Kings Of The Podcast completes the 2022 Holiday Hat Trick of episodes with an all-new show. Joining hosts John Hoven and Dennis Bernstein is longtime friend and founder of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel.
Some of the topics covered in this hour-plus KOTP edition include:
— One gift for each player on the Kings roster
— Quinton Byfield on the top line
— Rum and Vodka
— NHL hockey in Arizona
— A possible Kings-Coyotes trade for Jacob Chychrun
— Patrick Kane to LA?
— New metal bands
— Much more
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Best thing from that podcast was finally getting these donkeys to understand Clarke will not be coming back this season and that the Kings are not getting Jakob Chychrun. That made me so happy to hear and that was a Christmas gift/new years/birthday all in one!
Only forward I don’t like but I guess you could use them if somehow in the playoffs there is dirty hockey, but Brendan Lemieux has never been a player I liked. Maybe last season when Lizotte and him were scoring, but the amount of penalties I see Lemieux take is just as bad as Fiala. There’s one huge difference, Fiala is good! And I finally see JAD kicking butt! All those scouting reports and finally I see it and super happy for him and the team. Next article or podcast I got a great question.
Which forward is to be sent down OR put on waivers? Kupari goes down and Kaliyev comes back then that’s a huge question there. I know that they brought Byfield back up that replaces kupari, but again I think that makes Lemieux that much more of an issue. Ok I’m done! Happy new years go Kings and go metalbalde!
Douglas Sun says
Lemieux is a bit of a riddle. Yes, he takes bad penalties. No, he doesn’t score much. But I sense that he’s popular with his teammates because he’ll go to the mat for them; he understands his role and he’s glad to fill it. I remember, years ago, a game against Tampa where Doughty got crunched into boards hard and Dean Lombardi and even Terry Murray were furious because nobody stood up for him and retaliated. No worries about that when Lemieux is in the lineup. As fans, we understand the things that you can write down on the score sheet. It’s harder for us to understand the underlying drive for physical and psychological dominance within the game.
Douglas Sun says
It seems to me that, with Fiala and Vilardi forming the ‘third’ line, the Kings actually have three scoring lines — a top 9 instead of a top 6. I don’t really see it as a demotion for Fiala so much as an offensive depth move; now the Kings can roll three lines that can score. If they can maintain a good balance between team defense and team offense, they will be plenty dangerous down the stretch.