The question is where is the rot? I'm not going to pretend to know where the rot is or which players need to be removed but I'll spit ball a bit and welcome any opinions.
If I'm remembering right, the slow starts and not playing 60 minutes started when Richards/Carter where the center pieces of this team. In fact, Richards becomes the captain in the 2008 season until 2011. Pronger becomes captain for 2 years and then Giroux in 2013.
So who else came into the fray dur
Kings missed the playoff four years after the lockout, then lost in the first round two seasons. Then made The Trades and won the Cup, went to the Conference Final, and won the Cup.
Then the wheels fell off.
Maybe didn't help that the "scoring winger" was put on the third line with a first-time NHL center and a recovering-from-injury Simmonds? Also, too, there was no obvious "fix" to the goaltending on offer last offseason. None. Zero. Zilch.
Why not mention 2011-12 when he went head to head vs Sid and ate him alive? was he not a leader that year? is it his fault(injury) they lost in the second round after he scored 17 points in 10 games and 2 short handed goals?
That series he had against pittsburg is one of the best series any player has ever had. He had 14 points in SIX games.
The best thing they can do with Giroux is to play him until his contract expires and find him a center and winger.
All this talk of "mov
Not sure about the organization, but I do think some fans (in general; not necessarily on this board) overvalue some of the players and prospects. I'd say Ghost and Lindblom are in that category. Although I love Konecny, I am not sure he's really untouchable. I feel like some believe Frost and Farabee are locks for being top line forwards. I have doubts about Myers being as good as many seem to expect. I also think some fans have unrealistic expectations about prospects making the NHL team
I hope you mean Hart/Elliott tandem. 😃
I'm fine with Elliott as a back up, but he has no business being a starter. He had no business being a starter when he showed up here, and he has no business being one now. In fact, he shouldn't have been one in Calgary either, and he wasn't one in STL really, at least not a full time one.
I think he's as good a back up as anything else we're likely to get, so I'd be fine with keeping him for that, but that cage should be Hart's in 20