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ian22: Good point. I can't help but think letting Scuderi go was a huge mistake. Yes, they have Mitchell and now Regehr, but I think the Kings lost a lot on the defensive D-man front after winning The Cup.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 7:24:14 AM

esaki: FWIW, whenever I have watched a Kings-Winnipeg game with Winnipeg announcers, they talk about Richards as a "local kid." You may be right in theory but I think the spin will be that he is coming home.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 7:21:56 AM

vbing: Btw, although Kenora & Winnipeg are close geographically, as an Ontario boy, he would hardly be considered a hometown boy. Plus, Richards hasn't turned out to be an outdoorsy-type, he enjoys urban life and likes cities. That said, other than the weather, Winnipeg is a pretty decent city (thanks to potash) and Richards is still considered to be a major player due to his Team Canada performances. I think a deal with the Jets could get done.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 6:30:50 AM

vbing: Mike Richards = Brad Richards a top 6 player who needs to learn to be a bottom 6 player and special teams specialist. Someone will still be willing to take him on, especially if the Kings take back salary. If the Kings had either Brown OR Richards, they would probably be ok, but we can't carry them both.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 6:25:59 AM

esaki: You're right in theory, but (1) Winnipeg is dumb, (2) Richards is from the area, and you know how much Canadian teams love to overpay for hometown guys, (3) the other stuff would have to be significant (a first, a higher-end prospect that may turn out to be Toffoli), and (4) we won't have to pay one hundred cents on the dollar for Kane.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 5:40:03 AM

Grinder: Considering all of the Muzzin bashing I've done this season, he has actually not been a major liability in the playoffs. He'll need to progress into a PK role soon.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 5:34:39 AM

Smyttie: Richards might as well be the "other stuff"; he's the new Scott Gomez. I think that Brown would have to be the centerpiece in anyt deal for Kane. I really believe the only way to clear the books of Richards at this point will be an amnesty buyout.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 5:31:00 AM

azking: Richards is done.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 4:39:35 AM

notko1: I don't want to harp on Hahn and Remenda, but they are embarrassing. Hayward at least keeps his cool and isn't having an orgasm on the air.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 4:25:26 AM

notko1: I really liked Mike Richards, too bad he died last year.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 4:20:06 AM

esaki: (1) Resign Gabby if at the right price. He will only get better playing a year with Kopitar. (2) Do the Evander Kane deal. It will take Richards + other stuff but you can move Carter to center, and a Kane-Carter-Toffoli second line will be the best second line in hockey. (3) Somehow acquire one stay-at-home (does not have to be physical), second pairing defenseman who Sutter can trust. Stop putting so many miles on Mitchell. (4) Either fix what's wrong with Brown, or silently shop him, perhaps to acquire (3). That is all.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 4:01:35 AM

chiboyla: Fork = stuck in them.
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014 - 3:55:51 AM

ericd: Re topic - the only thing I can see above the water and turds is the blade of a stick...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 11:26:43 PM

naturallawyer: My dad (who doesn't follow the Kings all that closely) said he didn't have much hope going into the playoffs because of a trend he noticed: this year the Kings generally cleaned up against crappy teams and got beat by the good teams. In years past, the Kings would frustrate us by getting up for big games and winning them, only to lay eggs against the crappy teams. He said it wasn't a good sign for the playoffs that the Kings were generally getting beat by good teams. Yup.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 10:52:03 PM

Elsu: Where were the hockey gods now? Good play from both of teams, but sj was little lucky. It is hard to win 3 games against sj, but i think it is possible! Kings have to improve their play as they did from game 2 to 3. They can manage that.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 10:08:46 PM

vbing: That was a great play,but he still lost a ton of puck battles during the game. he's better than some, but that's the problem with finesse players, it's hard for them to find open ice to score goals like tonight in the playoffs.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 9:46:25 PM

