Kings Win / Gagner Trade “Dead?”
Of COURSE Jack Johnson scores! Of COURSE.
And it will be the game winner, too!
That’s what everyone thought while the lethargic Kings were skating around the ice for 40 minutes doing what Jay Leno now does best. Nothing.
While we’re sitting with our arms crossed as power play after power play fell on deaf ears, it took 2 unlikely heroes to win the game. Two players who now have more goals in one game than Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards have in EIGHT. COMBINED!
Jake Muzzin has now gone SEVEN games without taking a penalty and tied the game.
Robyn Regehr who some jackass on XM today said was slow, old, and should be traded, won the game for the Kings.
The Kings are still 10 points behind San Jose for home ice advantage. How does THIS team fall behind Minnesota?
Happy they finally won. Maybe I should stop complaining.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE PROPOSED GAGNER FOR CLIFFORD DEAL
Dean Lombardi had the chance to draft him. He drafted Thomas Hickey instead and gave him away to the Islanders. Now he has to deal Kyle Clifford and a pick to correct his earlier mistake?
Clifford is a 4th liner… on the KINGS. They gave him his shot. On the 1st line, on the 2nd line, on the 3rd line. In Sutters’ system, he scored about as often a quadriplegic.
On Edmonton, he’d be a very nice 2nd liner who skates fast, throws the body around, and will fights (albeit not very well). He is EXACTLY what the Oilers need. Toughness.
I’m not saying he’s worth Gagner straight up, but lets not overrate Gagner. On the Kings, he’ll be nothing more than a 3rd line Center making 4.8 million bucks with a no trade clause set to kick in.
As a Kings fan, I’m asking myself… “with all of the players out there on the market, why the fuck would you want THIS guy?” He’s not very good at face-offs, he doesn’t score a lot with Edmonton’s wide open system. With Sutter’s choking defensive system, the Kings will be paying 4.8 million bucks for a 25 point a year player. With a no trade clause!
It HAS to be a set-up for something bigger in the off season. Do they feel Stoll is making too much as a 3rd line center? Do they plan on letting UFA Lewis go (PLEASE!) and permanently sticking Stoll on the 4th line (PLEASE!).
Word around the arena tonight was that the Oilers were asking too much for Gagner and the deal wasn’t to the Kings liking (i.e. they didn’t want to PAY to have Gagner go away) – Kyle Clifford WASN’T a healthy scratch and had 5 hits.
According to numerous reports, Thomas Vanek apparently turned down a 7 year 50 million dollar deal from the Islanders. That was “light” according to an article HERE by B.D. Gallof. If Vanek is seeking a 7 year deal, there’s absolutely no way Lombardi deals for him. Not at 30 years old. He already has the severely declining Mike Richards locked up long term, Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown until 2022, and Jonathan Quick until 2023.
With Anze Kopitar likely due for an 8 million dollar a year deal in 2016, there’s little doubt in my mind Lombardi doesn’t sign Vanek. He’s had ONE YEAR over 80 points and TWO YEARS over 70. Kopitar already has FOUR years over 70 points. You’re going to pay Vanek MORE?
Of course, he got banged up in the Isles game tonight, so it doesn’t look like any deal will be happening now. Dumb ass Islanders.
Andrew MacDonald is exactly what the Kings are looking for. A D-man who blocks shots, scores on the pp (unlike Martinez) and will cost a reasonable 4-4.5 mil a year. At 27 years old, MacDonald will be in the prime of his career. Lock him up just like the Kings locked up Rob Scuderi, sucked every ounce of life out of him and sent him packing after winning a cup. MacDonald should be the main target here. He’s is, as what Lombardi calls, a “perfect fit.
The Islanders traded 2 roster players tonight to the Blackhawks so obviously they have something up their sleeve
DON’T EXPECT MOULSON, EITHER. KOVALCHUK….
There’s a REASON Lombardi gave up on Matt Moulson. He doesn’t play a 200 foot game. Yes, his numbers are fantastic. Brad Richardson’s numbers would be fantastic playing on a line with John Tavares and zero defensive responsibility. With Moulson in the lineup, how many times did the Islanders make the playoffs? When they did, Moulson was pretty much invisible, being bullied off the puck easily in a 1st round exit.
Since last season, Moulson was a point a game player with Tavares, but now that he has to be “the guy” in Buffalo, his numbers aren’t even close to those playing with the Sabres. Half a point a game to be exact.
As Lombardi told us for years and years at one state of the franchise address or another, players start to decline after the age of 30. Moulson and Vanek are both 30. This is why Lombardi was so interested in signing Kovalchuk who proved everyone right by putting up huge numbers, all before his 30th birthday.
I’ve been told by some very good hockey people that Kovalchuk immediately regretted his decision to go back to Russia (and his numbers in Russia prove it) and that he WILL be back in the NHL next season. He’s not going back to New Jersey. He wants to go with a winner (and I can’t imagine his wife wanting to live in Detroit… unless they LIKE that Russia sort of depression). He may sign with the Ducks who have the cap space and the thought of playing with Getzlaf and Perry has to be intriguing or he may still be interested in the Kings (or put off by Lombardi according to some in the media).
There’s actually a team worse than the Kings – Vancouver lost AGAIN tonight.
The Islanders are now 0-30 on the power play and they have Doug Weight running it.
17 out of 23 Calgary wins have come by 1 goal.