Seanny-hockey on the spot! We cut in (podcast)live to L.A. correspondent Sean to get the latest scoop on the Kings just before they begin the 2015-16 season.
After catching up on the mirthless news regarding Slava Voynov and Mike Richards, Keith and Sean dive into the on-ice excitement that is the Kings preseason. Like… injuries to starting defensemen Muzzin and Greene. Sean catches Keith up on the play of new additions like Ehrhoff and Lucic, they debate what line truly is Number One, and go through young prospects like Weal and Mersch that have impressed in the preseason.
And what podcast would be incomplete without playing some end-of-summer Armchair GM (Kopitar Kontract? Opening Day Roster? Waiver wire and trades?)
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!
They break down the trade for Andrej Sekera, evaluate the Clifford and Nolan contract extensions, and compare bottom-six Kings centers.
The first two periods are a classic blend of armchair GM, as they look ahead to GM Lombardi’s possible moves in the off-season and break down other key trades around the league. Sean and Keith then close with the current plight of LA, from their 8-game win streak to a 3-game skid.
PART ONE: Special guest–longtime listener, first-time podcaster–Matt joins Keith for a unique, on-the-road episode as they head to the the Stadium Series game between the Sharks and Kings. Matt puts on his legal expert hat to answer any and every question one might have about the Slava Voynov case, and Keith prompts Matt to muse on Stanley Cup playoffs past and future.
Friend of the podcast, Richard of Calgary, joins Keith to record an episode live from a fine dining establishment while the Kings play the Sharks on TV behind them.
Enjoy their midseason review of the Flames and Kings seasons, the state of the Pacific Division, and the ambience of a local watering hole. Edits galore as we cut around the loudspeaker of a trivia night; fortunately the Irish accent makes the interruptions bearable.
Kings are struggling to find consistency, they sit in the middle of the standings just barely in a playoff spot, trade rumors are swirling–feels like we’ve been here before. Thus Sean and Keith are not losing heart, though they are happy to play armchair GM and offer their solutions to improve the team. They also take a look around the league at this halfway point and take solace in the suffering of other teams, suggest their award front runners, and make some predictions.