Analysis of our recent trades
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03-11-2004, 06:18 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
A few thoughts on the Kings recent acquisitions-
Dempsey appears to have good offensive skills, accurate with his break out passes, from the point knows when and how to get the puck through and on net. Could pair well with a "stay at home" D-man (Norstrom/Miller), or a youngster (Gleason/Grebs). All in all plays within his skill-set and has a more steady and well rounded game than Corvo or Modry. Could make either more expendable.
Carter is definately more an opportunistic "floater" than a banging power forward. Doesn't seem to be the type of player who will create a whole lot of offense on his own, but if teamed with the right linemates could regain form as a legitimate and productive "top 6'er". A player, like Allison, who draws extra defenders would be an optimum linemate to compliment his skills.
Cowen, as THN states will never be a "star", still nothing at all wrong with adding a honest, hard-nosed player to the roster. Represents an upgrade over several players who have been forced to fill in that role this season. From what little I've seen he genuinely enjoys the physical aspect of the game. Will be a solid fit in the Kings system, and will likely make a noticeable difference on the all-important PK.
While all three make the Kings a better hockey team down the stretch, none figures to be the type of player to put the Kings over the top this year for a run deep into the playoffs. Maybe more importantly (and realistically) they each could fill a significant role in the near future. I for one am glad the Kings didn't roll the dice in trying to make a desperation blockbuster deal, going for broke this late in the season and giving up too much in return.
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