Jason Brough

2014 Stanley Cup Final Media Day

Report: Kings will only add d-man if price is ‘modest’


When Kings GM Dean Lombardi pulled the trigger on last year’s acquisition of defenseman Andrej Sekera, he knew the conditional first-round draft pick, plus prospect Roland McKeown, was a hefty price to surrender to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lombardi defended the deal by arguing that Sekera “was one of the better defensemen on the market.”

But then the Kings missed the playoffs. And after that, Sekera signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers.

Which, upon review, made the trade a disaster.

This year, Lombardi is in a similar position, in that he wouldn’t mind adding a defenseman prior to the deadline. But according to the following tidbit from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, he might not be so aggressive this time around:

The Los Angeles Kings were looking hard at the market for the longest time, wondering what might make sense in terms of a defenseman. But a source suggested to me Tuesday evening that Kings GM Dean Lombardi has now decided the high prices on the thin rental-defenseman market may not be worth it. I still think Lombardi is willing to add a defenseman if the price is modest, but I don’t think he’s going to be as aggressive as he was last year when he went for Andrej Sekera for a first-round pick.

It’s worth noting that the Kings don’t actually have a first-round pick this summer; that belongs to Carolina. So even if Lombardi was willing to give up a first-rounder, it would have to be in 2017. And let’s not forget that the Kings traded their 2015 first-round pick to Boston as part of the Milan Lucic deal.

What about prospects? Well, the Kings don’t have a whole lot in the way of those either. Their best one is probably 19-year-old winger Adrian Kempe, and they’d be loath to give him up. He represents the only first-round pick they’ve made since 2012 (when they took Tanner Pearson 30th overall).

Related: Drew Doughty is logging a ton of ice time

Richards has drug charges stayed (Updated with statement)

Washington Capitals Mike Richards speaks during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

From CBC News:

The drug charges that have shadowed NHLer Mike Richards since June 2015 have been stayed.

The judge stayed the proceedings on Wednesday in a Manitoba court, which means the prosecution has been discontinued. Unlike charges that have been withdrawn completely, stayed charges can be brought back within one year, though that tends to be rare.

Court documents listed the controlled substance as oxycodone.

Richards, 31, signed with the Washington Capitals last month. On Monday, he scored his first goal for his new team while logging 15:58 of ice time in a 3-2 win over Arizona.


Via CSN Mid-Atlantic, following is a statement from Richards’ attorney, David Humphrey, and agent, Pat Morris:

“Mike Richards was charged with a single count of simple possession of a controlled substance. As the Crown had elected to proceed summarily, this was the Canadian equivalent of a misdemeanor.

“Mr. Richards always maintained that he would plead not guilty and would defend the case vigorously. After the Crown brief was disclosed to the defence, Mr. Richards’ counsel advised the Crown of fatal defects in the prosecution case. The Crown and defense agreed that follow-up investigation was warranted. That investigation has been completed and the Crown decided to stay the charge, thereby ending prosecution.

“Mr. Richards is gratified that the Crown fairly reviewed the case and reasonably recognized that prosecution was not warranted.

“Mr. Richards wishes to extend his heartfelt appreciation to his loyal fans and especially to his parents, brothers, extended family and friends for their love and support.

“Mr. Richards is now entirely focused on his hockey career and he and his legal counsel will not be commenting further on the successful resolution of this charge.”

Related: Caps confident that Richards’ legal issues ‘will work out in his favor’

Reaves suspended three games for charging Tennyson ‘dangerously’ from behind


Blues forward Ryan Reaves has been suspended three games for driving Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson “dangerously into the glass” on Monday in St. Louis.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety noted in the explanatory video that Tennyson — who was injured on the play — was “never eligible to be checked” by Reaves.

“The movement made to play the puck may make [Tennyson] more vulnerable, but it does not excuse Reaves hitting through his back,” said DoPS director Patrick Burke.

Full explanation below:

Goalie nods: Varlamov has the flu so it’s Pickard against the Sharks

Los Angeles Kings v Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche will turn to backup Calvin Pickard tonight at home versus the Sharks (on NBCSN).

Regular starter Semyon Varlamov has the flu, according to coach Patrick Roy.

Pickard, 23, played well in his last outing, stopping 25 of 27 shots in a 3-2 win over the Oilers on Saturday. On the season, he’s 4-3-1 with a .918 save percentage.

The Avs are looking to rebound after a disappointing 5-1 loss in Vancouver on Sunday. Once they’re done with the Sharks, they’ll turn their focus to hosting the Red Wings outdoors on Saturday.

Martin Jones will be in net for San Jose.


Mike Condon for the Canadiens in Washington, where Braden Holtby is expected for the Capitals.

Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins in Boston, where Tuukka Rask is a go for the B’s.

Robin Lehner for the Sabres in Anaheim, where Frederik Andersen is likely for the Ducks.

Ed Belfour gets almost $35K for Olympic gold medal


Ed Belfour’s decision to trade his Olympic gold medal to go into the distilling business with his son has paid off.

The medal the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games was auctioned off for $34,477 on Tuesday, according to the final bid listed by Classic Auctions. Overall, the 66 items of hockey memorabilia Belfour put up for sale sold for nearly $179,000.

Last week, Belfour said he was selling part of his collection to join son, Dayn, and establish Belfour Distilleries. The business is to be based in Texas and focus on distilling bourbons and whiskeys.

A mask Belfour wore from 1992-94 with Chicago sold for $15,307. Another mask he wore with Dallas in winning the 1999 Stanley Cup title sold for $7,853.