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April 13, 2012
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December 13, 2013 | By David Ng
Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra who have been locked out in a contract dispute with management since 2012 have scheduled 10 concerts for 2014 with the possibility of more. The musicians said in an announcement Friday on their website that the concerts would be self-produced with no involvement from orchestra management. The concert series , which begins Jan. 10, will feature prominent soloists, including violinists Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman, and a return visit from conductor Osmo Vänskä, who resigned as music director of the orchestra in October because of the ongoing dispute.
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October 10, 1998
Regarding NBA preseason games being canceled: Who cares? Nobody's talking basketball around town. No one. See me in January. TERRY BRANNON Los Angeles
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November 30, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Dwight King didn't need to go through the exercise of exit meetings with the Kings staff in June to know what needed to happen next for his fledgling career. It was, of course, totally up to him. The left wing processed what went right and what went wrong in the lockout-shortened 48-game season. Unfortunately, there was much more of the latter than the former. But just as vital was taking another step back and thinking about the 2011-12 season, his breakthrough campaign. "Obviously, you go to the summer time and review what was effective for me before," King said.
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October 9, 2012
  Join us today at 11:30 a.m. when Times columnist and hockey Hall of Famer Helene Elliott and Times reporter Lisa Dillman will discuss the NHL lockout and all of its continuing implications in a live Google+ Hangout. Among the topics that could be covered: Does this mean the Kings will be Stanley Cup champions forever? How will this hurt the long-term popularity of the sport? The NHL has already canceled the first 14 days of the season. As Elliott wrote last week , "The Kings , who were scheduled to raise their Stanley Cup banner Oct. 12 at Staples Center , will lose six games, four of them at home.
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September 18, 2009 | Helene Elliott; David Wharton; Eric Sondheimer, Staff and Wire Reports
The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees union said Thursday a lockout appears "imminent and unavoidable" following the latest breakdown in talks. Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in their proposal, but they believe it's evident the league is not interested in further discussions. The officials then headed home after spending the last 24 hours meeting in Chicago. "It's become evident that the league would not be interested in continuing conversation at this time," McMorris said.
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September 25, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Not that there's a rush or anything, but NHL executives and representatives of the NHL Players' Assn., who haven't sat down for a full bargaining session in two weeks, are scheduled to meet Friday in New York to discuss what is being called "non-core economic issues. " That means they're still unable to resolve the central dispute over the division of hockey-related revenues but will try to nibble around the edges and gain some traction on other issues. Those are expected to include pensions, medical plans, drug testing, scheduling -- remember that the union blocked the league's proposed realignment last season because of travel-related concerns -- and the grievance process.
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September 18, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
  No, we haven't gone back to our deep love of brick-by-brick animation so perfectly executed by the Guardian's website during the Summer Olympics. This is animation by the wildly creative hands over at the Taiwan-based NMA.tv Anchors Jen and Vanessa write: "With us, news is sexy, eye-popping and fun. Come here for a lively point of view on global politics, entertainment, sports and more!" Which, interestingly enough, lands on the current labor dispute between the NHL and its players.
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April 12, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Lockout" is about a troubled prison in space, starring Guy Pearce as an ex-secret agent all muscled up and throwing as many one-liners as punches. The mission is improbable, the film's logic loosey-goosey, and there are many explosive shortcuts - as in, if it doesn't make sense, just blow it up big time and maybe the audience won't notice. Ah, but they will. The film is based on an idea from espionage/action specialist Luc Besson, whose interest in the genre seems to know no bounds - writing, directing, producing, sometimes merely thinking.
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October 11, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The NHL was scheduled to open its season Thursday night, but instead of previews, predictions and a peek at the Kings' plans for their Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony Friday night at Staples Center, we bring you more lockout-related news. Isn't that fun! Of greatest interest to Kings fans is that backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier will join Heilbronn Falken of the German second division to stay active during the lockout, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. That makes sense for him, considering he played so little last season.
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September 29, 2013 | HELENE ELLIOTT
A year ago, the NHL was a few weeks into the third labor stoppage of Commissioner Gary Bettman's reign and fans vowed they would never come back. Now, it's all sunshine and blue skies for the league and a firmly entrenched Bettman. A settlement in January that guaranteed labor peace for at least eight years -- and possibly 10 -- kick-started an intense, 48-game schedule. The 30 teams played to a cumulative 97% of capacity, with 16 teams selling out all 24 home games and 10 more playing to 90% or more of their arena capacity.
