The Dustin Brown Dilemma
Is he the right Captain or isn’t he?
Should he be traded before his 7.25 salary kicks in over the next two years?
Do the players respect him?
Here’s the problem.
We bitch and complain that Rob Blake isn’t loyal. He’s a greedy traitor. Dustin Brown signs a deal long term to remain with the Kings and now suddenly we all want to get rid of him?
You just can’t win.
Brown had a shitty season. So did Ryan Getzlaf who scored a whopping 11 goals 3 seasons ago. Did the Ducks dump him? No. And the Kings won’t dump Brown either.
Is there a problem in the locker room? You bet your ass there is and Lombardi will fix that as he always has. (So long Ryan Smyth!)
It will not involve trading Dustin Brown who has been a heart and soul player. Not a 1st line player mind you, but a solid player. Not a 7.25 million dollar a year player, but a loyal soldier who is being REWARDED for that loyalty, unlike Blake who just took our fucking money.
Mike Richards? Different story. Lombardi gave up a LOT to get him, but with him they won a cup. He hasn’t been the same since being hit in the melon vs Chicago in the playoffs last season. He was never right this season and didn’t even have a fight. I know he’s Lombardi’s “warrior” but there needs to be fresh blood. Not one that was earning 7 million dollars this season playing on the 4th line.
Matt Greene? Syonara. The body ain’t what it used to be and if you go trudging your car across the Arizona desert, eventually its gonna break down. Greene is broken, will get one more contract from some stupid team and call it a career. He’s been a warrior.
Justin Williams? He still battles in the corners but he was never a 1st line player. Sign Gaborik and put him back on the right side where he belongs and sign a left winger.
Willie Mitchell? One more year. The guy is just too smart, he’s a good locker room guy and he’ll continue to be a mentor to the young guns. With Braydon McNabb likely to step in next season, they’ll need a salty veteran.
Robyn Regehr? We’re stuck with him. He won’t be bought out, but he’ll probably have his minutes reduced the way Matt Greene’s were. He’s a fricken pylon out there, but he’s still a crusty vet.
Tyler Toffoli? Its very simple. Bulk up, get in shape, or you’re gone. It took Kopitar a few years to learn this, but look at the results.
Gaborik? What does he want? To win, or get paid? Play defense in Sutters system (didn’t he have enough in Minnesota) or score 70 goals in Buffalo and have a -38.
Clifford? You know what’s going to happen, don’t you? He’ll be traded to a team that will let him loose, he’ll have a breakout year like Ted Purcell when he left and we’ll be cursing Lombardi. You just KNOW that’s going to happen. Clifford has been given every chance to become the power forward he’s supposed to be but one too many punches to his melon has set him back. I’m still glad we didn’t trade him to Edmonton.
It’s going to be a very interesting off-season. What do you do with Stoll and his 3 million dollars (he did have a solid year)? Lewis is here for another two years.
LW – C- RW
(free agent) – Kopitar – Gaborik
King – Carter – Toffoli
Brown – Stoll – Lewis
Pearson – Vey – Nolan
Richards and Williams savings: 9.3 million
The Kings are also REALLY high on Michael Mersch and we can’t count out Andy Andreoff either who might make Kyle Clifford expendable. Does Jordan Weal get a shot? Andrew Campbell?
So the Blue Jackets could very well have SWEPT the Penguins. They blew TWO 3-1 leads in the series and have still managed to win 2 games – The Dallas Stars, who have no business being in the playoffs in the first place are now tied with the horribly post-season coached Bruce Boudreau.
Which brings me to my point.
Jonathan Quick is sucking worse than a Thai whore. Why not put Martin Jones in? Maybe he gets hot and the Kings sweep the Sharks.
Sorry, it’s been a long day and I’ve had a few 15 year old scotches. I must have been delusional….
But it CAN happen. Just ask Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
I’ll stick to my original prediction of a Sharks sweep. Then you’ll never hear the end of it.