How the Empire Turned Into A House of Cards

The Kings are now 0-3-0 and haven’t looked good so far this season. A big reason for this terrible start is their world class goalie Jonathan Quick was injured in the first game of the season with a lower-body injury. Some are speculating that it is a groin injury that might require surgery which can keep him out 4-6 months.

I came across an article on Yahoo Sports done by Josh Cooper who looked into how the team is constructed and built by King Dean Lombardi. Over the last 6 years the Kings have made deep playoff runs and it was aided by Lombardi going out in the trade market and getting back the right piece to push his team over the top. But as we all know when doing that you are going to lose some top tier talent in the prospect pool. Though not many of the prospects traded have become top 50 players in the league they did give up some good goalies during this time. The past few years Lombardi has traded Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones who backed up Quick in LA and the Kings were able to stay afloat while Quick was injured. According to Josh Cooper, they had that guy in the minors but he was involved in a domestic violence incident and he is no longer with the organization (not sure what to make of this as this is the second case of domestic violence for this team).

All in all it is a great piece down by Josh Cooper I have no negative things to say about it and it does give an in-depth look into where the Kings are and the crossroads they are at.

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