Grinder: McNabb is supposedly not waiver exempt so he will have to play his way off the team.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:46:10 PM

vbing: I am watching some of the game now. That penalty at the end of the game by Stoll - they only showed Stoll's part of the play but at the arena, they showed the whole sequence and Couture definitely initiated the contact. Fans in the arena weren't happy with that call, but from what you saw on the telecast, it did look bad for Stoll.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:45:34 PM

nocloutier: right, its the anti-cup run
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:14:45 PM

ericd: a half inch or so on gabby shot that hit the post and we might be singing a different tune... as it is, this team has a lot of holes to fill... I hope DL can get gabby to stay on at a reasonable hit... Richards really hasn't been the same since he got monstered during last years playoffs... game 4 is now just for pride to not get swept... we will see what happens... does DS have the balls to sit JQ and let Jones have a go?... At this point what have we got to lose?...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:09:12 PM

nocloutier: buyout carter sign gaborik.. that's a good first step.. then rebuild the d-corps.. Dean has already started doing that by moving delauries sp? for mccabe.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:02:46 PM

Grinder: The one thing that bothers me most right now is the Kings will have to improve enough to climb over Anaheim or SJ. Is that a realistic goal for next season? If not, the Kings might get bounced early in the playoffs again.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:02:18 PM

Grinder: I don't think the defense has been as solid as some seasons past. Maybe getting blown out will force DL to look at how this team is built and where they need to improve. They need a lot more puck skill, defensive mobility, and speed to name a few deficiencies. Not sure how much he can accomplish in one Summer, but he'd better get to work soon.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:55:42 PM

Grinder: Another turnover on an outlet pass. The lack of puck skills is inexcusable. This is their profession and they can't make or receive passes cleanly. I don't know how that's acceptable.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:45:56 PM

azking: When you are considered a Cup Final favorite and you get pole-axed in two games and lose at home to go down 0-3 that's what is probably normal. This team is showing that they are old and slow. Time for a reboot. We need more than a tweak. I would try to sign Gabby though.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:36:04 PM

sdguero: Hey guys, Just wanna say that the best commentary other than maybe Bob and Jim is on this site. Lots of original insights and shit. :D
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:27:42 PM

lowdrive: Ok so..on the bright side we get to go back to calling our coach an idiot, calling for the general manager to make dramatic changes and questioning every long term contract the team has signed.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:27:05 PM

mattmck: Slavs looked like a complete idiot during that sequence. Have another vodka you ass.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:24:24 PM

nobska: Hawks just won in OT 4-3. Kings are going to do the same.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:07:49 PM

vbing: @virbing: Got to go to Shattucks/St. Marys & sign up for that embellishment course. I heard that Couture & Crosby both aced that course. #NHLplayoffs
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:05:51 PM

nocloutier: well said.. mike lost his fire in the belly.. something you could always rely on.. maybe they shouldnt allow guys to live on the water in the south bay
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:04:51 PM

belbot18: Lewis just got beat by Marleau to the puck. Damn.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:21:05 PM

sdguero: Richards has been so bad the last two months or so. Once and a while he shows an offensive glimmer but that last goal really showcases his poor play. Sharks rookie gets 3-4 whacks at it right in front of him. Richards has to shut that bulsshit down and he didn't. Now were going into OT. FML. Go Kings Go!!!!!!!
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:01:39 PM

stephan: Sweating my balls off at staples
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:01:09 PM

azking: This year just doesn't have that feel. It's like whatever can go wrong does. I hate it.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:54:32 PM

vbing: That's a crappy call by the ref. Couture initiated that contact. He just collapsed as soon as he was touched.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:53:34 PM

Grinder: The Kings haven't had a SOG in a long time!
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:52:46 PM

sdguero: Stohl was having a career game until that penalty.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:47:45 PM

Smyttie: You know, now would be a GREAT time for one of those SH goals, Richards.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:47:30 PM

nobska: At least the Kings are still in it. Sending good juju.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:43:44 PM

sdguero: Or pass it to the other open forwards who actually have a chance to score
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:42:48 PM

notko1: I can't take Randy Hahn anymore
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:36:52 PM

ericd: Kings need the bounce of the puck to go their way for a change... don't wanna go to ot...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:33:50 PM

lowdrive: Good "I just got shot inna face!" fall by Cotoure. Stay on your feet, rat face.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:13:48 PM

ericd: Oh yeah carts! Now we gotta stamp on the sharts balls...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:13:27 PM

