COHEN’S KINGS CATASTROPHES – CHAPTER 1
Ever since the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, many new fans of the team have felt like the LA Kings and their management could do no wrong. But not so fast, my newfound friends. Your pal Jesse Cohen is here to remind you that there was quite an impressive history of ineptitude that occured long before most of you even knew of a thing called Bailey. But I’m not here to pick on the bandwagoners. Let’s be honest… most LA Kings fans in general don’t know their Syl Apps from a Peter Ahola in the ground.
So consider this an education, LA Kings Fans. Now when you see us old farts complaining on Twitter or Facebook about “typical Kings blunders” you’ll have some idea of where all the pain is coming from. It’s something we here at The Royal Half like to call…
CHAPTER ONE : The Wrong Legend
In 1967 the NHL expanded from 6 teams to 12 teams. The 6 new teams were allowed to draft unprotected players from the rosters of the “Original 6” teams. The first two rounds were designated for Goalies.
WHAT THE KINGS DID
WHY IT LOOKED LIKE A GOOD MOVE
WHY IT WAS A TERRIBLE MOVE
WHAT THE KINGS SHOULD HAVE DONE
The only thing keeping this from being completely obvious in hindsight is that Bernie Parent was traded away from the Flyers in 1971. One could argue that any of his accomplishments with the Flyers after 1973 shouldn’t be considered in this comparison. Even if one were to limit the comparison of Parent’s accomplishments to his first 4 seasons with the Flyers they would still consist of 3 more seasons than Sawchuk played for the Kings. Parent wasn’t the only option either. Cesare Maniago played 420 games with the North Stars and Glen Hall played 140 games with the St. Louis Blues including 3 trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. Even Wayne Rutledge who the Kings took in the second round had a more impressive career as a Los Angeles King than Terry Sawchuk.
IronSight Design’s Sawchuk/Parent Infographic!
HOW IT WOULD LOOK TODAY
HOW IT LOOKS IN HINDSIGHT
“Um… I don’t have any “feelings”, really… He was LA’s inaugural G, and he was lousy late in the 1968 series vs MIN, esp. in Game 7?”
Greenblatt: To explain how “our generation” feels about Bernie Parent is not doing justice to the greatness that was Bernie Parent. I’ve seen Parent play once, at the 2011 Winter Classic alumni game. From what I’ve been told, he is the best goaltender in Flyers history (I honestly agree) and that only God saves more than Bernie.
Cooper: Bernie, of course, led the Flyers to Cups in 1974 and 1975 (after a brief stint in Toronto and a year in the nascent WHA) and along with Bob Clarke has remained the Flyers’ all time most popular player even though he has not played in a game since his career was ended by an eye injury 34 years ago in 1979. While virtually no current Flyer fan under 40 ever saw him play, he got a standing ovation from a crowd of over 45,000 when he stepped between the pipes for five minutes at Citizens Bank Park on December 31, 2011 for the Winter Classic Alumni Game against the Rangers. The phrase “Only God save more than Bernie Parent” remains on the lips of every Flyers fan today and he is still the most popular and recognizable pro athlete in Philadelphia.
Bernie is still the standard against which all Flyers’ goaltenders are measured. He took them to their only two titles and perhaps could have won more were it not for his eye injury. Only Ron Hextall and Pelle Lindbergh even approach his work for the Flyers and not to be overlooked: the role his mentor in Toronto and Philly -Jacques Plante – played in his success.
WHO’S TO BLAME
ROYAL REPUGNANCE RATING
(on a scale of 0 to 99, 99 being the worst)