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10-10-2012, 01:04 AM
Kings Fan Since 1967
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Brea, California
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I'm sorry but the Kings were neglected by Jerry Buss. They didn't play to sellout crowds, and they were not a big draw in town until Gretzky's arrival.
They were terribly mismanaged throughout the JKC era, selling the future for washed up players like Steve Shutt and Rick Martin. Must I remind you of all of the first round picks they squandered away? And they gave them away for crap.
Look at Dionne's career and how he demanded to be dealt because the situation in LA was so bad. He never enjoyed any playoff success as a result of being a King. Can you name any goalies that the Kings developed throughout their history? Or all of the young talent they got rid of like Murphy, Galley, Billy Smith. The moment they trade Butch Goring, the Isles fortunes turn around and the Kings got worse.
Prior to 2012, the best years this team had was with Gretzky. Just look up at the Kings banners at Staples Center. They didn't come from the pre-Gretzky era.
I'm going to beg to differ with you.
It was not neglect, it was incompetence. The GMs were trying, they were just very bad at their job.
Look, I lived through the pain. Please do not remind me how we gave away a Stanley Cup winning team in the 1980s. The Islanders repeatedly ripped us off of our fine talent and turned it into four Cups. I want to savor this one, and not be reminded of the pain of the late '70s and early '80s.
It was pure incompetence and lack of knowledge of the hockey people put in place. It was not neglect. Just stupidity. And I do remember very well at the time how painful it was...I was in my early 20s then and I felt I could run the team better with zero experience.
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