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If you’re a Sharks fan…

…isn’t the regular season just the hockey equivalent of “look, your shoe’s untied”/up-thwap-on-the-nose? What do you do when winning, even winning decisively, even winning decisively for an entire regular season, isn’t indicative of anything — – and worse, just serves to mock and magnify past betrayals?  

The Time Machine looks back at Rob Blake’s legacy

Congratulations, Rob Blake, on your number being retired and a belated congratulations on your Hall of Fame induction. Apropos of discussions on LAKi, I dug up what’s left of my comments on the topic back in 2008 (I pulled these out of the Inside the Kings archives a few months ago — good thing, too,…

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…