Hey you know what’s fun?

I just watched the highlights of the Kings’ last ten series-clinching wins. I skipped the Chicago series from 2013. That’s a 10-1 series record over the last three seasons. Ten series wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014. If you wanted to experience ten Kings series wins before 2012, you would have to go back and…

Ducks Continue Quest to Be Most Hated Team in History

First Ryan Kesler. Now Dany Heatley. Adding to the charm fest of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. And consider that the Ducks subtracted George Parros and Bobby Ryan, both of whom were cool in their own ways. And Teemu Selanne — cool emeritus — is retired. Who else could the Ducks go after in pursuit…

I bet there’s a trade coming

Lombardi opts not to buy out Mike Richards. People are taking this as a vote of confidence, a nod to loyalty, etc., and maybe it is. But it’s also possible Lombardi is just preserving assets he believes he can deal. This doesn’t necessarily mean Richards is the one he will trade. There are other worthy…

Get Yer LA Kings Cumulative Stanley Cup Stats, 2012 + 2014

Some observations: 12 players played in all 46 games (11 skaters and Jonathan Quick). 16 players played in both 2012 and 2014 (15 skaters and Quick). 14 players played/dressed in only one of the two years (12 skaters, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones). At even strength, only Marian Gaborik has a higher goals-per-game than Tyler…

“LA Kings suck!” sees uptick in search results

I wonder why. LA Kings suck! – MCSORLEY’S STICK Welcome to LA Kings Suck! You are here either because you Googled “LA Kings suck” and it led you to this page, or because you were on another MCSORLEY’S STICK page and wondered why in **** anyone would have a page dedicated to the possibility that…

Trades that Mattered

6/24/2006 — Lombardi trades Pavol Demitra for Patrick O’Sullivan and the Wild’s 1st round pick, which Lombardi uses to select Trevor Lewis. 9/30/2006 — Lombardi trades two of my favorite Kings, Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason, to Carolina for the rights to Jack Johnson. 1/29/2007 — Lombardi trades Craig Conroy to Calgary for Jamie Lundmark…

Gaborik’s good, but he’s not that good

Mostly well-deserved praise for Marian Gaborik, with just one small problem. Kings Start the Stranglehold | INSIDE HOCKEY [T]he Ducks won everything but the final score.So what happened? Well once again, Marian Gaborik happened. That is, he burst in with under half a minute gone in the game and roofed one behind Jonas Hiller [...].The…

Who Has Been Better Than the Kings This Post-Season?

Nobody. No, that’s not true, really. But I couldn’t resist, given the headline of my last post. Justin Williams was hilarious last night when he said, about digging themselves an 0-3 hole, “let’s make a point never to do that again.” That’s from memory, so that might not be an exact quote. I think a…

You know who has been worse than the Kings this post-season?

Nobody. Every other of the eight series has been interesting and exciting. Even Tampa Bay, who are playing golf now, played several close games against a much better team. The Kings/Sharks series, though, has been virtually unwatchable. Two historic blow-outs, the likes of which (consecutive playoff games allowing 5 or more unanswered goals) I’m starting…

The more things change…

Here’s Dean Lombardi ruminating on the last time the Kings crapped out in a playoff series against San Jose, three years ago, almost to the day. LA Kings Insider, 4/27/2011: Lombardi on Success and Disappointments LOMBARDI: “In a backhanded way — and I said this during the season — I don’t like the fact that…

Honest question: when’s the last time that happened?

The Kings gave up five unanswered goals in game one. Then they gave up seven unanswered goals in game two. I was going to ask when was the last time this happened to the Kings in the playoffs? But then I couldn’t think of it ever happening in the regular season either. But then I…

New King/Monarch Jonathan Parker is from San Diego, California

The “other guy” in the Brayden McNabb for Nick Deslauriers and Hudson Fasching trade is Jonathan Parker, who grew up here and played for the L.A. Selects. Jonathan Parker – The Hockey News After a 45-goal campaign that left him fifth in Western League tallies, the California native has catapulted onto the NHL’s radar by…

What happens when you sign a big contract, and then suck?

2007 – Lubomir Visnovsky signs five year extension. 2008 – Visnovsky traded to Edmonton. 2008 – Patrick O’Sullivan holds out, signs three year extension. 2009 – O’Sullivan traded to Edmonton. 2010 – Lombardi rests. 2011 – Jack Johnson signs seven year extension. 2012 – Johnson traded to Columbus. 2013 – Dustin Brown signs eight year…

I would hate to lose Futa, but

…he would be great for a team in a full rebuild. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a friendly trading partner with lots of high picks. Jeff Solomon, the Kings vice president of hockey operations, said club executives are considering the Buffalo Sabres request to speak to Michael Futa, the Kings co-director of amateur scouting,…

The return of Points-Blown

I’ve decided to go back to individual posts on points-blown, rather than a dedicated page. This way, each post’s standings will be preserved, rather than just disappearing into the ether as the standings are updated (which was a necessary feature of the dedicated page). Also, this way it’s easier to notify people when the standings…

Good thing Scrivens didn’t get that third consecutive shut-out

Because Terry Murray would have had to bench him. Memory lane: Quisp @ Jewels from the Crown (10/25/11): You (a) are an idiot? (b) are pathologically rigid? (c) like to tempt fate? (d) are arrogant? (e) are just f***ing with us? (f) are Scrooge? (g) are Yoda? (h) are tired of everyone over-reacting to your sage stewardship?…