Dodger Stadium gave the Kings and their shiny guest a warm welcome last night. Many of them also stayed for the game, too. On top of that, Dodgers managed to pull it out and win! So all in all, a good night for the boys in blue.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It's so beautiful. "<a href="https://twitter.com/SInow">@SInow</a>: The <a href="https://twitter.com/LAKings">@LAKings</a> are a Rising Dynasty Built to Last: <a href="http://t.co/eRgE4fyE8D">http://t.co/eRgE4fyE8D</a> <a href="http://t.co/qM4ZnxbZa2">pic.twitter.com/qM4ZnxbZa2</a>"</p>— LA Kings (@LAKings) <a href="https://twitter.com/LAKings/statuses/479294524368232448">June 18, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Kings poised to be Cup contenders for several years I missed this the other day. Oops. Oh well. I have to spread out the news now that summer is here. Anyway, Corey Masisak's story about what a great job Dean Lombardi has done building a contending roster in the salary cap era.
As Kings face free agency, Mitchell set to keep going The veteran defenseman has no plans of slowing down yet. He wants to play at least two more years and is completely healthy. He doesn't know where he'll be playing next year, yet, though, but he's not concerned.
LA Kings Insider
VIDEO: WILLIAMS, MARTINEZ ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE I included this mostly for the news coverage videos that Rosen added to his article.
VIDEO, PHOTOS, MORE: KINGS, STANLEY CUP VISIT CHAVEZ RAVINE Interviews, pictures and a vine of the team throwing the first pitches before the game.
Scully meets the Stanley Cup Vin Scully was thrilled to have it in the broadcasting booth. It was the first time ever for him.
Half Baked: One Victory Parade. Two Different Kinds of Tears. The Royal Half and Katie Baker discuss the victory parade and hypothesize what they would do with the Cup if they were allowed to have a day with it.
What We Got Wrong in the NHL Playoffs I'm putting this here because I'm lazy.
Tribute: Remembering the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings, Stanley Cup champs The Neutral from Fear The Fin
remembers uh pays tribute to the Kings.
In Other News
Fear the Fin
What on earth is going on, Doug Wilson?!
Sharks sign pending UFAs Alex Stalock, Mike Brown to two-year contracts Re-signing the backup goalie makes sense since he's probably better than Niemi and he had a decent rookie year. Re-signing a fourth line bully who's got limited hockey skills is uhhh... Yeah.
Report: Drew Remenda won't return as Sharks color analyst At the time this post went up, the report hadn't been confirmed but it has since been confirmed by David Pollak, a beat writer for the Sharks.
Inside Bay Area
Bad TV deal could threaten Sharks' ability to stay in San Jose A few years ago, the Sharks signed a truly terrible deal with Comcast network and now the ownership is unhappy and is threatening to move to a different market so they can get a better TV deal.
Winging It In Motown
Compliance Buyout: Jordin Tootoo Placed on Waivers The 31 year-old winger has struggled since joining the Detroit Red Wings and hasn't provided the offensive spark they were looking for.
Report: P.K. Subban looking for contract in excess of 7 years, $45 million The young defenseman is good, knows he's good and wants to get paid.
Dreger: Spezza's no-trade list includes Canada, Islanders and Predators LA is NOT on the exclusion list! I know, there's a possibility he'd want to come here! Weird, right? [Note: I don't actually want him, I just like that he didn't exclude us!]
Coyotes co-owner vows not to be a floor team The new owners obviously want the team to be competitive so they'll get off the bottom but they're not going to be at the ceiling, either.
Points Aren’t Offence Tyler Dellow argues that just because defensemen aren't necessarily putting up points doesn't mean they aren't contributing to offense. He uses the Rangers top two defensemen as examples.
NHL Teams That Used Their Players Most Effectively in 2013-14 He starts with the Anaheim Ducks (because duh, they're the first in alphabetical order) and it's kind of a very brief glance at player usage. Click here to jump to LA's page.
New York Times
Switching sports real quick: U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark Registration They ruled that the name was disparaging and Washington now has to change their name.