About this blog

First of all, I owe a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time, in the last couple days, to send some very nice e-mails. I try to personally answer all the notes I get, even the ones with creatively used four-letter words, but quite frankly the volume of them has been overwhelming, more than I ever thought possible. I’ll get back to all of you, eventually.

At the risk of sounding self-indulgent, this blog has become a huge hit in the last few days, and for that I thank all of you. When the Jack Johnson stuff went down, my editor called and we agreed to just blog the you-know-what out of the story. Somehow, word spread and all of you found it. The Internet is a crazy friggin’ thing. I owe a huge thanks to those who operate the websites and message boards. I don’t want to name names, because I’ll forget someone, but you know who you are, and I greatly appreciate the way you’ve been linking to the blog on your well-run sites. If your site doesn’t already have a link on this page, e-mail me and I’ll have it added.

Anyway, the point of this is that we want to keep it going, and make it bigger and better, but we need your help. We need to know what you want to see. Unfortunately, given the climate in the newspaper industry today, the NHL doesn’t get a lot of attention in print. We can go around and around as to the reasons for that, but it’s an unfortunate reality. The Internet, however, is ripe for giving information in a forum like this, and it’s a good way to communicate directly with readers. I can tell you this: the blog has gotten so many hits in the last couple days that the Daily News editor made note of it in his staff meeting yesterday. That’s the editor of the entire paper, not just the sports editor. This is a good way to show him that people in Southern California do indeed care about hockey, so please keep visiting, reading and commenting.

So the question is: what do you want to see on here? We’re providing you, to the best of our ability, with breaking news, practice reports and little notes here and there. But things are coming up during the summer, such as the draft and free agency. What type of things would you like to see here? I have my own ideas, but I’d like to hear yours. Same goes for things we could do once next season begins. I’d love to hear any and all ideas.

Thanks again for all the support.

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  • mikealive

    i would like to see some pictures from practice once in awhile that would be awesome. i’ll more ideas soon.

  • Mr. Irreverent

    I like how you keep it simple and straight to the point. The best information you could provide us is the information you gather from talking to Dean Lombardi, Ron Hextall, Coach Crawford and all of the other players directly. Most other news sources don’t take the time to do so.

  • Derek

    First of all, what you’ve been providing the last little bit is fantastic. Thank you!

    What I want is first hand, full media access coverage from someone who loves this sport as much as I do. I’m tired of feeling like Kings/hockey coverage is assigned to the lowest man on the totem pole, who is simply biding his time until he can get a better assignment. And I’m sick of getting Kings news from rumor sites in Canada. This sport in this region deserves better. Reading your posts over the last few days has been very refreshing. You seem as excited as I am. I’m impressed that the Daily News is willing to step this up a notch and hope it continues.

    I love the blog format, and multiple postings a day. It is fun to check in throughout the day and get more news, instead of just in the morning.

    As for content…first hand insight into what is happening in the front office, what is happening with prospects, what is happening in on the ice, and what is happening off the ice. Basically, any thing Kings related. As for the summer….any and all news you can post I’d love! Sometimes the off season is more newsworthy than the season.

    What ever it is…JUST KEEP IT COMING!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • fiveholio

    Some in-depth, behind the scenes stuff from the draft would be great, and even leading up to it. We have yet another long offseason, but the future of this team looks great and I want to hear about what we might/will be doing to improve.

  • Evil, M.D.

    Just found this site and I’m hooked I think it’s great, nowhere else has the attention and level of access you provide. Even during the off-season I know I’ll be checkin in every day… if you could keep up the access to coaches/management during the off-season and give us a hint of what’s on their minds that’d be great!

