I just got out of a long meeting with Dean Lombardi, Luc Robitaille, chief marketing officer Chris McGowan and vice president of communications Michael Altieri, who laid out next year’s season-ticket prices. The Kings will have a “blended” increase of 5.66 percent, meaning that some prices will go up and others will come down (mostly up).
I’ll attach a quick story I just wrote for our website, and I’ll get into much more detail later, including some very, very extensive quotes. Problem is, I don’t even know if or when this post will see the light of day, because our server problems are crippling this blog. I apologize for our inexcusable service and I thank you greatly for your continued support.
There will be a more extensive story in tomorrow’s paper, which I will (hopefully be able to) link to on the blog. Here’s the quick story for now…
Here’s a new feature for the blog, and another great idea Don has brought to the table. It’s 10 questions with Bob Miller and Nick Nickson, who give some open and honest opinions about some of the issues the Kings are dealing with these days. There will be a second part, with color commentators Jim Fox and Daryl Evans. Thanks to all involved!
Thanks to Don Fulton, who tracked down Brian Boyle this morning and got an update on the knee injury Boyle suffered while playing for Manchester this week. Boyle also talked about his progress as a player and his future. Here’s the interview…
Alec Martinez, a fourth-round draft pick last year, has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings. He’s an under-the-radar prospect, but the Kings are quietly optimistic about his potential and view him as a future NHL defenseman. Martinez, 20, just completed his junior season at Miami of Ohio. Here’s the press release from the Kings…
Is there any more fascinating player in the NHL right now than Sean Avery? It’s hard to argue otherwise, whether you think Avery is entertaining or a detriment to the league. The Winnipeg Sun did a lengthy, interesting story on Avery:
What makes Sean Avery tick?
Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan scored goals today, as the United States beat Sweden 5-1 in a World Championships warmup game in Maine. The U.S. opens play in the World Championships on Friday in Nova Scotia.
In other housekeeping news…be aware that there might be some issues with the blog today or tomorrow. We’re switching servers, which ultimately will be a great thing but there is the possibility of some short-term headaches. Just wanted to make everyone aware in advance.
Also, make your vote count in the poll. I’ll be passing along the results to Dean Lombardi. Maybe he will bow to the will of the people. Probably not.
We did this a few weeks back, but I’m interested to see if opinions are changing at all about which player the Kings should take with the No. 2 pick. You’ve had a chance to see the highlight videos and see the Central Scouting rankings, so has your mind changed at all? For the sake of argument, we’ll assume that Steven Stamkos is going first. A wild guess…