Los Angeles Kings: When Will They Be Crowned?

July 13th, 2010 by John Matheos Leave a reply »
Are the Los Angeles Kings bound for the Stanley Cup?

I can remember when Wayne Gretzky was a part of the Los Angeles Kings and demanded that the management pick up a 50 goal scorer, and a solid defenseman. When Gretzky's request wasn't made, the spiral downwards had begun.

Wayne Gretzky wanted no other ties with the Los Angeles Kings and was traded to St. Louis Blues on February 27, 1996. The Kings received Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vorpat, and a first round draft choice in 1997.

None of these players resulted in any success with the Los Angeles Kings and the future of the franchise seemed extremely gloomy.

Fellow owners Phillip Anshutz and Edward P. Roski were stuck with a tough decision. The fact that they saved the team from bankruptcy was one thing. The next decision would be even tougher.

The decision that the owners had to make was to revamp the whole team. GM Sam McMaster was fired and former winger Dave Taylor was brought on board as the new general manager.

Dave Taylor announced at a press conference that it would take some time and patience before the Los Angeles area would see a successful ...

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