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Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have made their peace, the embarrassing lockout is over and hockey is finally back. The NHL will now squeeze a forty-eight games season and a complete playoffs into the next six months. The Kings, who barely squeaked into the postseason and then went on a dominant run to win their first Stanley Cup are uniquely positioned for a quick start. This truncated season will reward teams that can start quickly. They’ll be no preseason games so teams that return the core of their roster from the previous year should be strongly positioned to get out of the gates quickly.
Of course repeating as Stanley Cup Champion is harder than winning it in the first place, at least in the modern and more parity-filled NHL. The days of the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins winning multiple titles in a row are long gone, with the Detroit Red Wings being the last to repeat nearly fifteen years ago. The Kings will also have the clichéd target on their back as they go from plucky eighth seed getting hot at the right time to defending champion. Still the entire core returns from last season save the retirement of role player Ethan Moreau, so the Kings should be primed for a quick start.
Here’s a rundown of the roster.
Goaltending: In Jonathon Quick the Kings have one of the youngest and most talented netminders in the NHL. The team smartly rewarded last year’s Conn Smythe winner with a ten-year $58 million dollar contract. Quick gives the club great stability and a player who should be a perennial Vezina Trophy candidate. For insurance they have the very talented former first round draft pick Jonathan Bernier to back up Quick. If the team chooses to keep the talented Bernier they have an outstanding backup with a career 2.50 Goals Against. If they choose to trade Bernier they have a tremendous chip to bring instant help in others areas or talented prospects. It’s an excellent position to be in. Considering the quick start to the season and the potential for back to backs due to the shortened schedule the Kings may be smart to hold onto Bernier as an option at the trade deadline.
Defense: Although seen as risky at the time the Jack Johnson trade turned out to be the right move and didn’t have an adverse effect on the club’s defensive core. Drew Doughty started slow following his contract dispute but still played a heavy volume of minutes and had a strong regular season. Doughty’s commanding playoff performance cemented his position as one of the top defensemen in the league and a future perennial Norris Trophy candidate. Rob Scuderi is a capable veteran and a sold partner for Doughty. In Willie Mitchell the Kings have a steady veteran along the lines of Scuderi. Mitchell teamed up well with Slava Voynov last year and they should again be a consistent second unit behind Doughty/Scuderi. With everyone back there’s no reason Quick and the defensive corps shouldn’t continue to lead a club near the top of the NHL in goals against.
Forwards: Make no mistake the defense and goaltending carried the Kings to the 8th playoff spot with the offense kicking in during the playoffs. After a fairly pedestrian regular season the line of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams exploded in the postseason with Williams scoring twenty points in twenty games. Due to injury the club will be without Kopitar for three to four weeks to start the season. The more high profile but less productive line of Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner could be in for a big season. Richards had an up and down regular season but has been a consistent 75 to 80 point scorer during his career. He flourished in tandem with Carter in the playoffs and there’s no reason that can’t continue. For all his talent and sheer size and athleticism Dustin Penner has been an enigma during the regular season. If his strong playoff performance can carry on into the regular season the Richards line has the ability to be elite. The third line Jarrett Stoll, Trevor Lewis and Simon Gagne is a nice mix of young talent and veteran leadership.
Prediction: Typically a championship team with every player back is the bonafide preseason favorite to repeat. So the big question: are the Kings a legitimate power that will continue their ascent or did they capture lightning in a bottle? A lot of things went right for the club in the postseason. Quick is an elite goaltender but it’s hard to imagine him repeating his utter dominance of last season. And can the Kopitar line continue to produce like they did in the playoffs? The rapid fire season will be a test of the Kings depth and resolve. They are equipped for the long haul and should be a contender for a top three spot in the west. Come playoff time, anything can happen.
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The chances for this year’s full NHL season enters the final shift down a goal this week. Ironically, both sides are losing by a goal. The buzzer will ring on October 25, 2012. While significant gaps in demands for shares of revenue sharing preceded the owners’ lockout of NHL players September 15th, the NHL owners have stepped forward and proposed a 50-50 split of hockey related revenues and a full 82 game season beginning November 2nd.
Fans and commentators are wondering why it took so long to get to this point. Didn’t everyone know that 50-50 is where the two sides would settle all along? Hockey fans should start planning on watching hockey in 2012 now, right? Not so fast.
At first blush, a 50-50 split would seem fair to players. However, Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players Association, wrote, “Simply put, the owners’ new proposal, while not as Draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights. As you will see, at 5 per cent industry growth rate the owners predict, the salary reduction over six years exceeds $1.6 billion. What do the owners offer in return?”
