Kings at Oilers, G80/08-09

This is Rogie Vachon. Based on what the crowd is looking at (and Rogie’s eyes) one would guess that something unexpected happened stage left.

Since I can remember the Kings were picking up other team’s superstars and giving up a big portion of their future to do so. In this way they closely resemble the New York Rangers in that management never figured out that if you trade for a superstar and rob your team blind then it’s tough to win.

The most famous Kings were all traded for: Vachon, Dionne, Gretzky, Hrudey. Their best drafts who played for them were Butch Goring, Luc Robitaille, Dave Taylor, Rob Blake. Nice list, but they would have won more if they’d kept some of the kids they drafted for most of their careers: Larry Murphy, Kevin Stevens, Garry Galley, Maritn Gelinas, Robert Lang, Darryl Sydor, Alexei Zhitnik. The list is endless. Olli Jokinen, too.

Since 2000, the Kings have been better at keeping their best players. In fact, the current homegrown bunch (Alexander Frolov, Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar) would have to represent a plateau in this area (although having Denis Grebeskov, Mike Cammalleri and others would help) for the Kings.

I think this club has a nice future.

The Oilers need a win tonight, and they should get it. I think we all know heartbreak is just around the corner, but it probably won’t come tonight.

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