  • Mike

    In the off-season, it’d be nice to get an overall NHL analyzation from a Kings’ perspective. For example, contract status of players around the league the Kings could be interested in, Kings prospects’ making strides towards having a shot at making the club coming training camp, Draft analysis, that sort of thing. Something I’d personally want to see is for the blog to get personal. It was so nice to read about O’Sullivan commenting on the criticisms he’s faced throughout the season. It’s nice to read that sort of stuff because anything The Kings officially put out is usually sugarcoated and optimistic, which isnt always the truth. I’d like to read what THE PLAYERS have to say. Offseason interviews just to catch up would be nice. Has Blakey talked to Johnson, at all? Does anybody have any plans? Are they working on anything? You know how LATimes coverage on the Angels & Dodgers has been lately even before Spring Training, where theyd be good in-depth pieces on what moves The Dodgers could make to get a big bat, who was doing what (for example, Kent trying a new offseason training regiment), etc. etc. I LOVE to read that stuff. I also like behind-the-scenes stuff. Did The Kings show interest in trading anyone come draft day? Did they receive any entertaining offers? Who’s Dean Lombardi contacted in the summer about coming out of college or leaving Europe to play in North America? I like that stuff. Im a diehard. I love to read about The Kings and I look forward to any coverage on the team, as they make strides to becoming a completely credible franchise on-and-off the ice.

    Like I’ve said before. Excellent blog. It’d be easy for the media to die down in these last few days in the season and focus on playoff teams (Ducks), but it’s nice to see someone acknowledge that there’s A LOT to talk about as far as The Kings are concerned and I’ll help support any outlet covering it as much as I can. I guess there are just certain people like myself who are hockey 24/7, 365….Maybe I should just move to Toronto.

  • Ed Kao

    Rich,

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us Kings fans a source of information we crave.

    The level headedness of your reporting and the inside tidbits of front office operations are what I like about your entries. And the multiple entries throughout the day is nice.

    Unlike other fan sites, I don’t have to dig thru hundreds of useless posts to find the Kings information I want.

    I appreciate the more “adult” point of view you post.

    During the off season, It would be nice to know what the Kings Front office is doing/thinking. This is the period of time that any tidbits of info is appreciated.

    Entry draft, your access to information, and your accessment of the feeling in the room would be great. Information on how decisions are made would be insightful.

    Training camp/season, more of the same.

    Again, Thank You very much for your efforts.

    Ed

  • Jamie Haser

    Rich,

    I appreciate your direct, to-the-point and honest reporting. I like that you have more than one post in a day–that you enjoy keeping the readers/KINGS fans up-to-date with whatever tidbits you find of interest. Thank you very much.

    As for the suggestions on future content–(thanks for asking us);I,personally, would encourage you to continue your short pieces on the players,like the O’Sullivan conversation and “Deconstructing Dustin”.

    JH

  • Jamie Haser

    Rich,

    I appreciate your direct, to-the-point and honest reporting. I like that you have more than one post in a day–that you enjoy keeping the readers/KINGS fans up-to-date with whatever tidbits you find of interest. Thank you very much.

    As for the suggestions on future content–(thanks for asking us);I,personally, would encourage you to continue your short pieces on the players,like the O’Sullivan conversation and “Deconstructing Dustin”.

    JH

  • Michael Teniente

    “When the Jack Johnson stuff went down, my editor called and we agreed to just blog the you-know-what out of the story. Somehow, word spread and all of you found it.”

    As a Kings fan I’ve been aware of you blog for some time now. But a winning tradition is the thing with the Kings. Or the lack of it. The Kings are an original Los Angeles Sports team. We faithful Kings fans have been waiting since the days of Rogie Vachon. Or how about Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer, Marcel Dionne. Then we had great hope in the Gretzky era. Almost but no cigar. I’ve been following all along. I really like the team we had last year until injury got the best of us. I was surprised by the trade of Pavol Demitra. Until he got injured he was exciting. Then Jason Allison and Ziggy went away, too. I was wondering what the heck was going on. I understand what management was trying to do. Starting from scratch. Kopitar was so cool in the 1st two games of the season. And he’s kept it up for a 19 year old. Then we traded for Jack Johnson. This can be very very exciting. I guess it’s natural to forget about Frolov…as I just did. But the ingredients are there. I think we might be a dominating goalie away from doing something as soon as next season.

    GO KINGS!

    mike

  • Anonymous

    p.s.

    I’ve had this blog site on my favorites from the day I found it. But this is a losing season. One thing is that we’ve had a lot of ties. We could easily be in the playoff hunt.

    mike

  • arhiderrr

    Nice article