Stupid NHL draft!

The LA Kings finished with the 2nd worst record in the NHL this year, (Ottawa Senators were the worst). Yesterday the NHL had the ‘draft lottery’ where they selected who was going to get the #1 overall pick.

The following is a list of the odds to win the #1 pick, and the odds to NOT get a top 5 pick.


Chicago had a 92% chance of NOT getting a top 5 pick, and NY Rangers had a 77% chance of getting a top 6 pick, and they pick #3 and #2.

In the “old” days, there used to be a bingo ball thingy, and they picked in the reverse order, and it was “out there for all to see”. They way they do it now, Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner of the NHL comes out with a stack of envelopes, already with the worst to first pick. It just leaves a sour taste in your mouth that it doesn’t look “above board”.

A top 5 pick is still great, heck Kopitar was #11 pick, Brown a #13 pick, and Luc Robitaille, the Kings president and hall of fame left winger, was picked in the 9th round, and they don’t even have a 9th round anymore. So many 1st round picks don’t even play in the NHL, but having the chance to get a “Crosby/Gretzky” like player in Jack Hughes or Kappo Kakko, the Finish born player

Kings VS San Jose

Went to Kings game last night va the San Jose Sharks expected to see a Kings loss. Just the way the season is going.   And then this happened.


Kings beat the sharks 4-2, and Ron Burgundy is 1-0 in the Kings booth. He even got on the Kiss cam, smoothing with a burrito


just saying..... 

First Kings game with Ryan

We took Ryan to his first Kings game yesterday. He had a great time and enjoyed meeting Bailey the Kings mascot.

Knowing your Kings staff

At LAX airport yesterday a lady waiting at the curb said she liked my kings hat and shirt. I said I was here for the game tomorrow. She said she was too! She said her husband works for the Kings and I said who is he? and she said he's the Dir of Pro Development.

I said "your husband is Mike O'Connell? How was your flight from Boston? ( As i knew that is where he was based out of.)

She was amazed and all I could think of was "STALKER"

Hockey games!

Kings vs Sharks on Monday and vs Rangers on Wed.   Big storm coming in to So Cal on Monday..  But then again, we are getting snow Sunday and Monday here in Colorado when we fly out to So Cal.   Hopefully it will miss both places and we'll have nice weather for our hockey trip to watch the Kings. 

My sis and bro are coming out on the 19th for the holiday!! Should be a good time!

 Even though we moved to Colorado, we kept our Kings season seats that Janis has had since 1991. We go out to about 15 games a year (nice that airfare on Frontier airlines or Southwest is relatively cheap.


Go kings! Lose for Stampkos/Doughty

No score start of the 3rd period,, 0/0 shutout which is frickin amazing since Dan Cloutuer is in net and he's already given up 26 shots,,,

Kings only have 12 shots so I'm not expecting a lot considering its against Luongo

 Of course the Kings lost, which is a good thing since we're trying to get the #1 overall draft pick, but that won't matter cause with the Kings luck we'll lose the draft lottery and pick 3rd..

Even if we picked #1 overall we wouldn't get Stamkos, who is supposed to be the next great one.. We'd do what we did last year and 'with the 4th pick in the draft The Kings choose Thomas Hickey, who was #15 on everyone's depth chart"

Tampa Bay is now #1 SUCKAGE in the NHL even though we are tied with them, they have fewer wins than us.  But it won't matter as we'll lose the lottery anyway as that’s what us Kings do!    St Louis is on the 9 game road trip and of course will lose all 9 games as that’s what Andy Murray does (unfortunately) as I really like Andy Murray.   Its just a damn shame that he coaches teams like they are in high school and these players making millions of dollars tune him out quickly. Luckily for us the STL team that will lose all the games left still won't catch us for the worst team in the league..


4-6 weeks for the cabinets

They said it will take 4-6 weeks for the cabinets to be replaced.  That will put us in Mid April I think.   The rest of the house is mostly done, so I think they will have some dead time until they get the cabinets.   They finished the driveway but it is still covered in plastic so they couldn’t send us a picture of it yet. 

Kings win over the Avalanche! They were up by 2, 2-0 and then in the 3rd they were down by 2 as the Av's scored 4 straight goals. The Kings tied it up with 3.4 sec left and Dustin Brown scored the game winner in the shootout in the sixth round of the shootout. Great game!!!



Kings win!

Kings win!  beat the stinkin sharks 4-2.  Frolov finally got his act together (only took him 3yrs)  but he finally played up to his capabilities. 

Dustin Brown is a stud.   Six hits, a goal, and the kid is only 21. 


Anze Kopitar is the next Gretzky.  He's the only player that I've seen in a long time (well since Ovechkin and Crosby last year)  that you get on the edge of your seat when he has the puck as you know he is going to do something magical with it.  If he ever had good line mates then he'd REALLY be good but Crawford puts him with basically everyone as he's triple shifting him out there.

PS -  Frolov has had 2 goals in 3 straight games and has played like he has always had the capability of. 

Vegas weekend - Frozen Fury 9

Went to Vegas this weekend - Frozen Fury 9 which is the annual Kings game at the MGM grand arena is always this weekend, and we go every year.  Next year we'll be coming from Colorado which will be wierd as we won't be driving as Colorado to Vegas is about 600 miles.  

We went to see LOVE, the new Cirque du Soleil show at the Mirage hotel.  It was inspired by George Harrison who was friends with Cirque's founder and said they should do a show with Beatle Music as the theme.  It was great (great sound, sets, etc) but not great if you are more of a cirque fan of the acrobatics/theatrics.  "O" is still the best in the cirque genre except I really like Mystere too (the music is awesome in that show.

Frozen fury was great - Kings won with 52 seconds left, I was 2 rows from the class and had great view of the goal that won the game.

Hockey is back!

At the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, CA the National Hockey League players are getting in shape for the new season.  Training camp is 2 1/2 weeks away and the ones that live in the Los Angeles area are skating and getting their skating legs in shape.

This is Evgeni Malkin and Mike Comrie fighting for a puck behind the net

Kings Sean Avery

George Parros tries to get one past the goaltender Steve Shields

Luc Robitaille’s last Kings home practice

Luc Robitaille of the Los Angeles Kings is the highest scoring left wing in history.  He scored over 660 goals, won a Stanley Cup with Detroit Red Wings, and is retiring on Monday.

Robitaille, 40, has played 19 seasons in the NHL – including 14 with the Kings – after the club selected him in the ninth-round (171st overall) in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. In 1,428 career regular season games with the Kings, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, Robitaille has 1,394 points (668-726=1,394) and 1,175 penalty minutes. In 159 playoff games, he has 127 points (58-69=127) and 174 penalty minutes.

We went down and watched his last two practices at the Kings Practice facility.  Unfortunately the shooting through the glass isn't good for taking good photographs, but there are some good ones in there.

The NHL is back. (almost)

The NHL is back (almost). They almost have ratified the CBA and the Kings prospect camp started yesterday.  Unfortunately with working full time I don't have the time to go watch the camp.

It is the first year in 6 that I won't be going and taking pictures at the camp - last year I took a lot of pictures.  Sidney Crosby the 16 year old (at the time) phenom was there and he is touted to be the next Wayne Gretzky.  I took some good pictures of him - Also took some good ones of Fukufuji, the good young Japanese goaltender that the Kings drafted.

Taking a breather after making some good saves