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…

Who will still be on the Kings in 2013-14?

2013-14, that’s this fall, by the way. The NHL and NHLPA have apparently agreed to allow 2 buy-outs per club for 2013-14. That’s two buy-outs that will not count against the cap. The point is to make it easier for teams to get below the presumed $60 million cap ceiling. I don’t know what other…

Overheard on the radio

Today, on AM 570 (in Los Angeles), the two sports radio personalities were talking about the NHL lock-out. The conversation went something like this: First Radio Person: The NHL has canceled more games, so now the earliest hockey season could start is January 15th. Second Radio Person: Isn’t the season usually over by then? First…

Bettman: Hall of Shame or Hall of Fame?

Does Gary Bettman belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? | canada.com It was 20 years ago today that the NHL found an obscure NBA executive and anointed him as the first ever commissioner. Now before you start spitting in anger at the thought of this question, consider it carefully: Does Gary Bettman belong in the…

Kings fans are used to six months off between seasons

Usually, the summer break starts in the beginning of April and goes until the second week of October. Since our break started two months late — mid-June — we would only be getting to the end of our usual time off about now, mid-December. So we should really start feeling it about now.  

“Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Barzini all along.”

Every day I read that fans shouldn’t blame Bettman because Bettman works for the owners. I have no problem with that sentiment (except possibly for the words “shouldn’t” and “because”), but, to simplify matters, let’s just say that “Bettman” is not a person at all (a stretch, I know) but a synecdoche, standing for the…

Kings’ David Courtney Passes Away

Well, that’s just horrible. LA Public Address Announcer David Courtney Passes Away: LAist. According to the Los Angeles Kings, public address announcer David Courtney, 54, died. The cause of death has not been disclosed. [...] Courtney’s last tweet occurred on Wednesday when he told a follower that he was waiting to undergo an angiogram.