Six More Years of Jazz Hands

Heading into the 2013-14 season, the uncertain future of the LA Kings defensive corps made it seem as if this could be the last hurrah as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Veteran Willie Mitchell left for the Florida Panthers and Robyn Regehr’s career seemed to be coming to an end. But, more importantly, the Kings promising young defensemen were soon to be unrestricted free agents. With the salary cap not expected to go up very much, this meant Dean Lombardi would likely have to choose between investing in either Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez.

Somehow, Lombardi found a way to keep both.

A visual representation of how every Kings fan felt when they heard the signing news.

Martinez has come a long way from his days of routinely being in Darryl Sutter’s doghouse, and he now is a legitimate No. 3 or 4 defenseman on one of the best teams in the NHL.

So what does this mean for Kings fans?

Well, at the very least, we get to re-live this some more:



Let’s slow it down for one last good look at the Stanley Cup-clinching goal.

My heart still flutters every single time I see this.

So, Alec, for the next six years, please keep doing what you do best on the ice. And feel free to branch out to do the other things you love to do. Such as:

Offseason water aerobics exercises.

Strenuous outdoor workouts.

Enjoying a drink or two with friends.

Attending furry parties.

Savoring a fine meal.

Showing some cultural pride.

And keeping up on proper hygiene.

Kings fans can only hope that the next six years are filled with as many lifelong memories as the previous six you have given us.

For now, sleep well, you Jazz Handed prince.

PumperNicholl is a lifelong LA Kings fan and actually learned how to speak English from Bob Miller by watching LA Kings games… and the Police Academy movies. You should probably follow PumperNicholl on Twitter @pumpernicholl