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07-20-2013, 04:02 PM
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The Kings also wanted Viktor Tikhonov in 2008, he was swiped up a few picks before Voynov.
2008 draft was really interesting, it goes down as a big big win for the Kings getting Doughty and Voynov, it could have easily have been a generational draft had the Kings taken pretty much anyone other than Teubert, and while it would be hard to call any draft that you end up with Drew Doughty a failure, the Kings would be in a tough spot had they wasted picks on Teubert and Tikhonov.
On O'Sullivan, he wasn't really a prospect, the year before he was traded he scored 50 points in the NHL and was playing well when he was traded. It's just something between the ears with O'Sullivan. I don't think it was the Kings giving up on POS, it was just the need for the Kings to acquire a "bridge" type veteran player to help out some of the younger kids. This is something Edmonton should be doing right now, looking back it was a brilliant move by Lombardi, one of his best.
The Smyth deal was obviously awful and Dean did get lucky he wanted to leave, the Kings probably do not win the cup without Smyth wanting out. Two of Dean's worst moves, the Blake signing and Smyth trade were made after striking out in UFA (with Chara and Gaborik), and were likely panic moves. I think DL has learned his lesson about bringing in guys in their mid 30's on big contracts, it's just a poor strategy in a cap era.
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