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07-04-2006, 02:28 PM
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TSN: Kings sign Willsie

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=170486&hubname=nhl

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Brian Willsie is on the move after a career-best campaign.

The 28-year-old right wing agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Playing in his second season with the Washington Capitals, Willsie notched career highs in goals (19), assists (22), points (41) and penalty minutes (77) in appearing in a team-high 82 games.

"At 28 years of age, Brian has a lot of productive years ahead of him," Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi said. "We expect him to be a solid all-around player with us in Los Angeles and to provide a winning attitude and competitive nature.

"He is a very versatile player in that he can play both wing positions effectively, and he brings a good deal of experience with him as well."

Originally a sixth-round pick of Colorado in 1996, Willsie has 36 goals and 71 points in 200 career games between the Avalanche and Capitals.

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where o where is our first line signing?

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Frolov-Conroy-Cammalleri
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ya but where do the kids fit in, in that line up?

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where o where is our first line signing?

Frolov, Conroy, Cammy
Brown, Rookie/3rd liner, Rookie/3rd Liner


Better hope the youth is ready I think....

Don't have a problem with this Willsie kid. But did he get those 40pts from playing with AO? Or was he on another line?

Either way its nice to get some real NHL depth for the 3rd/4th lines...

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Pavol who?

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Frolov-Conroy-Cammalleri
Brown-McCauley-Willsie
Cowan-Avery-TK
Thornton-Armstrong-Parros
If at least one Rookie is Ready:

Frolov, Conroy, Cammy
Brown, Kopitar/O'Sullivan, Willsie
Cowan, McCauley, Avery
Thornton, EB, Parros

If more then one rookie works (Pushie, ete) out then guys like Cowan and Parros sit. If they are not ready then we get your line up.

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Frolov, Conroy, Cammy
Brown, Rookie/McCauley, Rookie/Willsie
Cowan/Rookie, EB, Avery
Thornton, ?, Parros

If the rookies work out then guys like Cowan and Parros sit. If they are not ready then we get your line up.
I don't think it's possible for a rookie to not work out ot the extent that you choose to play Parros instead.

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Frolov, Conroy, Cammy
Brown, Rookie/3rd liner, Rookie/3rd Liner


Better hope the youth is ready I think....

Don't have a problem with this Willsie kid. But did he get those 40pts from playing with AO? Or was he on another line?

Either way its nice to get some real NHL depth for the 3rd/4th lines...
Yeah he was playing with AO a lot last year and that accounted for most of his points. He was also AO's roommate.

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I like these two year deals that DL is making, he hasnt signed anyone long term. Wonder if he has anyone in his sights in the next couple years.

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I don't think it's possible for a rookie to not work out ot the extent that you choose to play Parros instead.
Sure it is.

The question is simple. Do you want your rookie to be on the 4th line playing 4-6 minutes a game or down in the AHL playing 15-20? What is better for his development?

The question isn't if Parros is better.


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Yeah he was playing with AO a lot last year and that accounted for most of his points. He was also AO's roommate.
Wonder why Washington just didn't keep him then?

Its not like they don't need NHL depth just like everyone else.

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More two-way help. If this team can put together a dangerous first line, they might be able to win a lot of close, low scoring games with the improved team defense. But Frolov, Conroy and Cammy is not a dangerous first line. That is a quality second line.

Magic 8-ball sez... there will be a lot of 2-1 losses in the Kings future.

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Hes a 3rd line RW who put up pretty good numbers but I dont now why we signed him unless we are going to let Belanger or some of our other 3/4th line players go. He played with Ovechkin alot last year so that is probably where he got alot of his points but maybe Lombardi saw something in him. I really hope this is not a signing for the top 6.

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07-04-2006, 02:52 PM
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Another good lockerroom guy.
You know, there are a couple of current kings who carry a little bit of attitude baggage with them on and off the ice.
All of DL's signings to date dont seem to have that problem.
The thing that makes me most excited, is that we're going to see a VERY different team than we saw last season, even without the youngsters.

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too many players...theres got to be a trade coming soon. there must be if they're going to break in o'sullivan and kanko at the forwards.

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too many players...theres got to be a trade coming soon. there must be if they're going to break in o'sullivan and kanko at the forwards.
*sigh* i hope not cause any trade is going to involve either frolov or brown...

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Id say a few of the names on the "qualified" list will be soon to go. Good way to stockpile mid-round picks for the 89 or 90 crop.

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*sigh* i hope not cause any trade is going to involve either frolov or brown...

That's not at all true. Someone will give up a 4th round pick to take a chance on Avery.

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I'm sure that's exactly why DL signed him. I would be surprised to see Belanger and Avery on the Kings opening night. TK is probably now a 4th liner too.

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Sure it is.

The question is simple. Do you want your rookie to be on the 4th line playing 4-6 minutes a game or down in the AHL playing 15-20? What is better for his development?

The question isn't if Parros is better.
Parros is a 4th liner...if you don't want your kids playing 4-5 mins per game, you don't bother to see if they're good enough to begin with...you just leave them in the A until something on the top three lines opens up.

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Brown-McCauley-Willsie
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Thornton-Armstrong-Parros
That's got top 3 pick in the 07 draft all over it.

I'm of the opinion that we are going to deal a few guys pretty soon. Also, Reap you'd have to have at least O'Sullivan and potentially Kopitar in that lineup. Not just from a winning perspective but from a learning perspective.

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Honestly I think only 3 rookie forwards have a decent chance to make the team this year out of the camp.

O'Sullivan
Kopitar
Pushkarev

Of those I think we are only going to have at most 2 on the team. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if none of them make the team out of the camp.

Tukonen needs at least another season down in the AHL. I don't see a spot for Kanko. Guy is a future pest 3rd liner and we don't really need another one of those now. I also didn't really think he is NHL ready yet.

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*sigh* i hope not cause any trade is going to involve either frolov or brown...
hey as long as you can get a no. 1 center, i'm all for trading one of those players...though maybe frolov before brownie.

i think avery and sopel could go and maybe get the kings a decent return for a solid defenseman.

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