February 18, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings mascot Bailey during a stoppage in play in the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

My Rant, For What It's Worth

I know… it’s easy for me to sit here and write about the shortcomings of the Los Angeles Kings offense but listen, I’ve been going to Kings games since my dad started taking me when I was about 10 years old. I’m 41 now. That’s 31 years of being a Kings fan. In that time, I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It’s beyond words. It’s beyond frustrating. For the love of God, I’ve watched the Angels win a World Series in my lifetime (something I never thought would happen). Honestly I don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t feel like writing about it. I don’t feel like watching it. I don’t feel like paying to see a game live anymore. I don’t understand how this franchise can justify a price increase to their most loyal customers at this point in time. It’s completely tragic. “The Time Is Now” is what we were sold. “The Pieces Are In Place” is what the advertisements continue to preach. Sell it down the river. Even Bob Miller said “something has to happen”. This is officially the countdown to the end of Dean Lombardi‘s tenure in LA.

This picture says it all. The only one cheering is the one that’s getting paid to do so. At least someone in the building, besides Jonathan Quick, was actually doing their job.

Speaking of Quick. In fairness to him, if I was Lombardi, I’d trade him to a contender. This guy deserves way more than he’s getting. He deserves the Vezina! Problem is, he’s not going to get consideration because this team is horrible and horrible teams get overlooked when it comes time for the hardware.

Dustin Brown is not a first line player! He’s simply there because there’s no other option. Dustin Penner loves to watch the other guys play and I’m pretty sure last night was the last time we’ll see him in a Kings uniform. Trevor Lewis, at a time when he needed to move the puck, kept it pinned against the boards for a good 20 seconds while his linemates circled around aimlessly. The list of underachievement goes on but I don’t want to pound on it anymore. It’s old. The whole thing is old. None of the forwards knows what the other is going to do. Wait, scratch that, everyone knows what the lead forward is going to do when he enters the zone. Skate the puck down until you feel pressure, spin back and hope that, somehow and somewhere, another forward has gotten themselves open. I’m just a guy that watches games. I don’t study tape. Nevertheless, I know that this will happen. If I know it, you can bet that the professionals (meaning the people who actually study tape) know it.

If I’m Rick Nash and I see the pathetic performance from last night, the Kings are no longer an option for me (if they ever were). No worries though, Lombardi won’t do that deal anyhow. It would probably make the team better.

And then there’s this:

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