Roster Thoughts and Offseason Speculation for the 2012-2013 Season III
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08-17-2012, 03:56 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Originally Posted by
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Deesham you make some good points , but I think that Richards and Carter still need that physical presence of their line. (Remember) Penner replaced King on that line, not Gagne.
It's good to be this deep and have to be worrying about things like this instead of slamming the free agent that didn't sign here.
Agreed. The reason Kings dominated a lot of teams in the playoffs, and Milbury and JR and others discussed was that we were big. Each line had a big body....Brown on the 1st line, Penner on the 2nd, King on the 3rd and Nolan on the 4th. Why would the Kings break that up and put a speedster with skills on the 2nd and force a big body out.
Gagne is 32, going to be a UFA and hasn't played a full season since 2003-04. Can you say Marco Sturm part 2?
Richardson is only 27, is more versatile and rarely injured. Nolan and Clifford have tons of upside and are very young and the future of the Kings 4th line....saying all that Gagne is the odd man out in my mind. Westgarth is a spare part who is only occasionally used, that's not the issue...The Kings need to take out an everyday player to put Clifford back in on the 4th line....Richardson and Westy are spares...Gagne was on the 4th line during the Stanley Cup finals.
DL moves Gagne, put Cliffy back on the 4th line, where he spent most of the year and the end of the year with Nolan and Fraser and then Richardson and Westy are the healthy forward scratches. Nough said.
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