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Less than a year ago the LA Kings were being hailed as a model of stability, even being called a dynasty. Now that they are officially out of the playoffs, some very strange shenanigans are starting to leak out from inside this Pillar of Prosperity, and all I can saw is wow...It's one thing for a coach to lose a locker room, and quite another for him to be physically prevented from entering by angry players. Is the LA magic finally gone? Or will they be back again next year? I think I speak for everyone except ESPN when I hope for the former.

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Nashville Predators News

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It wouldn't be the Playoffs without everyone and their uncle shouting their opinions.

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Someone has to win.

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What this guy said.

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As are we all.

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His soaring play has hidden the fact that Seth Jones has stagnated a little.

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Now if only we could somehow give them the wrong start time too...

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Fish!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

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This happened in February?!

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Philosophical was probably not the way to go there...

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Well that's finally done.

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Here are a few of those names.

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I really hope he gets a chance with some talent...he's a good coach.

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Retirement is for the weak.

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Speaking of needed retirement.

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Wouldn't that be fun?

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We made the top ten!!

The Stars, the Stars, and the Stars.