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

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes, the Draft, Mindset of Kings Fans

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to discuss the current state of mind for SoCal hockey fans, look back at the 2010 NHL Draft in Los Angeles, and so much more.
For some bonus / related content, check out this […]

SPORTSNET RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on What the NHL Should and Should Not Do Next

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio in Toronto, where he joined host Roger Lajoie for a look at some of the ideas surrounding what the NHL should and should not do next – from starting the season back up, to the Draft Lottery, to neutral site games, free agency, trades […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Kings Season Status, Prospects, and Draft Lottery

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Hot Stove, where John Hoven joined hosts David Pagnotta, Dennis Bernstein, and Ryan Paton to evaluate what’s next for the LA Kings, including: a possible return to the ice, 2020 Draft Lottery, top prospects coming to AHL Ontario, Todd McLellan, roster changes over the summer, compliance buyouts, […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2020 Prospect Rankings – Goalie Depth Chart

Before we get started here, some context… While normally our Midseason Prospect Rankings come out shortly after the World Junior Championships, we held off in anticipation of any deals the Kings may make prior to the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News