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Quick Hits: Sproul’s Season Over, Bishop Adjusting to Life as a King

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NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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Newly crowned Kings goalie Ben Bishop: Trade was a 'shock,' but he can 'feel the urgency' in L.A. - By: Scott Burnside: ESPN.com

Scott Burnside caught up with Ben Bishop earlier this week to check in with the recently-traded goaltender after his first week with the Kings. Los Angeles sits just 1 point out of a wildcard spot, and Bishop is already quite acclimated to the urgency surrounding the team.

From the article:

You can feel the urgency. It's a real veteran team in L.A., so there are a lot of guys who have been around and done a lot of winning. Tampa was a younger team. Coming here, with a lot of veterans, there's a sense of urgency -- but at the same time a confidence that they can get it done no matter what the circumstances are. It's different. You've got to learn.

Whether or not this move works out for the Kings, I’m still so glad it happened because of the number of chess puns this opens up for at least the next few weeks.

In Red Wings Land

Red Wings rookie Ryan Sproul out for season - By: Brendan Savage: MLive

It certainly looks like Robbie Russo’s going to have plenty of time to make an impression on the Red Wings management. It was announced yesterday that Ryan Sproul’s regular season is over after an MRI revealed an ACL injury. He’s going to be reevaluated in a few weeks in order to see if the injury will require surgery, or if rehab will be sufficient.

From the article:

"It was certainly tough to get injured when he was looking at the next stretch of 20 games he was going to have probably his best chance that he was going to have to date in the NHL," Blashill said.

"That's a tough thing for sure. But this is life. I talk all the time about inner drive and perseverance being the two biggest factors in success. These are marathons, careers.

"He's going to have to get his head up and go back to work here, which I'm sure he will."

Hopefully this isn’t an injury that requires surgery and Sproul takes his time getting back on the ice.