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September 10, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Darryl Sutter and Bruce Boudreau have so firmly established themselves on the local hockey scene that it's easy to forget how briefly the two coaches have been here. Sutter, known for his exacting manner and bitter-beer-face expression, succeeded Terry Murray on Dec. 20, 2011 and earned sainthood in the eyes of Kings fans for guiding the team to its first Stanley Cup championship six months later. Boudreau, who became a cult figure for his animated and often profane behavior on HBO's "24/7" series while coaching the Washington Capitals, succeeded the dour Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30, 2011.
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September 3, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
After leading the NHL into three lockouts, Commissioner Gary Bettman won't win any popularity contests among hockey fans. But his bosses - team owners - continue to compensate him well. According to the Sports Business Journal , Bettman earned more than $8 million in salary and benefits for the 2011-12 season, up slightly from the previous year and a considerable chunk of change by any standard. Bettman, who a few months later would impose the third lockout during his 20-year tenure, earned $8.3 million for the 2011-12 season, according to figures obtained by SBJ through the NHL's tax filings.
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August 21, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Hoping to put one of the most chaotic periods in the history of their union behind them, NBA players on Wednesday elected Clippers guard Chris Paul as their president during summer meetings in Las Vegas. Paul replaces Derek Fisher, the veteran point guard whom Paul nearly succeeded with the Lakers in late 2011 before NBA Commissioner David Stern famously quashed a proposed trade involving the then-New Orleans Hornets. Paul becomes the first superstar to hold the NBA players' association president's job since Patrick Ewing's term ended in 2001.
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April 27, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Introspection and navel-gazing are not Darryl Sutter's favorite activities. The Kings' coach is blunt, more likely to look ahead than to over-analyze the past in search of great cosmic meaning. So, when asked about the peaks and valleys his team experienced during this lockout-shortened season, Sutter was typically direct. “There's no highs and lows,” he said. “Highs and lows right now are for them guys that are 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. They have highs, they have lows.” BOX SCORE: Kings 3, San Jose 2 The Kings earned the No. 5 playoff seeding by beating the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, Saturday at Staples Center on second-period goals by Kyle Clifford and Slava Voynov and a third-period goal by Justin Williams, earning a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd.
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April 26, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Not only have the Kings struggled in a big way on the road of late, losing their last six games, but it also has been a season-long issue. They won two of their first seven on the road and would end up winning eight of 24 road games, finishing 8-12-4. For perspective: They won two more road games in the playoffs last year (10-1) than they did in this lockout-shortened season. Edmonton, Columbus and Dallas all managed to record more road wins than the Kings this season. "Once playoffs start, it's a totally different story," said Kings center Anze Kopitar after a 3-1 loss Wednesday in Detroit.
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September 16, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
NEW YORK - Day 1 of the NHL's lockout of players began with a public relations offensive on the NHL website and the Internet sites of individual teams, but no talks were scheduled between representatives of the league and the players' union. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said early Sunday afternoon that he expected to speak with NHL Players' Assn. counsel Steve Fehr later in the day but that things would likely get quiet in the subsequent 24 to 48 hours because of the upcoming Jewish holidays.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
  Times columnist Helene Elliott, hockey writer Lisa Dillman and Deputy Sports Editor John Cherwa take part in a live Google+ hangout today at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the NHL lockout. As Elliott wrote recently, "The collective bargaining agreement the league negotiated with the NHL Players' Assn. expires Sept. 15, and the league is again pushing hard for substantial givebacks by players. No new deal, no new season, leaving the hockey world to face the third league-imposed lockout since 1994.
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April 12, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire
Clearly and unequivocally, baseball fan and Kings Coach Darryl Sutter once dismissed the notion of a "pitching rotation" when asked about handling his goalies in a 48-game season. Move ahead to April and Sutter has managed goalies Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier with the same aplomb and finesse of, say, pitching guru Roger Craig in his heyday. This is a strategy Ducks' Coach Bruce Boudreau has used as well - and as successfully - with veteran Jonas Hiller and newcomer Viktor Fasth.
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March 6, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
You can cue up more than a few cringe-worthy clips on YouTube of Coyotes defenseman Rusty Klesla getting hit in the face last season. After one painful incident, he returned to action wearing a full cage, for extra protection. Klesla played for the Czech club HC Trinec during the lockout in the fall and, as required, wore a face shield and eventually adjusted to it. Klesla was talking the morning after a particularly scary injury to the right eye of the Rangers' Marc Staal, who was hit by a deflected puck.
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