Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shoulder pads don’t have to be weapons

With regard to dangerous hits, we often hear that “respect” has gone out of the game. I doubt it. It’s the risk of injury for the checker that’s gone out of the game. And — for some reason — it’s easier to get players to respect (read: protect) themselves than it is to get them to respect their opponents.

Toronto Star: Ranford debriefs Kopitar on the enemy

Ranford and Burke at the Western Conference Finals From time to time, when L.A. Kings sniper Anze Kopitar struggles, he’ll seek an opinion on how to break out of his slump from goalie coach Bill Ranford. [...] “That’s something that Darryl (Sutter, the Kings’ head coach) has asked me to do throughout the playoffs,” said…

Los Angeles Kings are not used to this company – latimes.com

The Kings have substantially rewritten their postseason record book this spring. Now, they’re poised to put a serious dent in the NHL’s record book. A victory over the Phoenix Coyotes today at Staples Center would give the Kings a berth in the Stanley Cup finals with a 12-1 record, the fewest games any finalist will…

Ah, the curse of McSorley’s Stick!

As [Coach Jacques] Demers tells it, two of his players, Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller, had noticed that McSorley’s stick had a more wicked curve than most — not an unusual practice, but an illegal one. “The two teams had their sticks in the hallway, so we saw it there and we saw it on the ice,” he told USA Today in 2006. “We told them not to say anything and we checked it out and he came back with the same kind of stick in Game 2.”

Five for Fighting postpones mid-life crisis for Kings potential cup run

“Back in the late ’90s, the record label came to me and said: ‘You know, John, nobody can pronounce Ondrasik, the days of the male singer/songwriter are over, you need a band name.'” Ondrasik recalled. “I had just come from a Kings game and Marty McSorley and the late, great Bob Probert had done their dance, and in a sarcastic moment I said: ‘Well, how about Five For Fighting?’ And they said: ‘We love it!’ I said: ‘You’re crazy . . . nobody will understand it, there ain’t five guys, it sounds like a heavy-metal band.’ [...]

Memorial Cup: Is this how video review normally works?

The Memorial Cup is on NHL Network. It’s the Edmonton Oil Kings playing host Shawinigan. Third period. There’s a scramble in the Oil King crease, the puck ends up in the net, the horn blows, the crowd goes wild, the ref (Nicola D’Etille? almost certainly spelled wrong) signals the play is dead. The crowd boos,…

How did these Kings get here in the first place?

None of the eleven players mentioned were undrafted UFA signings, although Lombardi has gone that route several times, most notably with Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell (since departed), Martin Jones, Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske.

Here’s how the current Kings got here, in order of arrival:

Kerry Fraser (and me) on those horrible divers

(1) yes, it’s true, Brown suckers people into taking penalties and one of his techniques is to hit someone and then go down easy when the player retaliates; (2) the key here is “WHEN THE PLAYER RETALIATES.” If you don’t want the penalty, don’t retaliate.

The view from Glendale « LA Kings Insider

If Tippett’s intentions are pure, his statements would carry more weight if he corrected some of his players’ habits first. In Mike Smith, the Coyotes have 6 feet, 4 inches, of grown man that is often liable to tumble over in a stiff breeze.