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.
Send your questions now and join Arritt Thursday at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET!
Dan Arritt (4:00 PM)
Welcome to another edition of Kings chat, or anything else related to SoCal sports, for that matter. Kings host Phoenix tonight and they need a win like the Dodgers need a new owner. They're five points out of the final playoff spot and the clock is ticking on this season. I'm ready to take your questions, fire away!
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is the Worst Los Angeles Kings Team that you saw in your Life time?
Dan Arritt (4:02 PM)
The 2007-08 team was pretty bad. When I started covering some games shortly after Christmas that season, they had just finished losing eight straight. The locker room was about as fun as a prison lockdown.
Darren (Orange County)
very frustrated with the play of this team since their great start. Missing the playoffs will be a major step back for them. Making the playoffs if they do in an 8 seed will be next to impossible. Where do you see this team going? I am losing patience and finding these games extremely hard to watch. 1 goal a game aint going to get it done.
Dan Arritt (4:04 PM)
I think the Kings will play .500 for the rest of the season and miss the playoffs. Their great start to the season and the second surge they had in December was more a case of the Kings playing beyond expectations. Like GM Deam Lombardi recently said, opposing teams didn't really take the Kings seriously last season, and so they were able to steal a few wins. That's not the case this season, especially after that 12-3 start. They have a big target on their backs now.
Mike (Santa Clarita)
So, let's cut to the chase. Keep Murray? Or...it's time to move on?
Dan Arritt (4:07 PM)
Looks like Murray is here to stay. He's probably doing the best he can with what he to work with. It's not his fault the team does not have a first-rate left wing to go with Kopitar, or that Doughty took a step back this season, or that Quick has lost his confidence. They need a teacher still, not a brow-beater, and Murray is that man.
Whats the deal with the goalies? Is Quick still the guy, or is it JB now?
Dan Arritt (4:10 PM)
Word is Quick will start in goal tonight against the Coyotes. Probably a good move considering the terrible winning goal Quick allowed against the Blues on Tuesday. That one will haunt Quick for a while, so the best way to put it behind him is to get him right back out there. Now if he puts up another dud, as he did in Phoenix last month, it could be a further step back and you'll probably see a lot more of Bernier for the next few games.
Brad (St. Paul)
Why can't the Kings beat the Yotes?
Dan Arritt (4:13 PM)
It's not just Phoenix, the Kings are 0-3 against Chicago and St. Louis too. With the Yotes, they bring a lot of speed through the neutral zone and those types of teams have given the Kings a lot of problems this season. The Kings are not a fast team so they have trouble keeping up when Phoenix gets some momentum heading into their offensive zone.
J.T (Santa Fe Springs)
How many more losses before the Kings officialy go in the tank??
Dan Arritt (4:16 PM)
I'd say if the Kings don't win at least three of the next four games before heading out on a 10-game road trip, you might see more younger players getting called up from Manchester. The Kings already called up Andrei Loktionov from Manchester for tonight's game against Phoenix, and put Marco Sturm on IR with knee issues (surprise, you trade for a guy with a history of knee problems and what do you get?).
How come Shane Doan owns you guys?
Dan Arritt (4:18 PM)
That's a tough question, Gabe, but Shane always seem to do something bad to the Kings. He missed their first meeting this season because he was suspended for a hit on an Anaheim player and the Kings still couldn't beat Phoenix.
Riley (La Canada)
How good do you think Clifford can be?
Dan Arritt (4:21 PM)
Ah, Kyle Clifford, one of my favorite guys on the Kings. I think Kyle is destined to be a third or fourth line player during his career. What's so surprising is he has matured into that role so quickly. I wonder who he's going to fight tonight?
Laura (Temple City)
Do you think Drew Doughty is jealous of Jack Johnson's contract extension?
Dan Arritt (4:23 PM)
That's an interesting question. If he is jealous, he hasn't shown it. Doughty needs to worry about his own play because that's going to affect his bargaining position more than anything. Doughty may have played himself into a one or two-year deal in the offseason, rather than something in the four to six-year range.
Ed (Solana Beach)
Handzus looks really slow lately, what's going on with him?
Dan Arritt (4:27 PM)
Yes, Handzus is definitely struggling to find his game right now. He doesn't have a shot on goal the last two games and he was recently fingered by Coach Murray for lapses in his checking game. He's one of the reasons the Kings have such a tough time matching the opposition's speed.
J.R. (Dowtown LA)
What have the crowds been like for Kings games...are they still selling out.
Dan Arritt (4:30 PM)
The Kings had a nice crowd for the Edmonton game last weekend, but the crowd for St. Louis two nights before was rather small. There's still just enough fan interest to continue filling the place for their next three home games, but it will interesting to see what happens to the crowds if they don't perform well on the 10-game trip.
Dan Arritt (4:31 PM)
That's a wrap folks, thanks for checking in. Check back tonight on ESPNLosAngeles.com for between period updates and post-game analysis and video from the Phoenix game. Hopefully it will be a much-needed victory.