LA Kings 2013 Draft Bullets

I don’t have a whole lot to add to what’s already been written about yesterday’s draft, other than: Justin Auger was selected with the 3rd round pick acquired in the Simon Gagne trade. Patrik Bartosak was selected with the 5th round pick acquired in the Davis Drewiske trade. Valentin Zykov was selected with a 2nd…

Former Kings Stumpel, Norstrom, Murray, victims of massive fraud scheme

Scammed ex-NHL star fighting back [...] Bryan Berard [...] former [...] No. 1 draft pick, [is attempting] to recover the millions he invested with an unlicensed financial investor who bills himself as a “lifestyle coach”[,] and a convicted cocaine dealer who reinvented himself as a race car driver. [...] Berard is [...] trying to unravel bank transfers…

My 2 Cents on Bernier for Frattin and Scrivens

Jonathan Bernier was the first King drafted by Dean Lombardi, with the 11th pick in 2006. I have closely followed Bernier’s career for longer than I have any other current King. Seven years. I was aware of Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar when drafted, but can’t say I was following closely, not until they arrived…

Kings Anagrams: I am a bold nerd

Having established the true identity of toenail crud, we’re moving on to someone in the current Kings organ-EYE-zation. This mystery man’s name is an anagram of many things, among them: I am a bold nerd. Odd lamebrain. Bad old marine. Born amid deal. Admirable Don. Mad bandolier.  

Are the Kings “screwed”? (And is it news?)

I told you all many months ago that the Kings would have to get rid of two of their $3MM+ contracts in order to get under the cap. I gave a short list of (pick two of) Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. This was of course long before we all knew…

NHL 2013 CBA: ARTICLE 12 – SALARY ARBITRATION

Well, RFA season is upon us, with questions about offer sheets, arbitration eligibility, arbitration deadlines, qualifying offers, etc.. ARTICLE 12 – SALARY ARBITRATION 12.1 Eligibility for Player or Club Election of Salary Arbitration a)     A Player is eligible for salary arbitration if the Player meets the qualifications set forth in the following chart and in…

Whimsical NHL Realignment by Expansion Eras

Found this on my hard drive. Meant to post it during the realignment debate. This is not a serious suggestion. It wouldn’t work for any number of pesky real-world practical reasons. Still, it’s fun, at least for me, maybe for you. Montreal Canadiens Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins New York Rangers Chicago Blackhawks Detroit Red…

It’s here: the 2013 NHL CBA!

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2013 NHL CBA (NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement PDF) I am perversely excited to dive into this massive document, which is officially titled “Collective Bargaining Agreement between National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, September 16, 2012 – September 15, 2022.”  

Suspension? Maybe — but that was an accident

Yeah, Duncan Keith probably earned himself a game suspension for his high-stick to the face of Jeff Carter. There’s no question it was a high stick. There’s no question he intentionally swung his stick in Carter’s direction. But. I think it’s pretty clear from the replay that they were picking at each other all the…

Game 1 post-game Game 2 pre-game bullets

Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams: three clutch players. That was one of those “tails, heads, heads” games, like in the St. Louis series. Very, very close, with a razor thin margin for error. Dave Bolland hit on Mike Richards? I can see the argument both ways. But I didn’t think it was outrageous,…

Pre-Game 1 perspectivizer

Kings are 2-0 all-time in Conference Finals series (Toronto, 1993; Phoenix, 2012). 8-4 in Conference Finals games. 2-1 (series) and 8-8 (games) if you count the 1969 series against the Blues, before there were conferences. The Kings faced the Blackhawks in one previous playoff series, in 1974. The Blackhawks won the series, 4-1. The Blackhawks…

First all black-pants final four in NHL history

Try adding that to your broadcast, NBC. UPDATE: Okay, so I’m an idiot. The Avalanche have black pants, so 2000 (Avs-Devils-Stars-Flyers) was also all black-pants. Tampa had a big swath of blue in their pants in 2004, so I cross them off the list. Not that I meant for this to be a serious stat……

And the winner of the 2013 Stanley Cup is…

…someone with black pants. And, as I said in this morning’s post, for the first time in the modern history of the league, the last four Stanley Cup winners are the last four teams standing. (Tonight, I saw that NBC was saying it’s the second time in NHL history this has happened; come on, with…

Has this ever happened before? Nope.

The last five teams alive are also the last five cup winners: 2008 – Detroit Red Wings 2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 – Chicago Blackhawks 2011 – Boston Bruins 2012 – Los Angeles Kings And if the Blackhawks win tonight, it will be the last four cup-winners in the Conference Finals. Also, it guarantees that…