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from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,

We are not expecting a Gary Bettman sighting for Game 4 of the Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks series Tuesday night. Or for Game 5 on Thursday, and probably not Game 6 on Sunday, either. And maybe not even for Game 7, either. We remain hopeful for Game 8, though.

Too bad, too. The one time the Bay Area would actually like to see him, he’ll find himself too busy tending to the three series that haven’t been designated as undercards.

And yes, this is still the undercard for whatever other series there is, because that’s the way the sport has always operated. Like the Stanley Cup itself, it is a series of rings, and the further away from the center you get, the less intriguing you are.

Yes, the Sharks are playing the defending Stanley Cup champions in a series that has had enough of everything yet not so much that people aren’t willing to watch more. But they are not members of the Original Six, like Chicago and Detroit and New York and Boston. They do not have Sidney Crosby, like Pittsburgh. And they do not have Canada, like Ottawa.

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redxblack's avatar

Those games are on after little Gary’s bedtime.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/21/13 at 01:54 PM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

Game 8?  Really?

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 05/21/13 at 02:10 PM ET

awould's avatar

Wait, this guy WANTS Bettman at his arena?

Posted by awould on 05/21/13 at 02:29 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

If he dares to show up at The Joe, we’ll ship his puny ass out to you ASAP, Ratto. Absolutely no charge.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/21/13 at 02:48 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

I hope like hell our beloved ‘kids’ make it to the cup finals making it a 50/50 shot that Bettman has to step out onto Joe Lewis ice to present the Stanley Cup.  I wanna see how many Octopi he gets hit with.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/21/13 at 03:13 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Game 8?  Really?
Posted by Forlorn in VA on 05/21/13 at 03:10 PM ET

Welcome to hockey in California.

Remember 1993-94? Wings finished 1st in the WC and were playing the Sharks in the first round. I believe it was the Sharks first playoff appearance. I was at game 4 in San Jose. I bought a ticket at face value off a guy that didn’t see my jersey sticking out under my jacket.

Detroit gets called for a penalty on a delayed call. The SJ goalie doesn’t even get to the bench as the Sharks scored on the rush. All of the fans were screaming at the refs for taking away their power play; they wanted the goal and another two minutes of man advantage. rolleyes

How can you be a fan of a sport if you don’t have the vaguest idea of the rules? Move to [insert non-traditional hockey market here] and buy season tickets. Near as I can figure, the average hockey fan in California (Kings fans are exempt from this rant) hasn’t learned anything more about the game in the last 20 years.

That was the first year I really thought THIS IS THE YEAR! They broke my heart a few more times before they broke through in ‘97

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/21/13 at 03:18 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

The author was clearly being facetious with the “game 8” comment.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/21/13 at 03:49 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Rat’s a Rotto rubbish.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 05/21/13 at 04:05 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Goddamn lack of edit.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 05/21/13 at 04:06 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

But they are not members of the Original Six, like Chicago and Detroit and New York and Boston.

Exactly.  Now go get your shine box.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 05/21/13 at 04:21 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Goddamn lack of edit.
Posted by Mistercristo on 05/21/13 at 05:06 PM ET

Should have quit while you were ahead. I thought it was intentional and funny. Now that I know it’s a typo, not so much.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/21/13 at 04:36 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

This is retarded.

1.)  How can you be that upset (still) about the Torres suspension?  It’s not like he’s Joe Pavelski…

2.)  You really want a visit from Bettman?  That’s sick man.

3.)  What do you expect when one California franchise sprang out of a disney movie, and the other one that isn’t the Kings looks like it did too?

4.)  I think I actually find Ratto more annoying than Olsick and Douche Canoe… thats saying something.  Nothing is worse than getting stuck with the Sharks broadcast… and NBC pipes them through to the national broadcast all the time.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/21/13 at 04:44 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Should have quit while you were ahead. I thought it was intentional and funny. Now that I know it’s a typo, not so much.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/21/13 at 05:36 PM ET

Me too actually.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/21/13 at 04:45 PM ET

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No Bettman?  Sounds like a reason to party if you ask me.  Now if the folks out west can clue in the rest of the league on how to keep Bettman away, everyone wins.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/21/13 at 05:14 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

  But they are not members of the Original Six, like Chicago and Detroit and New York and Boston.

Exactly.  Now go get your shine box.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 05/21/13 at 05:21 PM ET

Quoted for Truth.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/21/13 at 05:53 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

No Bettman? 
Posted by Valek on 05/21/13 at 06:14 PM ET

Know peace.

Know Bettman. No Peace.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/21/13 at 06:02 PM ET

Fugazi's avatar

Typical Ray Ratto. We here in the Bay Area tuned that clown out 10 years ago. On behalf of Sharks fans on the left Coast we’d like to apologize for this lame excuse for a writer. He no not what he do.

Carry on.

Posted by Fugazi from Bay Area, Left Coast on 05/21/13 at 06:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Drew Sharpe, Terry Foster, Ray Ratto, and the Tribune’s David Haugh ought to get together and slap each other’s faces with their weenises.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 05/22/13 at 02:07 AM ET

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