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!
Too long the Kings were away on the road, and too long since we updated our podcast. Compounded by the fact that this episode didn’t get edited well after its recording, we are a bit behind.
But like an L.A. hockey team that has dug itself into a deep hole, Sean and Keith come roaring back. We discuss the highs of a home streak, the lows of a road trip, and the early aberrations of the conference standings. Keith can’t resist armchair GM, inquiring about the new contract of Jake Muzzin and the pending free agency of Jarret Stoll, and they discuss the enigma of the Blue Jackets and the Kings pattern of trading with them.
Another special guest! Richard, of Calgary, discusses his take on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the plight of his Flames past and present, and the mutual bond that is Darryl Sutter.
Keith and Richard also relive their shared experiences during the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup run, as we have been reviewing throughout the month of August, and look forward with a preview of the 2014-15 season.
Our second formal podcast of the 2014 Offseason was so magnificent we had to split it in two.
Also titled: “The Year Everyone Tried to Become the Kings” this episode is special for so many reasons. Robin joins hosts Sean and Keith for the first but (hopefully) not last time, we catch up on the week in Kings transactions, and free agency signings plus trades are broken down.
And of course: We talk Dustin Penner (and maybe impersonate Pierre McGuire).