Forget about head shots... don't worry about rising salaries... nevermind all the players who are diving... it's obvious that the biggest threat to the NHL right now is the players' ability to communicate directly with their fans via social messaging.
"OMG... I can't believe @theroyalhalf just said that!!!"
The NHL recently made sure that players were 100% aware that they should not be tweeting before, during and after games. And as the Los Angeles Kings head into the 2011-2012 season, this new rule impacts the team tremendously. Communication is an important part of any professional sports team... both on and off the playing field. So no Season Preview would be complete without taking an in-depth look at the Los Angeles Kings players who tweet on a regular basis and then predicting what they will be tweeting about during the regular season. Because as we all know... these NHL players have a lot of important things to say.
DUSTIN BROWN - RW
Brown is the Los Angeles Kings Captain and the team is depending on him to provide strong leadership and at least 25 goals from the Right Wing. But after analyzing his off-season tweets... it turns out the Kings aren't the only people relying on Dustin Brown.
It's obvious that Dustin Brown is both a dedicated parent as well as a passionate team leader. So how will he use both those skills in the upcoming season?
JONATHAN QUICK - G
Many people doubted Quick's ability coming into the 2010-2011 season, but he showed most of North America that he truly had the talent to lead the Kings between the pipes. And if there is one thing Jon Quick is good at... it's judging if America's Got Talent.
With 35 wins and a 2.24 GAA last season, Jon Quick showed that he had true star power in a city full of stars. But is Quick the guy who is focused enough to lead the Kings deep into the postseason so their fans' dreams of winning a Stanley Cup can come true?
MIKE RICHARDS - C
Los Angeles Kings fans may be lamenting the loss of young prospects Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn... but the trade for Mike Richards could end up being one of the best acquisitions in the franchises' history. Coming into the season as the anointed #2 Center behind Anze Kopitar will take a lot of pressure off the former Captain simply because he is no longer the biggest fish in a small pond.
Richards comes into the season with all sorts of expectations for his role on the team. But what he didn't expect was the lack of bodies of water within the greater Los Angeles city limits.
KEVIN WESTGARTH - RW
For the 2011-2012 season, Kevin Westgarth knows his role on the Los Angeles Kings... enforcer. But what he wants everyone else to know is that he has a degree in psychology from Princeton.
Westgarth will continue to pummel his opponents with his fists... but also with his mind.
DREW DOUGHTY - D
The biggest threat to the Los Angeles Kings season is the continuing saga of Drew Doughty's holdout. Considering that Drew Doughty had zero presence within the social media community during the 2010-2011 season, it seems strange that he would chose this particular time to take to twitter in order to tell his side of the holdout story.
Who knows if Drew Doughty's tweets will be enough to fight off the backlash he is receiving from once loyal fans? And maybe if Doughty keeps tweeting... he'll finally get Dean Lombardi to sign off on a contract.