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The 2008-2009 Los Angeles Kings Written by Anthony Wyng - November 30th, -0001

Squid in LA

 In one of the busiest off seasons for the Kings and GM Anthony Wyng, a playoff projection has finally been born!

The 2007-2008 was one heck of a disappointing season for the Los Angeles Kings and GM Anthony Wyng.  From trading valuable assets and acquiring high priced UFA's and other players that did not return, it was a season to forget.

"We tried everything in our power to build a playoff team. It just didn't work!" said GM Anthony Wyng during an interview with the LA Times.

"All I wanted was to make sure LA had a place in the playoffs.  We tried everything under the sun, from trades, to signings, to bringing up rookies - you name it, we did it and it just didn't work!" he added.

Was it the chemistry, was it the lack of experience, was it the....awww hell, it was just a team that didn't have the tools to be a dynasty and make a playoff run.

"Two years ago when I took over the duties of GM, I had one vision. To build a dynasty, be competative, make the playoffs year in and year out and eventually win the CMHL Cup.  My vision has not changed, and I think I've shown that this off season thus far." 

GM Anthony Wyng is known to be a very blunt, and up front person, especially when it comes to his Kings.  He is in full control, and well, as we've seen, there are quite a bit of new faces coming into this organization, and a lot of old faces gone.

"Sure, we lost JP (Dumont), and Marty (Biron), and a few other names, but the pieces that we've put together for this season, I feel we have the strongest team since the start of the CMHL here in L.A.!"

With that being said. Let's take a look at what GM Wyng has done since his Kings finished amongst the worst in the CMHL this season.

First, he opted to let Free Agent's Martin Biron, Bryce Salvador and JP Dumont walk.  He elected to keep puck moving blue-liner Anders Eriksson over the rest of the bunch.  A smart move to keep the power play alive and keep a fresh presence on the blue line.  A character player that can play at both ends of the ice with the best of them.

Last season, Jose Theodore was acquired, as well as Dan Ellis in moves that absolutely solidified the goaltending tandem as both will be fighting for the #1 spot, and most likely splitting time between the pipes for LA.

Prospect Kevin Marshall was acquired for draft picks to add depth to the orgainization. Other prospects of note: Kings sign Miika Wiikman and Anti Niemi - two young stud goaltenders to help Rimisku gain a title in the IICHF.

GM Wyng acquired Michael Ryder, Radim Vrbata and Scott Hartnell in moves that shored up the wing positions for this season in seperate deals.

"We are going to attempt a new style this season.  Three lines of offensive scoring ability with one pure shut down line.  I feel, with this type of attack, we can run and gun and out run the opponents night in and night out.  The West has a new team to fear this up coming season!" GM Wyng boasted during the interview.

Disgruntled winger Kristian Huselius and rising superstar blue liner Ryan Whitney were sent packing to Calgary for Mike Cammalleri and Bryan Allen. 

"That was a move that had to be done.  Squid (Cammalleri) can play any position on the forward units, and will bring a solid presence.  Bryan (Allen), well what can be said about him, he's just a stud on the blue line.  It completes our mission to add the pieces to the puzzle to create a playoff team." said GM Anthony Wyng on the move.

But GM Anthony Wyng was not done yet. In one final move to complete his roster, he sent veteran d-man Danny Markov, with prospects Ryan Potulny, Corey Locke and and Andrew Kozek to New Jersey for Scott Walker and 21 year old prospect Marek Zagrapan.

"With the new system being implimented this season. Two UFA loyalties, how could I not go out and grab Scott (Walker) when the trade just totally made sense!"

And yes, it did make sense as your set up for this seasons in the top 9 now has the likes of Mike Richards, Michael Cammalleri, Patrice Bergeron, Martin Erat, Scott Hartnell, Radim Vrbata, Scott Walker, Chris Clark, and

Marty Murray was acquired to Center the shut down line.  GM Wyng made attempts to sign Kris Draper as a UFA, but Kris signed elsewhere.

Craig Rivet, Greg deVries, Glen Metropolit, Denis Hamel were also brought in via UFA to fill out the pack.

So, your 2008-2009 Los Angeles Kings have some money in the bank, and the checkbook to write what they must.  They've solidified every position, have come up with a new theory and chemistry, and look to take down the West team by team in the quest for the CMHL Cup.  Can this Kings squad bring a cup to LA?  Only time will tell, but this reporter thinks it's a lot closer then the rest of you think.

Signing off...

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