one other point. some have argued that trading johnson is ok because next season hickey will be able to play with the big club. hickey hasn't played since november and before that he was playing hurt, and he is going to be out probably for the rest of the season. there is no way he plays with the kings next season. and there is no guarantee that voinov will be ready either. not to mention the fact that trading johnson now creates a huge hole in the D for THIS season. a jones/harold or jones/drewiskie pairing is scary ****.
Plus the fact that O'Donnell might not be back next year. Gotta make sure your D corps stays intact. Plus many of the forwards are continuing to improve (Simmonds, Richardson, etc.). I have a feeling DL will probably make a minor move to get a physical forward that can score if one is available.
Sole member of the Mark Visheau fan club.
at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.