Watch tributes to retiring broadcasting legend Bob Miller (Video)

After 44 years as the ‘voice of the Los Angeles Kings,’ Bob Miller is calling the final two games of his career this weekend.

The Kings play their final home game of the season Saturday, and the organization pulled out all the stops to celebrate Miller.

Out front of Staples Center fans can sign a giant poster for Bob. Inside, the seats are filled with ‘Thank You Bob’ rally towels.

The team came out for warmups wearing special No. 44 jerseys with ‘Bob’ on the back. The sweaters are currently being auctioned off with proceeds going to the Kings Care foundation.

It wouldn’t be a true celebration in LA without the appearance of celebrities inside and out of the sport of hockey. Here are the ones posted by the Kings thus far.

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Jonathan Quick displays unconventional karate kick save (Video)

Jonathan Quick has never been one to fall back on traditional goaltending techniques when pressured.

(Another) case and point, Sunday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Peter Holland receives a perfect pass through Brayden McNabb legs in front of the Kings net. Quick doesn’t even move his body to get in front of the puck, so Holland’s got a wide open net to shoot at.

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Wayne Simmonds returns to LA, leaves as NHL All-Star Game MVP

LOS ANGELES — It’s been six years since Wayne Simmonds received a rousing ovation from the Staples Center crowd.

Simmonds been back plenty of times since the trade that sent him from LA to Philly, but he’s had his Philadelphia Flyers teammates along with him. That tends to make the pro-Los Angeles Kings crowd a little less cheerful.

All that was forgotten for a couple hours as Simmonds took to the ice during player introductions and received one of the loudest, positive reactions from the crowd. He didn’t predict this would come in his first ever NHL All-Star Game of which he’d eventually become the MVP.

“You know, it meant a lot. I haven’t been here for six years,” said Simmonds. “When you leave a place, you don’t expect to come back and get all the cheers as I did today, but I must have did something right when I was here. I know I had a lot of die-hard fans here, and I really appreciate those people. I just appreciate everything. It made me feel good today.”

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LA Kings broadcasting legend Bob Miller taken to hospital (UPDATE)

Helene Elliott reported Los Angeles Kings broadcaster (and all around great person) Bob Miller felt unwell as he prepared for broadcast.

After being evaluated by on-site medical staff, Miller was transported to an area hospital out of an abundance of caution for further testing.

Elliott adds, “His medical history factored into the decision to take him to the hospital, said Mike Altieri, the Kings’ senior vice president of communications and broadcasting … Altieri also said Miller was in good spirits as he was transported to the hospital.”

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Borowiecki slams Toffoli face-first into glass (Video)

Mark Borowiecki knew the second after he made contact with Tyler Toffoli he would have to answer for what he did.

The Los Angeles Kings forward was playing the puck against the boards with his head down the entire time. Borowiecki comes flying in and forcefully drives Toffoli’s body into the glass.

Toffoli drops immediately to the ground. As the Kings encircle Borowiecki, the Ottawa Senators defenceman throws off his gloves and prepares to defend himself.

As for Toffoli, he got to his feet and skated to the bench. He went directly to the locker room for concussion evaluation.

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Jeff Carter injured, replaced by Corey Perry on Team Canada

Early in the morning hours on the West Coast, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet tweeted out an ominous report on Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings.

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LA Kings Insider, Jon Rosen, followed it up with a brief column:

Based on correspondence, Carter suffered a lower-body injury while training. I have a preliminary sense that this isn’t a major injury – one source told LA Kings Insider the injury is “week-to-week” – though in all likelihood he won’t be able to participate at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey … on Team Canada. Carter, who had been skating with teammates and other Los Angeles-based players at Toyota Sports Center recently, was scheduled to travel to Ottawa late this week to take part in Canada’s training camp, which opens with on-ice sessions Monday at Canadian Tire Centre. It’s expected, as Elliotte Friedman noted, that this should be addressed when players report on Sunday; expect some sort of a release at or before that time.

Rosen was pretty much correct.

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Linden Vey hopes for closure in father’s alleged murder conspiracy

Imagine learning one of your parents (allegedly) attempted to have your other parent murdered, and trying to function in life afterwards.

That has been Linden Vey’s existence since 2013 when his father, Curtis Vey, and his mistress, Angela Nicholson, were arrested for allegedly planning to murder Brigette Vey, Linden’s mother and Curtis’s estranged wife, and Nicholson’s husband, Jim Taylor.

From the Canadian Press back in August 2013:

“Police told Taylor that Brigitte Vey tipped them to an alleged murder plot in which Vey’s wife was going to die in a house fire and Taylor would die of an overdose on Halloween.

“After RCMP received the tip, Taylor said police told him, they tapped the pair’s phones and went through their emails … , Taylor said. 

“There was an extramarital affair, which cumulated into reasonable and probable grounds, leading to the planning of a murder,” said Cpl. Rob King.”

Right out of a Lifetime movie.

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As Voynov leaves, LA Kings remain tone deaf on domestic violence

The Los Angeles Kings are tone deaf.

On Wednesday, while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Slava Voynov announced he would voluntarily return to Russia; thus avoiding the deportation process that was likely to play out in conjunction with his domestic violence case.

Voynov lobbed the Kings a softball they could have hit out of the park, in order to right an earlier wrong they themselves created, and they didn’t even pick up the bat.

As the domestic violence investigation began against the defenseman, the NHL took action before the team, and suspended Voynov from participating in team activities. The organization did nothing except to issue the standard public relations statement about ‘looking into’ the issues. It wasn’t until Voynov injured his Achilles in a non-hockey related activity did the team act by suspending his contract.

It was a B.S. reason, but at least the guy was finally suspended. Because a player must be punished when he puts his body at risk with something as reckless as tennis or volleyball, but when it comes to a domestic violence arrest, well, it’s someone else’s problem.

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