Starting this week the Los Angeles Kings are going to try and save the National Hockey League. The approaching Stanley Cup Final could be an epic battle between a brilliant young netminder and the ultimate 'Creased Don' from the East Coast hockey syndicate otherwise known as the New Jersey Devils.
Starting this week the Los Angeles Kings are going to try and save the National Hockey League. The approaching Stanley Cup Final could be an epic battle between a brilliant young netminder and the ultimate 'Creased Don' from that East Coast hockey syndicate that's otherwise known as the New Jersey Devils.
Meanwhile, in sports bars and living rooms across the globe, every hardcore Philadelphia Flyers fan has recently received an important text. It has been decided that it's legally okay to place a Kings jersey over their orange and black attire. This temporary postseason law will remain in effect until the Kings beat the Devils and raise the Cup.
While all honest Flyers fans are on board with rooting for Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Justin Williams and hopefully even Simon Gagne during this series, all sense has not been lost.
Fast forward one year from now and every 'Bullies' fans is hoping that their Flyboys are battling the Kings, who would be skating in their return engagement as reigning Cup champions. Certainly 2012 chants of "Let's go Kings", would understandably be replaced by "Let's go Flyers" rants at that time.
Hexy will be watching from above
Only someone who isn't a real Flyers fan could root against Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall being part of a Cup championship this season.
Hextall left Philadelphia to accept his position with the Kings shortly before Bob Clarke stepped down as general manager. If 'Hexy' would have stayed on, he was clearly in-line to replace the elevated Paul Holmgren as the Flyers assistant GM.
The future is forever uncertain and the 'Once a Flyer always a Flyer' motto could always lure the second greatest goaltender in Flyers history back home again.
Shout at the Devils fans
Martin Brodeur is the greatest goaltender that I've ever seen. Any comments offered about New Jersey's historically great defense are always fully accurate, but should never take away from how spectacular that man has been between the pipes during his career.
But, 'Marty' already has three Stanley Cups to his credit. If he were to win a fourth, his home's victory room would have to be expanded and that costs money.
Instead of dropping his coins in that manner, a Kings victory would enable Brodeur to use his funds to supplement Devils ticket prices. Apparently cost has been the issue preventing 'fans' from actually supporting their own team during many regular season home games through the years.
Real hockey fans don't begrudge a superb CEO, president and general manager like Lou Lamoriello, a good head coach like Peter DeBoer, a Hall of Famer and strong assistant coach like Larry Robinson and great players like Brodeur, Zach Parise and so many others from winning. They just don't like bandwagon fans, who can be seen from 90 miles away, gaining any further glory.
It's time for everyone to maintain their loyalties, while they put their Kings gear on.
Sean O'Brien is based in the Philadelphia region. He has written professionally for over two decades and is currently a Featured Contributor for Yahoo! You can follow him on Twitter @SeanyOB and also read his daily Sports Blog: Insight.
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