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I haven’t written in a long time. I have my reasons, most having to do with the lockout, but I am back. Yeah, I know, so what.
Let me start by saying that Matt Barry not covering the Kings on Hockeybuzz.com is a huge loss. His writing and knowledge on the Kings was impressive. I didn’t agree with everything he wrote, but liked it always.
Dustin Penner has taken his pancakes and skates back to the Ducks. Penner, who stunk in regular season games, but stepped up in the playoffs, will go back to the place where he won a Cup in 2007. Penner is a so Cal lover, so I figured he wasn’t going anywhere
The Kings did acquire Daniel Carcillo from the Champion Blackhawks for a conditional draft pick in 2015. Carcillo is best known for being besties with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards when they all played with the Flyers.
In other Kings/Flyers news, Ron Hextall is going back to the City of Brotherly Love. Hextall was named Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations for the Flyers. Hextalls drive and passion helped the Kings to their Cup win. He’ll make a difference in Philadelphia. Hope to see a Stanley Cup finals between the two teams.
Kings inked Alec Martinez to a 2-year deal. I thought he was as good as gone? Nice to have him under control even if it means he’ll be skating somewhere else next year.
Slava Voynov we’ll be in LA for the next six years. Nice signing by the Kings, who still have decisions to make on Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford.
When will the Kings look into the Dustin Brown deal? That man has to stay in LA. He is the heart and soul of the Kings the past couple years, and would be next to impossible to replace. I say that with the knowledge that he blew me off three times at the 2012 NHL awards.
Hockey season start in roughly 3 months. Why am I missing it so much?
L.A. Kings’ fans are about to get an even better experience at STAPLES Center with the addition of free Wi-Fi. The new service, announced just in time for tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks, is the result of a partnership between STAPLES Center and Verizon Wireless.
“STAPLES Center Wi-Fi Powered by Verizon” provides guests with faster service during STAPLES Center’s more than 250 annual games, concerts, shows and special events. Additionally, guests at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE will have free Wi-Fi access beginning May 21st.
So when you’re ready to Instagram your pic of the Kings scoring a goal, you can connect to the free service by selecting “VerizonWiFi” from the list of available Wi-Fi networks.
This Thursday, February 21, the Los Angeles Kings and Ontario Reign are hosting the Kings-Reign Royal Poker Shootout at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, for charity.
The poker tournament will feature Kings fans playing against Reigns fans, and participants will have the unique opportunity to play alongside famed Kings players and broadcasters, including: Ian Laperriere, Marty McSorley, Bernie Nicholls, Jim Fox, Daryl Evans, Bob Miller, Nick Nickson, Luc Robitaille, Ian Turnbull and Pete Demers, while also playing for $10,000 in cash prizes!
Each buy-in is $25, with proceeds going to both the Kings Care Foundation and the Hope Reigns Foundation. Fans can sign-up today for a chance to win and participate in the star-studded Kings-Reign Royal Poker Shootout!
A sad day for Kings fans as longtime PA announcer David Courtney passed away at the age of 56. Courtney, who also did PA work for the Lakers & Clippers, will be greatly missed by not only the organization, but fans as well.
Another important, but less serious news, the NHL lockout is still in effect. The mediator that was brought in to help out with negotiations, couldn’t break the stalemate that has reached close to 80 days. I don’t want to say the sides are back to square one, but saving the season gets tougher each passing day, a position that frustrates Kings fans.
What a night to be a Kings fans. Thursday at the Las Vegas Wranglers game, the Stanley Cup–with the Kings signatures–was in attendance. Fans lined up for as far as the eye could see to get a picture with hockey’s Holy Grail.
It was also a chance for Kings fan to get another look at the Cup they waited 45 years to see.
I’ll leave you all with a look back at the life and career of David Courtney, who left us way too early. Thanks KINGSVISION.
NHL ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF REMAINDER OF PRESEASON SCHEDULE
NEW YORK (September 27, 2012) – The National Hockey League
today the cancellation of the remainder of the 2012 preseason schedule.
The cancellation of the preseason schedule was necessary because
the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL
Association and the NHL.
I think that sucks!!!!!!
Yeah, I’m gonna miss they Kings as they set out to defend the Cup for the first time in team history. I think it really sucks for the employees of all the teams that will lose time and money due to this greed fest.
Here’s an idea, why not just split profits 50/50? No, that’ll never happen as one side always has to win.
Great move NHL..Take a league that was starting to thrive after the work stoppage of 2004 and shut it down again. I remember a time when sports was an escape from the every day rigors of life. Not anymore, as it is know an extension of life.
Hey NHL, once again you have overstated your importance. I have heard people get angry with the NFL replacement officials. Nary a complaint about the NHL. Here’s betting that most won’t care. In LA the people that cover the Kings are still trying to figure out the names of the players.
Here we go again. The NHL never learns, I guess. In just 2 weeks if they don’t have a deal with the players they will lock them out, in essence jeopardizing the entire 2012-13 season. That includes the annual Frozen Fury game scheduled for September 29th.
To me, it appears the NHL is taking a cue from the rest of our country, in trying to take money back, instead of trying to work out an agreement. I don’t care how many owners think they are the story, the people pay to see the players. Shocking stuff, huh?
Moving on..Have you seen the preview of the Kings Ice girls Calendar? If you haven’t, I will check it off your bucket list. Get a load (wrong word)..Take a look…I think you’ll like what you see. Thank’s KINGSVISION!!
Ok, relax. In other Kings news. The defending champs are on TV a whopping 23 times (give or take). They will be on NBC Sports net, NBC, CBC, TSN, TSN2,RDS & NHL Network US. That has to be a record, wouldn’t you say?
Wait there’s more (game show voice). Jim Fox will be hosting the second annual “Sunset Sip” wine tasting reception at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach ( 628 Alamitos Ave. ) Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the reception will once again benefit The Guidance Center. If you haven’t had the pleasure to spend time around the former King, this is your chance. He is opinionated, nice, and just a lot of fun to talk with.
Here an event that I would love to be part of, and I think you might too. It’s the BEGINNER’S WORKSHOP WITH DARYL EVANS (all caps ’cause I’m psyched about this). This event, to be held Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 13, Oct. 23 is a workshop designed for those who have never played hockey before – providing gear, instruction and tickets to a Kings game.
Here’s what you get for only $500.00:
Full NEW Set of Gear (skates, socks, jersey, hockey pants, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads, gloves, helmet, stick, hockey bag)
FOUR Hours of On-Ice Instruction from LA Kings Alumnus and Radio Color Commentator, Daryl Evans
A pair of 200 Level Tickets to the Kings – Nashville Predators game on Oct. 23 and skate at STAPLES Center
The price drops to $350.00 if you already have your own gear.
Here’s the Schedule:
Fitting: September 22 and 23 at Hockey Tron ( 5300 Katella Ave. in Los Alamitos)
On-Ice: Tuesday, October 2 at 7:45PM at Iceoplex Simi Valley (131 W. Easy St. in Simi Valley )
On-Ice: Tuesday, October 9 at 7:45PM at Iceoplex Simi Valley
On-Ice: Saturday, October 13 at 4:30PM at Iceoplex Simi Valley
On-Ice GAME DAY: Tuesday October 23 at STAPLES Center , before the Kings vs. Predators