Dustin Brown “Likely Will Be Traded Before Next Season” Per Bucky From Buffalo

I generally don’t listen to guys named “Bucky”. I have a similar rule with “Chip”, “Chet” and “Rusty”. But I suppose when Bucky starts talkin’ bout our Dustin, well then hell, we have to take a gander.

Bucky mentions toward the bottom of his Buffalo News article:

The Kings fielded several offers for winger Dustin Brown before deciding to keep him for the stretch run. Brown, on pace for his fifth straight 20-goal season, likely will be traded before next season. He has a $3.175 million cap hit and two full seasons remaining on his deal.

Dean Lombardi denied he shopped Brown. Maybe he didn’t. The offers could have been unsolicited. I doubt that. More likely, Deano was pissing down our back and calling it rain. We know he was busier than a blind man at a strip show up to the deadline and was probably madder than a snake that married the garden hose at Dustin’s performance leading up to it. If Bucky knows what the hell he is talking about, then “several offers” didn’t just weave themselves out of whole cloth. If Dean wasn’t shopping Brown, people wouldn’t have called and if they did call, they would have said howdy and asked “is he available” which would have been met with, “hell no he ain’t available”. They wouldn’t have come with offers. So, was Lombardi lyin’ like a no-legged dog? Don’t know. Probably.

That brings us back to Bucky and his claim. I know for some of you, the thought of trading Brown makes you about as happy as a dead pig in sunshine. But you can’t deny its possibility and the word “probability” makes you as mad as a mule chewing on bumblebees. Why would Dean trade Dustin? I will give you two reasons it may happen:

1. Brownie is due for a raise. He has a cap hit of $3.175. He will be in his “prime” years two seasons after this one and he will be a UFA. You don’t think someone will pay him $5 to $6 million per season? I do. That person isn’t Lombardi.

2. We need the cap relief. Dean kind of blew it. For all the talk about his cap management skills, we’re stuck in a worm hole even with Stoll and Penner’s contracts coming off the books. Jonathan Quick will want money, lots of it, probably well deserved. If his GAA and SV% stays around its current digits, will he want Pekka Rinne dollars? Hope not. I am thinking 6ish. We’re stuck with Carter and Richards for a while. Anze is at $6.8 and I doubt he goes anywhere. Doughty is at 7 million. Voynov will be due for a raise if he keeps getting better and possibly a big one. He is an RFA after next season. We’re already spending to the ceiling and have some long contracts on the books and some long ones coming up. I see Dean trading Brown for touted young forward prospects (not that I trust Lombardi’s judgment on the topic) and picks. This is partly the price of not drafting and developing top 6 forwards. Partly? This IS the price.

All of this assumes Dean Lombardi is even around. If I am a betting man, although Dean Lombardi probably thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow, I put money down that his neck is on the chopping block and, even if we do make the playoffs, anything other than a deep run means hello GM Gretzky. I am kidding about Gretzky. Or am I?

Why are we talking about this stuff? I agree. We’ve won three in a row. Forget I wrote anything. Bucky is probably crazier than a sprayed cockroach. GO KINGS!



Categories: L.A. Kings News

Tags: , , ,

46 replies

  1. .. than ticks on a mutt. Now put your hands together for Conway Twitty. You missed your calling.

  2. From what I’ve heard Gretzky still wants to be removed from the game of hockey. Have you heard anything concrete or is this just wishful thinking? Or because he was recently in attendance at staples?

    Something has to be done about the cap space. Voynov may get a raise but it won’t be JJ money. Maybe 2-3m on a three year contract? But that us not for another year. By that time gagne is off the books so it is a wash. Penner is surely to be gone. Maybe stoll can be resigned at a reduced rate. If not he is
    gone. That should leave enough to sign quick.

    The question then becomes filling one or two roster spots. Vey, tofolli or Kozun should fill one of those spots. That leaves holloway, kitzyn, Richardson and the doubtful moller if their contracts permit. King and Nolan seemed to have earned spots.

