Maybe it's just me... but I have a feeling that this past weekend the Los Angeles Kings were a little too preoccupied thinking of their Halloween costumes.
The Los Angeles Kings lose 3-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes AND to the Colorado Avalanche. But let's not dwell on that. Instead, let's play our new favorite game show here at The Royal Half...
"Which One of These Players is NOT a NHL Defenseman???"
The answer is... F, Dustin Penner.
No really... eff Dustin Penner.
A) Rob Scuderi
B) Alec Martinez
C) Jack Johnson
D) Matt Greene
E) Willie Mitchell
F) Dustin Penner
G) Drew Doughty
We also would have accepted the answer "Jack Johnson, when trying to clear the puck in his own zone."
I know the Dustin Penner hate amongst LA Kings fans is higher than it's ever been in the 9 months that he's been an LA King. And now the obligatory trade rumors are starting. I do think that if Dean Lombardi was able to find someone to trade for Dustin Penner that the return would be high... just look at the company he's been keeping in terms of scoring this season.
Could easily get a 3rd round Conditional Pick for any of those guys.
Sadly, the play of Dustin Penner was not the scariest thing I saw this weekend.
The Kings are off until Thursday when they take on the Western Conference leading Edmonton Oil-WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? Hopefully by then Simon Gagne will be back to 100%. Because if the success of the LA Kings season is dependent on the health of Simon Gagne... this is only going to end badly.