TRH Gameday: Paging Dr. Penner

Game #5

LA Kings 
(2-1-1, 16th in NHL)
St. Louis Blues
(2-3-0, 21st in NHL)

7:30pm, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA


I mean… does Gretzky look ridiculous in that Blues jersey or what?


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St. Louis Game Time
Thrashing the Blues 

Well, we are now 4 games into the season and we’ve got our first Los Angeles Kings controversy of the season! Thankfully, Jon Bernier did his part in Germany to make sure it wasn’t a goaltending controversy. No, instead we’ve got a good ole fashioned Player/Coach Dispute Over Injury!!! And I have a feeling it looks something like this:

Apparently when Dustin Penner stepped in to start a fight after Drew Doughty’s season was ruined, Penner tweaked his knee. So the Kings sent him to the Flyers Team Doctor. And via Mayors Manor… this is what Coach Murray had to say when Dustin Penner pulled out of practice yesterday:

“Obviously it’s bothering him and he’s been reassured by the doctor in Philadelphia and the training staff here. But, something’s on his mind. So, we sent him to our team doctor.”

Murray went on to praise the Flyers medical staff, a group he said he knew well, referring to them as ‘world class’ and ‘top shelf’ – and very helpful with the evaluation of Penner while the team was in Philly.

I’m glad that Coach Murray is so confident with the Flyers medical staff… because they’ve never made a mistake before.

“Let’s see… internal bleeding. Concussion like symptoms…
I’m think we’ve got an ankle sprain here, Eric. Can you walk it off?” 

The best part about this recent controversy is it makes me look back fondly on one of the greatest Kings fights ever…

“You look fine to me, Allison. Get out there.”

Yes, the great Andy Murray-Jason Allison tete-a-tete from 2003. And people wonder why Andy Murray loses his locker room eventually.

“We want our players saying they’re going to be back,” Murray said. “Jason’s not a doctor. If it was Dr. Allison, then he could make that decision. But right now it’s just Jason.”

Damn, if only this blog existed in 2003… we’d have the sweetest Dr. Allison in ER photoshop you’d ever seen. But for now, we can only concentrate on the war of words at hand between the current Coach Murray and Dustin Penner. But I have to say… it’s a little bit awkward of a time for the Kings Marketing Department to be launching their latest billboard campaign.

This photoshop was the 1st ever combined photoshop effort here at The Royal Half.
Kudos to Jersey Brian and Indiana Matt

Kings-Blues tonight at Staples Center. 7:30pm. Myself and Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy are starting our 9th season as Half Season Ticket Holders. Sure… I might have seen some “home” games overseas… but tonight is the real deal. 

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.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.