    We won’t be in the race for parise simply because he won’t come here and because we can’t afford him. DB does sound like a logical
    choice to trade away for prospects and picks but his value is no higher than the present. If DL waits until he is a UFA then his value diminishes because teams will be faced with having to pay the big bucks immediately. Part of his attractiveness were a couple of seasons at his attractive salary. Another things to consider is the CBA. No one is quite sure what that will bring in terms of compensation or salary structure limitations. If dean is going to move him he should do so around draft time or July 1. BTW I have a friend named buckey and he is a ducks fan. Still a good guy nevertheless.

    • I heard an interview with Gretzky last week and he said that he didn’t have any plans of going back to hockey in any capacity, however, he wouldn’t shy away if an opportunity presents itself. During the interview he also mentioned that there are a few teams that he follows closely and one of them is the Kings, since he lives in LA and loves it there. So, open to options sounds like a good thing to me. But, it also sounds like he’s quite content with all the stuff he’s involved with now.

  3. If people will pay Grabovski 5.5 million, then they will pay Brown that much, is he worth it…not imo. I wouldnt trade him though, his cap hit is hard to replace with similar skill right now.

  4. “2. We need the cap relief. Dean kind of blew it.”

    This couldn’t be further from the truth. The Kings have zero cap issues. Voynov will get a second contract just like Jack did (the one he signed before his current deal), he’s no Doughty. If Quick wants $7 million, then say hello to the new number 1 goalie, Jonathan Bernier. If Bernier shits the bed next season, then maybe you over pay for Quick, but that is a big if. Rinne isn’t worth $7 million and just because Nashville paid it doesn’t mean that LA should too. I wouldn’t sign a goalie for more than 3 or 4 years.

    You don’t trade Brown 2 years before his contract ends for prospects and picks. He can be traded at the dealine 2 years from now.

    When Dean strikes out on Parise, I could see Penner signed to a 1 year deal around $3 million for the 3rd line, if he is still around. Or Dean could try and get Holloway and Moller to re-sign with LA and put them in the bottom six. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Stoll re-signed and Loktionov traded at the draft. Dean doesn’t have any picks this year.

    • Did someone just say sign and Penner and $3 million dollars in the same sentence? I’m starting to feel ill

    • @sydor25 – You look at our contracts and don’t see an issue? JT commented on it later so I won’t repeat what he said but I see some serious budgetary issues coming up if we are still looking to improve the team, especially through free agency unless the cap increases significantly in the next 1-3 seasons.

      • Name one contract that the Kings have that is a problem? Which contract is going to prevent Dean from offering a huge contract to Parise, if he wants? Which contact do the Kings have that is not movable?

        The GM needs to build the best possible lineup for next season. If that means spending what ever it takes to get Parise, then do it. If that means re-signing Stoll and Penner for the 3rd line, then do it. Being worried about Quick’s next contract doesn’t have any bearing on next season. The Kings only need to fill the 3rd line LW and C for next season, everyone else is signed for next season. Getting Holloway and Moller back for the bottom 6 next season could be cheaper than Penner and/or Stoll. Dean has maximum flexibility next season. Gagne and Scuderi could be replaced in 2 years by younger and cheaper players, this money can be used for the goalie raises.

        The Kings have 20 signed for next season and have $10 million in cap space for 3 players to sign. Next season could very well be the “time is now” season.

        What makes you believe that the cap won’t rise significantly in the next 3 seasons? The cap spending owners won’t allow the next CBA to hand cuff them. I don’t think the NHLPA wants the cap reduced either, since it will come out of their pocket books.

        • It’s called cap flexibility. When you spend to the ceiling and have long term contracts on top of it, you have little of it. Look at Detroit. Look at Columbus. Extremes on each end. You can’t sign Stoll and Penner and acquire Parise. You can’t sign Stoll and Penner and sign anyone else of significance next season. The team you see in front of you is the team you are going to see going forward unless there is a major shakeup. I am not saying that is a bad thing necessarily but it is a reality. And your statements about all we need is a 3rd line LW and C, replacing Scuderi, etc. is easier said that done. Solid affordable depth players don’t just magically appear. If they did, every team would have them.

