announced that Thomas Raffl — the older brother of Flyers forward Michael Raffl — has signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $575,000.

Raffl, 29, was in Winnipeg’s camp on a PTO after a lengthy career in Europe. He spent time playing in Sweden and his native Austria, most recently with powerhouse EC Red Bull Salzburg — last year, Raffl scored 53 points in 52 games for Salzburg and three in seven games for Austria while serving as team captain at the World Hockey Championships.

“We would like to recognize and express our appreciation to the EC Red Bull Salzburg organization for allowing Thomas and the Winnipeg Jets this opportunity,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a statement.

With the Jets, Raffl projects to play in the bottom-six forward group, where he can utilize his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame in a checking-slash-energy role.

For now, though, he’ll start out with the club’s AHL affiliate in Manitoba.

Flyers to start season with seven d-men; MacDonald sent to AHL

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Seven defensemen will comprise the Philadelphia Flyers’ opening-day roster, which the club finalized today.

Those seven are Radko Gudas, Michael Del Zotto, Luke Schenn, Nick Schultz, Brandon Manning, Mark Streit, and Evgeny Medvedev.

Not on the list? Andrew MacDonald, who has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Lehigh Valley. (That move allowed the Flyers to keep both Manning and youngster Scott Laughton.)

Also not on the list were prospects Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Sam Morin, Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim. The first three will start the season in the AHL. The last two have been sent back to junior.

But the opening-day roster is not where this story ends. How the Flyers’ defensive mix changes as the season progresses will be worth watching.

They’d no doubt love to move Schenn, a pending unrestricted free agent with a $3.6 million cap hit. He could also end up in the AHL, a la MacDonald.

Medvedev, the 33-year-old who came over from the KHL and put up five points in five preseason games, is another pending UFA. The club could either look to re-sign or flip him.

Might 37-year-old Streit be a chip worth cashing in at the deadline, especially if the Flyers aren’t in a playoff position on Feb. 29? He’s only got two years left on his contract.

Meanwhile, GM Ron Hextall will be watching pending restricted free agents Manning and Gudas closely. Are they part of the future?

So, lots of decisions to make in Philly as the blue line continues its much-needed transition.