Bob Miller has frequently voiced his fear that the Kings will win their first cup only after he retires. Presumably, if he retired he would still have a television, so his real issue is not whether he gets to see it or not, but whether he gets to call the game.
Lombardi is used to getting teased about his lengthy meetings with players in his office.
“I enjoy that part of the job,” he said. “Maybe it’s like my wife said, because we don’t have kids, you think you’ve got 20 at the rink. Other than winning, the second-best part of the job is watching these guys be the best they can, watching them grow up.
“Watching them make mistakes on and off the ice. But then watching them hug each other when they have success is the best part of this job.”
In order for a player to get his name on the cup, the player must either (1) have played 41 games or more for the team in the regular season (and still be property of the team at the end of the season), or (2) have played at least one game in the Stanley Cup Finals.
What’s most remarkable (and hilarious) about MacLean’s comparison is how halting and bumbling his delivery is, the pregnant pauses, caused (I imagine) by the sound of his producer in his earpiece screaming “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING SHUT UP ABORT ABORT!”
And I’m shocked, really. I didn’t think the Flyers would lose to New Jersey. To the Rangers maybe, but not the Devils. I’m happy for Ponikarovsky and Harrold though.
Here is a great idea that I don’t have the ability to do, but which I would really love to see: a photo gallery showing each current Los Angeles King player circa May 1993 (a.k.a. the last time the Kings were in the Conference Finals). Clifford (born 1991) in diapers, Loktionov and Voynov (both 1990)…
Here is the line-up for the last (and only other) Kings team to play in the conference finals. It’s fun to stare at. How many of the Kings current players were out of diapers in 1993?
I like the “white out”, and it’s going to make the Kings’ white road jerseys look amazing.
Some things I like about this matchup: Kings open on the road. Easy travel. More than that, I’m afraid to say. I am superstitious. But if I weren’t, I might have said I’m more afraid of Nashville.
People from Anaheim are not allowed to make fun of the Valley. I’m sure you’re aware that Anaheim is technically a part of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. You’re a suburb. You’re the Valley but farther away. I’m not sure, but I think you might be the Valley, to the Valley.