Ben Bishop’s NHL debut vs LA Kings, thank you Sarah Palin

Manny Legace

Politics essentially started the career of Tampa Bay Lighting goaltender Ben Bishop.
Back then, he was a member of the Blues. Prior to their game on October 24, 2008, Republican Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin was in St. Louis to drop the ceremonial first puck…

Starting goalie Manny Legace tripped on the carpet that had been laid out [...]

UFC 167 Predictions: Hendricks thinks he’s the guy to beat GSP

UFC 167

Ten men have come before him and only one has been successful at beating UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a title fight – leaving the man known as GSP to be considered by many as the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time.
Thus, similar to the situation Anderson Silva faced as the long-time middleweight champion, fighters are often [...]

LA Kings recall two players, make a pair of other roster changes

Vey Toffoli LA Kings 2013

With an offense that continues to provide less than consistent scoring, it was only a matter of time until a move had to be made in Los Angeles. As we first discussed when NHL team’s had to submit their initial rosters to the league office, coach Darryl Sutter was going to carry eight defenseman until [...]

Top 10 LA Kings prospects – 2013 pre-season rankings – Who’s the new number one?

Kings 2013 preseason Top 10 Prospects

With summer behind us and players gearing up for camps all across North America, the start of the 2013-14 season is right around the corner. Thus, it’s time once again for our annual pre-season ranking of the LA Kings Top 10 Prospects.
Two years ago, Martin Jones topped the organization’s list, riding high after following up his performance as [...]

Martin Jones holdout officially under way, plus Mathieu Garon headed to LA

Jones Martin Kings

According to LAX security footage and various flight manifests, all of the Kings prospects have safely arrived in Los Angeles for Rookie Camp, minus just one name.  Per hotel records, the others have checked in and are eagerly awaiting their physicals and conditioning tests tomorrow.
Goaltender Martin Jones is the lone player not in town, thus [...]

Clifford leaves shovel and trade rumors behind, returning to Kings

Clifford Dodgers Kings

Kyle Clifford is a simple man, he makes no bones about it.
From the game he plays on the ice, to the lifestyle he leads off it, there are no secrets. It’s point A to point B and he’s happy every step of the way.
While some of his teammates have been off getting married or taking [...]

Salary Cap Crunch – Kyle Clifford or Trevor Lewis?

Clifford v Lewis salary cap

We keep waiting for people to beg for mercy, complaining that their heads hurt from all the math. Instead, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive all summer long to our series of salary cap articles. And why not, if there was ever a period in NHL history where you really needed to understand the cap [...]

Lombardi responds to anybody critical of Rob Blake hiring

Lombardi Blake Kings MayorsManor

During today’s conference calls with Dean Lombardi and Rob Blake, neither man shied away from the fact that some Kings fans – albeit, a small vocal group – may not like the hiring of the future Hall of Fame Player.
Despite a long list of credentials, including being the Kings’ all-time leader in games played, goals, [...]

Monday morning Salary Cap review – Martinez in, who’s next?

Brenden Morrow Stars at Kings MayorsManor

Nothing gets people excited like a little math on a Monday morning.
For about the past month or so we’ve been reviewing the Kings salary cap situation – which, as most of you know by now, is more complicated than the planning required for a Cirque du Soleil show.
As part of the new CBA agreed to [...]

Updated overview of the Kings salary cap situation

Salary Cap Kings Week3

Here we go again. Salary Cap 101, week three is now in session.
As mentioned previously, you’re encouraged to take copious notes. Pop quizzes are likely early next week.
A few major changes have taken place since our last meeting, including the departure of Rob Scuderi and addition of Jeff Schultz. In a somewhat surprising reversal, GM [...]