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    They're a finesse team.
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    Default Open Letter from LA Kings President Luc Robitaille

    https://www.nhl.com/kings/news/open-...le/c-300607452

    As the new season begins and Opening Night approaches for the LA Kings, we are eager and excited to see our team hit the ice!

    Our offseason has been one of extensive preparation and strategy in an effort to continue the evolution of our team and to compete for yet another Stanley Cup Championship.

    Last season, we returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but we weren't satisfied with the end result.

    Still, we believe our core group continues to rank among the strongest in the NHL.

    • Anze Kopitar won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the second time in his career as the NHL's top defensive forward and established career-highs in goals and points while being named a Finalist for the Hart Trophy


    • Drew Doughty was once again a James Norris Trophy Finalist for the NHL's top defensemen and was named to the First All-Star Team for the second time in three years


    • Jonathan Quick led our goaltending group in allowing the fewest goals in the NHL, earning the club's second ever William Jennings Trophy


    • Jeff Carter missed a huge portion of the season due to injury, but we are confident he is ready to return to being one of the NHL's top centers


    • Dustin Brown returned to form with a career-high 61 points - his injury in the preseason is unfortunate, however we expect him to come back soon and add to our scoring depth


    • Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Clifford, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson round out this group with leadership and Stanley Cup-Championship experience


    This offseason, our first priority was ensuring Doughty remained with the Kings and we were delighted to sign him to the largest contract in LA Kings history.

    Additionally, as we learned in the playoffs, our scoring needs to improve. So, we quickly and aggressively pursued one of the top goal scorers in the world. We are excited to have brought in Ilya Kovalchuk to help enhance this area of our game. He chose to sign in Los Angeles because he shares our same vision and desire to contend immediately for the Stanley Cup.

    Moreover, we know that Adrian Kempe, Alex Iafallo, Michael Amadio and Paul LaDue are ready to take the next step and move into significant roles with our team where they will be counted on to contribute each and every night.

    Throughout our offseason, we've seen promising signs on the horizon with Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Daniel Brickley, Sheldon Rempal and Austin Wagner, each on the doorstep of spending time in Los Angeles. Eventually they will be moving into significant roles with our hockey club. These players, along with first-round picks Gabriel Vilardi and Rasmus Kupari, will add skill and speed to our lineup for years to come.

    We believe we've assembled a team that is confident and capable of winning every time they step onto the ice, no matter the opponent.

    We also make it a priority to ensure that our fans experience is filled with fun and interactive entertainment, ensuring that you will have a first-class experience each time you come to support the Kings at STAPLES Center.

    This year we hope you recognize we have upgraded many of our in-arena amenities including audio, sound mixing, video production, lighting, atmosphere and our food and beverage selections. We hope you can see, feel and taste the difference.

    Finally, we remain committed to improving our environment and being a positive contributor to the community of our great city of Los Angeles. We will continue to recognize our members of the military and first responders, and we will aggressively encourage your own support of the community with a goal of raising a record $3 million to help those in our city who are less fortunate or in need of resources to improve their lives and future.

    Everything we do is with our fans in mind. We understand that the most important thing to you is that the Kings are competitive and push for the Stanley Cup.

    I can't wait to see the puck drop on Opening Night, and I can't wait to see you all throughout the season to join us on this journey!
    Go Kings Go!

    Sincerely,

    Luc Robitaille
    President

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    They're a finesse team.
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    Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

    "We also make it a priority to ensure that our fans experience is filled with fun and interactive entertainment, ensuring that you will have a first-class experience each time you come to support the Kings at STAPLES Center." = We made it more annoying!

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    This is such a boilerplate letter its borderline insulting. Can easily use this for just about ANY team in the league, not named Washington Capitals, just changing out the player names.

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    Perhaps Bettman gave this template out to each team?

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    Am I the only one who read that in Luc's accent?

    Like out loud?

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    Meh, exactly what you would expect. Not like he's going to come out and say "the team got worse, sorry." Those of us that have followed them for years and know what product will be on the ice will pretty much laugh and brush it off.

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    "This year we hope you recognize we have upgraded many of our in-arena amenities including audio, sound mixing, video production, lighting, atmosphere and our food and beverage selections. We hope you can see, feel and taste the difference."

    Ya know, at the end of last season I said to my wife that Staples Center could really use some better audio and sound mixing.


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    The 2018-19 Los Angeles Kings: Taste the Difference!
    Don't turn around, wo-ao!
    Der Kopitar's in town, wo-ao!

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    "Last season, we returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but we weren't satisfied with the end result."
    1 win with what? 2 or 3 goals all 4 games. Nooooooo. You weren't satisfied?

    So instead of really improving you add a 35 year old star who hasn't played in the NHL for 5 years and instead of trading away some insane contracts to try and maybe sign/trade for younger, faster and more skilled talent they do nothing. Same system. Same results.

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    Everything we do is with our fans in mind. We understand that the most important thing to you is that the Kings are competitive and push for the Stanley Cup.

    I can't wait to see the puck drop on Opening Night, and I can't wait to see you all throughout the season to join us on this journey!
    Go Kings Go!

    Sincerely,

    Luc Robitaille
    President

    P.S. I forgot to mention how proud we are as an organization in our continued attempts to data mine our fans and monitor them so we can monetize them to maximum potential for AEG.
    We are proud that we now get an even larger piece of the pie in the secondary market of ticket sales by our season ticket members. Incorporating AXS and parting ways with Stubhub has pushed AEG in profitability.
    Meanwhile, providing a price floor for the secondary market also insures that AEG gets as much profit as possible for every ticket sale.

    P.S.S. Those beach chairs, flat-brim hats, and plastic wallets, I am told were a HUGE hit with the fans!

    P.S.S.S. ...and one more thing: Getting rid of our radio broadcast via AM radio is something we have been trying to do for years.
    We finally were able to do this for AEG profit......errrrr.....for our fans! Our fans tell us how much they long to be freed from their car radios to hear Nick and Daryl. We can now say with a smile: We heard your cries! Now enjoy your audio telecast via your computer or your smartphone via the iHeart app, which will also help AEG in their continued effort to data mine the fans as well.
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