Tag Archive for Anze Kopitar

Some historical perspective

This will be the first time in franchise history the Kings have missed the playoffs with 90 points or more. The Kings’ PT% is tied for 8th in franchise history. The Kings’ record this season, 40-27-15, is identical to 2012, the first cup year. With 95 points to the Flames’ 97, it’s the narrowest margin by…

Subtract Brown and Stoll; add Richards

Deal Dustin Brown, whose value, no matter how far it’s fallen, is still higher “out there” than in reality, for a suitable replacement for Slava Voynov. Deal Stoll for a veteran Willie Mitchell replacement. Recall Mike Richards, whose numbers at this shitty low ebb for him are still as good as Brown’s, and give him better…

Why didn’t Lombardi waive Dustin Brown?

This is a serious question. Dustin Brown’s numbers are just as bad as Mike Richards’s. Brown also has a long contract with a big cap hit. Brown is also on the downward slope of the productivity curve. I’m not prepared to write a gigantic post on all the many reasons why Richards and not Brown.…

Get Yer LA Kings Cumulative Stanley Cup Stats, 2012 + 2014

Some observations: 12 players played in all 46 games (11 skaters and Jonathan Quick). 16 players played in both 2012 and 2014 (15 skaters and Quick). 14 players played/dressed in only one of the two years (12 skaters, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones). At even strength, only Marian Gaborik has a higher goals-per-game than Tyler…

Tyler Toffoli can’t play LW, we’ve been told…

…but he’s NHL-ready, and a pure sniper. Oh, and the Kings need goals. The problem is, there’s no room for him. Because the Kings have three top-six centers (Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter), one of whom has been converted to RW (Carter). Dustin Brown and Justin Williams are natural RWs. Brown goes left so…

My 2 Cents on Bernier for Frattin and Scrivens

Jonathan Bernier was the first King drafted by Dean Lombardi, with the 11th pick in 2006. I have closely followed Bernier’s career for longer than I have any other current King. Seven years. I was aware of Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar when drafted, but can’t say I was following closely, not until they arrived…

Are the Kings “screwed”? (And is it news?)

I told you all many months ago that the Kings would have to get rid of two of their $3MM+ contracts in order to get under the cap. I gave a short list of (pick two of) Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene. This was of course long before we all knew…