Right now the LA Kings does not include Drew Doughty. As such, he can find himself a filthy little corner of my thoughts to rest in until he decides to wear the crown again. Until then, I will focus on people wearing the uniform I love.
So more importantly than all this other garbage, who is going to the opening of training camp tomorrow? Bobby & I will be there for a good chunk of the day, probably from around 10am until 3pm. We hope to see a good cross section of the 3 groups. This is our first chance to see Richards and Gagne on the ice in our sweaters. Tomorrow will be the first time we get to see Kopitar skate since that awful moment back in March. I miss the feeling of seeing my favorite King glide over the crisp white surface. Hungers will be satiated and some questions will be answered. We’ll get to see if Penner can skate for more than 30 seconds without getting winded. We’ll get to see how 3 year AHL veteran Voynov stacks up against NHL defensemen and forwards. We’ll get to see if Brandon Kozun can keep up with the big boys.
Until Drew is on the ice with those guys, he can do whatever the hell he wants on the wrong side of the border. He is dead to me until that time. This is not to say I blame him entirely for his hold out, not at all, it has nothing to do with blame but rather simple fact. The time, thought and energy I reserve for love of hockey and the Kings is wasted on him until he is again a part of the team I am so overly passionate about and to whom I remain so dedicated.
Bring on the gap toothed smiled of Dustin Brown and the awesomely tawdry jokes of Matt Greene. Give me a face-off drill with Jarret Stoll. Show me Mitchell and Scuderi disarm and frustrate all the kids leftover from rookie camp and show the youngins the ropes. I want Clifford’s intensity and Williams’ puck handling on display. How much better has Alec Martinez become? Does Muzzin stack up? Will Hickey finally make the team? Will Trent Hunter earn a contract? Will Richards and Gagne find chemistry with Brown? Who does Moreau play with in drills? Will one of Lewis or Richardson pull away from the other? Did Westgarth learn to skate over the summer? Will Scott Parse make it through a day of skating without getting hurt? How much muscle has Jack Johnson put on this year? Will the drills indicate Murray opening up the system and/or Kompon utilizing the skill of his players?
I expect a massive turnout tomorrow. I expect, no demand, that when I start the call to arms of “GO KINGS GO!” that you will all cheer on our boys with me. Loudly and proudly. Remember guys and gals, we are one. We are the 7th man.
There are more important things than Drew Doughty. Let’s enjoy them.