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02-25-2011, 01:57 AM
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Might be viewed by those players as their last chance to make it, might serve as a good kick in the butt to inspire them to perform better.
Moulson was drafted by Pittsburgh, went unsigned, was Kings property, had a brief look and they lost him as a Group VI Free Agent. At that time, the Kings were a team that was trying to compete for a playoff spot and it would be viewed as too risky of a move for them to take a chance on a Moulson to fill their need for a top six forward. He had less pressure and competition on Long Island and it has clearly worked out very well for him.
Purcell just simply couldn't click in LA. He was too slow, too soft, lost the puck often, just did not look like he was ready at all to be a top six forward when the Kings used him in that role. The other problem with Purcell here is that they were depending on him to be a creative playmaker, he got a look on a line with Kopitar and Brown and didn't do much there, also saw some time on the second scoring line. With TB, Purcell is 10th on the team in ice time, and what benefits his game is that he is given less responsibility on the defensive end, something this coaching staff strongly emphasizes.
With Boyle, skating, physical play and his competitiveness were all brought into question with him. He was big and raw and at times looked like he could solidify himself as a third line center, however, he was also prone to many mental lapses and mistakes and his skating appeared to hinder him. He struggled last season in NY and finally figured he had to train harder than ever this past offseason to improve his skating, and he's done just that. Tortorella didn't have much confidence in Boyle prior to the start of this season, but to Boyle's credit, he worked hard to earn a regular spot on NY's roster.
While I do think the Kings abruptly gave up on some of these players, the team had to move on as there are a lot of players under contract or other prospects coming up that needed the ice time in Manchester.
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