          • Just because you have cap space doesn’t mean you can acquire anyone you want.
            If you sign Parise, you don’t need Stoll or Penner.

            Kings have plenty of roster flexibility two seasons from now. Again, which contract is preventing roster flexibility? Richards is the only player with a NTC/NMC.

            Detroit needs to replace some significant pieces next season. Lidstrom will take up $6 million of their cap next season.

            How do you know King won’t be ready for top 6 duty in 2 season? Muzzin or hickey could move into the top 6 defense for less than Scuderi’s current deal. Scuderi could be re-signed for the same cap hit, just like Mitchell.

            Do you think the cap will not continue to rise? Making all current long term contracts more valuable around the league.

            Finally, what is wrong with the current team? Detroit kept most of their core around for years. Nothing wrong with keeping a team together. Unless you think the kings are a bad team. If you want to shake up the core, you don’t think Kopitar could be moved for some nice assets and cap space? If this core doesn’t win anything significant next season, why would you want to keep it together anyways?

            You still haven’t answered which contracts aren’t moveable? What is prevent roster flexibilty? As a west coast team, trades are the only way to adjust the high end talent anyways. High end UFAs just don’t sign out west. Having cap space doesn’t do anything for you if you can’t get anyone to sign in LA.

        • Name one contract that the Kings have that is a problem?

          Define problem. Limits cap flexibility by a significant amount? Carter, Richards, Doughty, Kopitar. And it’s not one contract. It’s where the team stands in relation to the cap. You do know we are at the ceiling right?

          Which contract is going to prevent Dean from offering a huge contract to Parise, if he wants? Which contact do the Kings have that is not movable?

          It’s not “a” contract. That is a strawman argument. It’s “the” cap.

          The GM needs to build the best possible lineup for next season. If that means spending what ever it takes to get Parise, then do it. If that means re-signing Stoll and Penner for the 3rd line, then do it. Being worried about Quick’s next contract doesn’t have any bearing on next season. The Kings only need to fill the 3rd line LW and C for next season, everyone else is signed for next season. Getting Holloway and Moller back for the bottom 6 next season could be cheaper than Penner and/or Stoll. Dean has maximum flexibility next season. Gagne and Scuderi could be replaced in 2 years by younger and cheaper players, this money can be used for the goalie raises.

          You are in a fantasy world if you think Scuderi is going to be replaced by a cheaper and younger player. Dean Lombardi is your team’s GM. One veteran. One youngster. That is what he likes on D pairings. Or have you not caught on to that yet? Replace Scuds with a Scuds like veteran player. As for Gagne? He is still injured and we are still paying him. Is he going to go on LTIR and give us cap relief? Don’t know. Neither do you, for next season anyway.

          The Kings have 20 signed for next season and have $10 million in cap space for 3 players to sign. Next season could very well be the “time is now” season.

          Do you realize that GMs don’t look at it that way? They don’t plan out their salaries and cap hits season by season. They are like banks and insurance companies – long term planners. They ask questions like, “how much will paying X to this player this season impact me 3 seasons from now?” If they get caught in cap hell, they waive and trade. Who do YOU want to see traded that has a big enough contract and has value that will fetch a return that will not simply replace the hole you just made?

          What makes you believe that the cap won’t rise significantly in the next 3 seasons? The cap spending owners won’t allow the next CBA to hand cuff them. I don’t think the NHLPA wants the cap reduced either, since it will come out of their pocket books.

          I have no idea what will happen with the cap. Neither do you.

          • “I have no idea what will happen with the cap. Neither do you.

            Yet you are the one worried about it? Why is that? You are creating problems for a dooms day prediction that doesn’t exist.

            You don’t think Solomon has a better idea than both of us and he has proven that he is good at managing the cap. Why will it all fall apart now?

            Carter and Richards are signed to sweetheart deals. They are signed for $1-2 million less per season than comparable players. This allows the Kings to overpay Kopitar and Doughty. Those 4 players are a wash and most teams would kill to have those players under contract for the next several seasons. Those 4 are making $24.8 million.

