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Why did the Kings lose Thomas Hickey? I’ll tell you why

I was sad to see Thomas Hickey go this morning. In an alternate universe, it’s Hickey and not Alec Martinez or Slava Voynov playing in LA with his name on the Stanley Cup. Does that sound crazy? Consider that Hickey’s injuries early on are what kept him from getting his “cup of coffee” early on,…

Kings Quickie Roundtable 2013

This was going to be a longer conversation, but we got interrupted by yesterday’s sudden flurry of activity, so I decided just to post what we have. The last time I participated in a proper roundtable of Kings’ bloggers, it was back in 2010 on Jewels from the Crown. The participants were RudyKelly (then of Battle of…

The answer to the Hickey/Muzzin (and King) waiver mystery

This morning, the Mayor reported (or, I guess, tweeted) that several Kings prospects playing in the AHL were being put through waivers. Those players were Thomas Hickey, Marc-Andre Cliche, Andrew Campbell and Rich Clune. Previously, Jake Muzzin was recalled from Manchester and is currently in camp with the Kings. Those five names are the ones…

Yeah, except Muzzin isn’t going to replace Mitchell

Martinez (or an as yet not-acquired defenseman) will replace Mitchell. Muzzin, or Hickey, or Bodnarchuk, or Drewiske, or whoever, would be playing third pair minutes with Greene. So ask yourself this: who is more able to balance Greene’s faults? I’d go with Thomas Hickey over Jake Muzzin. @offsiderush @lakings If you’re replacing Willie Mitchell in…

Kings’ lines and pairs – Day One

Dustin Penner – Jeff Carter – Justin Williams Simon Gagne – Mike Richards – Dustin Brown Dwight King – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan Tyler Toffoli – Brad Richardson – ?? Rob Scuderi – Drew Doughty Alec Martinez – Slava Voynov Davis Drewiske – Matt Greene Jake…

Westgarth for Stewart, and I say Lombardi’s not done yet

Kevin Westgarth, loved and appreciated by pretty much everyone, lost his roster spot at some point in the spring of 2012, so it’s not a surprise that Dean Lombardi moved him when he got the chance. I have to say though, I am once again surprised by the excellent return (former 25th overall pick RW…

The Alternate Reality No Lock-Out 2012-2013 Season

Jonathan Quick got me thinking. He said yesterday that even if there had been no lock-out, he wouldn’t have been able to play until, well, now. He would have missed half the season. Mostly likely, this means we would have seen 30-35 games of Jonathan Bernier and 5-10 of…Martin Jones? I would have liked to…

What I would like to see the Kings do this season

Split the starts between Quick and Bernier, more or less evenly. 28/20. No reason to burn Quick out, or let Bernier die on the vine. Commit to a third line that is fully offensive in nature, not a defensive stopper unit a la xx/Handzus/Simmonds, but a speed and skill line a la Granato/Donnelly/Millen. I nominate…