January 7, 1997 |
Defenseman Aki Berg, the Kings' top draft choice in 1995, will be in the lineup tonight against Vancouver after being recalled from the Phoenix Roadrunners, the Kings' International Hockey League affiliate. Berg played for Finland in the World Junior Hockey Championships last week. * Center Ian Laperriere suffered a shoulder injury in the Kings' 5-0 loss to Florida on Saturday and will not play tonight.
February 26, 1997 |
The New Jersey Devils finally got a marquee center for another Stanley Cup push, acquiring Doug Gilmour from Toronto in a five-player trade. New Jersey also picked up defenseman Dave Ellett and reacquired a conditional draft pick it sent to Toronto last year in a trade for Dave Andreychuk. Gilmour, 33, has 15 goals and 45 assists this season. The Maple Leafs got two young players in forward Steve Sullivan and defenseman Jason Smith.
November 11, 1996 |
Coach Larry Robinson may have been critical of the NHL schedule makers for giving the team five days off after losing to the Mighty Ducks on Friday, but he's glad to have the extra rest to get some players healthy. With the Kings not scheduled to play again until Thursday, when they meet Toronto at the Forum, the time off should help the shoulder injuries of center Ian Laperriere and defenseman Doug Zmolek, along with Mattias Norstrom's injured wrist.
November 19, 1996 |
The Chicago Blackhawks said the Kings are to blame for the fight-marred third period during Sunday's 4-2 victory by L.A. The Blackhawks said the Kings instigated matters at Chicago when they jumped on finesse forward Denis Savard during a fight with the Kings' Kai Nurminen 15:38 into the period. Chicago Coach Craig Hartsburg said he put in his physical line of Bob Probert, Basil McRae and Jim Cummins only to counter a Kings line that included, Ian Laperriere and Matt Johnson.
January 31, 1999 |
Donald Audette had plenty of company Saturday night. He went nowhere on the Marine Midland Arena ice without an escort provided by former teammates. Audette, who became a King in December, traded by Buffalo because it wouldn't pay him enough to sign him, was run over by Jason Woolley in the first period, massaged by a couple of Sabres later in the period and, in the second, took on goalie Dominik Hasek.
September 12, 1999 |
Just back from an extended stay in Finland, defenseman Aki Berg is becoming an offenseman. Berg, who scored only twice in three seasons with the Kings before his yearlong self-exile to Europe because of a contract dispute, turned a rebound of a shot by Marko Tuomainen into the exhibition season's first goal only 21 seconds into the Kings' 4-0 win over some Phoenix minor leaguers before 6,531 Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
April 6, 2001 |
Center Bryan Smolinski didn't play Thursday because of back spasms, which began after the Kings' game at Phoenix on Tuesday. The absence of Smolinski and of center Ian Laperriere, who is recovering from a concussion, jumbled the second, third and fourth lines. Eric Belanger took Smolinski's place between Luc Robitaille and Glen Murray, and Steve Kelly replaced Laperriere on the "energy" line between Nelson Emerson and Kelly Buchberger.