Clifford or Lewis – Who Stays? Who Goes?
First of all, I’m WELL AWARE that the Kings can sign both going into camp AND be over the cap as long as they are at or under that cap when the season starts. Okay??? Got THAT out of the way for those of you who think I’m stoopid or somethin’.
With Jordan Nolan getting a moderate raise with a 2 year 700K per year deal, the Kings have just over 1.5 million dollars in cap space to sign BOTH Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis.
Something has to give.
Either the Kings will have to deal one, or both, or waive other players on the roster before the season begins.
Is Lewis ready to step into Stoll’s spot? Will Lombardi be able to deal Stoll?
Will Clifford ever be ready to step into Penner’s shoes, or will he simply be a 4th liner? Or does the addition of Dan Carcillo make Clifford expendable?
None of this has to happen in the near future as training camp injuries happen and based on the just released schedule, there’s gonna be some injuries.
Speaking of the schedule…
It doesn’t seem as brutal as in years past but here are some highlights.
1) The Kings start the season playing 6 of their first 8 games on the ROAD. You always hope for a SPLIT on the road, so it makes winning their home games vs the Rangers and Ottawa that much tougher.
2) The Kings travel all the way East FIVE Times
- Carolina, Nashville, TB, Nashville
- Buffalo, Islanders, New Jersey, Rangers (road trip!)
- Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Chicago
- St Louis, Detroit, BOSTON, Columbus
- Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh
3) 14 back-to-back games
4) close the season with 4 of their last 5 on the road
Metropolitan? Really? So, they’re the METS?
John Hoven and I have been having a nice chat today about those Kings fans that don’t much care for Rob Blake.
He maintains it’s a “small” group. I disagree (as do most of my readers). Most Kings fans don’t even know what happened years ago, so they don’t boo OR cheer.
Johnny claims that only 5,000 of the 18,000 at Staples don’t like Blake, meaning 13,000 either are too young, don’t know, or could give a shit. That’s a very high 28% of Staples Center. But Johnny also doesn’t think that 69,000 people of the 250,000 who showed up at the SC parade, also dislike Blake – It’s the same exact percentage, 28% – That’s not “small.”
It’s those same 5,000 hardcore fans that booed Darryl Sydor out of town, John Van Boxmeer, too. Those same fans (maybe more) that hated Jamie Kompon so much his contract wasn’t renewed and he went and won another cup with Chicago.
Okay, for the sake of argument, lets say just 10% of the 18,000 people are booing Blake. (which isn’t a lot) That’s still not a “small” number and judging by the chorus of “boo’s” every time Rob Blake’s name is mentioned, I can safely say its a lot more than 1,800 people. And 10% of 250,000 people is still 25,000 fans that still think he’s a (fill in the adjective).
But I think we ALL know, there’s a LOT more than 1,800 people booing Blake at Staples.
Just as a weird side note, if you make 10% on your stocks each year, you’re fricken rich.
So of course, I’m going through my jersey collection tonight. I have ONE Burger King jersey. Rob Blake.