This is not true - stat people were yelling about the Kings once they clinched the playoffs, saying they were an excellent team getting some bad shooting luck, and that they were among the best teams in the West, if not the best. It is funny that with hindsight that some people can say the Kings were a great team.
Not sure what you're disagreeing with, seems like we're saying similar things? Kings weren't this chemistry-filled magical powerhouse team getting consistent wins until the trade deadline, March/April, etc. right up to heading into the playoffs.
Edit: Yeah, I just reread my last comment that you replied to, it was a bit conflicting; I didn't mean to say they weren't on anyone's radar until round 1, but they weren't on the radar until March.
This Devils team, should they make the playoffs, is not the 2012 Kings unless Lamoriello goes out and acquires some skill and a little more speed up front.
We're agreeing then, because the right trade at the right time was what the Kings needed to do to galvanize their roster for a playoff run. I'm not saying Carter's the absolute highest end talent, but it was a smart trade that worked for them at the right time. I don't think we're too far off as a team from needing one or two more offensive pieces to be a good team. I've liked the way our team is playing for a while now, and we've had a ton of close games decided by a shootout or a crossbar or three.
Edited by DJ Eco, 03 January 2014 - 11:26 AM.