Congratulations to The LA Kings

2014 Stanley Cup Winners LA Kings

LA Kings Win The Stanley Cup

We here at Gretzkys Office would like to pass on our Congratulations to this years Stanley Cup winners, the Los Angeles Kings.

Once again in today’s NHL, the Kings have proven just how out of whack competition levels are and how lopsided the conferences are.  Once again we are treated with another Western Conference winner in the Stanley Cup.

The New York Rangers just never really stood a chance and were unable to get anything of value together to fight off the Kings.  Even after the Kings played a grueling series against the Blackhawks, they proved they had plenty in the tank to fight off the Rangers.

Having won their second Cup in the last 3 seasons, The Kings are positioning themselves to become a dynasty team in the new NHL.  As long as players like Quick and Dougherty keep this team going, there is no telling how many more cups they can win this decade.  Let’s see what the Kings bring to the table next season.

It’s going to be a good one.

And The Stanley Cup Is About To Begin

Stanley Cup PLayoffs Chart

The Road to the Stanley Cup

Tomorrow (Wednesday June 4th) The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are about to begin.  I thought I could call the shots and predict who would be playing and I could not have been further from the truth.

I just figured it would be a Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks repeat.  Turns out I picked the wrong ponies and am now sadly looking at a New York Rangers vs. LA Kings final.  Let’s just call it the Media Series since it’s the American east vs. West media hubs.

First of all, I did not see this final coming at all.  I had zero faith in the Rangers and I felt the west was just too strong to allow LA to sneak through.  I didn’t see it coming so much, that my playoff hockey pool is really going to go downhill fast as I only have two LA players on my roster!

I don’t know if this is going to be a good series, but New York has been surprising this playoffs.  After Montreal took out the Boston Bruins I thought they would have rolled right over the Rangers, but New York persevered   I guess the morale is, never count out any team in the playoffs.

Of course, if I have to guess, I would predict that the LA Kings will win the cup in 6 games.

Let’s see how wrong I am!

Round 2 of The Playoffs – Tonight

Tonight marks round 2 of the NHL playoffs.  With round 1 still fresh in a lot of peoples minds, especially since round 1 just ended for a few teams last night that forced a game 7, round 2 is shaping up to be quite the hockey melee.

We are now left with 8 teams. The Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadians will be the series to watch.  These original 6, divisional rivals have met each other in the playoffs an astounding 34 times.  Montreal has the historic edge of winning 24 of those series, but history plays no role here.  Things are tilting in Boston’s favor since they are now a dynasty in the making team.  Regardless, it will be a hard hitting series filled with a ton of animosity between fans and players alike.  This will be the series to watch.

In the west the LA Kings and Mighty Ducks will also be a great series to watch.  I couldn’t even begin to pick a clear winner in this series and it’s probably the closest match for skilled players.  I think Anaheim might edge out the Kings, but this is definitely going to game 7.

We’ll have to wait and see how these playoff matches work out, but I am excited for some great hockey as I’m sure all of you are as well.

Stay tuned for an exciting round 2.  Can’t wait to see who ends up playing for their conferences.  If I had to guess, it’s gonna be Boston vs. New York in the east and Anaheim vs. Chicago in the west.

After The NHL Trade Deadline

Well the dust as finally settled after another frenzy of a trade deadline.  Once again there were winners, losers and some casual swaps this year.  Now that we’ve had some time to process the trades, let’s take a look at how some of the teams and players where affected.

The Winners:

Montreal Canadians

Montreal is already riding 2nd in the Atlantic division, has a strong team and is looking to parlay goaltenders Carey Price’s Olympic gold medal into a Stanley Cup win.  There only problem?  They don’t score many goals.  In fact at this time, they have just as many goals as they do goals against.  Thus bringing in Thomas Vanek from the Islanders might just be there missing piece of the puzzle.  Vanek, a gifted goal scorer might just be the rental player to help Montreal pick up their scoring game.  They didn’t have to give up too much to get him and if he ends up resigning in Montreal after this season, Montreal will be a true contender next season and this trade will have really paid off.

Florida Panthers

Florida has no chance on making the post season this year, but that didn’t stop them from laying down a top trade.  They already had a great goaltender in Tim Thomas, but instead of thinking about the present, the Panthers thought of the future and decided to acquire Roberto Luongo.  Luongo has been plagued by controversy in Vancouver for some time now and Floridia capitalized on that controversy by obtaining Loungo at rock bottom prices.  They now have a premier goalie for the next several years, didin’t put up much to get him and Vancouver will still be paying part of his monster salary.  A win for the Panthers and a big move forward in rebuilding their team into future contenders.

St. Louis

St. Louis pulled the trigger on a monster trade bringing in Buffalo cornerstone Ryan Miller.  Already in 1st place in the Western conference, St. Louis became a team to be reckoned with by bringing in an elite goaltender to round out their team.  This team was already on fire and Miller is going to put them over the top.

The Losers: 

Vancouver Canucks

Some teams became a bit stronger, some picked up draft picks to improve their future and some teams just filled in the missing gaps that their team needed.  Except Vancouver was the only team that fell apart after this trade deadline.  Last year Vancouver’s problem was having 2 of the best goalies in the NHL, now their problem is they have none.  As well they are still picking up some of the tab on Luongo’s salary.  Don’t be surprised if you find Canucks GM Mike Gillis looking for a new job next season.

Tit for Tat

Tampa Bay Lightening and New York Rangers

No-one seems like a winner or a loser in this trade that swapped Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan for each other.  Both players are highly skilled forwards and great players and on paper, no one benefits from this trade.  The only thing that seems to stand out from this deal is that St. Louis might have had some problems playing for Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay after St. Louis was initially snubbed by him on the Team Canada Olympic roster.  This is a morale trade and that’s it.

Of course there where lots of other trades that happened at this years deadline, but these were in my opinion the most important.  Now onto the last part of the season.  Let’s get these playoffs started!