#61: Kings @ Avalanche, 2/22/12, 4-1 Loss
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02-23-2012, 02:00 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
After the way Penner ended up last season it was a gamble to count on him for anything.
Stoll was a 15-20 goal guy despite being ridiculously overused both at ES and on the PP. He was a poor 2nd line center who doesn't have the all around game to be a contributing bottom line player. Anyone who has followed this team closely should have known Stoll would suck in this role. He should have been traded when Richards was brought in and the Kings should have looked for a real 3rd line center. But instead Lombardi makes his bed with this guy, even calling him a "culture changer" on a Toronto radio station.
Players like Penner and Stoll have fizzled before and it would have been nice to have players in the pipeline who could have filled in and contributed a few goals here and there. But Dean has spent the better part of 6 seasons using most of his high draft picks on defenseman and "character" players. Again you reap what you sow.
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