Hours from now, the NHL, after resolving a lockout that lasted nearly four months, will be playing hockey once again, albeit in a truncated season.
Which means the Los Angeles Kings will be defending their Stanley Cup title.
And in doing so, as reigning NHL champions, they likely should not be subjected to the snubs, flubs, and downright drubs that they withstood by their own local media during their Stanley Cup run last summer.
Well, not even hours after the end of the NHL lockout, that campaign does not seem to be going well.
In screencaps from a KNBC-TV news report on the Kings’ upcoming first game of the 2013 season, which most likely aired this past weekend, a chyron during an interview with Kings left wing Dustin Penner identified him as “Darryl Sutter, Kings Head Coach.” This despite Penner’s name being clearly visible on his locker which was shown during the shot.
And to add insult to injury, in a different part of the KNBC-TV report, Kings center Jarret Stoll was misidentified as… “Dustin Penner, Kings Left Wing.”
This from the same television station that displayed the logo of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings during a report involving the L.A. Kings. (And with the basketball Kings likely headed for Seattle, they’d be damned if they made that same mistake again, huh?)
Then again, we still got one of those Kings logo gaffes this week, courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times, which printed the Sacramento team’s logo alongside that of the NHL’s Blackhawks, who will play the NHL’s Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 19, to open the NHL season.
And what is likely to be a new season of snubs, flubs and drubs at the expense of the Rodney Dangerfields of the National Hockey League.