The players’ initial reaction to the owners’ proposal wasn’t encouraging. The NHL owners’ deadline to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and play a full 82 game schedule ends October 25th. So where are negotiations at right now?
The players made three counters proposals last week in Toronto, but all were summarily rejected by the owners within 15 minutes. The first two proposals involved asking for slightly higher revenue splits for players and phasing in a 50-50 split over a period of years. The third counter proposal was the most interesting and agreed to a 50-50 split of revenues going forward, however inserted a caveat that existing contracts would count only 87% against the cap, and 13% would be paid, but not count against the salary cap.
It should be noted that the NHL’s new offer allows NHL teams to spend to the “old” salary cap level in the 2012-12 season, approximately $70 million per team. In year two of the new CBA, the teams would be required to cap salaries at 50% of revenues. That year two cap would be approximately $63 million, assuming a 5% growth rate of hockey related revenues.
The main obstacle in reaching an agreement is the issue of already existing contracts. The players want existing contracts to be paid in full, while the owners want players’ share of revenue reduced immediately. From all reports on the negotiations, it appears that existing player contracts will be paid in full. However, unsigned players will have less of the revenue pie to obtain salary. This can essentially be seen as requesting a larger revenue share by the players. How much more is unknown, remember that teams can spend up to the 57% revenue share figure in the first year.
Who’s to blame in this mess? Fan’s venom toward the work stoppage has flowed both ways, with both players and owners maneuvering win the public relations battle, but remember this, the owners locked the players out and canceled games, while the players offered to play under the status quo.
What is infuriating to hockey fans is that the owners and players continue to argue over terms, despite being very close to reaching an agreement, while the hockey season is precariously close to slipping away. With 3.3 billion dollars in annual revenue, each percentage point of hockey related revenue equated to $33 million dollars. For weeks the players and owners argued over five percentage points of revenue splits. That’s $165 million dollars. The NHL claims to have lost $100 million just in the preseason, and losses of $240 million overall. Obvious to everyone but the NHL is that they’ve already lost more than they’re arguing over!
My personal solution – play the 2012-13 with a salary cap of $ $70 million. Both sides already agree on this. Play the season and negotiate an agreement on payment of existing contracts in full or with slight reduction with deferment, but play the games NOW!
Everyone loses if NHL games are not played this season. Owners lose ticket revenue, players lose salary, and both lose hockey fans which reduces hockey related revenue which is the measure of their payment. If it were possible, I believe the players should obtain this players’ option: “Should the NHL realize growth of revenues at the rate of 5% or greater on average over the term of this collective bargaining agreement, NHLPA shall have the option to extend this CBA for another term.” Since the owners have locked out the players in the last two labor disputes, this would protect the players from predatory negotiating tactics, not to mention the more important concern – the fans!
Staples Center Parking What You Need To Know
Going down to the Staples Center, LA Live or Nokia Theater in Los Angeles traffic can in itself be headache enough but finding an actual parking spot for your event can be as well. With 18000 people going to an event at the Staples Center and if there is a concert at Nokia on the same night can turn that headache into a migraine.
We highly recommend purchasing parking for your concert, sports or theater event when you purchase tickets for it but if not here are some options for parking at the Staples Center.
The Luxe City Center Hotel offers Valet Parking which varies on price depending on the event that’s going on. The average price to valet is $20 – $30 to park and you can enter from Figueroa St. The Luxe is located at 1020 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
Note: If you’re just picking up tickets from Barry’s Tickets you can tell the Valet your just running in to pick up tickets.
The Staples Center also offers Valet Parking in the East Garage.
The West Garage (Lot W) The Lot opens 3 ½ hours prior to event times, you can pay a flat rate from $10 to $30 which depends on the event you are seeing which you pay when you enter the lot off Chick Hearn Court.
The Staples Center itself has roughly over 3000 parking spaces which are at Staples Center owned parking lots. Only Lots 1 and C open 2 ½ hours prior to your event, all other Staples Center owned lots open 90 minutes prior to your event and the Staples Center staff remains in the Lots till 60 minutes after the event.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations near Staples Center Parking or LA Live Parking
Yes, there are several vehicle charging stations around that area. There are ten charging stations on Level 2 at the LA Live garage. There are six vehicle charging stations which are located at 1005 W. Chick Hearn Ct West Garage and another four charging stations located in the East Garage at 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Disabled Staples Center Parking
Around the Staples Center there is designated disability parking for van-accessible space, you can call Parking Services at (213) 765 – 6815 to find out more information.
