Five NHL trade deadline deals that helped clinch the Stanley Cup

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What are the chances your team will land a player on trade deadline day to help it win the Stanley Cup this year? It’s a long shot, but perhaps not as remote as you think.

Over the past 10 years, five teams have made swaps on D-day for a piece of the puzzle, guys who’ve helped, on various levels, to capture glory. Here they are, in order of significance:

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Why advanced stats say the Kings can still make the playoffs

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L.A. Kings Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez

By Dom Luszczyszyn

After yet another loss, the Kings’ playoff chances are looking dire. With 31 games to go, the Kings sit five points out of a playoff spot chasing three other teams, which is something nobody would’ve expected before the season started.

It’s hard to even fathom how low the Los Angeles Kings have sunk. They’ve won just 21 of 51 games this season – which is somehow less than the Leafs – and just five games on the road, tied for last in the league with Edmonton and Buffalo. That’s not great company and it’s left the defending Stanley Cup champions in a precarious position, but it’s made the Western Conference’s playoff race extremely interesting. Read more

Shoe-check: Kings players take fun jabs at Gary Bettman’s shoes during visit with U.S. President Obama

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Gary Bettman (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

As part of the annual tradition that is the Stanley Cup champion team meeting with the U.S. president, the NHL commissioner also accompanies the team to the White House. And when league commissioner Gary Bettman made the trip Monday with the 2013-14-champion L.A. Kings to meet current president Barack Obama, he caught some good-natured heat from players for his choice in footwear.

Bettman appeared to go for safe and smart in wintry Washington, and Kings winger Marian Gaborik found them so interesting, he took a photo and let Bettman have it on Instagram:

Tough shoes Mr. Bettman at the White House @nhl @nhlpa

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Gaborik’s teammate Drew Doughty took to needling Bettman from a collective bargaining agreement angle on Twitter: Read more

Los Angeles Kings take to White House for meeting with Obama

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The 2013-14 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings presented U.S. President Barack Obama with a commemorative silver stick at the White House on Feb. 2, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings were in Washington on Monday ahead of their Tuesday night clash with the Capitals and, as is tradition, the reigning champions visited the White House and President Barack Obama.

During the brief ceremony, which was a joint celebration as Obama also honored the MLS Cup winning Los Angeles Galaxy, Obama touched on everything from the play of Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown at the Sochi Olympics to the beauty of Jeff Carter’s “hockey smile.” Read more

NFL has Deflategate, did the NHL have Coffeegate?

Denis Potvin and Wayne Gretzky shake hands following the 1984 Stanley Cup final. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It’s a well-worn adage in sports that if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.

As we sit back and watch the NFL’s Deflategate with a certain amount of schadenfreude, we should be careful not to let our smug meter edge too high. Hockey isn’t as lily white as the surface it plays on.

We needn’t look beyond the NHL’s decision this season to punish divers, by outing them, for Exhibit A. If pretending to be fouled, or embellishing an act to draw an advantage isn’t unethical, it’s certainly uncool.

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Here are 10 storylines to watch the rest of the way

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COLUMBUS – Well, that was some “showcase of skill” wasn’t it? Unless of course, you consider bodychecking, backchecking, stopping pucks and skating hard for pucks to be valuable skills.

There’s a good chance that you’ve forgotten whether Team Toews or Team Foligno won as you read this. But it was a good weekend and good on the city of Columbus for being so hospitable and welcoming. And good on the players for letting their hair down a little and letting the fans in on the fun.

Now to more important matters, specifically the second half and stretch run leading up to the playoffs. Here are 10 storylines that should provide some compelling moments as we hit the most crucial part of the season: Read more

Team Foligno makes more coin, but Team Toews has the Cups and gold medals

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Alex Ovechkin (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

COLUMBUS – We have no idea which team is going to win the All-Star Game Sunday afternoon, but we’re pretty sure which one is buying the drinks.

Boosted by the surprise late selection of Alex Ovechkin, Team Foligno broke the bank and shattered the NHL’s salary cap with a payroll of $122.91 million, more than $16 million more than Team Toews. The team also picked up $2.25 million in salary when it made a trade to acquire Phil Kessel for Tyler Seguin.

Where Team Toews is lacking at the pay window, however, it makes up for in team achievements. Led by the team captain, teammate Brent Seabrook and Patrik Elias, Team Toews has a total of 10 Stanley Cups, compared to nine for Team Foligno. And when it comes to Olympic gold medals, it’s not even close. Team Toews has 11 of them, while Team Foligno has just five. Read more

Fellow top picks to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: It gets better

Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

COLUMBUS – Despite some high-profile cancellations, a lot of players are happy to be at the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus this weekend. For some, it’s the chance to treat friends and family to a grand experience. For others, it’s the camaraderie on the ice. But Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may also sneak in some time to do some fact-finding in Ohio.

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