End of June, end of July (end of August!?)–what’s the difference for the 2015 Los Angeles Kings?
It has been a busy offseason, but for all the wrong reasons for armchair GMs like yours truly. Sean and Keith do an admirable job recapping the ugly, the bad, and the occasional good. Tune in for a rapid-fire rundown of: the Jones-Lucic trade, the Williams departure, the Sekera contract, the 2015 Draft, the Voynov cesspool, the Richards scandal, the Stoll kerfuffle, the Ehrhoff signing, defensive pairings, the Toffoli re-signing, the Kopitar non-signing, and the apex: the addition of Jhonas Enroth.
You know it’s a bad sign when it takes a full week to recover from the end of the season and record a podcast… and then it takes over a month to finally put that podcast online! All apologies, but that Game 81 loss kind of crushed our spirits for a while there.
In this triple-length episode, Keith and Sean take stock of the 2014-15 LA Kings season. Sean attempts to talk Keith down off the ledge as they discuss the significance of the Kings missing the playoffs (just after winning the Cup!), and what this means for the current legacy. They give the entire season a three-period breakdown–including a patented Keith “theory of brilliance.” They also look ahead, briefly cheering themselves up thinking about the draft (and fantasizing about landing the number 1 pick), before agonizing over what to do with Mike Richards and free agents in the off-season.
But for just a little while longer, we are still the Stanley Cup Champions!
It’s been too long–but isn’t that how it always feels?
Sean and Keith had the good fortune to watch a game in person, which the Kings had the poor fortune to lose to those brutal Blackhawks. Sean gives his patented game breakdown and they review the state of the NHL at the 25-game mark.
Sean and Keith get together to recap the good, the bad, and the very ugly from the opening night of the Kings 2014-15 season, in which Los Angeles raised their second Stanley Cup banner. They dissect highlights–a descending Stanley Cup–and a myriad of lowlights in their new three period format. And Robin drops in to provide her take on the evening… and a Pancakes update.
It’s true. The more we do this podcast, the better it gets.
(And not just because we stopped eating pizza while recording.)
Our first guest from enemy (Shark) territory, Dan, joins Keith as they discuss the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, East-West bias, and “General Hockey.” This helps sets the table for the second half of their discussion–coming up in a following podcast episode–in which they review 2014 Sharks-Kings Round 1 Series.