Tag: Drew Doughty


Update: We missed the part where Ovechkin said Getzlaf might be jealous because ‘he don’t have hair’


Earlier, we passed along Alex Ovechkin’s denial of Ryan Getzlaf’s diving accusations, but (regrettably) didn’t see that Ovechkin suggested Getzlaf’s comments might’ve come from follicle envy.

From the Washington Post:

After Ovechkin buried the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-3 win beneath his second four-point game of the season, his counterpart captain, Ryan Getzlaf, accused him of diving. Did Ovechkin have an answer?

“No response,” Ovechkin said, before then offering one. “Maybe he’s just jealous. I have hair, he don’t have hair. We can start talking about it all day long. I think it was comment because he was disappointed they lost. Again, it is what it is.”

You don’t normally hear players go after other players’ hair — or, lack of it — but I think Drew Doughty opened the floodgates during All-Star weekend in Columbus when he ripped on Kevin Shattenkirk’s salad during the Fantasy Draft.

As such, everything is f-hair game now.


Ducks GM shoots down Myers trade rumors

Tyler Myers

If the Ducks are primed to make a move for Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, it’s news to their general manager.

“The last time I talked to [Sabres GM] Tim Murray was at the GMs meeting in November,” Anaheim GM Bob Murray told ESPN Tuesday. “I have not had a discussion with him since.”

So…that’s that, then?

To be fair, there was good reason to suspect the Ducks were in on Myers. Earlier this month, a report from TVA’s Renaud Lavoie claimed Myers talks between Buffalo and Anaheim had “intensified.”

There’s also Anaheim’s well-known desire to add a physically imposing, shutdown defenseman that’s been missing since the Chris Pronger-led Cup team of ’07. This past offseason, Murray acknowledged a standout blueliner was the big difference between his team and the reigning champion Kings.

“You watch the Kings, for example, and you watch how Drew Doughty has emerged as a superstar,” Murray explained, per the Ducks’ website. “Do we have a defenseman who can be that way? When we won the Stanley Cup, we had Scotty and Chris [Pronger]. That’s in the back of my mind all the time.

“Where is that guy, can you find that guy, and can you afford that guy?”

Related: Video: ‘Keep an eye’ on Ducks, Predators at trade deadline, says McKenzie

With Kings sliding, will Lombardi make a trade?

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings

Dustin Brown thinks it’s a matter of emotion. And maybe there’s something to his argument. The way the Kings play when they’re successful takes commitment.

But Darryl Sutter disagrees. He doesn’t think his team’s problems have as much to do with emotion as they do with a different “personnel.”

“We’re not the same team,” Sutter said after last night’s 4-0 loss to Washington, per L.A. Kings Insider. “It’s a quite a bit different team.”

The biggest difference is on the blue line, where Willie Mitchell is no longer and Slava Voynov may or may not be again. The result is Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin logging around four minutes more per game — Doughty’s averaging 29:20, compared to 25:42 last season — and Brayden McNabb playing, period.

And it makes one wonder if frustrated GM Dean Lombardi will be active at the trade deadline, perhaps acquiring one of the available right-shooting defensemen to replace Voynov.

Because make no mistake, the Kings are in trouble. Nobody’s counting them out — never count out the Kings — but according to Sports Club Stats, their chances of making the playoffs have fallen to 30.9 percent.

The Kings play Thursday in Florida and Saturday in Tampa Bay before finishing off their five-game road trip Monday in Columbus.

PHT Morning Skate: Kings give Bettman grief for his ‘tough shoes’

Gary Bettman

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It sounds like Sam Bennett is making some nice progress toward a return for the Calgary Flames. (Calgary Sun)

Former Colorado Avalanche GM Francois Giguere is focusing on helping players handle their finances. (Denver Post)

Five coaching blunders that may or may not compare to Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s disastrous play call. (The Hockey News)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $30,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Tuesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $3,000. Starts Tuesday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.
It might be best for the Columbus Blue Jackets to “focus on the future” rather than this season. (Columbus Dispatch)
As festive as it must have been when the Los Angeles Kings visited the White House, the most memorable thing to come from the photo op was probably Marian Gaborik giving Gary Bettman a hard time for his foot wear on Instagram.

Here’s the photo:



Gaborik’s caption reads: “Tough shoes Mr. Bettman at the White House @nhl @nhlpa.”

Drew Doughty brings it back to labor unrest:

Ovechkin finally gets car once Honda learns why he wanted it so badly

Alex Ovechkin

The atmosphere was loose during the All-Star weekend and it was a perfect opportunity for players to show off their personalities. Among it all, we had Alex Ovechkin’s quest to win one of the Honda Accords that were given out during the festivities. As it turns out though, Ovechkin had a specific use for that car in mind, per the Washington Post.

Ovechkin wanted to give it to the Washington Ice Dogs, which is a hockey team for kids with developmental disabilities. He has a connection with them after 10-year-old Ann Schaab approached him during a skating session with the American Special Hockey Association to see if he’d have sushi with her. He accepted the invitation.

Ovechkin lobbied to be one of the final two picks in the fantasy draft in the hopes of winning a car that way. Only he didn’t tell anyone why he was after the car, so All-Star team captains Nick Foligno and Jonathan Toews thought it was a joke.

“He was lobbying to go last in the draft to get the car, so we had a plan that he was going third last, no matter what,” Drew Doughty explained.

“Everybody felt like I just want a car to drive it,” Ovechkin later said. “Obviously I have lots of cars. Of course it kind of show time, do it for charity as well.”

So Ovechkin continued his quest by pursuing the All-Star MVP award, but he ultimately didn’t get a car that way either. In the meantime though, Honda decided to figure out why someone playing out a 13-year, $124 million contract cared so much about winning a car. When they found out his intentions through his representative, David Abruytn, they decided to give a car to Ovechkin.

“I’m pretty sure they’re going to be really happy and smiling,” Ovechkin said of the Ice Dogs. “But again, it’s great when you make those people smiling and happy. It’s good.”


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