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.
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The other thing about King is that he made himself the NHL player that he is. And before you laugh at that remember what Mondo and Birdy have said - he was a key role player who knew how to play inside that role and played within himself. This is a huge trait that helps good teams win and continue to win. Additionally he was very well thought of within the organization as a result of making himself a good, reliable NHL player and team mate. Teams are scouring the WHL, OHL, QMJHL, etc. for these types of prospects. They are the life blood of a team.