PLD for Kuemper

I don’t find fault with Kopi in any leadership regard. You’ve got to be who you are, got to be true to yourself. Kopi is the quintessential quiet leader we have heard about. He’s a pro, shows up and goes about his job, is good with the media.
But, you do need the guys who will be more than that, the Richards, Williams, Stoll, Greene & Quick types who have that personality.
Kopi is just not that way. That’s why these signings occurred.
And by all means, don't forget Dustin Brown.
 
And by all means, don't forget Dustin Brown.
Of course! Highly unlikely those Cups would be in LA without him in that role.
I don’t think I understood how significant he was as Captain and leader. He sure never drew attention to it outside the locker room and none of us are close enough to know.
A couple years ago I watched show on CBS Sports about the 2014 Cup run. Very obvious how strong a leader he was.

I said earlier that I don’t necessarily fault Kopi for his style. But I certainly believe there is a serious leadership void with that team. And I also think Blake addressed that with these incoming players. Yeah, there’s some criticism of it from on-ice perspective but that locker room was a primary focus, and needed to be.
 
Of course! Highly unlikely those Cups would be in LA without him in that role.
I don’t think I understood how significant he was as Captain and leader. He sure never drew attention to it outside the locker room and none of us are close enough to know.
A couple years ago I watched show on CBS Sports about the 2014 Cup run. Very obvious how strong a leader he was.

I said earlier that I don’t necessarily fault Kopi for his style. But I certainly believe there is a serious leadership void with that team. And I also think Blake addressed that with these incoming players. Yeah, there’s some criticism of it from on-ice perspective but that locker room was a primary focus, and needed to be.
It is the makeup of the person. I see it in my work. There are those that are willing to step up and drive if need be, and those that are happy to just be a passenger. The passengers can be great at what they do, but they don't really "drive" when it is needed. I am sure you folks have seen the same thing in your lives.
 
It is the makeup of the person. I see it in my work. There are those that are willing to step up and drive if need be, and those that are happy to just be a passenger. The passengers can be great at what they do, but they don't really "drive" when it is needed. I am sure you folks have seen the same thing in your lives.
^^^^^
 
It is the makeup of the person. I see it in my work. There are those that are willing to step up and drive if need be, and those that are happy to just be a passenger. The passengers can be great at what they do, but they don't really "drive" when it is needed. I am sure you folks have seen the same thing in your lives.
Very true.
For me it comes down to whether the endeavor is meaningful. You can show up and be there. Or you have a passion for it, want to excel, and invest enough that the outcomes matter.
Last year the Kings just showed up.
 
I think you are spot on with both points here. PLD was probably a great guy in the locker room but we all saw him losing puck battles that he should have won. With his size, he should have been pushing people around. But he didn't.

Edmundson is going to be an upgrade over Englund. I still can't get over letting Roy walk at 5.8 million and then signing Edmundson at 3.8 million. There should more than 2 million dollars difference between the 2 guys. The signing just feels like another Blake+Bergevin folly where they grossly overpay for a player that they covet. I was listening to NHL radio yesterday or Sunday and they commented that every free agent signing (even Guentzel) was for a reasonable amount. Nobody over paid. And then they followed it up with "well, except for maybe Blake on Edmundson". Dang. That contract would look a lot better at something like 2.25 million per season.
Blake appears to overpay to get his guy, as he’s done several times now. Or at least since Galaxy Brain Luc brought in Bergevin. I don’t know if I’m madder at him or at Blake for listening to him.

Edmundson is a double whammy in that’s it too much money and too much term.

Still, what everyone who comments on this in the media at large misses is what Edmundson is brought in to do. It’s all tunnel vision on the contact which is low hanging fruit. I also believe that Spence is poised for a really good year. He had to babysit Englund to a degree. With Clarke, the need won’t be to babysit Edmundson since he plays more of a rover game. He just needs the get the puck and carry it and set up the forwards. It’ll blow up in his face sometimes but it’s all education
 
Blake appears to overpay to get his guy, as he’s done several times now. Or at least since Galaxy Brain Luc brought in Bergevin. I don’t know if I’m madder at him or at Blake for listening to him.

Edmundson is a double whammy in that’s it too much money and too much term.

Still, what everyone who comments on this in the media at large misses is what Edmundson is brought in to do. It’s all tunnel vision on the contact which is low hanging fruit. I also believe that Spence is poised for a really good year. He had to babysit Englund to a degree. With Clarke, the need won’t be to babysit Edmundson since he plays more of a rover game. He just needs the get the puck and carry it and set up the forwards. It’ll blow up in his face sometimes but it’s all education
I assume with Edmundson being brought in, the narrative will be ‘touch Spence or Clarke, die a cross check to the throat death’. At his pay rate, anything less, in terms of performance on ice, should not be tolerated.
 
I assume with Edmundson being brought in, the narrative will be ‘touch Spence or Clarke, die a cross check to the throat death’. At his pay rate, anything less, in terms of performance on ice, should not be tolerated.
I think that’s a fair standard for him. The SDPN guys, even while in disbelief over the contract, never shied away from him being a “carbon into your spinal cord” specialist.
 
I think that’s a fair standard for him. The SDPN guys, even while in disbelief over the contract, never shied away from him being a “carbon into your spinal cord” specialist.
Wonder if it signifies that the Kings will finally start the youth movement over the next few seasons. Shame we don't have a whole lot of quality prospects in the system coming up, though, outside of those ready to step forward this year.
 
Wonder if it signifies that the Kings will finally start the youth movement over the next few seasons. Shame we don't have a whole lot of quality prospects in the system coming up, though, outside of those ready to step forward this year.
I think a lot of younger players will be coming up, but I also am more bullish on their quality. The question for me is if any of the young forwards will be legit top 6 players. We need one now, and if Laf is going to be in the Iafallo role for Kopi that may work, but still doesn’t make him a top 6 talent.

Longer term I see Ziemmer and Greentree as the best potential to naturally fit a top 6 role. Outside chance to Pinelli, though he feels like a Fagemo. If he’s not good enough for a top 6 role he won’t be good enough to make the league full time.

Regardless, our bottom 6 is flush with exciting options. Turcotte, Thomas, Lee, Helenius, Conmy, and I think Laf. If any make a jump up in the lineup the. Kings are in good shape.

As for D, we’re set for years on the right side. Let’s see what happens with Dvorak and if Kirsanov ever makes it over.
 
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