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?…

Tyler Toffoli can’t play LW, we’ve been told…

…but he’s NHL-ready, and a pure sniper. Oh, and the Kings need goals. The problem is, there’s no room for him. Because the Kings have three top-six centers (Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter), one of whom has been converted to RW (Carter). Dustin Brown and Justin Williams are natural RWs. Brown goes left so…

Macleans defends fighting, issues challenge, I accept

Maclean’s is a highly-respected Canadian news magazine (a weekly, I think). It’s older than the NHL, and almost older than ice hockey. This week, they published an article on fighting in hockey, by a writer named Colby Cosh. I encourage everybody to read the whole thing (follow the link below). The real danger in hockey: Colby Cosh…

Former Kings prospect Jeff Zatkoff gets first NHL start

Rookie goalie Jeff Zatkoff will make his NHL debut either Friday or Saturday when his undefeated Penguins travel to Florida for games against the Panthers and Lightning, respectively. Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed the plan today. via Rookie Zatkoff to start one of Penguins’ next two games | ProHockeyTalk.  

Jon Quick = Billy Madison

And he let that goal in for the same reason Billy peed his pants. Frankly, the game was so boring I had long since stopped looking at the TV, and only looked up when Jim Fox said, “OH. MY. GOD.” Yes, it’s true. Quick sometimes mishandles the puck. This is not news. He’s done it…

Leaf Bernier pitches half a shut-out in relief of Reimer

Didn’t even allow a goal in the shoot-out. He’s 2-0. Leafs are 3-0. Watching NHL Network highlights tonight, I also saw goals by Matt Moulson, Brad Richardson, Teddy Purcell, Lubomir Visnovsky, interviews with Purcell and Bernier, Jason Labarbera in goal for Edmonton. I didn’t even realize he was an Oiler. Top four goalies in GAA…

Kings’ old 3C is Hawks’ new 2C

Though we all know Michal Handzus was the Kings’ best (or at least most important — see defense) center on many nights. For me, he’s the silver lining in the Hawks’ 2013 cup win. Handzus aims to keep 2C job with ‘Hawks | ProHockeyTalk Michal Handzus isn’t your prototypical second-line center on a Stanley Cup-winning…