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.
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Dan Arritt (3:59 PM)
Hi all, welcome to another edition of Kings chat. Not much has changed since we last chatted, the Kings still haven't won a game since Dec. 27, but they're playing a Nashville team tonight that they're 2-0 against this season, so things are looking up, maybe. Feel free to lob me a question about line changes, goalie rotations or anything else you can think of, Kings-related, of course.
Dan Arritt (4:02 PM)
The Kings remind of that Colossus rollercoaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, the one that goes up and down so many times it makes you dizzy, and maybe even sick to your stomach of you're the queasy type. If I were a school teacher, I'd probably give them a B minus.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
How are the Kings doing so far this season?
Dan Arritt (4:05 PM)
I think Murray is hoping they'll work, but I doubt he has any idea. Think of these moves as a mid-game goalie change; he's just trying to get the attention of certain players. Like I wrote in my preview, if the Kings go out and score five goals tonight, Murray will look real smart. If they get shutout, it could be panic time. Kind of a gamble, I'd say.
Really? Are these line changes really going to help? Or is Murray just shuffling to be shuffling? This is getting old.
Dan Arritt (4:07 PM)
I think I'd choose Westgarth, he's more in my weight class, and Clifford scares me a little bit, something about those eyes. Plus, I'm a little closer in age with Westgarth, I would feel kind of funny throwing down against a 19-year-old kid....and I'd feel real funny if he decked me.
Ron (West Covina)
If you HAD to drop the gloves and fight one of the Kings, would you choose Westgarth or Clifford?
Dan Arritt (4:10 PM)
Kobe is definitely on the downside of his career, but he's smarter than ever, so that's making of for some of the lost agility. I'd say he has two good years left in him, max, and then he'll be coming off the bench for the next two. That said, if you want to see an exciting game, go watch the Clippers. They was the best kept secret in L.A. until about a month ago, now people are on to them and tickets aren't so easy to find.
Nick (ct) [via mobile]
Dan, how do you rate Kobe's season thus far?
Dan Arritt (4:13 PM)
I'm not a big fan of hiring re-treads, but I like Fassel, especially because he's on OC guy like me. Anaheim High doesn't get too many famous folks walking the hallways latelym but they do have some well-known alumni.
BJ Grace (Irvine)
Hey Dan, your a So Cal guy-what do you think about Elway hiring another So Cal guy who recruited him in High School, coached him at Stanford; Developed him at Denver and was NFL Coach of the Year-QB Guru Jim Fassel--thoughts???
Dan Arritt (4:16 PM)
You're right, DD2 hasn't been the answer on the defensive end. I watched him whiff on a puck in front of the net against Philly on a power play and one of the Flyers shot it right into the net. It will be interesting who gets send down when Willie Mitchell returns. Odds are it will be Peter Harrold, who has been a healthy scratch lately, but DD2 is probably on the bubble as well.
I have to be honest as a life long Kings fan and my family has had season tickets since 88 I've seen it all so nothing shocks me any more with the ups and downs of the regular season. But there are always players that make the team and I dont understand. This season is #44 Drewiske. The guy was on his knees for two goals last game. Lets give Hickey a chance,and if not add him to part of a deal. How long are we going to have to wait?
Dan Arritt (4:19 PM)
I think everybody sees things differently. When Simmonds is skating well, he's as fun to watch as anybody on the Kings, but he tends to get lost on the defensive end and, let's face it, defense is No. 1 in the mind of Terry Murray. It will be interesting to see how Simmer does back with Kopi and Brown. They tried it briefly earlier this season, but then Marco Sturm joined the team and he wasn't the answer either.
Jones (Long Island)
When the Kings let Frolov go this season I was very happy because he only showed up 35% of the time. Looking at the team this season Wayne Simmonds plays the same way. He is at the top of his game a 2nd line player but really a 3rd liner. Why can't Coach T.M. see the same thing the fans see?
Dan Arritt (4:23 PM)
Are we talking men's basketball? I'm a Big West guy. Go Long Beach State!!
jimbo (tucson(originally mass))
How do you like Zona's chance of winning the pac10?And who is the best player in the Pac-10?
Dan Arritt (4:26 PM)
If the Dallas Stars weren't in third place in the Western Conference, I think Brad Richards would be a nice addition. Other than that, maybe Edmonton would be willing to dump a guy like Dustin Penner for a few draft picks. The Oilers aren't going anywhere this season and Penner has a huge contract they could dump on the Kings.
Tony (San Dimas)
If the Kings really want to go deep in the Playoffs a trade needs to happen. If the trade for Iggy does not happen who else do you see them trading for?
Dan Arritt (4:30 PM)
Ah, my favorite part, and just the right way to end this chat. I predict Ryan Smyth scores his sixth goal in the last five games, Kopitar gets one on the power play and Drew Doughty sneaks one in from the point, plus an empty-netter at the end for a 4-2 Kings' victory.
Who's going to win tonight?
Dan Arritt (4:35 PM)
I'd rather watch Blake Griffin dunk in Mile Square Park then watch Kobe dribble all over Staples Center and force shots, then make faces at the refs every time he misses.I'm out, thanks for the chat. Tune in to ESPNLosAngles.com for some in-game and post-game coverage from the Kings game vs. Nashville.
Connor (New Jersey)
Blake Griffin is so good. Right now, I would rather watch him go out and dunk like a freak while his team loses by 20 rather than watch Kobe shoot 30% and see them lose by 10. Thoughts?