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Can A Motivated Moreau Help The Kings?

from J.P. Hoomstra of Inside the Kings,

Most athletes will tell you they play better with something to prove—the proverbial chip on the shoulder—and Moreau definitely has something. While Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall said they were “thrilled to have him,” he’s well aware why Moreau was still on the free-agent market in late August: Teams were scared off by a lengthy injury history that included a 2010-11 season in which Moreau played just 37 games.

“Last year was a tough year, whenever a player is getting on in years, everyone questions whether he’s capable of doing it anymore,” Hextall said.

Moreau—who passed a physical Monday—insists he can still do it.

“I’m great. That’s the biggest misconception right now, that my health - it has been just unlucky things,” he said. “I’ve been hit by pucks in the wrong spots. It has nothing to do with age, wearing down. I’ve never had hip problems, knee problems, concussions. I feel the same way I did when I was 28.”

A better question is, what can Moreau do?

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Hank1974's avatar

Moreau could be one of the most overrated players in the NHL over the past few years.
I love Edmonton, but because it’s a hockey hot-bed a lot of their hard-nosed players get elevated to god-like status for no reason other than they play under a microscope in a big hockey market.

All Moreau knows how to do is skate on the 4th line and get hurt when he gets into fights.
He’s a 35-point winger who’s made of glass. Nothing more.
I’m sure he’s a great leader and all that, blah, blah, blah. He’s definitely not worth the money he’s made over the past few seasons.

I don’t expect him to do anything for LA this year. Probably play 30 games and get a whopping 6 goals.

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/24/11 at 10:28 AM ET

Theo's avatar

He made the same comments last year when the Blue Jackets signed him.  I had hopes, but they were dashed about the middle of November when he was injured again.

Posted by Theo on 08/24/11 at 11:38 AM ET

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I appreciate the insight guys but at $600K it seems like a good gamble to make for the Kings who could really use a guy who has played in some big games and can lend some insight / experience to 4th line players with little of both. At $600K I don’t even mind if he sits in the press box a few games. Handzus only had 30 points last season (12G, 18A) but his size and demeanor on the ice were extremely valuable. Moreau is just as big and comes here for 1/4 of the price.

Posted by scooter from los angeles on 08/24/11 at 12:23 PM ET

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Theo…I was about to post the same thing word for word.

Posted by VandyBuck on 08/24/11 at 04:15 PM ET

Viqsi's avatar

Have to go with what Theo and VandyBuck already said. I certainly appreciated him when he was on the ice… but that’s been increasingly seldom.

Posted by Viqsi on 08/24/11 at 07:20 PM ET

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