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09-14-2009, 11:32 AM
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Kings Rebuilding Must Leave Ground Floor

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slu...yhoo&type=lgns

"Time has passed: Overall, the Kings are going to be a young team – as many as 13 players on the roster could be 27 years old or younger – but they are still paying veteran Sean O’Donnell(notes) $1.25 million this season to patrol the blue line. The 37-year-old averaged 20 minutes a night last year, and hopefully the Kings won’t need him to skate that much this season. If so, that means someone is not progressing or playing as well as needed.

Prediction: The Kings will need to improve at least 14 to 16 points in the standings to have a shot at the playoffs, and that’s a significant leap. They won’t have the killer late-season road schedule they had last season, but just the same the competition isn’t getting any easier. Los Angeles has to take advantage of a team that slips – Dallas? Minnesota? Edmonton? St. Louis? Will the Kings be in a position to do that? It says no here."

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Sounded like a reasonable analysis to me. Hopefully we can make that jump and the youth really steps up to put us over the top.

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Probably the most accurate article I've read on the Kings in a long time. Didn't realize Quick was in a contract year.


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Probably the most accurate article I've read on the Kings in long time. Didn't realize Quick was in a contract year.
Yup, it is tremendous pressure on the youngster - and he looks poised to handle it, but only time will tell... If he slips or ends up helping us miss the playoffs this year, look for Bernier to get a taste or start out next season. All eyes are on Kopitar and Doughty, but mine are on Quick - he needs to lock this thing down and take us to the promised land.

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We need to add more scoring. I would like an upgrade at second line center.

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Probably the most accurate article I've read on the Kings in a long time. Didn't realize Quick was in a contract year.
Agreed. There's been so many crappy previews written about the Kings it was refreshing to see one that was an interesting read for a change.

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Pretty detailed and knowledgable preview, a nice change of pace.

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Pretty detailed and knowledgable preview, a nice change of pace.
Yah, the way he went into detail about the differences between Murray and Crawford means he knows his stuff. To the casual fan that coaching change was no big deal. But to those who understand the big picture that was a giant step ahead for the Kings.

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