Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kings Re-Sign Scott Parse


The Kings re-signed Scott Parse to a two-year contract worth $1.8 million.  I guess I was wrong with my prediction.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Kings let Parse walk this off-season.  If the Kings can bring him back on a two-way deal with similar cap hit; go for it.
He had a strong rookie campaign with 11 goals and 13 assists in 59 games played.  And I should have known better with Dean Lombardi's 'Asset Management Principles.'

The question remains: Where does Parse fit in the lineup?  Read more after the jump...

Sorry!

I've been without my computer for the last week and a half.  Definitely have alot to get to.  

On a sidenote: I really think they Apple needs to re-name their 'Genius Bar' to something more accurate like...'The Slightly More Competent Than Those Apple Store Employees In Orange & Turquoise Shirts Bar'...

Anyways...
That is all.  Lots to come.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Former Kings: Michael Cammalleri


Michael Cammalleri has put together one of the most dominating playoff performances in recent memory; netting 12 goals and 18 points in 14 games through the first two rounds of the postseason.  He's currently leading all skaters in playoff goals.

Cammy is one of the purest snipers in the league.  He's not like Ovechkin or Kovalchuk; Cammy doesn't need to dominate the puck to score.  What makes Cammy so valuable is his ability to find open-ice in the offensive zone and get off his shot quickly similar to Hall of Famer Brett Hull.  He doesn't need alot of time or space to score.  His down to one-knee quick release should be pantented. 

Looking back, it's unfortunate that the Kings and Cammalleri couldn't work out their differences.  It's obvious now that Kopitar needs a finisher to play with on the top line.  After watching Cammy have success in Calgary and now Montreal; I really think Lombardi let one get away.  When Cammy was on pace for 40-goals last year; Dean didn't have any regrets.
It doesn't surprise me that he's scoring up there. We had to make a conscious decision, based on the type of culture we wanted here, the type of player I wanted to use to set the identity of this franchise and, thirdly, signability. We answered those questions.
I never understood the notion that Cammy was a bad influence in the locker room.  Hammer asked Cammy about some describing him as a 'selfish player.'
I don't know where that comes from. I wouldn't give much credit to hearing that. The game is still fun, and obviously it has been a frustrating year, but I still have fun playing the game. It's been frustrating because we haven't been able to win as many games as I thought we could have, but I don't think by any means that it is a selfish moment or anything like that. I just wanted us to do a little bit better as a team.
The arbitration process put a strain on Cammalleri's relationship with the organization.  Cammalleri was seeking $6-million per year; while the Kings were countering with $2.6-million for their leading scorer from the previous season.  When the arbitrator sided with the Kings and awarded a two-year deal worth $6.7-million; the writing was on the wall. 

Dean Lombardi is all about 'Asset Management.'  He felt he couldn't afford to bring Cammy back so he moved him as a one year asset to Calgary for their first-round pick.  Calgary got the most out of Cammy for one season but ultimately decided that Olli Jokinen was the player they wanted moving forward with Jarome Iginla.

Fast forward a season.  The Kings made the playoffs and have an asset still in their draft pick Colten Teubert.  The Flames didn't make the playoffs and traded the struggling Jokinen at the deadline to the Rangers for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins.  Higgins is an upcoming UFA; Kotalik is owed $6-million over the next two seasons.

Did Dean Lombardi let one get away?  Yes.  Can you really blame him?  Nope.  Hopefully, Teubert develops into an NHL-defenseman and we won't be having these types of discussions anymore (putting all Tyler Myers-talk aside of course).

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

2009-10 Season Review: Defense


The Kings defense was average this year.  The top-four of Doughty, Johnson, Scuderi and Greene were outstanding but the bottom-pairing struggled.  Whether it was O'Donnell, Jones or Harrold; the Kings couldn't ever find the right mix.  The Kings will definitely need to address their bottom-pairing this season.  Whether Davis Drewiske, Alec Martinez, Thomas Hickey or Viacheslav Voynov are ready to step-in will be a huge question mark going into camp.  The Kings need one more offensive-minded puck moving defenseman to step-in and another shutdown defenseman that plays a similar style to Matt Greene to really round out their defense.  With so many prospects knocking on the door; the Kings blueline is definitely becoming a little crowded.  Read the player profiles after the jump...