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.