Congrats to the Kings for a great season and for being a team that actually MADE it to the 3rd round the year after winning the Cup. They didn’t quit, they gave us home fans plenty of reasons to cheer (only 4 home losses) and that goal with 7 seconds left felt just as good as when Stoll scored the OT winner in Vancouver last year.
I still think Lombardi failed to upgrade at the LW, but maybe there wasn’t a deal he liked. After all, if Regehr was fetching TWO 2nd rounders, I can only imagine what a LW would have cost (maybe a 1st round pick and a prospect, like he had to give up for Penner?
Quick kind of stunk during the regular season but showed why he’s worth all that money in the playoffs. Damn, he’s good.
Didn’t get hit too bad with the injury bug this season, thank you hockey Gods.
Looking forward to the changes that are coming… and a full season of Tyler Toffoli.
I had a blast with all of my friends at the Yard House, ESPNZone, Trader Vics and thanks again Stacey for being the best season ticket partner a friend could have. Love ya more! (and no, we’re not married)
On to the off season, ’cause I really could give a shit about the Stanley Cup finals.
The Jonathan Bernier Merry-Go-Round:
From Bill Meltzer’s blog: Dennis Bernstein tweeted that the Flyers might pursue a trade for Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier in exchange for Matt Read (which Bernstein claims was discussed near the trade deadline before the Flyers acquired Steve Mason from Columbus).
Here’s a good take from a solid Flyers blogger:
I think the Kings already HAVE Matt Read and his name is Tyler Toffoli
The Kings can do better and despite there being 39 UFA goaltenders, Bernier is going to get a lot of attention. But BECAUSE there’s a lot of UFA goaltenders, don’t look for Lombardi to rob other teams. It will likely be a straight 1-1 deal.
I also LOVE when people talk about Bernier ONLY having 62 games of NHL experience. How About Mikka Kiprusoff’s 48 games of NHL experience backing up Nabokov before Dean Lombardi traded him to Calgary and he wound up with a 1.70 gaa!!!
Toronto may be looking to deal Phil Kessel + draft picks. Lombardi did go after Phil before Burke severely overpaid for him. Kessel had another solid regular season, but didn’t have the greatest of post season’s, and he has just 1 year left on his contract.
Florida IMO is the Kings best bet as they have the assets and draft picks and the Kings don’t have to worry about facing them in the finals any time soon. THIS to me seems like a sure Lombardi move.
Let’s not forget, Lombardi has dealt a lot of his draft picks and he’s make a good living in the 2nd round.
As much as the Kings need scoring, they’re going to have to replace Rob Scuder if he isn’t signed.
It’s very possible Scuderi is going to opt for free agency and an increase in pay – likely a 4 year deal from the Islanders. I wouldn’t give him any more than 3 and that’s pushing it. He’s fantastic, but he’s really been slowing down. With that said, he was the best defenseman on the Kings this season.
There’s not a single UFA defenseman that looks as attractive as Rob Scuderi was 4 years ago. Strait and Hainsey are 35 and 32 respectively and made a million dollars MORE than Scuderi last season.
Priority #1 is to re-sign Scuderi. Sign him for 4 years, and buy him out in the 4th.
The Kings have been woefully thin on the left side for years. Unless Penner takes another drop in salary, he should be gone. We all love the playoff Penner, but the regular season Penner has been a disaster for years, even being a healthy scratch for games at a time.
Kyle Clifford has been given every opportunity to take that #2 spot but somehow always winds up back on the 4th line.
Personally, the Kings should sign Raffi Torres. That guy hits like a freight train and would be great on the 3rd line with Stoll, and surprisingly is only 31. Matt Cooke is also available.
Please stop with Ryane Clowe. He doesn’t score and he’s a locker room cancer.
Valterri Filppula made 3 million bucks last season with Detroit, is only 29, but only scored a handful of goals.
Viktor Stalberg is only 27 and made less than a million, but he disappeared like Casper the Friendly ghost during the playoffs so far.
Early word is Montreal is going to back up the Brinks truck for Brian Bickell. There’s no way the Kings are going to be able to match. He’s exactly the missing piece for several East Coast teams.
Dwight King and Jordan Nolan:
Is it me or does Dwight King look an awful lot like Patrick Star from Spongebob? King and Nolan were great when they came up last season and helped the Kings win the cup. But this season they showed that they should have developed another year in Manchester. King has size but hands of stone. Nolan wound up in Sutter’s doghouse more than Martinez.
I don’t think they’re guaranteed a spot next season.
He admitted today he wasn’t hurt just “in a slump” – Dude! Didn’t anyone ever explain Mark Grace’s “slump buster?”
“A slumpbuster is if a team’s in a slump, or if you personally are in a slump, you gotta find the fatest, gnarliest, grossest chick and you just gotta lay the wood to her. And when you do that, you’re just gonna have instant success. And it could also be called jumping on a grenade for the team.”
Anze, you FAILED yourself and your TEAM, man! You don’t pay 6.8 million dollars for your #1 center to score just twice in 35 games. I’m not saying the Kings should deal him, make Carter the #1 center and Richards the #2, but the amount the Kings would get in return would be astronomical. Would Florida or Tampa be willing to deal their top pick for MacKinnon, Jones or Drouin. There’s also Aleksander Barkov and Valeri Nichushkin to consider (but maybe we can grab one of them for Bernier)
Players Now Want to Come Play In L.A. – Dean Lombardi
That’s what Dean Lombardi reiterated today. He missed out on Chara and Martin and Gaborik and Hossa and Richards and Kovalchuk. Okay, so NOW that the Kings have won the cup and made it to the WC finals, WHO ARE YOU ACTUALLY GONNA SIGN, DEAN?
I hear this guy is available. After all, you love the veterans, right?