SO, WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US AT LEFT WING?

The Kings lose Frolov, a decision with which I agree.

They fail to sign Kovalchuk…that one could be argued both ways. He isn’t the catalyst to the Cup. He would have been a very nice complementary piece.

They are uninterested in Gagne. Surly can chime in on that one.

I think this whole Kovalchuk thing has given me a migraine and perhaps I am not thinking straight, but are there other prospects out there? I was upset when I read the NY Post article that we did not get him and New Jersey (in a whole new dimension of cap hell) did. I also know that this team will be better next season and continue forward toward the Cup. I am just not sure who fills the void at one open wing position.

Update: so the New York Post has updated its article’s title. If they turn out to be wrong, I will cut their heart out with a spoon.



Categories: L.A. Kings News

7 replies

  1. Sharpen the spoon

  2. Based on the only reported Kings contract offer of $84 million over 13 years. This would make Kovy #3 in the NHL:

    Looking at some of the big deals around the league:

    Ovechkin: $124 million
    Lecavalier: $101 million
    Zetterberg: $73 million
    Keith:$72 million
    Backstrom: $67 million
    Luongo: $64 million
    Hossa: $63.3 million
    Nash: $62.4 million

    It’s $24 more than NJs offer. Whitney was able to make $16.65 million after 34, the age that Kovy would be after the NJ contract. $24 > $16.65.

  3. Paul kariya.

  4. One question, from a simpleton among simpletons: Why are we so hung up on Left Wing?

    • It’s a key position for forwards. It affects the transitional game, zone entry and shot selection within the offensive zone. That is why so many prolific scorers are left wingers. In the most elementary sense, the center makes the plays while the wingers put the puck in the net. It is also difficult to defend a speedy and sniping left wing and it (the position) when executed well opens up the ice as the defenseman try to slow or protect the center of the ice and the corners against a forechecking center and right wing and a left going to the net. It all but forces the opposing forwards to back check or defend against an odd man rush. The left wing position can also play a key role in certain defensive schemes, i.e. the left wing lock which involves the left wing falling back on defense with the two defensemen.

  5. Excellent analysis, Mr. Scribe. We wait anxiously for Mr. Lamoriello to train Mr. Kovalchuk on the niceties of the left wing lock.

  6. Kovalchuk back to the Kings table…stay tuned!

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