Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/10/05 at 10:21 AM ET
Nothing speaks to players more clearly than a reduction in ice time, and in Thursday's loss to Carolina, coach Andy Murray swung that hammer and directed it toward the Kings' supposed top players. Pavol Demitra was benched for the first 14 minutes of the third period. Jeremy Roenick played 11:50, five minutes under his season average, and Luc Robitaille, for a third consecutive game, played 12 minutes. Those three players are earning a combined total of almost $10.5 million this season, just under one-third of the team's total payroll, but the Kings mounted a stirring comeback Thursday with less-heralded players such as Sean Avery, Eric Belanger and Jeff Cowan logging major minutes.more
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