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Free-agency talk takes back seat
It'll be interesting to see how three teams handle distractions this season.
In Anaheim, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf can become free agents this summer and are already tired of the questions.
"I'm not going to talk about it anymore," said Perry, the 2011 Hart Trophy and Maurice Richard Trophy winner. "If it gets done, it gets done. If not, we'll move forward."
In Calgary, captain Jarome Iginla and GM Jay Feaster actually held a news conference to say they won't talk about it anymore.
"We've been out of the playoffs for three years," Iginla said. "We don't need any distraction. I definitely don't want that to be the talk."
And, of course, in Vancouver, where Cory Schneider is now the No. 1 goalie, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is holding onto Roberto Luongo until his steep asking price is met. Plus, Luongo has to approve any trade. "Whether it's a couple of days, next week, two weeks, at the end of the season, it's totally fine with me," Luongo said.
Ducks coach undaunted
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau gets a kick out of the pundits picking Anaheim to miss the playoffs by a wide margin. "We're the bottom-feeders," he said. "That's one we read today. You know what? The great thing about predictions is most people get them all wrong."
Stamkos scoring challenge
Is it possible for Tampa Bay's Steve Stamkos, who led the league with 60 goals last season, to score 50 in 48 games? "It's been brought up every day on Twitter," Stamkos said. "It's flattering that people think that."
It was fun until it wasn't ...
Heck of an atmosphere Saturday at the Staples Center. Finally, the Kings raised their Stanley Cup banner. Statues of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar were draped with Kings jerseys. All was grand -- until the game, when the Kings were smoked 5-2 by the Chicago Blackhawks.