            Since you mentioned Detroit; Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom and Franzen are signed for $22.9 million (if Lidstrom re-signs the same contract) and are all significantly older than the Kings core. The $1.9 million difference is disastrous to the Kings cap flexibility? Jimmy Howard is a UFA in 2013 too, you don’t think he will get a raise too? They also have to re-sign or replace Hudler, Holmstrom, Helm, Abdelkader, Lidstrom, Stuart and Quincey. They will all get raises. Their “extra” space will be gone just as fast as the Kings and they have bigger pieces to replace than the Kings.

          • You are the one making assumptions the cap will go up. I have chosen not to make any assumptions. If I had a doomsday prediction (your words), I would say that cap is going down.

          • You said jack wasn’t being traded too. ;)

          • No, I said Jack should not be traded and if Lombardi does trade him, he is a prick. He was traded. He is a prick.

  5. Bucky is nuttier than an overfed squirrel’s fecal matter.

  6. Let’s see if Brown can do anything in the playoffs before sending him on his way. Keep the powder dry for a while.

  7. Brownie clearly needed the reality check from DL as the before and after record clearly shows.
    I for one hope he stays … but only if he continues his current (and very much expected) level of production.

  8. I have nothing to say on the matter specifically.
    Several have called the trade for Carter ‘a stroke of genius’. It Is a good trade.
    But imo it was more a trade of desperation than a stroke of genius. Fortunately for them it seems to be working out so far.

    I have simply seen too many areas of DL’s operation (draft, coaching choices, overall philosophy, lack of chemistry in aspects of the building of the team, and most importantly, while a point of view is essential, if there is a lack of flexibility that can create issues, and DL is not amongst the most flexible of GM’s that I’ve seen).

    Even read an article this morning about Ken Hitchcock and they were saying how in his time away from the game he really adapted (my terms, not theirs) to changes in the game. The results so far aren’t bad.

    • And as for the development of top six forwards, what can you say?
      Not much evidence to the contrary really. All the complementary parts to Brown are players acquired in trades (JW, Richards, and Carter).

    • “Even read an article this morning about Ken Hitchcock and they were saying how in his time away from the game he really adapted (my terms, not theirs) to changes in the game. The results so far aren’t bad.”

      Aren’t bad? I’d say. They’re currently 1st in the western conference. Numero Uno. Whether they’ll finish there is another story but man talk about a turn around.

    • DB may get traded away but lets face it we should keep him unless we get proven 20 to 30 goal scoring guy. Lots of teams will want Brown but If I were DL I do not move DB, unless we could get a Jamie Benn, Jordan Eberle, Logan Couture, Jeff Skinner or a top defenseman like Ryan Suter, Shea Weber in return. Why should we give up Brown for prospects when we suck at drafting talent at the draft. If the Kings want to go with a different captain do we have to trade away DB, I do not think so. Taking the C away might be good thing for DB as it might take the pressure off and let him concentrate on his game. Who is the right guy for the job. Need a guy that will speak out in the locker room, and a guy that demands a lot and one willing to be a vocal leader on and off the ice. My Pick would be either Willie Mitchell or Mike Richards. Mitchell because he’s a veteran type guy that is respected by his teammates and Richards because he might want to prove himself second time around and become the leader of the kings. Kopitar might thrive also with added responsiblity and maybe he would be good choice too.

      • Jamie Benn could do some serious damage here. I’m all for picking him up for Brown no problems.

        • Since the Smythe division got blown up and I no longer can rely on hating Calgary 7x a year, Dallas has replaced them as my hated division rival. Id love his goals, but would need a bath after each cheer.

        • “Jamie Benn could do some serious damage here. I’m all for picking him up for Brown no problems.”

          Take your medication, Hat Trick. In fact, increase the dosage.

          I like Benn and would love to have him here, but he hasn’t shown me anything that puts him in the same category as DB — a genuine and reliable 20-30-goal forward who loves to bop.

          • No meds needed here. We’ll just agree to disagree. If I had a choice between Brown and Benn I would choose Benn to be on my team first over Brownie. I like Brown. He’s tough, he can score (when he’s motivated by trade rumors) and he likes to run over people.

