East meets West
There has been a lot of talk on the internets recently about how the Los Angeles Kings organization is turning into the “Philadelphia Flyers West”… as Coach Murray, GM Dean Lombardi and Assistant GM Ron Hextall all have ties with the Flyers. Recent acquisitions such as Justin Williams, Randy Jones and Michal Handzus were all Flyers at one point in their careers, even playing under Coach Murray. And after watching last nights game against the Flyers… I have absolutely no problem with the Kings emulating that franchise.
So imagine our surprise for this game when we had 3 friends in attendance… and they all had better seats than us. So what do you do when you have friends at the game who have better seats than you do? Well, you go join them in Jerry Buss’ private box, that’s what!
It was a fun field trip to go up to the private level for the 3rd period… but I couldn’t help wondering what life was like back in the 200 section. A private box is fun if you have a large group of people all celebrating a birthday or you are trying to woo a potential client or Hollywood star… but I’ll take the seat with my brethren among the hard working Half and Full Season Ticket Holders any day.
Justin Williams really stepped it up in the first 2 periods in an effort to make up for the loss of Ryan Smyth. But the fact of the matter is, I wasn’t too impressed with the chemistry with Alexander Frolov on that line. Teddy Purcell is playing his way off this roster and there should be a call up from Manchester before Saturdays game against the Calgary Flames. Who will it be? Only Dean Lombardi knows.