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03-07-2011, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: pasadena, ca.
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I never understood this line of thinking.
Manchester exists to help the Kings win the cup.
Leaving players in Manchester who could help L.A., solely because Manchester can win a cup...
Manchester exists to develop the future of the organization. part of that development requires certain players to play heavy minutes in high pressure situations at a level they are best suited.
just an example but, there is a multi-fold benefit to a player like Oscar Moller to be conditioned physically and mentally to play top 6 minutes (you know, the 16-19 or so range) during the regular grind on thru the playoffs, than 8 or 9 minutes a night toiling on the third and fourth line with a rotating forward on the opposite side... and by the time the playoffs roll around, someone like Oscar, or even Loktionov aren't strong enough to be effective in that bottom six and the role required of those players... in the post-season, 4 lines get leaned on much more heavily at times, and during critical moments. which is why you also rarely if ever see players like Kevin Westgarth play.
and truth be told, there really isn't a single player in Manchester right now who can really help the Kings going forward this season. there isn't some super secret NHL-ready player with diamond hands that they are hiding down there.
and i also think you're highly underestimating what winning a championship can do for a player at ANY level.
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