            Benn is all of that plus the guy can actually stickhandle. Big difference to me.

          • he can score (when he’s motivated by trade rumors)

            … You’re killing me, HT. It’s not like Brown’s been unmotivated this season, at all. That’s a cheap shot.

          • Maybe a little but being the captain of the team…well that’s a big responsibility. It’s kinda funny to me that after this trade deadline passed he’s been on fire.

          • … Well, your initial line was “he can score (when he’s motivated by trade rumors)”, and I took issue with that because Brown has always been able to score 20-30 goals a season, and at some point I had to figure the pucks were gonna start going in.

            Also, the entire team’s been on fire offensively, compared to what they were. They were poor when Murray was fired and even worse under Sutter. Now, they’re suddenly putting up big numbers. Maybe it WAS the trade deadline, and the feeling among the players of “now all that is over, and I’m still here, maybe I can get back to playing the game.” There are a lot of factors … Carter here, Voynov back in the lineup, Doughty seemingly hitting his stride, etc. I think there’s more to it than simply being motivated. The Kings know what they have to do to get in the playoffs, and if they are left alone to do it, I think their chances are all the better.

  9. Trading Brown might be a bad idea right now. Something seems to have sparked in him these last few games. Maybe he’s rounding the corner.

  10. As for Brown, there were many lost games this year because he did not perform. It was not a couple here and there, but, he was an integral part of the Kings inability to score. Brown and Kopi were both flat with so many games this year. We do know that at least for Kopi, he had that badly busted lower leg, where he has to ice it down to this very day.

    Brown finally had that hat trick game based on being prodded to perform up to what he can really do. As a Captain, he is really being asked to do a lot, and with maturity and drive, maybe he can pass through to the next level and be a great captain.

    Yet, lets look at last year’s Shark Playoff Stats and where Captain Brown wound up after 6 games:

    Rk Player Pos Age GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
    1 Kyle Clifford LW 20 6 3 2 5 -2 7 3 0 0 1 9 33.3 80 13:18
    2 Brad Richardson RW 25 6 2 3 5 -4 2 2 0 0 0 17 11.8 94 15:37
    3 Ryan Smyth LW 34 6 2 3 5 3 0 2 0 0 0 14 14.3 110 18:21
    4 Jack Johnson D 24 6 1 4 5 -2 0 0 1 0 1 16 6.3 137 22:49
    5 Justin Williams RW 29 6 3 1 4 0 2 2 1 0 0 16 18.8 100 16:45
    6 Drew Doughty D 21 6 2 2 4 0 8 1 1 0 0 12 16.7 163 27:09
    7 Trevor Lewis C 24 6 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 11 9.1 100 16:39
    8 Wayne Simmonds RW 22 6 1 2 3 -1 20 1 0 0 0 12 8.3 88 14:45
    9 Jarret Stoll C 28 5 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 94 18:44
    10 Dustin Brown RW 26 6 1 1 2 -3 6 0 1 0 0 10 10.0 120 20:00
    11 Michal Handzus C 33 6 1 1 2 -4 0 1 0 0 0 7 14.3 122 20:21
    12 Willie Mitchell D 33 6 1 1 2 1 4 1 0 0 0 8 12.5 146 24:18
    13 Dustin Penner RW 28 6 1 1 2 -3 4 1 0 0 0 10 10.0 87 14:32
    14 Rob Scuderi D 32 6 0 2 2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 125 20:49
    15 Kevin Westgarth RW 26 6 0 2 2 2 14 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 38 6:15
    16 Alexei Ponikarovsky LW 30 4 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 20.0 41 10:11
    17 Alec Martinez D 23 6 0 1 1 -1 2 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 81 13:30
    18 Matt Greene D 27 6 0 0 0 -3 14 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 100 16:44
    19 Oscar Moller C 22 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 10:37
    20 Scott Parse C 26 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 8:47
    21 Jonathan Quick G 25 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 380 63:23
    Team Total 6 20 32 52 -13 85 15 5 0 2 169 11.8

    So Captain Brown wound up with one goal and one assist in six games.