No Parking as well as Tow Away Zones
Keep your eyes out for No Parking / Tow Away Zones as there are numerous areas around the Staples Center and LA Live Campus that are marked as No Parking or Tow Away Zones the main No Parking Zone is between Chick Hearn Court and Figueroa which is in between the Staples Center and LA Live. You will ticketed and or Towed Away.
UBER, Taxis, Buses and Limousine Staples Center parking
UBER, Taxis, Buses and Limos must drop off passengers in designated areas around the Staples Center and LA Live which are located in on Figueroa St heading southbound between 11th street and 12th street as well as on Chick Hearn Ct heading east bound between LA Live Way and Georgia St. You can also check on the Staples Center website for updates to parking areas.
Want more information on the Staples Center itself feel free to checkout our Staples Center seating chart to view the different layouts of Concerts or Sporting events at the Staples Center. You can also get the Staples Center address or directions if you need them as well. You can also checkout 5 reasons
You can learn more about Barry’s Tickets Los Angeles office located caddy-corner from the Staples Center.
Barry’s Ticket Office is located caddy-corner from the Staples Center inside the Luxe Hotel.
Barry’s Tickets is located caddy corner from the Staples Center itself. Located inside the Luxe Hotel it’s a fast, easy and convenient way to pick up or purchase Staples Center Concerts, Sports or Theater events even after the start of the event. You can also pick up all Sports, Concert and Theater tickets from our office free of any delivery charge.
1020 S. Figueroa
In many cases this is a good thing because seating at some Lakers games and Clippers games and Kings games can be extremely expensive for some people. Getting last-minute tickets or picking up tickets in the upper rows can be the only way that some people can enjoy this great venue. Even with some of the great acts that have graced the stage at the Staples Center, such as Justin Bieber, have led to some competitive prices on tickets as well as great views even from the upper levels.
With this great view there are also some fairly steep steps which can be sort of tough to manage for concerts and large events. Although the building is accessible, it may not be wise for seniors who are ill advised to climb stairs or have troubles with balance, to sit in the upper rows. The seats are quite steep and can be quite treacherous. There is plenty of security around and an excellent medical staff on-site in the event of an emergency. If you ever find yourself lost or in trouble within the Staples Center, there is always an employee or security officer close by to ensure that you’re safe. The friendly security staff is always around to help and direct you around the facility. Taking in a show or a sporting event at the Staples Center is extremely safe as a result of this great security staff.
Prices on food and beer are a little bit expensive but there are plenty of different venues to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a full meal and a show or a small snack, there are plenty of venues to choose from at the Staples Center and reasonable lineups because of the amount of venues.
There looks to be some excellent VIP seating options as well which, in the form of full VIP suites. The prices for these tickets go up dramatically but it looks as though these types of seating involves getting specialized service as well as more comfortable seating arrangements with a good view of the action.
One common gripe about the Staples Center is that the parking is pretty confusing. Many people find it difficult to find parking around the Staples Center and are forced to take the bus in or even park around the venue a block or two away. Parking surrounding the venue can get quite expensive so it may be better to walk or potentially take the bus in from further out. Getting out of the Staples Center after a large show can also be quite difficult as the parking surrounding the venue is quite closed in. Do yourself a favor and at least carpool if you plan on parking close to the Staples Center.
Be proud LA, your Kings are STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS! Cheer on your LA Kings this Thursday at LA’s first Stanley Cup Championship Parade! The parade will start at 12 pm and process down Figueroa Street between 5th St. and Chick Hearn Ct. Parade Route
We encourage all fans to attend the parade and stand along both sides of Figueroa St. You’ll see all the players, VIPs and championship hardware, including the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Clarence Campbell Bowl divided among six double-decker buses and other vehicles. Please note, L.A. LIVE plaza and Chick Hearn Ct. will be open ONLY to those patrons with a ticket to the sold out STAPLES Center rally.
It is estimated the parade will last 30-45 minutes. Full Parade Info
Order of Parade: (subject to change)
Bus 1: Stoll, Lewis, King, Williams, Cliche, Clarence Campbell Bowl
Bus 2: Mitchell, Scuderi, Voynov, Martinez, Drewiske
Bus 3: Bernier, Parse, Westgarth, Loktionov
Semi: Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, Quick, Brown, Greene, Kopitar
Bus 4: Fraser, Gagne, Richardson, Kyle Clifford
Bus 5: Dean Lombardi, Darryl Sutter, Hockey Operations Staff
Bus 6: Doughty, Richards, Carter, Penner, Muzzin
The Kings lost 1-2 to the Devils last night, making the New Jersey Devils the third team in the history of the NHL to change their luck from being 0-3 in a seven game finals to winning two games, ensuring game 6.
