The 2 goal quota was destroyed tonight. Kopitar murdered it single-handedly. Anybody else pissed off that this 6-0 shellacking wasn’t televised or streamed?
Playing Colorado 3 nights before Frozen Fury is confusing. It’s like putting the sex before foreplay. What’s the point?
Admit it, if you are going to Frozen Fury, there was a side of you before the game tonight that thought, “you know, I kind of hope the Kings lose tonight’s game so they will come out pissed off and motivated in Vegas and just destroy the Avalanche on Saturday…” Then, after the 6-0 whooping we handed them, you’re now a little worried about Saturday. You should be ashamed of yourself for even thinking that.
If tonight was an aberration and the Kings’ scoring issues keep up once the season starts, how many games do you give Terry Murray before you demand his exodus? Don’t ask me that question because I made up my mind on July 17, 2008.
Last night, I tweeted “Is it going out on a limb to say Trent Hunter is getting a contract and Scott Parse is history? If so, I am on the limb.” You know, every once in a while, I write something semi-smart. At the risk of writing another one, Slava Voynov just made the team.
On the subject of Voynov, he must be under a ton of self applied pressure. He must feel like he has to meet a certain unsigned defenseman’s standard of play or otherwise be considered a failure. Pressure can be very positive especially for a talented young man who can use it for motivation or inspiration but it can also wear on you. I hope his teammates, coaches and Dean Lombardi have told him he should play his game, not somebody else’s. He put on an impressive 1 goal and 1 assist performance tonight and, from what Nick Nickson said, was damn good on both ends of the ice.
Have any of you ever been in the top 4 highest paid anything on a binational or national level? Even Philip Anschutz is only the 34th richest person in the United States. That means He Who Must Not Be Paid is greedier than Anschutz.
There is some irony to Brendan Shanahan being the Vice President of Player Safety and handing out these suspensions like they are racial or homophobic slurs. Shanny, though immensely talented and tough, was a fairly dirty player during his time. I figure if he can do well at this position, what prevents Sean Avery from one day heading the NHL’s department of Congenial Dialogue & Chivalry?
The difference between $7.5 million and $6.8 million is $700,000.00. $700,000.00 divided by 18,118 (a sellout at Staples Center) = $38.64, rounded up. That means if we can get 18,118 fans to chip in $38.64 per season (the price of two beers, peanuts and a hot dog at Staples) and do it for 5 seasons, we can bridge that gap and get a certain defenseman signed…that is right, Shea Weber.
He Who Must Not Be Paid’s issues aren’t just limited to he and Lombardi. Although the players will tell the media it’s just “business” and they don’t think about it, they do. It gets in the locker room. HWMNBP is not just any player. He is, next to Kopitar, the franchise. With young kids coming in to take his spot, loyalties to a teammate of 3 years can be tested and opinions that invariably get shared can sometimes clash. Tension sucks. Hopefully, the leadership is strong enough to keep everyone focused. Here is where the “character” of which Dean Lombardi speaks better come in handy.
Back to Scott Parse, I say he is going to be traded if he is not waived. Think Winnipeg, Ottawa or a similar team. What do you think?
In the time it takes a baseball batter to walk up to the plate, adjust himself, take a couple of practice swings, set up in his batting stance, stare down the pitcher and receive the first pitch, I can write three articles unfairly criticizing Terry Murray. Baseball may be the dullest sport on the planet.
Is having this many centers really a “good problem” to have? Isn’t it a little like having 5 supermodels but you only get to play with 4 and the young, hot, Russian one you really want you can’t have?
I realized today that in less than a week, I will have been a Kings’ fan for 31 years. I realized today I am getting old.
A young woman asked me recently why I love the Kings so much. I told her to look up the words Stockholm Syndrome.
The same day, a fellow fan asked if I had a choice between Terry Murray or Andy Murray coaching this team, who would I pick? I stared at him without expression for a few seconds and then walked away with a raspy & grumbling “fuck you.”
There was a gray Saab in front of me on the freeway with a license plate that read “Cupb4LA”. Our respective insurance companies are now communicating. Her bodily injury claims are greatly exaggerated.