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Kings' GM likes direction his team is headed - nhl.com's 30 in 30
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08-14-2009, 07:07 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Kane and Toews will be paid very similar money, if not more, than Kopitar's big extension. They've put up similar numbers. An under 22, 30 goal scorer is RARE in this league. Guys like Thornton, Lecavalier, etc. took years to put up those kind of numbers. Guys like Kopitar, Kane, Toews, CROSBY, OVECHKIN, etc. did it within their first couple seasons. I'm not saying that Kopitar is as good as the Ovechkins of the league, but you have to pay a kid for potential when he puts up 70+ points during his entry contract. That's just the way it goes.
I did like the interview, though. Lombardi seems really pleased with the steps Kopitar has already taken this summer. We can really see him explode next season, especially playing with the likes of Smyth/Frolov and a healthy Williams. Watch out.
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