The Kings have proven that they will do everything they can to end the series once and for all tomorrow night with the home-court Staples Center advantage once again playing in their favor!
Regardless of who wins the Stanley Cup this year, NHL History will be made:
•The Los Angeles Kings are looking for their first Stanley Cup in the team’s 45-year history.
•The Devils, should they win the next two games, would become the first team in 70 years to win a Stanley Cup after being down 3-0 in the series.
The Kings would also become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings pulled it off in 1997 to win the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals on the road and then win the title.
Since the 2000 playoffs, there have been 135 series played (not counting the 2012 Stanley Cup finals), according to CBS Sports. In 29 of those series, the road team won the first two games of the playoff series. In 23 of those 29 series, that road team went on to win the series and advance to the next round.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what playoff round had the most series where the road team won the first two games of the series (since 2000):
Conference Quarterfinals: 15 (those road teams won the series 10 of the 15 times)
Conference Semifinals: nine (those road teams won eight of the nine series)
Conference Finals: five (those road teams won the series each time)
The Kings are also the first road team to win the first two games of the series in each of four rounds of a playoff. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim won the first two games of the first three rounds of the 2003 playoffs as the road team. In the finals, however, they lost Games 1 & 2 to the New Jersey Devils.
In 1949, the Toronto Maple Leafs won Games 1 and 2 as the road team in the semifinals and the Stanley Cup Finals. Whereas the Maple Leafs accomplished this feat in two rounds of the playoffs, the Kings accomplished it this year in four rounds of the playoffs.
The Kings are the 12th team to win Games 1 and 2 of the finals as the road team in a seven-game series. Of the previous 11 teams to accomplish this, nine went on to win the title. Will the Kings follow suit?
Here’s a look at the road teams that won Game 1 and 2 of a seven-game Stanley Cup finals:
Year, Road team wins games 1 and 2 (series outcome)
2012 L.A. Kings (?)
1995 N.J. Devils (won Cup over Detroit)
1983 N.Y. Islanders (won Cup over Edmonton)
1970 Boston (won Cup over St. Louis Blues)
1968 Montreal Canadiens (won Cup over St. Louis)
1966 Detroit (lost Cup to Montreal)
1952 Detroit (won Cup over Montreal)
1949 Toronto (won Cup over Detroit)
1945 Toronto (won Cup over Detroit)
1942 Detroit (lost Cup to Toronto)
Preview: New Jersey at Los Angeles
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
THE STORY: The Los Angeles Kings are a win away from their first Stanley Cup title – and they’ll have the Staples Center crowd on their side as they look to complete the sweep Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils. The Kings are coming off what may have been their best game of the postseason, a 4-0 victory highlighted by Jonathan Quick’s third shutout of the playoffs. The young netminder is considered the odds-on favorite to take home the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Kings finish off the Devils in Game 4.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS, CBC, RDS
ABOUT THE DEVILS: Nothing is going right for New Jersey, which now needs to post four consecutive victories against one of the most dominant teams in playoff history. Even veteran netminder Martin Brodeur, who appeared to have turned back the clock in the first three series but stopped just 17 of 21 shots in Game 3. The Devils had their chances to generate offense in Monday’s defeat, but finished 0-for-6 on the power play. That included a stretch of 5-on-3 hockey that lasted more than a minute. “We’ve got to win four straight,” said Devils forward Zach Parise. “That’s our approach. Win the next one. That’s all we can do.”
ABOUT THE KINGS: Los Angeles has taken a level-headed approach to the postseason, and being a game away from the most coveted award in pro hockey hasn’t changed anything. “We can’t take anything for granted,” said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. “It could have been two-nothing for them before (Game 3).” Special teams was the difference Monday night, as the Kings killed off all six New Jersey man advantage opportunities while going 2-for-2 on the power play. The second statistic is more notable, given that Los Angeles had gone five games without scoring a man-advantage goal.
1. The Kings are the first team to take a 3-0 lead in each series since the playoffs expanded to four best-of-seven rounds.
2. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win the Stanley Cup.
3. A win in any of the next four games would make Los Angeles the first No. 8 seed to capture a Stanley Cup title.
PREDICTION: Kings 3, Devils 1.