Yep, my feeling as well. As happy as I am to have VV back in the lineup, I'm just as sad for 44DD for being the odd man out. If there's another injury, then I can see 44DD in the lineup, but until then, he just needs to keep a positive attitude and be ready to answer the bell.
From Rich Hammond after practice today (LA Kings Insider) Loktionov says he feels more comfortable at wing. For him, maybe he sees this as a real opportunty, and given his high skill, speed and IQ, h'es a great match for Richards vision.
Richards was asked by Hammond about Loki:
RICHARDS: “He’s a skilled player. I think he sees the ice really well. When you have that, you can be creative. It allows you to get more time. You put yourself in the right position all the time, which he does, and he’s hard-working too. So hopefully we can get a little bit more offense going and mix it all together.”
Hopefully, they'll create alot of noise near that Ducks net and put up points. Richards needs a skilled winger...badly. I think that fact that he recognizes with Loki he can be more creative is a good thing...finally somebody to bury those sweet passes.