Rowing into LA?
Suddenly, hockey is getting kind of interesting with a flurry of free agent signings. LAist is pleased with the Kings' signing of Pavol Demitra, who has been one of the more underrated scoring forwards in the NHL over the years. But all the talk swirling around the Kings right now is centered on Philadelphia Flyers star Jeremy Roenick. The Kings are reportedly working on a trade for the loud-mouthed center. While Roenick isn't quite what he used to be, he'd be the team's highest profile player since Wayne Gretzky.
We really don't know how older players like Roenick are going to come back after a year off from the lockout, but the nine-time all-star has only one year left on his contract, and if he's going make Angelenos more interested in hockey, then why not bring him in? Let's hope Dave Taylor can make it happen.
What was rumor yesterday, is reality today. The Kings have traded for Roenick, and also picked up a third round pick from the Flyers. All they had to give up was "future considerations." This sounds like a great deal for the Kings. They gave up nothing to get a great player, who may or may not have some fuel left in the tank, but they're on the hook for only one year's salary to find out. Props to Dave Taylor and Tim Leiweke for making it happen.