Kings of the West: Is this the Anticipated Coming-Out Party?

December 17th, 2009 by Derrick Light Leave a reply »
I wasn't a huge hockey fan when the Kings were actually making the postseason, nor did I get to witness the Gretzky saga. But I have been around long enough to hear about the potential and talent the Kings had, just to witness the team dwell in the basement of the West.

Now I'm not saying the recent Kings teams should have been Cup contenders, but for a few years now, the hockey world has been waiting for the Kings to breakout—and to quote those NHL commercials , it looks like "this is the year."

[click here for a nice parody of those commercials]

Last year, I thought the Kings would be in the playoffs. I didn't have huge expectations, but early on, the tandem of LaBarbera and Ersberg was looking like the real deal, and the Kings had a 10-9-3 record at the end of November. [Nifty site to see records on past dates]. Not stellar, but they were looking pretty good, hovering around the 10 spot in the Western Conference.

After that, the inevitable drop came. LaBarbera (whose form really declined) was shipped off to the Canucks and the hopes of a playoff berth were slipping away. But with the eyes on prospect Jonathan Bernier, it was ...

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