At Least The Kings Are Kinda In the Playoffs...

The Kings have a number of ex-players that participated in the playoffs in some way. Here are forwards:

Brian Smolinski
Martin Straka
Eric Belanger
Tom Kostopolous
Mark Parrish
Craig Conroy
George Parros
Sean Avery
Ian Laperriere
Pavol Demitra

Hey, that's not too bad. Some of them are pretty good, but most of them are depth guys that were pretty replaceable. Overall, I wouldn't get too worked up about 'em. Now, the defense:

Darryl Sydor
Jaroslav Modry
Andreas Lilja
Brad Stuart
Sean O’Donnell
Mathieu Schneider
Philippe Boucher
Mattias Norstrom

Whoops. You could make a better defense simply out of the guys the Kings have discarded over the years than the defense we have now. Some of them were let go for fairly obvious reasons (Norstrom, Stuart), but many of them were simply discarded. Looking at this list makes me want to do something terrible.

The only goaltender in the playoffs was Cristobal Huet; however, you also have to point out that Mathieu Garon and Manny Legace are also former Kings goaltenders. It's kind of crazy to look back now and realize we let Legace go because we had Stephane Fiset and Jamie Storr.

I don't know if most NHL teams have a similar record, but looking at this list makes the whole Dave Taylor era look pretty bad. Now, the real question: which team would win?

Brown-Kopitar-O'Sullivan
Frolov-Armstrong-Cammalleri
Calder-Handzus-Giuliano
Ivanans-Ellis-Thornton

Blake-Johnson
Visnovksy-Harrold
Preissing-Dallman

Labarbera

vs.

Parrish-Conroy-Demitra
Avery-Belanger-Straka
Smolinski-Kostopolous-Laperriere
Parros

Schneider-Norstrom
Boucher-Stuart
Sydor-O'Donnell

Huet

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