I think Simon Gagne might get dealt soon

And, no, I’m not reporting a rumor. I don’t know any rumors, and I don’t have sources anyway. So why am I saying such things? Here’s my reasoning: Gagne – Richards – Brown sucked Saturday. They were by far the worst line on the ice. This point in and of itself means nothing. Sutter was…

CHI 5, LAK 2 — Post-Game Bullets (game 1)

  • Fourth line, awesome. Scored both goals.
  • Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan, Colin Fraser, all +2.
  • Clifford, 2 assists, leads Kings in points.
  • Third line, fine.
  • Jarret Stoll, Dwight King and Trevor Lewis, all even +/-.
  • Lewis led the team with 4 shots.

Heh

“Kings to become first team to hold banner lowering ceremony after opener out of embarrassment.”

– Fear the Fin

Kings Banner Raising: ZZZZZ (honk) ZZZZZ (honk)

I want to separate (1) the Kings winning the cup from (2) the cup banner-raising ceremony. Because (1) is literally and without exaggeration a dream come true. And (2) is just a bunch of boring self-indulgence that I would have happily fast-forwarded through had I not been watching it live on NBC. I probably should…

Kings 2013 Season Preview: x = 12 – y – 41*(z-5)/48

x = 12 – y – (z-5)/2 That was my prediction for the Kings in 2011-12. Where x = conference seed, y = number of 20 goal scorers, z = number of shoot-out wins. Results rounded to the nearest counting number. How did my little predictive formula do? Let’s see. 20 goal scorers: 4 (Kopitar, Brown, Williams,…

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…

2013 Kings’ opening night line-up?

The 2013 season starts in 10-14 days. Camp starts in less than a week, I suppose. Anze Kopitar and Willie Mitchell sound like they’re out with knee injuries for at least a few weeks. Tyler Toffoli has been tearing up the AHL. Jonathan Quick either has just been cleared to play (surgery, remember?) or is…