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  1. Victor Hedman refused to go to sleep without a contract.A full year before he could become a free agent [url=http://www.goldenknightsshoponline.com/authentic-nick-holden-jersey]Adidas Nick Holden Jersey[/url] , the hulking No. 1 defenseman told his agent he wanted to sign a long-term extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning the first day he could. Hedman put pen to paper on an eight-year contract well before the sun went down.”It was never a doubt,” Hedman said that day. ”Staying in Tampa was the No. 1 priority.”Patrice Bergeron felt the same way when he signed his second, third and fourth contract with the Boston Bruins. Like Hedman, Bergeron wanted to stay with the organization that drafted and developed him for as long as possible while taking less money to surround himself with enough talent to win.Now each player is on the road to joining an exclusive and growing club of players who reach 1,000 games with one team. Over the past week, Chicago’s Brent Seabrook and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin became the 49th and 50th players in NHL history to play their first 1,000 regular-season games with the same organization, and that group will welcome many members in the next several years as franchise building blocks lock in to long-term deals.”You’re going to see it more often now,” Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik said. ”Just the way the CBA is and the way the bigger names probably don’t move around as much as they did in earlier years.”Next season alone, longtime Seabrook defensive partner Duncan Keith and Bergeron are expected to join the one for 1,000 group, with Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu and Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar in reach of the milestone before the end of 2018-19 if they stay healthy. San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Pavelski, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews aren’t far behind as this era of long-term stability produces a parade of silver-stick ceremonies for one-team foundation pieces.”If you’re playing 1 [url=http://www.goldenknightsshoponline.com/authentic-paul-stastny-jersey]Adidas Paul Stastny Jersey[/url] ,000 games in one organization, you have to be a certain level of player,” said agent Kent Hughes, who represents Bergeron. ”It’s really significant because you’re talking about a series of contracts and we’re in a cap world and in order for that to happen in a lot of cases, I think there needs to be a little bit of give and take on both sides.”In Ovechkin’s case, it was a $124 million, 13-year contract signed in early 2008 that then-NBA commissioner David Stern told Capitals owner Ted Leonsis he’d live to regret. The only regret now for Leonsis is not signing his face of the franchise for 15 years, and Ovechkin said if he could turn back time, he’d sign for 16 years.Ovechkin is an anomaly in today’s NHL, where contract lengths were capped at eight years in the last round of collective bargaining talks. Since that CBA went into effect in January 2013, 33 different players have signed eight-year contracts – 28 of whom re-upped with his original team.”It means a lot to any player to get off their career and say, `Well, look at this [url=http://www.goldenknightsshoponline.com/authentic-max-pacioretty-jersey]Adidas Max Pacioretty Jersey[/url] , I played 1,050 games with one team – my whole career, I’m one of the few,”’ said agent Peter Wallen, who counts one-team players Hedman, St. Louis forward Patrik Berglund and Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog among his clients. ”The only reason you will stay there for 1,000 games is that’s because you’re in the playoffs every year, you know your GM is giving you the opportunity to go deep in the playoffs and they want to win the Stanley Cup.”The other most-recent players to reach 1,000 games with one team – Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown, Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and New Jersey’s Patrik Elias – all lifted the Stanley Cup, while Daniel and Henrik Sedin went to the 2011 final and were part of a perennial contender in Vancouver. It’s a delicate balance for teams between paying stars their value and maintaining roster flexibility to contend for several years.”It’s difficult because you can’t let that key player go while he’s in the prime and you have to keep him content,” Hughes said. ”If the player doesn’t work with you, then it becomes more and more of a challenge to find a way to remain competitive.”Yet the one-team [url=http://www.jetsshoppro.com/authentic-seth-griffith-jersey]Adidas Seth Griffith Jersey[/url] , 1,000-game players should keep piling up with the likes of the Flyers’ Claude Giroux, Devils’ Travis Zajac, Bruins’ David Krejci, Kings’ Drew Doughty and possibly the Islanders’ John Tavares – if he re-signs this summer – on pace to hit the mark. Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov could follow Ovechkin as the only players to get to 1,000 with the Capitals after none did it in the first 40-plus years of the franchise’s history.”Organizations want to build a core group maybe, and that’s maybe why it’s so common these days that more guys stick with one team,” Backstrom said. ”For me, personally, I like that, and obviously not move around. But sometimes you can’t control it, either. I feel like we’ve been fortunate here that we’ve been here a long time, so I’m happy about that.”— LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big games from Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar have been infrequent for the Los Angeles Kings this season. On Sunday [url=http://www.jetsshoppro.com/authentic-jack-roslovic-jersey]Adidas Jack Roslovic Jersey[/url] , the franchise’s cornerstone players delivered against the Edmonton Oilers.Dustin Brown recorded a hat trick, Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and had two assists and the Kings defeated the Oilers 5-2.“Sometimes it just comes down to players feeling good on certain nights, and I think me and (Kopitar) and (Alex Iafallo) all felt really well going into the game,” Brown said.Matt Luff also scored and Cal Petersen made 32 saves for the Kings, who snapped a five-game home losing streak.Alex Chiasson scored twice for the Oilers, who went 1-1-1 during their first road trip under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his point streak to six games, and Cam Talbot made 27 saves.Kopitar put the Kings in front 4:27 into the third period when Derek Forbort sprung the Kings’ captain for a breakaway with a long pass into the neutral zone. Kopitar used a wrist shot through Talbot’s legs for his third goal in the last five games.Brown completed his hat trick at 19:06 with an empty-net goal. Brown’s fifth career hat trick was the second multi-goal game by a Kings player this season.Kings coach Willie Desjardins said the top line of Kopitar, Brown and Iafallo has been feeling the pressure as scoring chances had dried up. But that group was vital as the Kings scored more than three goals for the first time since a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Nov. 6, in Desjardin’s first game in charge.“They have worked hard and it’s nice to kind of get the monkey off your back where you’re finally scoring a little bit, so it was good to see them get (four),” Desjardins said.Luff added an empty-netter at 19:33 to extend his scoring streak to four games. He is the fifth Kings rookie to have a scoring streak of at least four games and the first to do it since Jimmy Carson had a goal in seven straight from March 19-30, 1987.Brown scored on the power play to tie the game at 2-all 4:13 into the second period after Chiasson put Edmonton in front at 2:16.Chiasson tied it at 1-1 at 13:19 into the first period with his ninth goal of the season. McDavid picked up his 10th point and seventh assist during his point streak.Chiasson has four goals in his past five games. Hitchcock said he would consider giving Chiasson a chance to play with McDavid on the top line after seeing them connect on Chiasson’s second power-play goal.“He doesn’t have great foot speed, but he’s got great offensive instincts and where he’s really good is down low [url=http://www.jetsshoppro.com/authentic-laurent-brossoit-jersey]Adidas Laurent Brossoit Jersey[/url] ,” Hitchcock said. “He gets himself into great spots. I think we got to consider bouncing him up one notch.”Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 7:56, tapping in a pass from Kopitar at the back post after they got in behind three Oilers. It was Brown’s first goal since Nov. 3 and ended a stretch of eight games without scoring.Hitchcock viewed his first week with the Oilers as a success and expects the team to make significant strides moving forward.“I’m really excited by the potential,” Hitchcock said. “I know we can get better and I know that it’s there, but I also know we came in three tough buildings. All their best players, they all got rings, and they were the best players tonight. And we still went at those guys pretty hard, so that’s a good sign.”NOTES: Kings F Carl Hagelin was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a sprained MCL in his knee against Vancouver on Saturday. Hagelin will have an MRI on Monday. … Kings G Jonathan Quick is expected to return during the team’s upcoming three-game Canadian road trip, coach Willie Desjardins said. Quick has not played since sustaining a knee injury in practice on Oct. 27 that required surgery.UP NEXTOilers: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.Kings: Visit the Canucks on Tuesday.

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