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02-10-2012, 08:57 AM
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Why is this? The system should help young players. Is it the players around them? I personally think that Dean has for 3 years preached that these young guys will carry the team and that he is not going to hurt the cap by adding impact guys in free agency. He's banked everything on the kids and in the process I feel he has set them backwards.
Chara picked Boston. The Rangers wanted Gaborik, and if the Rangers want you, they get you. Hossa picked a team that was in the conference finals without him, after two consecutive seasons losing in the finals with the Pens and Wings. Kovalchuk was never coming here, and wasn't going to stay here if the Kings had traded for him. Gomez and Drury(when everyone wanted them) went to the Rangers. Richards wanted to go, again, to the Rangers. Briere went to the Flyers.

It's not that Lombardi is not going to get them, it's that he can't. Look at the history of free agency around the league. The young guys have to carry the team because it's the only choice the Kings have. The Kings can trade for more established players, but then we see the crying about that.

Time to let go of the thinking, expecting, or hoping that some big name in free agency is going to be the answer. Parise isn't coming here either. He will have the choice of where he goes. That will never favor the Kings.

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