With a couple weeks left in the season, the noise about playoffs and the draft is becoming hard to ignore. As we all know by now, the top half of the league starts making moves before the trade deadline and the bottom half starts gunning to be the NHL’s Next Edmonton Oilers. But in the middle there’s that barren wasteland, where a team must decide if they have chance to make an ernest effort to and in the playoffs or if they should just attempt to align themselves to improve their drafting position.
So let me trace this summer for the LA Kings, let me know where I go wrong with my anger.
Jarret Stoll was arrested for cocaine and MDMA possession at a Las Vegas pool party in mid-April, and conveniently chased out of town once free agency opened up.
Mike Richards was arrested at the Canadian border with oxycodone pills and managed to keep the arrest under wraps until June 26th when the Kings found out at the NHL Draft. By June 29th the man’s contract was terminated.
On July 2nd, Slava Voynov was found guilty of domestic assault from an incident the previous October. The man served 60 of his 90 days before meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to begin an investigation.
Yesterday was definitely not my day. The rink schedule listed a Learn To Play session for 6:30. One of my friends went to Learn To Play last week, and noted there was very skating focused. That's exactly what I need! I'd been feeling pretty down on myself all day, and was looking forward to this.
I'm a nervous person. I definitely have anxiety issues. What was freaking me out was some shipping issues with my helmet, which finally arrived on Wednesday afternoon.
Hockey players are in phenominal shape. They're practicing and working out constantly when they're not playing. Take a look at the last few ESPN Magazine body issues and tell me Tyler Seguin and Hilary Knight aren't completely ripped. On the other hand, you have me.