Grinder: Better crank it up and win this game.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:08:34 PM

vbing: Ericd, I wasn't one of the people that claimed it was a weakness for Quick ...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:59:36 PM

kingleberry: does this mean brown gets to start kneeing again? ;)
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:49:51 PM

belbot18: No. 44 checked his own goaltender.....geez...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:43:10 PM

ericd: well I'll be dipped in dogshit... Stool scores and the kings have life...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:20:02 PM

nocloutier: nice pass tt..
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:18:56 PM

vbing: Not much of a conversation ... Only Bruce showed up.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:17:04 PM

nocloutier: hello vbing.. hows it going
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:03:14 PM

vbing: Hello from the Staples Center.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:57:38 PM

nocloutier: maybe some RTers will check in from staples
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:54:11 PM

nocloutier: another uncalled goalie interference
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:50:04 PM

nocloutier: fuck burns
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:42:13 PM

ericd: bugger me... if we have to go with 5 D for the rest of the game... yikes...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:40:25 PM

nocloutier: man, things couldnt go much worse.. DD in the dressing room prob his shoulder again
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:36:02 PM

ericd: Oh fuck me days... that is not the start they wanted... a fuckin knuckle puck goes in...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:22:42 PM

nocloutier: brilliant dwight.. and then the luckiest shot beside the one that floated in last game
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 4:21:47 PM

ericd: I still reckon someone should run Niemi hard...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 3:56:05 PM

vbing: The best thing is that the Kings can say that they haven't played well yet in the series, while the Sharks probably can't play a lot better. I watched Game 1 today and the collapse came when the Kings iced the puck late in the period and Richards & Carter went to change without getting the puck deep allowing the outnumbered attack. Then the Kings turned over the puck near the Sharks blueline and Brown didn't skate hard to get back to defend and the Kings gave up the goal with seconds left. If Kings play smarter, the Sharks won't get such easy outnumbered attacks.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 3:47:25 PM

schroeder2: The effort tonight will tell us about this version of our Kings. If they don't respond to getting their asses handed to them in consecutive games, then it will be time to jettison the guys who are living on past glories. You can't drive staring in the rear view mirror...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 3:41:40 PM

nobska: Trying to do my part! You guys cheer for me.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 3:16:23 PM

ericd: At least the clock works a bit for me down here... I am 5 hours behind LA time (OK so the day is one ahead but hey...) so 2pm start time for me... thank goodness for headphones, cell phone and NHL gamecenter... work proceeds as normal...
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 2:30:21 PM

sneak: My son lives in Germany and also gets up early to watch the Kings - felt sorry for him during game #2.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 1:42:04 PM

nocloutier: yes nobs that is probably the ticket.. go support your local team will create the right energy for the Kings :)
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 1:29:45 PM

nobska: I hope you are right and it starts tonight! I am heading to the Winterhawks game, but will keep checking in on the game. If they win, I may not be allowed to watch any more of the series. ;-)
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 1:04:55 PM

stephan: who is going to the game tonight? RT meeting at 318 after 1st?
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 12:21:08 PM

Elsu: Hopefully Kings beats the Sharks! Greetings from Finland. Need to wake up 5:00 am to see the game. :-) We are so excited here, let's hope that the whole team LA really sparks.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 11:52:45 AM

sneak: ...and unlike past pretenders from nor-cal, these Sharks are very hungry. They are not strong, however, between the pipes; so the Kings must attack with quality shots.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 11:41:45 AM

kingleberry: Kings need to show the heart of a champion tonight
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 10:44:02 AM

Grinder: The hunger is missing, but the overall skill level, speed, and execution are also lacking.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 10:37:36 AM

kingsrule20: I'm not real optimistic about the remainder of this series. The Kings are a freight train type team in many ways. Big, slow, powerful, and their streaks take a while to build both ways. Esaki pointed out several months ago that they'll go through stretches where they'll dominate possession and still not win games, then all of a sudden start racking up wins. Then they'll start to slack off toward the end of a winning streak before their bad play results in actual losses. This pattern has repeated itself a few times this season. The Kings were either going to rip it up to start the playoffs or get curb stomped. It's pretty obvious which way it's gone so far.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 9:44:32 AM

naturallawyer: By the way, I'd consider moving Lewis to center and Richards to wing. The sharks are dominating down the middle, and Lewis, IIRC, played center against the sharks in the series three years ago. I know it's a different situation now (and Kopi was hurt back then, with Stoll centering our top line), but Lewis' speed may be helpful from a defensive perspective.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:29:45 AM

