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Why didn’t Lombardi waive Dustin Brown?

This is a serious question. Dustin Brown’s numbers are just as bad as Mike Richards’s. Brown also has a long contract with a big cap hit. Brown is also on the downward slope of the productivity curve. I’m not prepared to write a gigantic post on all the many reasons why Richards and not Brown.…

Phaneuf for Richards? I would not be at all surprised

Los Angeles Kings: On a recent episode of Hockey Night in Canada, Friedman suggested a Phaneuf for Mike Richards swap would make sense for all parties involved. Know what? Friedge ain’t wrong. Both men are on long-term deals with high cap hits attached, and it feels as though the 2004 world junior teammates could both…

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…