Darting here and there ...

Û Late-arriving snowballs in the wake of the Sharks' elimination: The Los Angeles Kings, helmed by G.M. Dean Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter, are one win from the Stanley Cup finals. Ouch, ouch!

Û One's tough enough to swallow ... but both of them? And as a No. 8 seed to boot? Admit it, Sharkie, you're not happy for Dean and Darryl. You're mortified.

Û The Kings development doesn't even count Jack Ferreira, the Sharks' first general manager from 1990-1992, now a special assistant to Lombardi. What, they couldn't find a spot for Kevin Constantine, too?

Û Meanwhile, Doug Wilson mulls the future of Todd McLellan -- declining to confirm a report that McLellan had been told he'd be back -- and various assistants. Memo to Wilson: It's not the coaches.

Û The NHL is on the verge of a Los Angeles-New York final, while the NBA is moving closer to something like Indiana-Oklahoma City. Guess which sport's commissioner is smiling.

Û Speaking of commissioners, why is it when Bud Selig speaks perfectly acceptable English you still feel like you need an interpreter?

Û Our interpretation of Selig's latest cryptic comments: "The Giants simply aren't going to let the A's move to San Jose under any circumstances, and I'm powerless to change that because the Giants have the ownership votes to stop it."

Û FYI, that's the same interpretation we've been making for a few years now, but Selig doesn't have the heart to tell his old frat buddy "no," and Lew Wolff won't take an implied "no" for an answer.

Û Three words that explain why taking the territorial rights issue to court is a hopeless option for Wolff and John Fisher: baseball's antitrust exemption. It reserves MLB's right to be wholly unfair.

Û More Selig interpretation: "No timetable" means "you're waiting for Godot."

Û How big is this weekend series in San Francisco for the A's? They were a .500 team last year when they went to AT&T, got swept and never saw .500 again. That's how big.

Û The Giants undoubtedly wish they were getting half the production from their projected starting right fielder, Nate Schierholtz, that the A's are getting from their man in right, Josh Reddick.

Û After Josh Willingham last year and now Reddick this season, it's the obvious direction for the A's -- more players named Josh! Don't know what the heck happened with Donaldson, though.

Û Start the Manny Ramirez countdown -- 10, 9, 8 ... what a shame he'll have to make his Oakland debut in a Wednesday afternoon game at Minnesota, though. It seems beneath the moment.

Û How can Belt and Crawford combine to go 4 for 9 with three doubles against St. Louis on Thursday and not post an entry to their "Brandon and Brandon" blog at MLB.com? First rule of blogging, fellas: Strike while the iron's hot.

Û Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross had a combined 20 homers and 59 RBIs through Thursday. Where was all that production last August and September?

Û Ah well, Gregor Blanco has provided some balm. The question for Blanco is whether he can sustain it and not morph into Marvin Benard.

Û With all due respect to Brian Wilson's comeback confidence, he might have a hard time getting his job back from the guy who has it now.

Û Then again, people won't be lining up in droves for Santiago Casilla gnomes on Sunday.

Û Oakland reliever Ryan Cook should consider changing his number to 00.

Û Manchester City's two goals in stoppage time to win the Premier League was thrilling stuff, but it still doesn't top the Cardinals coming back from one strike left last October.

Û The 49ers passed on "Hard Knocks." Good call. They already have Randy Moss, so who needs more drama?

Û The slam dunk of NBA puns at the moment: The Heat's on Miami.

Û Almost feel sorry for LeBron James with the whole thing collapsing around him. Almost.

Û Upon closer inspection, those old San Antonio Spurs don't really look so old. Wouldn't bet against them winning it all.

Û Wild weekend at the Staples Center: Lakers-Clippers doubleheader Saturday, Kings playoff game Sunday with the finish of the Amgen Tour bike race on the arena's doorstep 30 minutes before the puck drops. Guess they couldn't get the Dodgers down there for an autograph show.

Û Finally, congrats to Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob being named to the NBA's competition committee. Now if only Joe can come up with some rules that'll make the Warriors competitive.

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com. More darting on Twitter @stewardsfolly.