Dustin Brown has No. 23 retired, statue unveiled Senators’ Anton Forsberg out indefinitely with MCL tear in both knees Vegas goalie Logan Thompson week to week with injury Kings sign goaltender Pheonix Copley to 1-year extension Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane unsure about possible trade
LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown admitted he felt uncomfortable when Luke Robitaille first told him that the Los Angeles Kings were not only going to retire Brown’s number, but would memorialize him with a statue outside the Crypto.com Arena.
As the ceremony drew closer, the former longtime Kings captain was able to dive into it all.
Not only did Brown retire his No. 23 ahead of Los Angeles’ game with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but a statue depicting him holding the Stanley Cup was unveiled prior to the faceoff.
Brown joins Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky as the former Kings to set up statues outside the arena in downtown Los Angeles.
“I will touch on what Luke told me that made me feel better. Because I said, “Luke, you are you, and I mean Wayne is Wayne.” But he told me, “You did something we never did,” and that immediately made me feel better about the whole situation,” Brown said during the first intermission.
Brown played 18 seasons with the Kings before retiring at the end of last season. He holds the franchise record for most games played (1,296). He was selected 13th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut against Detroit on October 9, 2003.
In 2007, at age 23, he was named the youngest and first American-born captain in franchise history. He was captain for eight seasons, including when the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
“In my 18 years, I have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. With or without CI, I always wanted to retire the king,” Brown said during the hour-long ceremony. “Seeing my jersey up on the rafters, my only hope is that in the future, when you look up and see it hanging there, you will think not of my accomplishments, but of our accomplishments.”
Brown, who grew up in Ithaca, New York, became the seventh player in the franchise’s 55 seasons to have his number retired. He joins Rob Blake (#4), Marcel Dionne (#16), Dave Taylor (#18), Robitaille (#20), Rogie Vachon (#30) and Gretzky (#99).
Before the ceremony began, Brown brought the current Kings team onto the ice, where they took their place on the stage. The ceremony ended with Brown lifting the Stanley Cup in the same spot as in 2012, when Los Angeles defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games for their first championship.
“Shortly after the draft, Dustin said he wanted to be the first King to lift the Stanley Cup. Where else, if not in Los Angeles, could such a scenario occur? said Rob Scuderi, who played five seasons for the Kings with Brown.
Brown ranks sixth in franchise history in goals (325), seventh in points (712), and eighth in assists (387).
“I don’t like the attention, but I’m proud of everything,” Brown said. “I need to share this with a lot of important people in my life, so that’s the main thing. From my point of view, everything went smoothly.”
OTTAWA, Ontario – Ottawa Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg Out indefinitely after tearing a medial lateral ligament in both knees during a game against Edmonton, general manager Pierre Dorion said.
Forsberg was injured late in the third period when the Senators defenseman Travis Hamonic pushed the Oilers winger Zach Hyman on top of the goalkeeper during the scrum. Forsberg had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher.
The 30-year-old Forsberg has an 11-11-2 record and a .902 shooting percentage in 28 games this season.
The senators also announced after practice that quarterback Jake Sanderson will miss at least two weeks due to an upper body injury sustained in a 6-3 loss to Edmonton.
Sanderson left the game after being hit by Oilers defenseman Vincent Descharnais in the third period.
The rookie has four goals and 18 assists in 52 games.
LAS VEGAS – Goaltender, Vegas Golden Knights Logan Thompson the club suffers a lower body injury every week.
Thompson was injured in the third period of a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild and was replaced by Adin Hill. Hill is 11-5-1 in Vegas with 0.909% shooting and 2.58 goals vs. average.
Thompson, who had an MRI, was an All-Star and is 20-13-3 with a .914 save percentage and 2.66 goals per game.
Knights called Laurent Brossois from their American Hockey League affiliate in Henderson. Brossois was a bench for Vegas last season but missed training camp due to hip surgery in the offseason. After receiving rejections early in the season, he was sent to Henderson.
Brossois was 8-11-3 at Henderson with a .909 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average.
The Knights lead the Pacific Division with 66 points. They take on the Anaheim Ducks.
LOS ANGELES — Goaltender Phoenix Copley has signed a one-year, $1.5 million extension with the Los Angeles Kings.
Copley’s 15 wins since his Kings debut on Dec. 6 with Ottawa is the most wins in the league in two months. He’s 15-3-1 with a 2.92-goal average and .897 shooting percentage in 20 games this season.
Copley, who has won three of his last four games, has become Los Angeles’ top goaltender and has started in 20 of the Kings’ 26 games since being called up. He set a career high with 45 saves on 48 shots in a 4-3 win over Florida on January 24.
Copley started the year in the American Hockey League with the Ontario Reign and went 6-4-1 in 11 starts. He got promoted when Cal Petersen struggled for the first two months before he was denied eligibility and sent to Ontario.
Petersen and Jonathan Quick shared time online.
This is Copley’s ninth professional season. He spent time with Washington and St. Louis before signing with the Kings last year.
CHICAGO – Bye Patrick Kane decides whether he agrees to leave the Chicago Blackhawks – his only home in the NHL – the veteran forward keeps an eye on the rest of the league.
So, yes, he definitely noticed that the New York Rangers traded a forward. Vladimir Tarasenko.
“If anything had to happen… that was the team I was definitely looking at,” Kane said. “Yeah, it seems like they kind of filled their void and went ahead and made a deal.”
The Rangers may be out of the picture, postponing a potential reunion between Kane and a former teammate. Artemy Panarinbut there are plenty of opportunities as Kane reflects on his future ahead of the March 3 NHL trade deadline.
Kane and Captain Chicago Jonathan Toews one year of their contracts expire. The Blackhawks (16-29-5) are one of the league’s worst teams, but Kane and Toews have a no-move clause in the extension they completed in July 2014.
They could decide to end the season with their only NHL team. Or three-time Stanley Cup winners could tell general manager Kyle Davidson the name of the team or teams they would like to join.
As the deadline approaches, their decisions are closely monitored.
“Just trying to figure it out,” Kane said ahead of a 4-3 overtime win over Arizona. “Maybe make a decision in the next couple of weeks here and just go ahead.”
There hasn’t been any news from Toews lately, as he’s been away all week due to illness. He was scratched for the victory over the Coyotes and he was ruled out of the game in his native Winnipeg.
“We just let him get his feet wet and get strong,” freshman coach Luke Richardson said. “I think he had a great bike ride yesterday and felt good after that, so that’s a good first step.”
Depending on what Kane and Toews decide – along with interest in forwards Max Domi And Sam Lafferty – very soon the unassuming Blackhawks may look very different.
Richardson seems ready for whatever happens.
“I knew there would be a plan and we are not sure where it will go,” he said. “It just depends on what the other teams call and want to do, more so than what we really want to do here.”
Kane has nine goals and 26 assists in 47 games. This year, his performance has declined, but he has suffered from a lack of talent around him.
Just last season when Chicago Alex DeBrinkat And Dylan StromKane scored 26 times and had a career best with 66 assists in 78 games.
Kane, 34, also shrugged off reports of hip problems that had made contestants uneasy.
“I feel better than last year and had a pretty good season last year,” he said. “So it’s just one of those things. I think maybe the story is leaking and piling up a bit.”
The Blackhawks are rebuilding under Davidson, and Kane and Toews could add more assets for the team’s future plans. But the return on any deal can depend on how many teams are involved in serving each player.
It’s entirely up to Kane and Toews – Kane said he realizes this when he thinks about his next move.
“You want to do the right thing with the franchise and the organization here has been amazing for me and has given me so much,” he said. “So definitely wish for what’s best for both parties.”