Ever since Staples Center started playing the song “Believe In It” by Candlebox, the team has been on a tear. It’s gotta be the band, right?
Turns out guitarists Adam Kury and Sean Hennesy are huge Kings fans, so I reached out and got them to talk about, what else, the Kings and their tremendous season. Adam and Sean talk about a variety of things, like whether they are on Team Blame Marty for the 1993 Finals loss, which current player’s jersey they would wear and how do they follow the team while on tour. (Adam is pretty hardcore about his fandom.)
Don’t forget, you can download “Believe In It” as well as their latest album entitled “Love Stories & Other Musings” from iTunes right now.
It’s a cool interview that should work perfectly for you if you have 10+ minutes. (Hence the name of the podcast, duh.) Because really, all any Kings fans has in surplus is time before the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Seriously, it’s been ages since the team has played.
On Wednesday afternoon, I had a chance to talk with the Times’ beat writer Helene Elliott to talk about the resurgence of the Kings.
We touch on Dustin Brown stepping up his game after reportedly being dangled by Dean Lombardi, and how trades are really a part of the business of sport.
I also ask Helene about whether there are too many cooks in the kitchen and whether the comment made about the “culture of winning” is overblown. She does point out the recent reported rejections by Ilya Kovalchuk, Brad Richards and Rick Nash may point to whether or not players view L.A. as a destination. But with the additions of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to the existing core of Brown, Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick might make L.A. more attractive.
We also discuss the contributions of Anze Kopitar and Dustin Penner and try to figure out what exactly is going on with these two big players who just aren’t producing. It’s a great conversation for a gameday listen.
On Tuesday, I had a conversation with Yahoo’s Puck Daddy featured contributor Sean Leahy, part of which was featured in the All The Kings Men podcast.
This is the extended uncut interview with Sean, where we discuss the Kings trade of Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson, the dangling of Dustin Brown and Dean Lombardi’s achievements at the trade deadlines the last two seasons.
We also touch on whether the trade deadline has become a bore, the high price for Rick Nash, and why exactly were the Rangers in the running for Nash, being that they are the best team in the East.
We then bring it back around and talk about what it would take for the Kings to start being considered a destination for talented players, and how slow it has been to change the culture in Los Angeles. We finally talk about how the goaltending situation, and what Lombardi plans on doing with Jonathan Bernier, and whether it’s logical to trade Jonathan Quick right now, when his value is so high.
So when you’re finished listening to the latest All The Kings Men poddy, feel free to listen to even more hockey talk.