We struggle to find the words to describe the elation of the opening round victory for Los Angeles, as well as touch on the next round vs. the Blues. We’re in uncharted territory, so we set our sails on the North Star, the beacon of hope, Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Three games. Three wins? Are you freaking kidding me?
Jesse Cohen, The Half, John Hove and myself were able to connect late Sunday night to discuss, nay… explode over Jonathan Quick’s shutout of the President’s Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks to send the Canucks (and Henrik Sedin) reeling.
Even though the Kings are up 3 game to none, we are all still tentative on getting too excited. Cautious optimism is the key phrase here, as we try to remember the last time a team has come back down three games. (It was only a couple of years ago.)
Game Two is in the books, and the usual suspects connect once again to hash and rehash the Kings’ dominating win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Jesse, The Half, The Mayor and myself take turns analyzing the Kings’ victory, pausing every so often to needle one another and crack wise. We also look forward to Sunday night’s game at Staples Center.
Late Wednesday night, Jesse, John, The Half and I got together to discuss… nay, gush over the Kings huge 4-2 upset of the 2012 President’s Cup winners, the Vancouver Canucks.
We touch on each of our favorite moments of the game, with a couple of us changing our minds, because of the sheer awesomeness of the win. We also discuss… nay, predict what the Kings will do in Game Two. One thing is certain, however. The Kings will need to play at the same level of intensity if they hope to slow the juggernaut that is Vancouver.
Back in 2011, Jesse and I created a monster. A monster that consumed all in its path. A monster so big in size, it eclipsed us all. A monster named… Megapod.
Megapod is the brain child of Jesse, who pointed out one guest is good, two is great, but six would be awesome. Which it was, and it was good. It roamed free once more this season, before returning to the depths.
Now with All The Kings Men becoming the preeminent Kings podcast across Hockeywood, the Mad Scientist that is Dr. Naysay has improved upon his creation. This ultimate creation will spell certain doom for small bands of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy.
Introducing SuperMegaUltrapod! A show so big, we couldn’t carry it in one Imperial Destroyer. So we built a bigger Destroyer.
Whatever. We bask in the post-coital glow of the 3-0 shutout of the Flames, as we gush over the Kings and Jonathan Quick, as well as try to make sense over the previous loss to the Bruins.
We have a brief discussion over the various Kings jerseys and which player we associate with each era. (Rogie with the old-school sweater, Dionne and the striped sleeve, Gretzky’s white Chevy jersey and Luc’s purple third jersey.) Which King would you associate with the Home Plate jersey?
We are also joined by Joe Yerdon from NBC Sports’ Pro Hockey Talk website as he breaks down how he see the Western Conference race shakes out and his unabashed support of the Kingdom all season (even though he’s a Habs fan. Boo.) It’s a great conversation with Yerdon, as he offers up some beauty analysis, such as ‘the Western Conference is a “mudpit of nonsense.”
To clean the palette, Jesse also talks to Blues blogger Brad Lee from St. Louis Game Time and gives him a piece of his mind. (Jesse does not like the Blues, BTW.)
We also discuss our distaste for the NHL’s new Stanley Cup beer commerc… er, playoff commercials. We also make fun of Shane Doan not doing a better job with his blatant elbow on the Stars’ Jamie Benn. (Finish the job, Jabroni. Sheesh…) And we crown a new King of the Week (Take a guess on which beast we choose?)
Thanks to the trading deadline then back-to-back games, we had to skip Monday’s podcast. But now that the dust has settled, we can buckle down and make sense of what just happened.
Jesse, The Half and I set off on a long journey that starts off discussing how the Kings did at the deadline, acquiring Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson. We wind up in unchartered territory, discussing how all four major sports leagues in America should share the same salary structure. Trust me, it’s interesting how we got there.
Jesse talked with David Johnson from HockeyAnalysis.com briefly to discuss just how bad Jack Johnson is. Then we talk about our reaction to Dean Lombardi’s ability to pull in the biggest name at the trading deadline for the second year in a row.
I also talked with Sean Leahy, featured contributor for wildly popular Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog earlier Tuesday. For ATKM, I have part of the discussion where we discuss how the Kings got Carter, how Lombardi dangled his captain, Dustin Brown, albeit briefly, and just how high the price became for Columbus’ Rick Nash.
Sit back and enjoy an extended episode of All The Kings Men. There ain’t a game until Saturday.
The Kings have in the dumper. There’s no denying that. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to talk about them. After all, what’s the use of having a podcast if we can’t vent our spleens.
On Monday, Jesse and John Hoven from Mayors Manor discuss how the Kings failed to register a win for Hockey Weekend Across America. Fortunately Southern California has another hockey team (and it ain’t the Ducks) for Kings fans to watch and The Mayor was in Ontario for their game against the Idaho Steelheads.
Then on Thursday after back-to-back losses, Jesse, Matt and The Half from The Royal Half are joined by Matt Reitz from View From My Seats. The Kings are struggling as the trade deadline looms. Should they be buyers or sellers? Should this disappointing season be the undoing of Dean Lombardi? We also unveil the King of the Week. (Take a wild stab at who it should be…)
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You’ve heard about it last week during the podcast. Here’s the next step in the evolution of The Hockeywood Insider podcast.
THI has been re-branded and is now called All The Kings Men. It’s now a twice-a-week show that features many of the same elements of the old show with some new additions. On Mondays, John Hoven, aka The Mayor from MayorsManor joins the show for Mayor Mondays. On Thursday, The Royal Half comes in for The Week’s Half Over Thursdays (real title pending).
The shows will publish Mondays and Thursdays and are available on iTunes.
Because I’m getting a late start on this, I’m gonna posting both shows today, then I’ll post on Mondays and Thursdays when the podcast goes live. If you’d like to forego that, you can head to KingsMenPodcast.com and pick it up there.
For Monday’s show, Jesse and The Mayor is joined by the Kings’ color man Daryl Evans. They recap last weekend’s games, and talk about Dwight King and Jordan Nolan.
Thursday’s show brought together Jesse, The Royal Half and I together for the first time. We are then joined by The Fourth Period’s Dennis Bernstein, who discusses his article on Jonathan Quick’s possible return to N.Y. and drops some science on whether the Kings will trade for Rick Nash and the Kings locker room chemistry. We also announce the winner of The King of the Week as well as discuss whether Jeff Carter would be a better fit, and whether the Kings have a heart.