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Jeff Carter is a model ... of consistency for the Kings. [LA Kings Insider]

• The Kings couldn't score goals to save their life during the regular season. Now thanks to the relatively new guys Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson, and Marian Gaborik, LA has an offense that's scary good. [Jewels from the Crown]

• How trades involving Marian Gaborik have benefitted both the Kings and the Rangers. [LA Times]

• Dean Lombardi's philosophy is simple when it comes to developing a winning organization, “Building requires a vision. Unfortunately, often times in this business, ‘vision’ is being able to see what other people can’t. But when you have a vision, you need a theme. That theme is simple. Everybody has to be on the same page. From top to bottom, from the assistant equipment manager right up to your owner, everybody must sing from the same hymn book. You go through the tough times together, but you stick together.” [Frozen Royalty]

• A realistic look back at the Rangers performance in Game 4, and on what lies ahead in LA. [Blueshirt Banter]

• From playing under a new coach to starting the season with a record number of road games, this season has put the New York Rangers through the meat grinder both physically and mentally; however, they're not ready to give in and concede the Stanley Cup. [Nick Cotsonika]

• Bruce Arthur talks Hockey Gods. One day they're the love of your life and the next they're your psycho-hose-beast ex-girlfriend. [Toronto Star]

• Joe Thornton's name has been thrown around as the first big piece to move in the Sharks revitalization project. Here's why moving Jumbo Joe is a terrible idea and shouldn't even be considered. [About.com]

• Bob Nicholson retired from his post at Team Canada, signaling to the hockey world he was likely coming to the NHL in some capacity; now we know. The Katz Group, owner of the Oilers, has named Nicholson Vice-Chairman of New Sports & Entertainment Company. [Edmonton Oilers]

• The next Team Canada coach for World Juniors has been named - it's former Hogwarts professor Benoit Groulx of the Gatineau Olympiques. [Buzzing the Net]

• It's pretty much guaranteed that Martin Brodeur will not be a New Jersey Devil to begin next - and likely his last - NHL season. Time to start preparing the 'Marty's good-bye tour' montages. [Fire & Ice]

• After being fired by his father in Carolina (awkward), Jim Karmanos has been hired by new Penguins GM Jim Rutherford as the VP of Hockey Ops. Karmanos is claimed to be a hockey analytics expert; although, he didn't mention Fenwick or Corsi in his presser... (send your complaints to the Penguins) [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

• The Tampa Bay Lightning could use their second - and final - compliance buyout on Ryan Malone. [Tampa Bay Times]

• The Syracuse Crunch (Lightning affiliate) and the Binghamton Senators of the AHL will head to France for a preseason tournament. [Syracuse.com]

• Should the Minnesota Wild go after P.K. Subban with an offer sheet to sure up their blue line, and make the team a legit contender? If they do, he won't come cheap. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Get in on the debate: "Which stud defenseman would you rather own in fantasy hockey - Ryan Suter or Niklas Kronwall?" [Dobber Hockey]

• Heartwarming story about Pat LaFontaine visiting a 17-year-old with a rare heart condition who just graduated high school. [WABC-TV New York]

• Alan Tandy, City Manager for the City of Bakersfield (California), is being sued for allegedly breaking "'very specific rules' of hockey ... in the altercation" as stated by his accusor. Ahh Bakersfield. The city represented by likely the next House Majority Leader and the place you stop to use the restroom on your way to/from Vegas. [Bakersfield Now]

• Finally, did you know Steve Carell is a goalie? Even better question, did you know Tom Green is still around? The two talk hockey on Green's show. [LA Times]

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