All the LA Kings fans seem to be going crazy over the idea that Ilya Kovalchuk looks like he probably won’t be in a Kings jersey next season. I’d like to remind the Kings fans that this would not be the end of the world.
Last season, Kovalchuk wasn’t a part of the Kings organization. The Kings finished 6th in the West and made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. They won a couple of playoff games against the Canucks and looked respectable during the regular season and post season. They did all of this with the team that is still mostly together (with a few unknowns still).
Kovalchuk is better in points per game than Kopitar (the Kings’ leading scorer), but Kopi was just out of the top 25. The Kings were in the top third of the league in scoring. Their main problem was really their goaltender. Jonathan Quick, the Kings’ number one goaltender, was only tied for 26th in the league for save percentage.
If one of the goalies in the Kings’ system, whether it’s the one the Kings fans most seem to want to see play (Bernier) or not, the Kings could be a very powerful team next season – with or without Kovalchuk. I know Kings fans had some very rough years recently, but Dean Lombardi has been doing a good job with your team, so I have this to say:
Kings fans… RELAX