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Lockout delays rising of Kings’ championship banner

Oct 12, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

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Every day that goes by at this point will tell a story of what could have been if we had a new CBA and there was no lockout.

Tonight, Kings fans would have crowded the Staples Center to watch the team’s championship banner rise after their historic and improbable 2011-12 Stanley Cup-winning campaign.

“We certainly feel bad for our fans, as they have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see us culminate our first Stanley Cup championship by raising a banner into the rafters at Staples Center,” said Kings’ president of business operations Luc Robitaille, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We know one day this will eventually take place, and we remain hopeful that it is sooner rather than later.”

Of course, when that will happen is anyone’s guess.

“We are all extremely disappointed that our season will not begin on time this season,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “The Kings and their fans are very deserving of a celebration of their victory and tremendous accomplishment last spring, and we remain committed to providing that opportunity as soon as possible.”

Kings governor Tim Leiweke is also “very sorry” for the delay and wanted to assure the fans that he shares their frustration.

  1. ron05342 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    A lot of recrimination but I don’t see any action…and tonight, I also did not see a banner raised.


  2. eyeh8goodell - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Nobody in LA seems to care. The bandwagon already reached its destination and they all found other things to do. Most of them probably don’t even know there’s a work stoppage.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Thanks, I hate, way to show solidarity with other hockey fans….

    • ron05342 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Trolling, trolling, trolling, rawhide!

      Enjoy the Kings’ title, hater. Haters gonna hate, but there is no way you can erase the Cup win now, hater. The team and all the players are stamped already…hater.

      • blomfeld - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Ron & friends …

        What our team accomplished last spring was truly special and people everywhere know that. After all, it wasn’t just that we won the cup, but more the “way” in which we won it … such a dominating march to the top like that hadn’t been witnessed in decades ! So with the “banner raising” business at Staples Center, of course it’s a shame for the local King’s fans who were planning to attend in person. However it’s important that they don’t despair too much, as they’ll be getting their “special night” soon enough … I guarantee it.

        We’re only two days past what would have been the start of the regular season, yet based on the general mood here at PHT and other similar forums, you’d think that the world had come to an end ? Well that’s just absolute nonsense in my opinion ! Now I’m on record here for stating that I believe this work stoppage to be nothing more than a “calculated and contrived” plan, who’s purpose is to eliminate the initial part of the season in-order to shore up the books for several key “financially-ailing” franchises. Time will tell whether my assertion is correct or not. Regardless, once this season does get the “green light” which I contend is coming shortly, then our Kings and the fans in attendance are going to have their special night at Staples Center … and what a night that’s going to be ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!!


      • manchestermiracle - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:51 AM

        blom: I think you are A) giving way too much credit for intelligence and clever maneuvering to those who run the NHL and, B) forgetting that a whole lot of people are getting royally screwed by this lockout.

        Not only are the support people (see related article on this site) being driven into bankruptcy, but the general attitude of fans is hardly conducive to your theory. Even on the remote chance that you are right about some owners “saving” money by not spending it, what happens to their revenue when fans refuse to buy tickets? What happens to revenue when advertisers have spent their budget elsewhere? How does the league “grow the game” when their track record smacks of instability?

        I’m a long-time Kings fan, too, but a greed-driven shortened season is a bitter and disappointing way to defend a championship. Who wants to be the defending champions of a bush league that refuses to get its act together? I can see the Wikipedia entry now: The Los Angeles Kings, last Stanley Cup Champions of the now-defunct NHL.

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:52 AM

        Oh, and thanks for not putting up a video with that post.

      • blomfeld - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM

        Dear comrade Manchestermiracle,

        Friend, you have a great name, you’re a fellow King’s fan and Inglewood used to be a part of my “sales beat” during my days there in sunny LA. So there’s no way in hell that I’m going to take issue with anything you say ! :) Nonetheless, I would ask you to consider that should the season start within the next 3-4 weeks as I predict it will, what “real” long-term damage do you think will have really been done to the game ? Come March or April, this silly “little” impasse will have been completely forgotten like yesterday’s papers and you know that !

        Anyway, once play does resume and we Kings can finally get on with the business of defending our Cup, man do we ever have a surprise in store for these people or what, eh ? :)

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        Thanks for the compliments, blom, but a “silly little impasse” is a massive understatement when speaking of yet another lockout. You certainly are being much more positive about all this than most of us. Do you have some insider information, or are you just being a bit naive? Should the season start before the end of the year, I’ll be the first to congratulate you on your crystal ball skills, but I simply do not share your faith.

  3. barroomhero80 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Screw this lockout I would have been at that game. GKG

  4. manchestermiracle - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    “Lockout delays rising of Kings’ championship banner.” Rising? The only thing rising is the bile in my throat over the lockout. Perhaps you meant “raising.”

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