    Judge for yourself, but, what Captain leadership was that all about.

    Granted, without Kopi playing, we will never know whether Brown would have had better
    stats. No doubt the Sharks were keying on stopping Brown for the six games.

    So, I only point this out that when it comes to judging all of the things you want to see in a Captain, it fell way short in last year’s playoffs. Not ideal at all.

    If the Kings make a seed this year, all eyes will have to be on Brown to see if as Captain he can truly lead and carry the team on his shoulders to a far better extent.

    If he in round one this year has just one goal and one assist, that may be the end of it all
    and enough has been proven.

    Don’t get me wrong, I want to see Brown increase scoring production as much as possible and I am pulling for him. I try to watch as much as possible what he is doing on the ice to see if I can find something good and changing for the better.

    For that matter, the team really need for him to be better and keep it that way game after game for the balance of this year.

  11. We need the cap relief. Dean kind of blew it. For all the talk about his cap management skills, we’re stuck in a worm hole even with Stoll and Penner’s contracts coming off the books. Jonathan Quick will want money, lots of it, probably well deserved.

    … What’s frustrating about this is that for almost two years I’ve advocated a solution to this problem. When Bernier came up late in the 09-10 season and showed he was ready for the NHL, I went on record as saying he needed to be kept on the Kings’ roster and used in the playoffs, and that Quick and Bernier needed to split the games in 2010-11. If this had happened, the Kings would know exactly what they have in both Quick and Bernier, and they would be able to formulate a plan that would work best for them in the long term.

    Quick is an UFA after next season, but Bernier is not. If the Kings trade away Bernier without finding out what they HAVE in him, and sign Quick for big years and big bucks, they deserve every bit of Cap hell they will receive. Teams who don’t manage their assets well soon find themselves relieved of those assets. Quick is having his first good season. He has not distinguished himself in the playoffs as of yet. The evidence supporting any decision to sign Quick long-term for mega money is not overwhelming. It is distinctly underwhelming. If the Kings like what they see in Bernier, they can deal Quick or convince him to buy into a different plan which doesn’t break the back and where he’s given a lighter workload.

    I generally like the team as it stands right now. I’d love to bring back Stoll for $3.5-$4. If Penner signed a new deal for $2.5-3, I’d definitely bring him back. I don’t think the Kings need to make moves in the off-season. People who have this fantasy about the Kings bringing in Parise need to avail themselves of it and come back to the real World; or as Jim Fox likes to say, “there’s nothin happenin there.” The Kings have a solid hockey club, right now. The deal for Carter was a very good one for Lombardi; and dare I say that it might have been the last piece of the puzzle. Remember, the Kings have Gagne signed for another season; if he gets healthy, it will be almost like a free agent signing, adding more depth to the roster.

    I’m not giving up on this season – far from it. I’m saying that next regular season almost certainly promises to be better than this one. Almost everyone on the team is due for better seasons offensively, particularly Doughty and Richards. Penner is on a good line and seems to have accepted his role in it, and acts as top six insurance in case anyone goes down. Stoll will be better in HIS role. Martinez, Voynov, and Loktionov all figure to improve as they continue to gain experience. Nolan and King show promise. I’m very optimistic. The Kings have hopefully learned their lesson about silly shit like “The Time Is Now;” if anything, their motto for next season (if they need to have one) should be “Building a Foundation.” I don’t know. I’m not good at mottos.

    • I agree that cap management is really critical, yet, it is not a perfect world and any GM can be put into boxed positions. I am not defending DL, but, at times any GM is stuck with players and money based on sometimes outside their control. In the final analysis, the player has to earn that money and show up to play up to the standards and game they have established. A big part of the money formula is the past performance and other factors like age, position, playoff stats, role, and how the play synchs with the team. What I am saying that so many GMs are stuck with players that get the money and then screw up and don’t deliver. We saw a lot of that this year. Also, what about paying the big bucks and the player is hurt, Gagne, for example, and some others.

