Chat with Dan Arritt
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPNLosAngeles.com writer Dan Arritt stops by to chat about the Kings season.
Arritt is a Southern California-based freelance writer who most recently contributed to ESPNLosAngeles.com, NBA.com, The Los Angeles Times and Newport Beach Magazine. He was a staff sportswriter with The Times for from 1999-2008, covering everything from prep sports to the NHL, MMA and college basketball.
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Dan Arritt (3:59 PM)
Good afternoon and thanks for stopping by for another edition of Kings Chat. Big game tonight vs. visiting St. Louis. The Kings have lost six of seven and the Blues five straight. Both teams should really be gunning to get a win. The Kings are going with a first line of Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Ryan Smyth, so it'll be interesting if that gives them a spark. Scoring hasn't been as much of an issue as general letdowns during games. Fire away....
Karen (Irvine, CA)
Why doesn't the ESPNLosAngeles.com Hockey Report have any coverage of the Ducks? There are two NHL teams in southern California as illustrated by the two logos shown on your blog page, including the one who has won a Stanley Cup.
Dan Arritt (4:02 PM)
I don't have an answer for that, Karen, but it could be the proximity of the Kings to L.A., compared to the Ducks. I've written a couple pieces on the Ducks for ESPNLA, but I've basically been hired to cover the Kings.
With the young stars in the Clippers, and somewhat aging core in the Lakers, and a looming lock-out. Can you see the Clippers overtaking the Lakers as LA's team in the next few years?
Dan Arritt (4:04 PM)
I don't think the Clippers can overtake the Lakers until Kobe is gone, which shouldn't be long. The key will be if the Clippers can retain Blake Griffin when his current contract expires. He will be the face of whichever NBA team he plays for, as long as he can stay healthy, and that's not looking like a sure thing the way he plays.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What does the NHL Have to do to Prevent Concussions?
Dan Arritt (4:07 PM)
That's a tough question because contact is such a big part of the game, and a big draw among the viewers. Other than disallowing any form of body contact, the next-best thing is to continue working to improve the helmets. Some of the Kings wear the latest style, Willie Mitchell is one, and those are said to give the players more protection, even if they lack style points.
Any word on the lineup for tonight? Who is getting the short stick on the fourth line?
Dan Arritt (4:10 PM)
Word out of Kings headquarters is Alexei Ponikarovsky will be the healthy scratch among the forwards. Poor guy. He was riding the top line just a game ago, playing against his former team, the Maple Leafs, and coach Terry Murray is saying he didn't bring it hard enough. When you hear players complain in the locker room of teammates not giving 100%, I guess you can now figure Poni is one of those guys.
Janice (Lake Balboa)
What up with Drew Doughty not making the all-star team. I thought Jonathon Quck should have made it to.
Dan Arritt (4:13 PM)
I guess some of the complaining about Doughty's play this season didn't go unnoticed. After finishing third in the Norris Trophy voting last season, you'd think Drew would get into the AS game on that alone, but this isn't MLB, obviously. Quick was a shoe-in until about a month ago. Lately, he has been nothing more than a .500 goalie and, as we've seen with Drew, it's 'What have you done for me lately?' when it comes to AS picks.
The Kings should fire Murray. He's too passive for this job. What do u think???
Dan Arritt (4:15 PM)
I still think he's the right guy for the job. The Kings don't need someone who's throwing chairs around the locker room, they need someone who can calmly point out their mistakes (and there's been lots of them lately). I'd say if the Kings don't make the playoffs, and players begin to tune him out, he could be in jeapordy of losing his job in the offseason.
@Karen. This is an LA blog not OC. Start your own blog for whiny duck fans to complain.
Dan Arritt (4:19 PM)
I'm actually good friends with a Ducks fan, and he's not whiny at all. Well, except when the Ducks lose to the Kings. The Ducks are fortunate to have a strong contingent of reporters and columnists from the OC Register following their every move, so there's no shortage of info out there for Karen. If the Ducks keep winning, I imagine you'll see more of that on ESPNLA.
due to recent struggles do you see the Kings making anymore significant moves to get back into contention?
Dan Arritt (4:22 PM)
I just don't think there's anything out there right now, Matt. You would have thought Marco Sturm was Wayne Gretzky the way news outlets were tripping over each other trying to report the story of him coming to L.A, but Sturm is just what ESPNLA predicted, a guy on the downside of his career who has undergone two knee surgeries in the last two years. Plus, he's living out of a hotel while his family is still in Boston. I'd be depressed to.
Sean OConnor (Menifee, CA)
Is Zus hurt or something because his this season has been really down from last year? Any word about Buffalo's interest in Brown being real or just another rumor?
Dan Arritt (4:25 PM)
Zus isn't hurt, he's just a step slower, and he was never a real fast guy anyway. He's at the stage of his career where he'll get by with experience and knowledge, rather than skill and athleticism. Hadn't heard the Brown rumor. Doesn't make any sense to me. He's locked in for a couple more years and they've got better trade bait in guys like Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll and Wayne Simmmonds. If any forwards are going to go, it'll probably be one of those three.
The Ducks scored seven goals on the Blues last night, I bet the Kings don't get half that...
Dan Arritt (4:30 PM)
Well, it's hard to get 3.5 goals in a single game, but I think the Kings can win if they score five tonight. That says a lot considering they only needed two or three when Quick was playing so well earlier in the season. My final score prediction is L.A. 5, SL 3.I'm checking out on that note. Check back tonight for some between-period updates and some post-game analysis with video. See ya.