The Dream is Dead for Kevin Westgarth

You know the saying – when one door closes, another one opens.

Well, with Justin Williams unavailable (due to a shoulder injury sustained Monday night), Kings coach Terry Murray had a hole to fill on the top line with Dustin Penner and Anze Kopitar.

Sure, he could have gone with frequent fill-in Wayne Simmonds or the guy who started there early this season, Dustin Brown.

Instead, Murray does what he does best – he mixed things up!

Low and behold, like an early April Fools joke, the coach put Kevin Westgarth up on right wing.

The ripple effect of that decision was felt throughout twitter, facebook and the social media world yesterday. However, things were back to normal today when Oscar Moller arrived in town and was promptly given the purple jersey before practice – indicating he would be on the top line.

After the on ice workouts, I caught up with Westgarth…

MM: So, it looks like the dream is dead. You wont be up on the top line against San Jose tomorrow night after all…

KW: Yeah. When you get an opportunity like that you have to make the most of it. Maybe next time.

[In a little known fact, earlier in the year he and Kyle Clifford made a bet. The first one to get a Gordie Howe Hat Trick – a goal, an assist and a fight in the same guy – would owe the other guy a nice dinner. Westgarth had tried to get a movie thrown in, but young Clifford wanted no part of it. Dinner only.]

MM: That would have given you a great shot at finally winning the bet with Clifford. You’re running out of real estate here with only a few games left in the season.

KW: Absolutely! I definitely want to get it done as soon as possible. We all know it’s going to happen for one of us here.  But, I look forward to having my free dinner.

MM: If it doesn’t happen in the regular season, does it carry over into the playoffs?

KW: Oh for sure. That goes until it’s done. Hopefully the shorter the better, but as long as it takes.

It’s back to the fourth line tomorrow night.
Oh well.  It was fun while it lasted.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Westgarth Cheering for the Wolfpack

New Year’s Resolutions with Kevin Westgarth

Westgarth and Clifford Preparing to Get (Biz) Nasty?

Westgarth Watching Action On and Off the Ice – talking east coast fans

Coach Terry Murray on the returning Oscar Moller

Recent Articles

Jarome Iginla on Trade to LA Kings and What’s Next

Following the completion of today’s NHL Trade Deadline, forward Jarome Iginla held a conference call with the media to discuss being traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Los Angeles Kings.
On if knew he was going to be traded today:
“I talked to Joe and my agent Don, maybe a couple weeks ago. They said […]

Lombardi on Trading for Iginla and Expectations This Season

Following the completion of today’s NHL Trade Deadline, Kings GM Dean Lombardi held a conference call with the media to discuss his team’s acquisition of forward Jarome Iginla.
Lombardi on expectations for Iginla:
“We’re trying to bridge a gap here. It’s tough being in this middle layer, right now at the deadline. You’re caught between that […]

FREE REPLAY: Hoven on Sportsnet, Talking Kings Trades and Playoff Chances

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio in Calgary, where he joined host Pat Steinberg to talk about the Los Angeles Kings, Ben Bishop, Jonathan Quick, Peter Budaj, Anze Kopitar, trade rumors, upcoming games with the Calgary Flames, and much more.
The segment can be heard using the player below or […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Top Two Players Revealed

The wait is over; it's time to reveal the top two players on our 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings. Which player has earned the coveted No. 1 spot? As we finish off this multi-part series, we'll begin with a thank you … [Read More...]

More Prospect News