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05-15-2005, 02:45 AM
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Ziggy Palffy Decides to Retire from National Team

... from competing in international tournaments.
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“It’s time,” said Palffy. “I will miss playing for the national team but we have a lot of young guys coming up and now is their time.”

“I am a little tired and my body needs the rest,” he says. “I want to play in the NHL as long as I can and my body needs rest.”

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I'm still hoping he comes back to LA!

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Geez, don't scare me like that!

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That was a good one. But yeah as much as I'd want him back in L.A., it's not going to happen.

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That was a good one. But yeah as much as I'd want him back in L.A., it's not going to happen.
Just because LA can't afford him?

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Just because LA can't afford him?
What makes you think that?

 
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What makes you think that?
I just try to find a reason why Palffy wouldn't come back.

Hey, I'm from Sweden, no Kings-fan, how would I know?

Well, if he wants to win the cup he may replace Hull on the Red wings...

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I just try to find a reason why Palffy wouldn't come back.

Hey, I'm from Sweden, no Kings-fan, how would I know?

Well, if he wants to win the cup he may replace Hull on the Red wings...
The Kings offered him 7 million for 3 seasons. He wanted 4 seasons, so the Kings took the offer off the table. He didn't get any other offers, so he came back to the Kings wanting the previous offer, the Kings said no deal.

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“I want to play in the NHL as long as I can and my body needs rest.”

Think Palffy will still be able to play when he's 40? That's a lot of rest, and by that time the NHL will only really be able to pay him about a penny per game. Might not be worth it, but good luck with that.

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The Kings offered him 7 million for 3 seasons. He wanted 4 seasons, so the Kings took the offer off the table. He didn't get any other offers, so he came back to the Kings wanting the previous offer, the Kings said no deal.
And I doubt the Kings will make another offer to Ziggy...

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Palffy should have taken that offer.What are his chances of getting that money in the new CBA?Mike Milbury was right.Paul Kraus is a village idiot

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It might be best for the Kings to move on and look at bringing a fresh new face to fill Palffy's role. There are many options out there who can provide offense like Kariya or Demitra or Kovalev, but Ziggy's newfound commitment to backchecking as well as his tenacious play on the penalty kill of pick pocketing point passes are skills that made Palffy a more complete player than those above mentioned names. Demitra and Kovalev never saw any time on the penalty killing unit, but Kariya on the other hand did get some PK minutes.

We have to remember that with Ziggy's void, the Kings have another hole to fill not only on the top two lines but both special teams as well. And he was the most dangerous player on the ice for the Kings, and as much as I like Frolov, he doesn't have the dangerous speed or skills of a Palffy, and speed is the one area the Kings are seriously lacking. The signing of Craig Conroy addresses some of those needs as he has quite a lot of speed, is a very good passer and great penalty killer (and is also excellent on the dot winning the big draws).

The one positive thing I can say regarding the loss of Ziggy Palffy... no more Jozef Stumpel!

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The one positive thing I can say regarding the loss of Ziggy Palffy... no more Jozef Stumpel!
Amen to that.

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The Kings offered him 7 million for 3 seasons. He wanted 4 seasons, so the Kings took the offer off the table. He didn't get any other offers, so he came back to the Kings wanting the previous offer, the Kings said no deal.
I've seen this number given by a number of posters but I've never seen an actual source with this number. Does anyone have a link for this? I always remember the last offer being 3 years, $19.5M, the same average as Alfredsson's deal but without the signing bonus. Don't know why it bothers me but it does. Regardless, Palffy's probably still kicking himself for not taking the Kings offer.

Still want Palffy back, though. He's better than the other options (Kovalev, Demitra, Murray, Kariya, etc). And our top six, presuming that the lockout year takes a year off contracts, looks like:

Frolov-Conroy-Cammalleri
Brown-Armstrong-Klatt

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What NHL does Palffy plan to play in?

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What NHL does Palffy plan to play in?
The one where he denies 6.8 million for three years straight =)

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Stastny says ''Palffy is in a class of his own when it comes to the combination of skill, talent, desire and class mixed together''.


I think Stastny said it best. I don't think there is another UFA out there that has what Ziggy has. I still think, or hope, that we can work something out with him. Ziggy was clearly one of the best players in the tournment, and I think he still has 3-4 more years left in him.

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