GIF That Best Represents the Past Few Weeks for the LA Kings:
BLOO BLOO BLUES
It's been a few weeks since I last put together a Royal Half Report™... and boy has a lot changed! For instance, the last time I was here on the pages of LA Kings dot com... only 1 NHL player had been confirmed with the mumps!
But now, when you now refer to an oddly-shaped abnormality that won't go away in St. Louis... it has an entirely different meaning!
That's right! Martin Brodeur is back in the NHL and playing for only the second team in his 21 (now 22!) season career. It seems like it was just yesterday
that Marty was drafted by the New Jersey Devils.
But now Brodeur's in St. Louis, and there is another entry in the long internet slideshow of "Players in Weird Uniforms." So we here at The Royal Half thought we'd take a trip in the LA Kings Time Machine™ and look ahead to when these hopefully life-long LA Kings players decide to "pull a Brodeur."
SUMMER OF 2022
By now, Dustin Brown is far and away the all-time leader for the LA Kings in games played. But after winning 7 Stanley Cups during his 19 seasons in Los Angeles, Brown decides to play a final year close to his hometown of Ithaca in Upstate New York.
The Sabres still haven't figured out that jersey thing yet, have they?
SUMMER OF 2030
After spending his entire 22-year career in LA, Drew Doughty, the Kings all-time leader in most defensive categories, is lured to play near his hometown of London, Ontario by a franchise that's been looking for a #1 Defenseman for nearly 25 years.
You better believe he'll still have his sick flow.
SUMMER OF 2025
Anze Kopitar barely passes Luc Robitaille during the 2024-2025 season to become the 2nd all-time leading point scorer for the LA Kings. He is set to return to his native Slovenia to become the player/head coach of Slovenia's NHL Europe expansion team. But before he heads home, a team that's been looking for a playoff-proven #1 center since 2013 makes Kopitar an offer.
SUMMER OF 2023
Since Jon Quick became the best goalie the LA Kings have ever had in 2014... there hasn't been much more for him to accomplish for the franchise that drafted him in 2005. But even in 9 years from now... there will be one NHL franchise that's still looking for that #1 goalie.
And that's how the St. Louis Blues won their 1st ever Stanley Cup.
THAT 70s LINE LINE
Jon Rosen, LA Kings Insider, is always first with breaking news. Especially when it comes to public transportation in the greater Los Angeles area. So that's why I was caught off-guard that he missed the biggest news to hit LA traffic patterns since Judge Doom decided to build a freeway
That's right! Metro Los Angeles has decided to name a new portion of its subway and light rail system after the (now-disbanded) That 70s Line!
All routes to your final destination go through Chicago!
So get excited, LA Kings fans! Because soon you'll be riding That 70s Line to victory!
KINGS WEEKLY PREVIEW
Tonight, after the Blues-Kings game on Fox Sports West... Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown visit the NHL Hall of Fame on a scouting trip to see where their plaques will go one day.
'TIS THE SEASON
With 6 shutouts, a 1.88 GAA and a 15-9-1 record to start his career... what do you get Martin Jones, a guy who literally has everything, for Christmas?
Looks like Tyler Toffoli has another place to crash at.
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens, and Martin Jones. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf