What The Hell Happened To...Ziggy Palffy?
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03-28-2013, 02:58 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Manitoba, Canada
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What are you talking about? The Palffy years were some of the better Kings teams.
First 3 years made the playoffs, beat those damn Wings 00 with that great comeback.
Those teams were pretty exciting. The Deadmarsh/Allison/Palffy line was dominant but short lived. The 4th year team injuries were to much to overcome. And of course 5th year Palffy was off to a great start and then the stick pulling incident and he was out for the year and never played for the Kings again. That was also the year of the crazy 11 game losing streak at the end of the season
The playoffs in 2000 and 2001 (IIRC) were the best part of it all. We made Colorado earn their cup, and earn their way to round two the next year. That was a rivalry.
Outside of the playoffs, it was just a collection of false hopes, a few good players mixed in with the likes of Craig Johnson's Roman Vopat's and Yanic Perrault's (who I did like), hoping to use patch jobs in net to take us places (only Potvin worked).
A lot of the reason for me it wasn't exciting, is exactly what you said about the injuries. Deadmarsh was exciting. Then he has to retire after one season as a King. Allison had what, one full season as a King? Plenty of other injuries, I remember for like three seasons it was a gong show watching the running tally of man games lost due to injury. You'd think our medical staff was being led by a Hungarian butcher.
I view the Pallfy era (and by that I mean the timeframe he was here) as a collective waste of hope, with every fueled inspiration either short-lived or moved on well before they were done in order to reach the ultimate prize elsewhere for various reasons (Robitaille, Blake, Schneider, etc.) I didn't view it as exciting, I viewed it as tough emotionally. Years like those is what has made so many fans here nowadays bitter and guarded, IMO.
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