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Kings on tweets: “We are addressing” the situation

Apr 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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It sounds like the Los Angeles Kings aren’t too happy with whoever was responsible for last night’s tweeting from the official club Twitter account.

From the Globe and Mail:

Mike Altieri, the Kings’ vice-president, communications and content, did not go into details about the matter. But he said in an e-mail message “we are addressing” the situation.

The most contentious tweet followed LA’s 4-2 victory in Vancouver that read, “To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you’re welcome.”

Another suggested Canucks forward Ryan Kesler took a dive after mixing it up with Mike Richards.

Upon further review, perhaps the Kings didn’t feel those were appropriate comments for their official Twitter feed to make.

Or, perhaps they didn’t feel they should be making them after Game 1 when they haven’t won a playoff series since 2001.

In February, the Calgary Flames retracted a tweet from their official account that mocked Edmonton’s signing of Ales Hemsky.

We’ll see if a retraction from the Kings is forthcoming or if they stand by them. Because let’s be honest, a lot of Canadians want the Canucks to lose and Kesler was embellishing last night.

Ryan Kesler had his fair share of critics last night

  1. davebabychreturns - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Sounds like another ‘social media expert’ will be looking for a job soon..

  2. cableguymike - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Don’t think he should lose his job but hopefully they give him a good scare and a lesson on professionalism. Save those tweets for your own personal account.

    • haterzgonahate - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      i somewhat agree with you.. but is there anything professional about twitter?

      • cableguymike - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM


  3. warpstonebc - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    He shouldn’t lose his job for the sentiment. It is is pretty fun after all.

    However, given that he’s in charge of a digital mouthpiece for the team, the “SM Expert” should probably be canned for exercising poor judgement in regards to the tone of an official communications channel. We’re not quite WWE yet and I doubt the NHL is too fond of corporate comms that cross the line of formal tweets.

  4. trbowman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    The guy was DEAD ON.

    Seriously, whoever was posting those tweets, you’re the man.

  5. trbowman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Also, for some reason I can’t view articles on PHT on google chrome. Anyone else experiencing this? I’m using IE right now and it’s working fine.

    • habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Just the opposite, had to change to chrome from IE today.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        I bet you think Chara should be suspended because of that, too.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        P.S. I hope you can land Grigorenko seeing as how heartbroken you Habs fans were when Kovalev left. The role of indolent Russian will once again be filled in Montreal’s lineup.

      • habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        In an ideal world his name would be Mike Gregory from Sheffield, PQ.

        But I know what you’re saying. At this point you have to pick the best prospect available and hope for the best. You haven’t had too many Ruskies to brag about either.

        Would the Leafs pass on him if he drops to 5? I doubt it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        I’m hoping they can use it to pick Galchenyuk assuming he’s still there at fifth.

      • habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        I would think they would go for Forsberg, a big guy who can play centre and fill Matt’s Big Swede role.

    • east96st - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      I do have an occasional problem with the thumbs up and down icons disappearing for a minute, but aside from that, Chrome seems to work fine. I never timed it, but it seems the stories load even faster than IE.

    • habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Yes mojo, I do.

      Still defending the Bruins I see. Must be nice to have two teams to “cheer” for. Especially at PO time. Good luck with the 5Th pick, if “Burkie” doesn’t trade trade it to Boston first.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        I don’t cheer for one team in the playoffs, I have my favourite in each series and I just hope to see lots of good hockey (because I haven’t gotten to see any of that in quite a while).

  6. bergeronforselke - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Don’t change a thing, working as intended.

  7. loinstache - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Priceless! Chalk another one up for people wahhh wahhing about the Canucks and then forced to retract their comments. Keep on complaining haters, at least until mommy tells you to clean your language on the internet.

  8. hoovertower - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    You could say this is a chink in the King’s armor…

    • kitshky - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      oohhh …nice one.

  9. nobandwagoners - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Seriously, it’s not that big of a deal (and this coming from a Canucks’ fan). Even on an ‘official’ twitter account of a team, fans of any team shoud be able to take some ribbing and (hopefully), good natured comments. If you give, you should be expected to take as well.

    I don’t think all the venom routinely thrown the way of certain teams (e.g., Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Philly, Boston even (hey, I’m a Nucks fan)) is deserved, but you just have to come to terms that there are haters out there who will hate whether it’s justified or not. Sports fans are not often the rational sort so I don’t expect measured, rational discussion most of the time and especially not on Twitter!

  10. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

  11. east96st - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    When I said the guy would end up in trouble when this twitter thing was first posted and only owners can get away with making comments like that, I got 17 thumbs down. Hate to say I told you so, but…

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