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?