Thursday, November 19, 2009

East meets West

There has been a lot of talk on the internets recently about how the Los Angeles Kings organization is turning into the "Philadelphia Flyers West"... as Coach Murray, GM Dean Lombardi and Assistant GM Ron Hextall all have ties with the Flyers. Recent acquisitions such as Justin Williams, Randy Jones and Michal Handzus were all Flyers at one point in their careers, even playing under Coach Murray. And after watching last nights game against the Flyers... I have absolutely no problem with the Kings emulating that franchise.

The definition of a conflict of interest.

Sure the Kings lost. But they played well enough. In the words of Coach Murray... the Flyers played a great road game. The ice was pretty crappy at tonights game... I haven't noticed it to be this bad in previous games at Staples this season but the puck was bouncing all around out there. I should have known the game wouldn't end up as a Kings victory when the National Anthem singer didn't show up. So instead... they went old school.

Organ rock!

Usually when Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I go to games... our seats are better than any of our friends who happen to be at the game.

The view from The Royal Half Headquarters.

So imagine our surprise for this game when we had 3 friends in attendance... and they all had better seats than us. So what do you do when you have friends at the game who have better seats than you do? Well, you go join them in Jerry Buss' private box, that's what!

So this is what it feels like to be rich.

It was a fun field trip to go up to the private level for the 3rd period... but I couldn't help wondering what life was like back in the 200 section. A private box is fun if you have a large group of people all celebrating a birthday or you are trying to woo a potential client or Hollywood star... but I'll take the seat with my brethren among the hard working Half and Full Season Ticket Holders any day.

Justin Williams really stepped it up in the first 2 periods in an effort to make up for the loss of Ryan Smyth. But the fact of the matter is, I wasn't too impressed with the chemistry with Alexander Frolov on that line. Teddy Purcell is playing his way off this roster and there should be a call up from Manchester before Saturdays game against the Calgary Flames. Who will it be? Only Dean Lombardi knows.

Check out the awesome Flyers Goal Scored By and Broad Street Hockey for their view from what I hope will one day be called Los Angeles Kings East.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you on Frolov. I hate to judge by such a small sample size but he performed exactly as many expected, which is to say poorly. While I like Ryan Smyth, I was still surprised at just how much his absence means to that line.

Good to see Justin Williams have such a great game though. He was all over the puck last night.

Chris Kontos said...

Yeah, really impressed with Williams last night.

Jim Fox was saying a few games ago how Smyth leads that 1st line in extra drills... throwing sticks behind the net and trying to pass over them. Frolov ain't ever doing that kind of stuff.

Losing Smyth is huge for this team. He does so much that you'll never notice till he's gone. He's always been one of my favorite players.