• T Contreras

    From Top Line to Manchester. Kid must be confused. So what now? we carry 3 goalies? Why can’t they stop feeling sorry LaBarbara and just send him down? When will we land a Top Flight Scorer?

  • Quisp

    I’m going to assume the strategy is the following: Manchester has two games between now and Saturday, where the Kings have none. Lewis gets sent down, plays those two games…meanwhile, DL makes a decision on JLB. He then waives JLB and brings Lewis back. If this is not the plan, then see below for my original reaction to the “Lewis Demoted” headline:

    Now I will take a deep breath in order to be rational on this topic. [deep breath] Okay. Better now. I’m ready.

    F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k, F**k!

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    F**k!

    However, if Lewis is recalled by the weekend, please disregard.

  • EAT THE RICH

    I hope you’re right Quisp.
    Other wise:
    What the F@#k?
    I expect a big week of player movement, but this wasn’t it.
    Lets see how this works out…
    Maybe Lewis needs to get meaner and play better defensively.
    This ought to motivate him to improve his poor play.

  • Bring Back the Shield Jersey

    Moulson– First line, fourth line, scratched, demoted.

    Boyle– Second line, fourth line, scratched, demoted.

    Purcel– First line, fourth line, demoted.

    Lewis– First line, fourth line plus PP, demoted.

    I hope you’re right on this one, Quisp, cuz this is a baaad pattern. It reflects very poorly on TM.

  • EAT THE RICH

    Boyle second line? When?
    I’m almost re-believing that we’re losing games on purpose.
    Geezus.
    More on this later.
    http://worldhockeydaily.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/la-kings-shutout-again/

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… I hadn’t that of that scenario Quisp. That wouldn’t be bad.

    I keep getting the nasty feeling the Kings are going to carry 3 goalies until one of two things happens. Either Quick continues his tear for 10-15 games and “proves” himself and his ability to do it over a period of time, or he falters two games in a row.

    Until then, I just don’t see DL doing anything with labs. An interesting trade offer is the only thing I see changing that scenario. Sucks, but oh…. no, just sucks.

    Bring Back,

    I hope you just mean that TM is not getting all he can out of these players, because in the last few months people keep blaming TM for roster movements, which isn’t his job.

  • Quisp

    I really think it’s just to get Lewis in those games in Manchester. I think it also means that DL is trying to make a deal, or at least making room for himself to make a deal.

    The more I think about it, the more it’s obvious that he’s trying to deal JLB right now. Otherwise he would just waive him and be done with it. Sending Lewis down tells whoever he’s dealing with (other GMs, I mean), “I can wait, there’s no time pressure.” If his counterparts thought that DL was going to have to waive JLB, they would just wait for it. This way, DL at least creates the impression that he is negotiating from a position of relative strength.

    Otherwise, see my alternative comment above.

  • JDM

    oy vey, once again forgot to sign in. “Anonymous” post above to come…

  • ryan oliver

    Do you guys honestly think that Lewis has what it takes to stay in the NHL? I love him and think he will be a great player for the Kings. He has great speed and awareness, and pretty good hands too. But, come on. He is getting knocked off the puck waayyy to easy right now. He reminds me of Sully when he first came up. Lewis will get sent down and called up a couple more times, just to remind him of what it takes to play in the NHL. Plus, Lewis got a shot on the first line for a few games, which is more then we can say about Boyle.

  • Irish Pat

    Rather than giving these kids the standard DL/TM cup o’ coffee in the NHL, when are they going to let these kids play? Get rid of Calder, Zeiler and Armstrong already. I’m sure they’re great guys and Lombardi must be being patient for good reason, but I’m tired of being patient… >>>ahem<<< Terry and Dean… if the Kings are going to lose and take their lumps, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLAY THE KIDS!!!! There. Now I feel better. Venting never hurt anyone

  • Marc Nathan

    Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.

    Trevor Lewis… not so much… He was ok. But he’s probably better suited for the ice time he can get in Manchester, especially if Armstrong and/or Richardson are available.