naturallawyer: Robidas is out for the season. Now the ducks' moves at the trade deadline look even dumber (not that they could've predicted Robidas would get another completely different injury). Not that it matters. "If" the Sharks get past the Kings, they are going to the conference finals and will probably steamroll the bloody mess of a team that they get to play. If the Sharks win in a short series in the second round (likely), they'll probably get to the finals, although a lot can happen between now and then, injuries etc. If the Kings show up with some heart tonight and make this a tough series again, that'll be the main obstacle the Sharks have to deal with for quite a while.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:15:30 AM

nocloutier: SJ has the intensity.. Kings are still in regular season mail it in mode and trying to find their fire.. they responded after game 1 punking.. but then SJ responded to that and the Kings could not take it up a notch.. the hunger is missing
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:12:12 AM

naturallawyer: I'm not sure if "step up" is the right term for him in the playoffs. I'd be more likely to use "jump up", "leap up", or "heads up!" when mentioning him. :-)
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 8:01:51 AM

nocloutier: totally agree.. torres seems to step it up in the playoffs.. he did for phx and he is for sj. he's nasty to play against and that goal he scored last game was very skilled
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:57:41 AM

Smyttie: It pains me to say this, but I'd rather have Torres on my team at this point over Brown.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:56:00 AM

ian22: Will Gaborik want to re-sign?
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:35:59 AM

naturallawyer: If I were Sutter, I'd have a quick hook on Quick. Like, two early goals or 3 before the halfway point and give him a rest. The Sharks don't have Jones figured out.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:31:22 AM

naturallawyer: If you told me before the series that the Kings would score 5 goals over their first two games I'd have been nearly certain we came home with a split. I bet no Jennings trophy winner has ever even given up 10 goals in the first two playoff games, let alone 13.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:22:54 AM

naturallawyer: I'd be ok trading (or not re-signing) everyone you listed. I might keep Mitchell as a 6th/7th d-man because of his leadership qualities, which would be good to have around the next generation. Clearly DL has lots of work to do this summer. Sign Gaborik, bring in several hungry players, increase team speed, upgrade defensemen.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:19:54 AM

azking: They could win but they are being dominated in a way that hasn't happened for quite awhile. I think the Kings are showing what happens when you get fat and lazy. It happened to Anaheim and they went in the tank only to redo their roster and come back stronger. This is an older and stale set of lines in key spots. Stoll, Richards, Brown, Mitchell, Reghr and Greene are all guys who really aren't that good anymore. Lets be honest here. They have experience but the skills have either eroded or the fire isn't there(Brown). That's 6 guys. Williams has shown that he can still bring it. What's Richards' excuse this season? Dude has been a ghost. Brown just annoys me because he is basically turning into Raffi Torres: a guy who blows people up but does little in terms of scoring.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 7:09:11 AM

nocloutier: I dont think you can do worse no matter what configuration they go with (including the 0 defensemen :) they may be be better off laying 6 players on top of each other in front of the net, and trying to win 1-0 in sudden death.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 6:59:26 AM

Grinder: Game 1: 6 dmen in the lineup and they allowed 6 goals. Game 2: 7 dmen in the lineup and they allowed 7 goals. How many dmen should they have in tonight's lineup? :-P
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014 - 5:40:56 AM

kingleberry: Dang!!! ;)
Monday Apr 21, 2014 - 11:02:48 PM

naturallawyer: Was there any three-game stretch this season in which the Kings gave up 13 goals? Honestly... That'd be 5, 4, and 4 goals against (unless there was a 6 GA in there). I bet that hasn't happened since 2011. And now it happens in the first two games of a playoff series. This was supposed to be the most competitive playoff series, and it's the ugliest and most boring series of the bunch so far (or tied with MTL/TB anyway). I just don't get it. Did someone poison the water in their hotel or something?
Monday Apr 21, 2014 - 9:25:31 PM

naturallawyer: Might not be a good sign that my season ticket rep's email included information for the presale to Frozen Fury next pre-season...
Monday Apr 21, 2014 - 8:53:56 PM

greenking: Summary: can't get much worse, one game at a time win the next one and move on. Lose the next one makes tee times
Monday Apr 21, 2014 - 7:16:39 PM

nobska: withholding judgment until tomorrow. if they can come out and play like they're capable of then yes, i'll believe. if they play like the last two games, there's no way and Brown should be gone, imo.
Monday Apr 21, 2014 - 7:12:37 PM