Lines and Rosters

2012-2013 LA Kings Season Preview — Wait, what?

Two or three months ago, I don’t think anyone would have batted an eye if I said that the chances of Dustin Penner or Jarret Stoll re-signing with Kings were about zero. We would have been talking about which rookies might make the team (e.g. Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey, Jake Muzzin?), would Gagne return from…

How did these Kings get here in the first place?

None of the eleven players mentioned were undrafted UFA signings, although Lombardi has gone that route several times, most notably with Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell (since departed), Martin Jones, Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske.

Here’s how the current Kings got here, in order of arrival:

Mirtle lists the 81 players still playing, in line combinations

Eastern Conference (1) New York Rangers Hagelin – Richards – Gaborik Anisimov – Boyle – Callahan Fedotenko – Stepan – Prust Kreider – Mitchell – Rupp McDonagh – Girardi Staal – Del Zotto/Stralman Bickel Lundqvist (Biron) (6) New Jersey Devils Kovalchuk – Zajac – Ponikarovsky Parise – Elias – Clarkson Sykora – Henrique – Zubrus…

A different Kings team: 2010 vs. 2012

Yesterday (seems like a month ago) we looked at how the Canucks have changed since the 2010 series against a markedly different Kings team. Here’s how different: RETURNING (9): Matt Greene Rob Scuderi Drew Doughty Anze Kopitar Justin Williams Brad Richardson Dustin Brown Jarret Stoll Jonathan Quick IN (14): Mike Richards Jeff Carter Dustin Penner…

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“I’m not sure I like that matchup,” Vigneault said, to a room full of laughs. “It sounded good, but… I’m going to think about that again.”

 

Why do people keep saying that without Smyth and Scuderi the Kings are the same team as last year? (And why did I buy it, until I looked?)

Okay, so off the top of your head, about how many Kings are absent since this time last year? My guess is 5. The real answer: Calder Armstrong Zeiler Moulson Boyle O’Sullivan Moller Quincey Preissing Gauthier LaBarbera And those eleven guys were replaced by these nine: Williams Smyth Purcell Parse Segal Scuderi Drewiske Jones Quick…

Random Thoughts

Smyth/Kopitar/Williams Frolov/Moller/Brown Purcell/Stoll/Lewis Clune/Handzus/Simmonds Waive Ivanans and Richardson; make a trade for a legitimate enforcer; roll four lines; teach Kopitar to hit the net. I wonder how many goals Loktionov is going to have to rack up before he gets the call despite the fact that he’s got the body of a 12 year old.…