      As for optimism for next year, I don’t want to fall into that trap. There is so much hype and predictions and puffing that it really is hard to judge what will be the case next year. Other teams get better and will not be beaten for example by the Kings—maybe.

      What about injuries too, as for the most part, the Kings have not had the worse case of injuries that other teams have gone through. Detroit had a lot of injuries last year, and some key injuries right now even. The Kings have avoided a lot of bad stuff, except for Kopi’s fractured leg.

      Anyway, I will want to see it first and then believe it. Basically, show me the money….

    • Agree about Bernier. They have not tested him thoroughly enough. How the hell can they know what they really have in him without giving him the minutes. Dumb move if they trade him without seeing what he can really do.

    • Your penultimate paragraph, Dutch, took the words outa my mouth. I did allow sentiment to becloud my judgment in the Johnson-Carter deal. I didn’t appreciate Carter’s size on the ice and hated to hand off JJ to another squad just when he was beginning to show that stiffness of dick we all knew was lurking behind his fly.

      In the vacancy of my skull a marble is rolling around: I hear a voice telling me we might be able to buy back Penner and Stoll for even LESS money than you suggest.

      I still have doubts about Loktionov, however. It seems like he can be knocked off the puck by no more than a fart that gets outa control. But a nimble mouse is always useful. With gnat-like agility he can turn up in the slot when the enemy least expects it.

      So I, too, am generally satisfied with the team we’ve got.

  12. …as mad as a mule chewingon bumblebees…

    that’s brilliant! You do have a gift with the pen (albeit electronic)

    GM’s denying trade rumors go with the job. Last June Carter met with Paul Holmgren on a Tuesday to ask him face to face about the trade rumors that were swirling around (and those rumors had it right, vorecek and a first is what was being spun for a couple o fweeks prior) Holmgren looked him right in the eye and told him that he was not being traded
    Two days later he was gone…

    I think maybe initially DL was trying for Nash and put a package together and Howson wanted more or different players and it fell thru. Once word got out, it could be GM’s called him.
    I did hear from a colleague of mine who works in Toronto as a contractor (we talk hockey alot ) on trade day, about 2 oclock, shocked that the Kings would trade Brown. I had only head McKenzie’s comments so I thought that’s what he meant .but he said he heard from a reporter up there that it was ‘done’ and Brown , Bernier and a prospect were going north for a package involving a goalie coming back, a top player and a pick. It never happened.
    But Burke does love American players and it could be that Sutter had his own ideas on this team and Dean’s listening.

  13. Screw this guy. Trading brown is a dumb move.
    What more would you want from the guy with his stats and hit stats. I’m sure he could be a better C and maybe he’s not the ideal C for the team but for 3+ mil he is the bargain of the league. There but a few Browns in the league and he’s an essential piece IMO. You don’t trade him. If they want a better captain then get one and give Brown an A.

  14. geez.. first I read the Great Luc interview.. happy hockey fan.. then I see this crap! shit..
    what are you trying to do to me..
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO do not trade our Captain away.. the Spirit of the team..
    the guy who tries shit game or not.. always gives 200% weather it shows or not..
    not saying he is the most skilled player out there but he is a playmaker and believe it or not doubter he does lead by example.. at least he tries to..
    Lombardi out.. chop chop..
    I have heard from my source that Gretz is indeed a posibility to come on board..
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  15. Gretzky, Gretzky, Gretzky!!!
    Bring on Tony Granato and Mark Hardy, release the hounds!!

  16. Dustin Brown finally woke up?
    It shouldn’t take trade rumors for the fucking Captain to show up every god damn night.
    That’s why he’s supposed to be the fucking Captain in the first place people!!!
    He’s a professional and gets paid to play a children’s game for a living, for fuck’s sake!

  17. Nuff said.
    Time for a new Captain and a new location for DB.
    BYE BYE!!
    Trade him to Buffalo and get some young scoring talent while you’re at it Wayne!!

  18. Can we change the title of this blog…getting on my nerves seeing it over and over..
    Let’s focus on another win tonight!
    GO KINGS GO!!!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,095 other followers

%d bloggers like this: