Past Kings Draft, Trade, Free Agent Signing Discussion
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02-25-2011, 10:26 PM
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Way too early to start cleaning house. That would ruin everything - like stealing the confidence from a rookie after his third or fourth mistake. We've got to live with the mistakes to get a mature team and franchise. Even a sweep would not deserve this at this point, imho.
... You've said in this thread that you started the five year plan when the Kings made the playoffs last season, so you're willing to give this regime nine years to get things together. Let's just say that I agree to disagree on that.
As far as I'm concerned, a five year plan means five years. And, four seasons missing the playoffs in five years, or two or three playoff wins in five years, is unacceptable considering what Lombardi had to work with and the latitude he was given when he got here.
A lot of people want to give Lombardi credit for nebulous things, like "transforming" the organization, or "creating a winning culture" - and it all sounds to me like a bunch of buzzwords to cover for the fact that nothing tangible has really been accomplished. He's increased the prospect base; that's great. But, after trading away the assets he inherited and the team on the ice getting their collective faces kicked in for three straight years - hell, he SHOULD have increased the prospect base, don't you think? What else could there possibly be to do? It's not like there has been any real on-ice success, so what else is there but to build for the future? So, as I see it, he's done merely what he's expected to do.
I'm not advocating trading away picks, trading away the entire prospect base, or anything of that sort. I'm not advocating changing the direction of the organization as it stands now. I'm saying that if the current management team has nothing to show for five years except two or three playoff wins and an (expected) increase in the prospect base, then it's time for new management - new leadership.
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A guy like Cammalleri can take a lot of pressure off youngsters with one play. Pretty soon, development and effort slack off (human nature), while rookies and others wait for Mike C to work his magic. Win the game with one shot. "How hard do I have to play if that guy is going to do that for me every game?" Remove the crutch of his talent and each player has to learn how to win on their own. Result - stronger team. Just another way to look at it.
... Development and effort only slack off with certain players, and THOSE players need to be dealt off, not the talented players. Talent isn't a crutch, it's an asset. It may not be the be-all end-all, but a team cannot even hope to win without it. More often than not, talented players make other players better. When you practice with talented players, you learn more - in fact, young players with talented veterans around them are more capable of raising their own talent level. To say that human nature is to slack off is cynical at best. These are players who, by their own talent and will, made it to the highest level of their craft in the World. One doesn't get to that level by slacking off at every opportunity.
And, besides that, Cammalleri wasn't dealt because of that, anyway. He was dealt because he didn't let Dean walk all over him when it came time to talk contract. He was dealt because Dean didn't think he could play, and didn't think he had the size to be a lasting talent in the league. Let's not kid ourselves, here.
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