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10-23-2011, 07:30 PM
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If I'm a Kings fan I'm starting to get worried that I'm going to lose a player with high potential to the KHL since he isn't getting ice time.
He is under contract for this year and next, so if I'm Lombardi I'm hoping to get him in the line-up for at least a solid chunk of games this season, and a NHL regular next.
This... I'm very worried both about Loktionov and Voynov bolting for the KHL.
Both are guys that SHOULD BE in the NHL. They've got nothing left to "prove" in Manchester, and have both had some time now with the Kings and performed well.
The issue is both at D (for Voynov) and C (for Loktionov), we dont have room. In fact, last year we tried Loktionov at wing, which didnt go too well.
I'm expecting 1 of 2 things to happen...
1) We trade Loktionov. Kopitar and Richards are are our #1 and #2 centers, period. Lewis has proved himself to be an excellent #4, and Stoll is the ideal #3 guy.
2) We let Stoll go next year, and try Loktionov there. But I'm afraid he's the type of player that needs top 6 ice time to produce, and I'm not 100% sold on his defensive game, like Stoll has. So as the 3rd line center, he may not be the ideal candidate.
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