Thursday, July 30, 2009
They should be good. For what, 3 seasons now we've been sayin' that? Is this the year they finally bring it all together? Well, I guess that depends on Jonathan Quick and Erik Ersberg. The failures of the Cloutiers, the LaBarberas, and the Aubins are all well documented, and we've all had fun at their expense. But now they've got a little bit of talent in net, and now the Pacific division might just have another player.
The big move for the Kings was obviously bringing in Rob Scuderi, who single handedly, err, single leggedly, made himself about $1.5 million more with his performance in the playoffs with the Penguins. Between the kick save and his job on Ovechkin, he priced himself right out of Pittsburgh, and into Hollywood. Maybe overpriced, but as a guy to mentor Doughty and Jack Johnson, you can't go wrong. A far better guy for that role than the asshat known as Denis Gauthier.
Thanks to Matt Reitz for the reminder, but we can't forget that Ryan Smyth, and that contract, were added to the Kings' lineup as well. Captain Canada could do well cleaning up after Frolov, Kopitar and Co., that is, if he could ever stay healthy.
I would say more, but there's not much else to say about their offseason moves. As long as they continue to progress, I don't see why they can't at least contend for a spot in the top 8.