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Kings Links - Practice Updates; Carlyle Fired; Couture Pucked Hertl

The Kings have a 3 day break so there's no real news from the team. Randy Carlyle is finally toast. Logan Couture tried to take out his own teammate with the puck.

Anaheim's worst nightmare
Anaheim's worst nightmare
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With the Los Angeles Kings off until Thursday, there's sparse news coming out of practice. Cut, copy and paste for the next 2 days.

Kings News

The Globe and Mail

Duhatschek: Did Drew Doughty’s 2014 get enough respect? Eric Duhatschek ponders this question about the young defenseman who was runner up for Canadian male athlete of the year and the Lou Marsh award. Don Cherry certainly thought so.

The Hockey Writers

Revisiting How The Kings Stoll From Edmonton An interesting look at the 2008 trade that brought Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene over.

LA Times

Stanley Cup champion Kings aren't satisfied treading water at midseason Helene Elliott chatted with GM Dean Lombardi about where the team is at the midpoint of the season.

LA Kings Insider

JANUARY 6 PRACTICE NOTES It was an optional practice day and only a handful of players took the ice.

KINGS AT WJC: QUOTES, VIDEOS, STATS, PHOTOS Jon Rosen checks up on the three prospects that played in Toronto and Montreal.

Kings Vision

Monarchs News

ManchesterMonarchs.com

At Your Service The annual fundraiser to benefit Monarchs Care Foundation is coming up soon, so for anyone in the New England who wants to go, this for you.

Miller, O’Neil, Shore, Weal Selected to All-Star Classic Four players will be joining Head Coach Mike Stothers in the AHL All-Star Game. The only real surprise is that J.F. Berube was snubbed.

In Other News

Pension Plan Puppets

Randy Carlyle Has Been Fired By The Maple Leafs The reactions are just amazing. They're having a dance party in the comment section.

Pro Hockey Talk

Kessel mixes it up with reporter: ‘You think it’s my fault?’ A notably terrible reporter blames Phil Kessel for Randy Carlyle's firing.

Puck Daddy

Tomas Hertl takes puck to face while on bench, resumes smiling soon after While killing a penalty, Logan Couture tried to take out his own teammate. I think it's time to put the horse out to pasture.

The Score

Crosby and other NHL stars try their hand at sledge hockey Gatorade invited a few NHL players to play sled hockey over the summer and turned it into an inspiring commercial. Click here for the NHL players' POV.

Grantland

Five Key Thoughts From the World Junior Championship of Hockey It's a flawed tournament that's usually pretty fun to watch. He has some flawed arguments - particularly about the matchup between Connor McJesus and Jack Eichel - but overall, it's a good read.

SportsNet

NHL to unveil player-tracking for All-Star Game The NHL plans to imbed chips into the players' sweaters to test out a some new stats tracking.