Thursday, August 31, 2006
There is some discussion over at Lowetide's space about who is likely to finish last in the West.
Here's a candidate.
But first, an interesting note on the THN rankings.
The Minnesota Wild lost five defencemen who played @ 60 games or more last season but in picking up Kim Johnsson, Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish, they are supposed to make the leap from 11th to 7th place. Indeed some predict even better for them.
But the team that lost two of these players who are supposed to help Minnesota make this quantum leap - the LA Kings - are supposed to hold the course and finish tenth, again.
Anyhow, as to the Kings. This is a team that is following in the steps of its California brethren - shedding highly paid veterans and going with youth. Unlike teams like Phoenix these guys are going about it the right way I think. They signed Scott Thornton and the underrated Alyn McCauley, brought back Rob Blake (not sure about that one) and picked up Dan Cloutier, who has a lot to prove.
Luc Robitaille (Luciano Robitelli) retired. (Imagine how many goals he might have scored if he could skate - poor guy.) They dumped Val Bure, Parrish and the saddest example of how alcohol can destroy a man's career - Jeremy Roenick.
They also got rid of their best player - Pavol Demitra.
And this team had a hard time scoring last year.
So Patrick O'Sullivan will see a lot of icetime as well as Dustin Brown and their other kids.
But the Sharks had guys named Thornton, Cheechoo, Marleau and Hannan while the Ducks had Selanne and Scott Niedermeyer to help the kids along.
The Kings have no such players.
One last thing, why in God's name did they resign Sean Avery?
This year, these guys finish way down the way.
Posted by Black Dog at 9:04 AM