Malone is right where Deano wants him. Malone is not getting paid the big bucks coming up. If you look at his contract. Hes going from 6 million to 5 million next year. Then on to 3.0 and 2.5 the next 2 years. And hes injured and getting up their in age with a very large cap hit.
that job is going to fall to Kopi, Stoll and Lewis now. part of Zus' role has been to mentor these guys while he was here. the passing of the torch now has to happen. i remember before Schenn got sent down he was following Smyth around, had his locker next to him also. learning from and absorbing as much as possible from the mulleted wonder
I hope Dean is taking things seriously and looking for that next piece. Doug Maclean's rumors about us going hard after Parise doesn't help much, but I think now is the time to buy. The kids have done everything Dean has asked of them. He has been saying over and over that this is a test of their character and that he isn't going to bail them out till they help themselves. They have done it, they have crawled from being near forgotten to back on top. Dean needs to get the kids some help, because our offense isn't going to take us much farther.
“Every good army needs a couple of criminals.” - Dean Lombardi
Lombardi, meanwhile, also told us at 2:15 p.m. ET on Friday that no trade was imminent. Of course, as I've learned over the years, it only takes one phone call to change that.
What now for the Kings? Lombardi would not say.
As I reported earlier this week, the Kings have interest in Brad Richards, Ales Hemsky and David Booth. Other NHL sources confirm the Kings have had talks this week with all three teams. At this point, Richards does not sound like it has much of a chance, so it would appear either Booth or Hemsky are the best bets.