Offside Thursday: There’s likely more to this story than meets the eye


Win one.Lose one. Repeat. Win one. Lose one. Repeat. Lose a coach. Hire a new coach. The rest of the season does not look good for the Kings.

The RiverKings announced that Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Kevin Kaminski has been released(FIRED IS THE WORD) from his position and has been replaced by Paul Gardner.

I love this QUOTE from Ab Mattice, “We needed to move in a different direction,” said RiverKings Director of Business Operations Ab Mattice, “and we think our fans deserve better than what has been produced the past two years.” What a bunch of BULL !

 This firing had nothing to do with the hockey season.Seriously folks if you believe Mattice, I have some land in Mexico for you -10 acres on the beach with a 1500sq.ft house for only 1000 pesos.

But, there’s likely more to this story than meets the eye. You figure? From some of my sources, the team is obviously keeping mum on the matter. What do you think?

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Wow this season is getting weirder and weirder.

New coach hired old one fired !!

Paul Gardner new coach. I wonder if he’ll keep Landmine as captain? No doubt about it, I just can’t figure out who’s running this team.

The 54 year old Gardner brings playing and coaching experience at several levels of professional hockey. Most recently, he has been coaching in the German Elite League (DEL) at Hamburg, and before that in the Russian Super League (KHL) at Yaroslavl.

Here’s a few notes about the new guy.

From 1990 to 1997, Gardner was with the Washington Capitals organization as an assistant coach for the Portland Pirates AHL affiliate for five seasons and for two seasons as the head professional scout for the Capitals. During his time in Portland, Gardner’s teams were the 1994 AHL Calder Cup champions and the 1996 AHL Eastern Conference champions.

Gardner’s coaching background also includes four seasons as head coach and assistant general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Newmarket Saints, one season as assistant coach with the Maple Leafs, and one season as player/assistant coach with the Rochester Americans in the Buffalo Sabres organization.

As a player, Gardner’s career encompasses 447 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Colorado Rockies. Between 1976 abd 1986, Gardner scored 201 goals for 402 points.

Among his accomplishments, Gardner was the 1977 Colorado Rockies Rookie of the Year, 1981 Pittsbugh Penguins Unsung Hero, was the AHL’s leading scorer and Most Valuable Player in 1985 and 1986, and was named in 1992 to the “All Time American Hockey League Team.” Gardner was also named as co-coach of the AHL All-Star Team in 1995.

One of three things will happen, the team will get better, things stay the same or things will get worse.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.


The never say die Bugs do it again…

I was there live at the Bug Center and the Mudbugs did it to me and the RiverKings again.Yes the Kings got on the scoreboard first.The first goal came off the stick of Matt Miller at 10:10 , it was a shorthanded goal . The Kings took a 2-0 lead as Chris Richards found the twine. It was 2-0 Kings at the end of one.

The second period was evenly played, but Bossier scored with just 2:12 remaining in the second period.Shane Hart scored for the Bugs. It was 2-1 Kings after 40 minutes of play.

Looking great right? I had a couple of pops and some nachos during the break and thought now just maybe we can play 20 more minutes just like we played the first 40.


However, that did not happen, plus I had a few more, no, quite a few more pops before this one ended.

It was a bad bad period for the Kings, four more goals for the Mudbugs.Travis Clayton and Shawn Limpright scored powerplay goals. Blaznek and Pszenyczny scored also. The Kings would get one more off the stick of Levesque at 17:22. But the Kings could get no more as the come-back kids beat up on the Kings 5-3.

The Bugs out shot the RiverKings 32-24. Kings netminder Alexander Pechurskiy took the loss.

It was quite a tame game between these rivals. Mississippi was 0- for-3 on the powerplay and Bossier-Shreveport was 2- for- 6.


Kings fans have something to cheer about !!

On Saturday night, it didn’t start out the way the Kings wanted it to, Dayton got on the scoreboard early as Jonathan Ornelas found the back of the net and beat Sterling with just over three minutes gone in the first period. But midway through the first, Louie Dumont scored for the Kings. It was 1-1 after the first frame.

Dayton would score the only goal of the second period.Corey Couturier beat RiverKings goaltender Sterling at 10:28. It was 2-1 Gems after forty.

Well I couldn’t believe it, the Kings took a page out of the Mudbugs game plan.

Three unanswered goals in the third. Matt Summers scored on the powerplay at 2:05. Then R.G. Flath scored for the Kings. Then Dumont put the nail in the coffin at 18:55, a shorthanded, empty-netter, you gotta love those. The final 4-2 Kings.

The RiverKings were 1-for-4 on the powerplay and Dayton were 1-for-6. The Kings out shot the Gems 35-22.

It was great to see 4,026 at the DCC. The fans provided over 500 stuffed teddy bears and other stuffed animals for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots program. NICE GOING FANS !!

The RiverKings are now 11-11-1.

Joe Sports thoughts about Friday and Saturdays games.

Hum bug on Fridays game.The Kings came close to working, but it wasn’t enough vs the Bugs.

Saturday, we played a great third period. But that’s all we played. The first forty minutes were boring.

You can use whatever saying you want, but there needs to be urgency in the Kings game. Right now, the new coach will have to come up with some miracle to change this team around .

We just have to build on a consistent game. Play a full 60 minutes and lets not forget, we have to start scoring on the powerplay.

The reminders aren’t hard for the Kings to find.
All they have to do is look at the standings posted on the wall in the dressing room.
Or check out the statistical packages available to them.
Or flip open the newspaper, watch TV, surf the internet or listen to the radio.

Lets hope the sputtering Kings can get back on track. Lets hope they don’t stick to their usual script.Win one. Lose one. Repeat. Win one. Lose one. Repeat.

That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.

Next up….

The RiverKings battle the Evansville IceMen at the DeSoto Civic Center this Friday. That games goes at 7:05 pm.

Offside Thursday

Keith Fitzhugh turned down an offer to return to the New York Jets, choosing instead to keep a secure job as a railway conductor to support his family. Anyone else think the guy deserves a good conduct medal?

A lot of experts think Gators’ coach Urban Meyer will take a year off, get his second wind and come back to football. Think of it as Urban renewal.

A new study by Dunkin’ Donuts has found that the first thing most people do with gingerbread men is bite their head off. They’re calling it the Brian Burke response.

Steve Nash of the Suns didn’t miss a shot against the Wizards becoming just the second player in the shot-clock era to do so while posting at least 20 points and 10 assists. I once saw Brooklyn Decker in Sports Illustrated in a spray-on swimsuit; even she didn’t look that perfect in the paint.

Mike Tyson told Larry King Live he has 2,500 pigeons. Or as the New York Islanders call them, season ticket holders.

Adam Dunn agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. That’s what I call a Dunn deal.

\Kris Humphries of the Nets scored eight points and picked up seven rebounds on Tuesday. Eight rebounds if you include Kim Kardashian. is heading to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Who said his career was ear-redeemable?Hockey video for X-mas— this will cheer you up…–okKBgSw


This is a great bit of advertising-same set of scenes with a different story

Tom Brady Beats Chicago Bears at Soldier Field – Lets just give this guy the Super Bowl

Funny True Happenings To Make You Laugh on Thursday

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

Two animal rights protesters were protesting the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000 USD. [£52,000GBP]. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from tree hugging onlookers. A minute later, in full view, they were both eaten by a killer whale.

There now. Your day’s not so bad, is it?

Dance around your desk video of the week

Fight video of the week

Well, that’s it for today…I’m Joe Sports, have a great day.


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