Bottom line is this. Are you with us or are you all about yourself? It became apparent POS either was all for himself or he chose the wrong agent. I think it was the latter because he seemed like a team guy. But either way, he's gone and we all liked him and he will be missed. We now have a proven player with a bit of an injury problem for the same amount of money, and he is more experienced. It's all a wash as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully JW will fit in and prove us all wrong.
I don't know, but it has no wheels. JMFJ will be in LA for a long time. I'd bet the house on it.
Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay
We can argue back and forth about who deserves the blame, that is player or Lombardi for why it did not work. But I find Lombard (and ownership) is talking out of both sides of their collectives holes. Are we developing young players only to trade them away when they have a right to increase salaries? Lombardi went on talk radio at the beginning of this year pleading with fans to get behind the team b/c they were developing AND keeping young players. Well, what do you call this? Williams may pan out after he heals from injury, but we are a team lacking in scoring punch and the trade is another call toward the future. I simply don't trust anything coming out of management and cannot invest my dollars on a future that never arrives.
The only way the Williams trade was a trade for the future is if you call two weeks or so a trade for the future - the estimated time when he returns to play. Carolina needed to make the play-offs and they defined future that way. The risk/reward of Williams is whether he fully rebounds from his ACL injury back to the guy who scored 30 goals two years in a row. In contract, O'Sullivan is just finishing his first two seasons in the league. Big difference for my money.
Originally Posted by Hamilton
Say what you will about the organization and most of us have but the O'Sullivan deal was not for the future. It was an example of the Kings having enough depth to trade one of the kids to bring in a sniper with experience. Organizational depth is something new to the Kings.
Sorry, I'm not seeing the depth, instead I see potential. IMO we're still trying to figure out which players are legitimate NHLers (save for a core who have apparently established themselves). Williams is a risk (health hx) and will he return to form?; Sullivan appears to have a nice trajectory. Seems to me they don't make that deal if $$$ were not the over arching consideration for management.
I hope it works out.