  • kingsince67

    Man way to go out there in total speculation land. Very entertaining to say the least. I have to believe the teams out there are getting just a tiny bit scared of what they see in LA these days. We play hard, give a crap and have a ten fold better work ethic than I have seen in a good long time. Dealing with us will be a tough thing for DL, no GM wants to be that guy that put the final piece in place to put us not to the cup maybe, but another step or 2 up the ladder. We are close, everyone can see it, to being a very good hockey club. Maybe 1 sniper, 1 more solid dman and of course some timely goaltending. It sounds like a lot but it really is not when you have the cap room we have now AND for next year. Lewis is most likely going back to play 2 games, DL can afford to wait it out on JLB. He can sit, stand or not dress when EE gets back or we can send Quick back to show we are not in any panic mode. Lots go into these things to make the deal happen…the biggest ingredient is patience. Playoffs would be very cool indeed, but not really the end of the world if we are in striking distance by seasons end to get sort of that feel. I like our direction and it is refreshing to be able to be in a position to bring a guy up and HE NEEDS TO PERFORM TO STAY. Fancy that in LA the former hockey retirement home…

  • anthony

    I hope this move wasn’t made to make room for Derek Armstrong.
    Where’s the advantage in that.

  • JDM

    kingsince67,

    I agree. Its hard, but fun, to anticipate potentially critical moves in either bargaining position or player development.

    But we also have another solid dman. Johnson.

    I think we only really need one top 6 forward.

  • simonsez

    What team in their right mind would TRADE an asset for JLB?! Even if he was waived I don’t think anyone would claim him.

    Any player that we can’t wait to get rid of probably isn’t going to be wanted elsewhere. We’re not Detroit.

  • Irish Pat

    JDM,

    I totally agree that the Kings don’t need another d-man. The core of the King’s D has been drafted and is set for the near future with JMFJ, Doughty, Hickey, Teubert, Voinov, Martinez, Campbell and whoever else makes the cut in the future. And I also completely agree that the Kings need a top 6 forward, but I think they need more than just a talented youg guy or capable veteran. The Kings need a game changer. Someone who can not only score a ton of goals but knock the wind out of the opposing team’s sails when he does score and energize his team as well in the process. John Tavares looks like he has a bright future ahead of him, but it’s looking like that kid will be sporting an Islander’s or Thrasher’s jersey on draft day. Sucks to be him. I would love to see Lombardi acquire Ilya Kovalchuk, but it would probably require selling the farm to do so and I think Marian Gaborik would be nice, but I don’t want a part time player hogging this hockey club’s payroll. What to do? Thoughts?

  • Quisp

    I think Trevor Lewis did better than just “ok.” He is a very well-rounded hockey player and I was relieved to see it showed against the grown-ups. I hope he’s back by the weekend.

    As far as acquiring a “game changer,” you have to ask where such a player would fit in. Kopitar just signed a fifty-year deal. Are you going to bring in someone to do Kopitar minutes and get paid Kopitar money? That doesn’t sound like it’s in the cards. The Kings have put their confidence in Kopitar to be the game changer. And he’s not being the game changer right now. Okay, that happens. But he needs to get it together, to earn his keep.

    As do POS, Frolov, Handzus, Brown, Stoll. I’m not leaving out Purcell, Boyle, Moller, Simmonds… but the other guys are the leaders.

    However, here’s the long view, and here’s why I think the Kings have a chance to make it to the playoffs this year. The Kings defense has been solid through 37 games despite spotty goaltending. I think it’s reasonable to assume the goaltending will improve over the last 45 games. Therefore, the Kings don’t need to score that much more than they are in order to get wins. Kopitar, POS, Brown and Stoll have not been scoring like they ought to be. Are they going to stagger around like this all season? I doubt it. And Moller, Purcell, Lewis, Simmonds…Boyle…those guys are going to score more than they have in the first 37. Purcell and Lewis (and Boyle) aren’t even comfortable yet. Let’s say they get comfortable. Let’s say they play the last 40 games or so. Maybe everything craps out and Quick is Storr and we are out of the playoff hunt by February. But it’s also possible that Boyle and so can get their feet under them while we win some games, and if so, it’s possible these rookies could be hitting their strides around mid-April, right about the time we’re playing San Jose in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Jon H

    Irish Pat,

    What about trying to sign Marian Hossa next season?

  • EAT THE RICH

    Quisp,
    Do you finally understand what I’ve been saying about playing Boyle?
    Even if you still agree that his demotion will have good returns and benefit Boyle and the team; they need to tell him that this time is for real. He’s not going back to Manchester and if he doesn’t prove he can adapt, or hope to, he is jettisoned.
    I’ve yet to read the most current posts, so I don’t know any information even though it’s almost 7pm, but if Lombardi is working on a deal and is going to bring in a better prospect than Lewis, or some immediate scoring help, I totally agree with reassigning Lewis for the rest of the season.
    This is only if things are done for the long term good.
    I think Lambs, Calder, and Preissing have some value.
    Not what we’re paying them, but more than Kings fans may know.
    A real good prospect would be good return.
    Maybe someone playing in the WJC’s?