I will not be writing about Patrik Elias today. I had no idea there were so many die-hard Elias fans. I’m glad there are, though. It’s the only way I’ll learn. Anyways, somewhat related, let’s kind of mail in today’s links and write subjective opinions (it’s Sunday). Oh yes, that means a top 5. The finals are starting soon and I don’t get a space on the Internet to ramble before they do so I’m going to make the most of it. Here’s the top 5 things I’m most looking forward to about the Stanley Cup Finals.

5. Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown is kind of really awesome. The fact that he was so heavily involved in trade rumours near the deadline blows my mind because, seriously, he’s pretty good at hockey. Brown, obviously, is tearing it up a little bit – he’s third in points these playoffs (Giroux is still in second…what the hell, Penguins/Flyers series?) and is a +13 (!). I love him. I’m very excited to see what he can do in the most important seven games (yeah, I said it) of his life.

4. Jonathan Quick

What more can be said about Quick that hasn’t already? The guy is a machine and all he makes is saves. It’s true he wasn’t exactly at his best in games 4 and 5 of the Coyotes series but does anyone have any doubts about this guy? You’re pretty much guaranteed to see one or two ridiculous things when he’s making sure the puck doesn’t enter the net. Like Brown, statistically, he’s kind of lighting the world on fire with a 1.54 GAA and a .946 save percentage which is all sorts of ridiculous. He’s awesome and the finals are lucky to have him.

3. The LA Kings Twitter Account

I want the Kings to win the Cup purely so I can retweet a billion things. Make it happen, universe.

2. Martin Brodeur

I’ve already written about my love of Brodeur at length. I also think that every hockey fan kind of has an innate love of Brodeur (unless you’re a Rangers fan this week…sorry). He hasn’t exactly been spectacular in these playoffs so far, but he’s been good enough to get his team where they need to be. Obviously. Also, he can do stuff like this.

Yeah, Brodeur is awesome.

1. It’s the Stanley Cup Finals

I really don’t want to get all “Because It’s The Cup” on you guys but, I mean, these finals could be pretty great. Neither of these teams are going to score seven goals a game and, frankly, I’m kind of OK with that. This series could be like watching a really great pitchers’ duel. But for seven games (I reiterate my probably wrong prediction). I’m looking forward to a lot of 2-1 final scores. Kings in seven. I think. I’m really standing by my convictions here.

Links To The Past

  • Aw, I missed Rick Nash trade rumours. Where do you guys think he ends up? (Puck Daddy)
  • Ilya Kovalchuk wasn’t exactly seen in the best light for a while. Mostly because he makes a lot of money. He’s done a pretty good job of changing that in the last few weeks. He still makes a lot of money though (ESPN)
  • The Rangers didn’t make the finals but they’re still really good. I’m going to miss Torts. (The Hockey News)
  • The LA Kings have been around as long as the Leafs haven’t won a Cup (KERRY FRASER!). They’ve had some interesting years of existence. (LA Times)
  • Peter DeBoer is a pretty good coach. At least I think so. Prove me right, Peter. But not to the point that my prediction is wrong, please. (The Star-Ledger)
  • Hockey and philosophy – they go together better than you think. Also, this is a really great article. (Battle of California)
  • Think you’re a Kings fan? Prove it. (Down Goes Brown)