Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/13/11 at 02:34 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
After years of painstaking rebuilding, the Kings imagine themselves as a team poised on the brink of playoff success.
Six consecutive years out of the playoffs produced a bundle of top draft choices, including Brayden Schenn, Doughty, Thomas Hickey, Jonathan Bernier, Lauri Tukonen and Dustin Brown. Schenn was traded this summer to Philadelphia in the blockbuster deal for Mike Richards, the signal in L.A. that the push was on.
Instead, they went backward, which is why Murray is on the outside looking in, and Lombardi is on the prowl for a new man behind the bench. Darryl Sutter? In the win-at-all costs NHL, stranger things have happened.
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