Dmitry Kulikov, Radek Faksa

Stars demote Radek Faksa to the AHL


The Dallas Stars sent Radek Faksa to the AHL on Sunday, one night after another impressive showing by Dallas.

Granted, the impressive showings haven’t really come from Faksa himself.

In 14 games this season, he’s been limited to a single goal and a single assist. Faksa hasn’t really torn up the AHL, either, so his development hasn’t been particularly rapid.

The good news is that he has plenty of time to grow, as he’s just 21.

It seems like it’s a matter of other Stars players getting healthier.

Report: Burrows to meet with NHL officials about Tootoo exchange

Jordin Tootoo, Alexandre Burrows, Derek Dorsett

The Vancouver Canucks are in Toronto this weekend to play the Maple Leafs.

While they’re in the neighborhood, forward Alex Burrows will have a little chat with league officials about what happened between him and New Jersey forward Jordin Tootoo, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

On Sunday, Tootoo accused Burrows of making disparaging remarks about Tootoo’s “personal life and family” during the Canucks-Devils game on Newark.

Burrows denied that he “crossed the line,” and was adamant that nothing was said about Tootoo’s Inuit heritage or history of substance abuse.

No word if Burrows could face supplemental discipline in the form of a fine or suspension.

If he is fined, it wouldn’t be the first time.

Todd Richards on firing, helping to ‘resurrect’ Blue Jackets

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Todd Richards doesn’t seem shocked that he was fired by the Columbus Blue Jackets, at least based on what he relayed to the Columbus Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell.

To his credit, those same comments lacked the bitterness you might expect after someone gets the pink slip.

(Sadly, no Taylor Swift lyrics, though. Richards couldn’t throw the Internet a bone and explain that Band-aids are no good for bullet holes? C’mon.)

When Richards looks back at the seven-game start, it’s clear he realizes that the team fell short of expectations. He seems pretty proud of his overall body of work, however.

“Your job as a coach is to maximize potential, and with the way we were playing, obviously that wasn’t happening,” Richards said.

If there were two things that people critiqued the most about Columbus during its early collapse, it would be the Blue Jackets’ defense and goaltending, particularly that of expensive netminder Sergei Bobrovsky.

Management may be looking to find an answer on the blueline, yet Richards seems to imply that the group is still strong.

Ultimately, gauging Richards’ tenure may come down to perspective, yet it’s tough to ignore the fact that he’s only made it to the playoffs once in his years with Minnesota and Columbus.

Then again, he’s not burning bridges, and a guy who stands as a “favorite neighbor” might just get another shot.

Kings cancel another practice due to ice problems

Darryl Sutter

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings’ practice schedule is on thin ice these days while power outages plague the neighborhood around their training complex.

The Kings were forced to cancel the on-ice portion of practice Monday for the second time this month because the ice at the Toyota Sports Center wasn’t playable.

The area just southeast of Los Angeles International Airport has endured multiple power outages in October. The training complex is also home to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kings didn’t know about the bad ice until it was too late to find another rink for practice. They are participating in a charity golf tournament Tuesday, which means they won’t get back on ice until Wednesday.

Los Angeles has won two straight games after losing three straight to start the season.

Royal relief: Kopitar’s OT-winner breaks Kings’ slump


We were this close to pulling out a headline like “Baffle of California.”

Despite generating a heavy shot advantage – in some ways like their neighbors, the Anaheim Ducks – the Los Angeles Kings were still stuck in a tie game with the Minnesota Wild.

There were some tense moments in the third period, as the Wild seemed to be getting a bit of an edge after a pretty steady stream of chances from the Kings.

It remained 1-1 as the two teams entered their first-ever experiences with 3-on-3 OT, and as usual, there was some drama.

While the Kings were close to being offside, Anze Kopitar‘s pretty overtime goal counted, and the Kings got a rather obnoxious monkey off their backs. In the process, that 2-1 OT defeat ends the Wild’s undefeated start, although they do get a standings point for their troubles.

One must note that, to some extent, the Kings did make life tougher for themselves. They got that crucial win tonight, but they’ve nonetheless generated two points in four home games. Their five-game homestand ends against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

On the other hand, Los Angeles has never really made it easy for themselves.

It says a lot that Darryl Sutter’s bunch boasts two Stanley Cup rings and zero division titles.

It also says a lot that the rest of the NHL is probably still afraid of a Kings team playing at its peak.