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04-07-2007, 05:31 PM
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Isn't school done other than finals this month or do American Universities go longer than Canadian ones? If its just finals, then I can't see why he wouldn't play around his finals.
He said he had to go back for 3 weeks if I recall correctly

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04-07-2007, 05:32 PM
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Kopitar scores his 20th!



Bummer we lose our spot though.

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04-07-2007, 05:32 PM
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Kopiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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04-07-2007, 05:34 PM
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No!!!!! Goalie Fight! Cmon! Cmon!!!!!!!!!

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Doan is a *****. Good for Johnson sticking up for Gaon.

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04-07-2007, 05:35 PM
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I was really hoping for Garon Vs. Cujo there. Dammit

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04-07-2007, 05:35 PM
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What a classy play by a classy guy such as Doan. . Wonder how the phoenix fans will spin that one

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Doan is cheap.

Ivanans should go send a message.

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Crowd went crazy when they announced Johnson's fighting call...lol

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HAHAHAHAHA they gave Garon a penalty for getting knocked out of the crease. hahahhaah

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04-07-2007, 05:39 PM
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Okay, okay... this is one game I wish we still had Avery... he coulda run Cujo right back.

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04-07-2007, 05:39 PM
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The Kings wanted the win and the Coyotes wanted the 2nd overall pick. They both got their wish.

It's nice that they won and that Kopitar got his 20th, but, man, it's annoying that Phoenix just handed them the win at the end of regulation. Even an OT win would've preserved the chance for 2nd.

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04-07-2007, 05:39 PM
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Garon getting a penalty? that was pretty weak considering he got the stuffing knocked out of him.

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04-07-2007, 05:40 PM
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What a classy play by a classy guy such as Doan. . Wonder how the phoenix fans will spin that one
As opposed to the Kings fans cheering Ballard's injury? Yeah, that was total class.

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04-07-2007, 05:40 PM
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I'm happy about this game, regardless of us not getting the 2nd overall pick. I hope to see Johnson destroy everyone next season

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04-07-2007, 05:42 PM
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As opposed to the Kings fans cheering Ballard's injury? Yeah, that was total class.
I'm not so sure that everyone knew the severity of the injury as it happened.

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04-07-2007, 05:46 PM
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Frankly, since nobody can even decide which play the Kings should take, it obviously means there are more than one talented player in this draft. So I'm glad the Kings closed out the season with a win. 2nd Overall, 3rd Overall, 1st Overall who cares? Lots of talent to go around it seems, though I'm of the opinion we trade the pick anyhow. Run for the Cup next year, not sit around and wait for Bernier to come around.

I'm sure a high draft pick could garner the Kings a decent vet that could address some of the team's needs. What are the Kings in most desperate need of? Goaltending would seem the obvious answer to me.

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04-07-2007, 05:47 PM
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What a classy play by a classy guy such as Doan. . Wonder how the phoenix fans will spin that one
What I'm having trouble with is understanding why Jim Fox ever had any respect for Doan...cheapshots are his MO.

As for the game, I'm glad Kopitar got #20 and watching Kopitar, Cammy, Brown, Sully, and Johnson gel on the plays leading up to the Roenick penalty really got me excited about next season; there should be plenty to cheer for in '07'08.

And, let me just say that, as it will probably be his last game as a King, Jaroslav Modry played very well tonight; he made some key passes, interceptions and didn't have any major defensive blunders.

Overall, it was a good, encouraging way for the team to end the season.

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04-07-2007, 05:51 PM
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Frankly, since nobody can even decide which play the Kings should take, it obviously means there are more than one talented player in this draft. So I'm glad the Kings closed out the season with a win. 2nd Overall, 3rd Overall, 1st Overall who cares? Lots of talent to go around it seems, though I'm of the opinion we trade the pick anyhow. Run for the Cup next year, not sit around and wait for Bernier to come around.

I'm sure a high draft pick could garner the Kings a decent vet that could address some of the team's needs. What are the Kings in most desperate need of? Goaltending would seem the obvious answer to me.
While you're right about the top 5 or 6 picks being pretty much wide open, this is not the time to trade a top 1st round pick. The team's defensive prospect pool is way too shallow at this point and, even if there are no suitable D-men available when they pick, it never hurts to have another top-5 prospect at any position in your organization. The Kings will not be a cup contender next season; they are not in a position to trade away their highest pick in years at this time. Any acquisition of vets should be done via free agency or the trading of other assets.

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04-07-2007, 05:53 PM
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As opposed to the Kings fans cheering Ballard's injury? Yeah, that was total class.
They were cheering the hit, not the injury.

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While you're right about the top 5 or 6 picks being pretty much wide open, this is not the time to trade a top 3 draft pick. The team's defensive prospect pool is way too shallow at this point and, even if there are no suitable D-men available when they pick, it never hurts to have another top-5 prospect in your organization. The Kings will not be a cup contender next season; they are not in a position to trade away their highest pick in years at this time. Any acquisition of vets should be done via free agency or the trading of other assets.
Let's say the Kings could put together a package deal including the pick for a top D-man, why not do it? I fully expect the Kings to make the playoffs next season, if not then Dean Lombardi has not done his job. He has all the young pieces he needs, its time to bring in some vets to provide leadership. Also time to send Cloutier to the IHL or Luxembourg or some other low level hockey place.

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04-07-2007, 05:57 PM
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As opposed to the Kings fans cheering Ballard's injury? Yeah, that was total class.
Oh, and Ballard can consider it payback for the Armstrong hit the other night

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04-07-2007, 06:00 PM
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Oh, and Ballard can consider it payback for the Armstrong hit the other night
It isn't like Ivanans went out of his way to hurt Ballard like Doan did to Garon. It's a totally different situation

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Hmmm.....
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04-07-2007, 06:06 PM
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Let's say the Kings could put together a package deal including the pick for a top D-man, why not do it? I fully expect the Kings to make the playoffs next season, if not then Dean Lombardi has not done his job. He has all the young pieces he needs, its time to bring in some vets to provide leadership. Also time to send Cloutier to the IHL or Luxembourg or some other low level hockey place.
I think the Kings will be able to legitimately compete for a playoff spot next season. However, let's not get ahead of ourselves here; yes, DL and DT have assembled a very good young core and, yes, that young core has been getting better and better as this season has progressed. But, that does not mean that they're assured a playoff spot and it sure as hell does not mean they're ready to go deep into the playoffs. It takes time for a team to develop and learn how to win together consistently; and, at this point, it would not be conducive to that development process to start trading away assets to bring in vets, especially, when there are plenty of suitable options available on the FA market. Moreover, while the Kings do have a very good prospect pool, it is not so good that they can afford to waste a top-3 pick on a trade for a D-man who, given the current market availability would almost certainly prove less valuable than the pick itself. As I said, the Kings, right now, would be best suited to continue building up their reserves and working via FA.

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