Best Trade The Kings Have Made Since Gretzky | Bleacher Report

I really don’t know how to describe what I’ve seen this year other then to say, wow. I can’t recall a Kings team having this combination of grit and skill. They are fun to watch at both ends of the ice.

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An interesting story line about the game and the LA broadcast was Heidi Androl was interviewing LA Kings Players fathers.  [...]

There was no prouder father in that box then Ryan Smyth’s Dad.  He was easy to spot.  He looks like and older version of his superstar son.  It was that moment I realized how great the trade with the Avalanche was.

When I look at last years Kings roster I see a lot of talent.  I see a lot of youth.  I don’t see a lot of experience and I don’t see a lot of guys that had been there.  I look at the roster now and there is one name that glares back at me Ryan Smyth.  Maybe it’s placebo effect that Ryan has on the Kings.  I believe he is the definite cure for what’s been ailing this team.  I believe he really helps make this team a contender.

Ryan is playing with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.  Together they make up one of the highest scoring lines in the league right now.  This is a line that reminds me of another famous line that the Kings had back in the day.  The line has flash, grit, skill and a never say die attitude.

Last year the Kings didn’t win a lot of close games.  They couldn’t grind them out.  With Smyth not only can they grind them out, they can blow them out.  [...]

Anze Kopitar is shooting more [...] and currently leading the NHL in scoring. [...] Smyth being on his side has a lot to do with this.  Smyth and Kopitar have chemistry.  Smyth seems to always know where Anze is and how to get him the puck.  [...]

Toward the end of the second period last night, a period in which the Kings were outplayed, Smyth had the game changer.  He scored the type of goal that’s defined his career.  It was a never-give-up workman’s goal.  He took a shot from the right side, and then took another whack at it and when it didn’t go he circled around the back of the net and slammed it home.  This made it 3-2.  This goal was at the end of the second and helped set the tone for the third.

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  4 comments for “Best Trade The Kings Have Made Since Gretzky | Bleacher Report

  1. November 3, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    This Ryan Smyth trade has been fantastic for the Kings. It seems like he’s enjoying himself in LA. You have to wonder, though, does he miss Colorado? I mean, they traded him because they were going to re-build. Now they’re the best team in the NHL who will probably make the playoffs.

  2. quisp
    November 3, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Well, Quincey is a god. If Colorado wins the cup, Smyth will get a little of that Hossa feeling, sure. But the odds of that, even with Colorado’s amazing start, are even less than the same thing happening to the Kings. In general, Smyth helping the Kings resurgence while Colorado does there own version with their own kids is a win-win for everyone in my opinion. Your observation reminds me of something similar I’ve been thinking about Gretzky. Namely, the obvious, that it must gall him that as soon as he gets out of coaching the team goes from basically worst to first. That’s the old, you break up with your girlfriend, and then you bump into her and she’s ten times hotter.

  3. BakoCAkingsCondorsGuy
    November 3, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Quispie, that last paragraph says it all.

    There are comparisons to be made with last year’s team, as contrast. That moment, as far as I am concerned, has no comparison. No player on the recent Kings’ teams could’ve done that. I was listening on the radio to the XM call, PHX announcers. The effect at the time was like the proverbial prick of the balloon. All Coyote momentum was gone. It was the antidote for the two horrible goals between the first and second periods. It decided the game.

    Then, last night, I saw the goal and went bananas. It was one of the goals of the year. Think about it: Smyth puts it into JLB’s pads, then circles around the net and pokes it in from the opposite side. How often do you see that? The perseverance shown by Smyth on the play is fantastic, game changing, SEASON changing.

    The Kings easily could’ve lost that game. Because of the goalie change for PHX, it was the Kings’ game to win, despite being on the road. Lose it, and mediocrity beckons…

    And think: It was in front of his DAD! What a goal!

    Your point couldn’t be sharper!

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