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02-25-2012, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by PSP View Post
Well, Schenn was one of the top prospects in the NHL when he was traded.

The $7+ mil coming off from Penner and Stoll will be needed to replace those two players. DL has consistently overpaid mid-level free agents, so that money is probably already gone. It may or may not improve the team (although it would be tough not to improve)

Remember the early 2000s? The Kings didn't have much of consequence in the pipeline because they had traded away a bunch of high draft picks in the late 90s. Sure, they had players that you guys love to slam in hindsight, like Rosa, Lehoux, Shefer, etc. - but it left a huge void that led to the black hole days when there simply weren't any players in Manchester to step up.

Right now, the Kings have traded away over half of their 1st round picks or the player that they selected with that pick for the last 4 drafts and the next two. Doughty is part of the core, but Forbort is the only other one there. They have traded one of the next two with the Carter trade and who knows what happens before the trade deadline.

I was under the impression that two big factors in DL's plan were to build an incredibly deep pipeline and then keep your options open. I don't see a deep pipeline at all and it seems like he is almost out of options. The last several trades have involved the Kings giving up multiple assets and in return getting one asset, but now (with the possible exception of Bernier) he can't trade anyone without creating a huge hole somewhere else - and the Kings still have plenty of holes.
I'm not necessarily disagreeing with what you are saying bro, but you said the kings have plenty of holes still..where? I think they most certainly need another top 6 winger (penner/stoll replacement) and the bottom six should be easy enough to upgrade in the off season. where else are they weak? They are more than good with defense, goal tending and centers.

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