Trade Deficit

It’s something that us Los Angeles Kings fans love to joke about. Trade us your superstar… your consistent goal scorer… your playmaking center… and within a few games he’ll have completely forgotten how to play the game of hockey or at least he’ll get injured in the process. Of course in the LA Kings Blogosphere, all the rage right now is to bash on 2011 Trade Deadline Acquisition, Dustin Penner, for his inability to produce goals and points as a Los Angeles King. Penner was brought in to be the 1st Line Left Winger and I mean… I know it’s been bad… but just how bad has Dustin Penner been as a King? Let’s take a look at his 4 years as an Edmonton Oiler.

DUSTIN PENNER – OILERS
GP 304 / GOALS 93 / ASSISTS 93 / POINTS 186 / POINTS PER GAME .61

And now… his stats once he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

DUSTIN PENNER – KINGS
GP 47 / GOALS 5 / ASSISTS 12 / POINTS 17 / POINTS PER GAME .36

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .25

In the span of almost 12 months, Dustin Penner has gone from a .61 points per game player… to a .36 points per game player. And that got me thinking… it couldn’t just be Former Coach Terry Murray or Current Coach Darryl Sutter’s offensive system that is causing this, can it? As a 20+ year Los Angeles Kings fan, I feel that since the Wayne Gretzky trade… every time this team has traded for a player that is supposed to come to Los Angeles and contribute offensively… it has only ended horribly. So, I decided to investigate.

Click Here to See the Results of The Royal Half’s Trade Deficit Research!!!

I set a couple ground rules for myself… only players traded to the Kings after Wayne Gretzky… since a lot of people think that the Gretzky trade has brought a curse upon the Kings. And only players that were specifically brought in to provide offense via a trade. No 4th line grinders like Kelly Buchberger, no face-off specialists like Jeff Halpern. Just bona fide NHL scorers who this franchise gave up assets for in order to bring offense to the team. The comparison would be based up the Points Per Game that the player was averaging for the team he was playing for before the trade with the Points Per Game he earned once becoming a LA King. So I don’t care if Kevin Stevens had his glory years with the Penguins… when he was traded to the Kings he came from the Bruins.

See, I told you Kevin Stevens was on the Bruins.

And we start in 1990 with the trade of Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato to the Kings for fan favorite, Bernie Nicholls

“Hej.”

TOMAS SANDSTROM – RANGERS
GP 407 / GOALS 173 / ASSISTS 207 / POINTS 380 / POINTS PER GAME .93

TOMAS SANDSTROM – KINGS
GP 235 / GOALS 117 / ASSISTS 137 / POINTS 254 / POINTS PER GAME 1.08

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
+ .15

Well, look at that! Sandstrom’s points per games went up .15 after his trade to the Kings! I’m sure playing on Gretzky’s right side had nothing to do with that. As for Tony Granato…

“Yo.”

TONY GRANATO – RANGERS
GP 115 / GOALS 43 / ASSISTS 45 / POINTS 88 / POINTS PER GAME .77

TONY GRANATO – KINGS
GP 348 / GOALS 148 / ASSISTS 157 / POINTS 305 / POINTS PER GAME .88

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
+ .11

What’s the big deal? The LA Kings make a trade for Tomas Sandstrom and Tony Granato in order to bring more offense to play around Wayne Gretzky and both those players increase their Points Per Game as a member of the Kings from their prior team. So what are all you stupid fans bitching about when it comes to LA Kings trades?!?

May 30, 1991
Kings acquire Jeff Chychrun and Jari Kurri from Philadelphia (!) for Steve Duchesne, Steve Kasper and a 4th round choice in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

JARI KURRI – OILERS
GP 754 / GOALS 474 / ASSISTS 569 / POINTS 1043 / POINTS PER GAME 1.38

JARI KURRI – KINGS
GP 331 / GOALS 108 / ASSISTS 185 / POINTS 293 / POINTS PER GAME .89

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .49

Feb. 19, 1992
 Kings acquire Paul Coffey from Pittsburgh for Brian Benning, Jeff Chychrun and a first-round choice in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

PAUL COFFEY – PENGUINS
GP 331 / GOALS 108 / ASSISTS 332 / POINTS 440 / POINTS PER GAME 1.33

PAUL COFFEY – KINGS
GP 60 / GOALS 9 / ASSISTS 53 / POINTS 62 / POINTS PER GAME 1.03

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .30

July 29, 1994
Kings acquire Rick Tocchet and a second-round choice in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft (Pavel Rosa) from Pittsburgh for Luc Robitaille.

RICK TOCCHET – PENGUINS
GP 150 / GOALS 76 / ASSISTS 103 / POINTS 179 / POINTS PER GAME 1.19

RICK TOCCHET – KINGS
GP 80 / GOALS 31 / ASSISTS 40 / POINTS 71 / POINTS PER GAME .89

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .30

July 8, 1995
Kings acquire Byron Dafoe and Dimitri Khristich from Washington for a first-round choice in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth-round choice in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

DIMITRI KHRISTICH – CAPITALS
GP 315 / GOALS 121 / ASSISTS 129 / POINTS 250 / POINTS PER GAME .79

DIMITRI KHRISTICH - KINGS
GP 151 / GOALS 46 / ASSISTS 74 / POINTS 120 / POINTS PER GAME .79

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
.00

Jan. 25, 1996
Kings acquire Kevin Stevens from Boston for Rick Tocchet.

KEVIN STEVENS – BRUINS
GP 41 / GOALS 10 / ASSISTS 13 / POINTS 23 / POINTS PER GAME .56

KEVIN STEVENS – KINGS
GP 89 / GOALS 17 / ASSISTS 30 / POINTS 47 / POINTS PER GAME .52

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .04

Dec. 18, 1998
Kings acquire Donald Audette from Buffalo for a second-round choice in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

DONALD AUDETTE – SABRES
GP 421 / GOALS 166 / ASSISTS 131 / POINTS 297 / POINTS PER GAME .71

DONALD AUDETTE – KINGS
GP 98 / GOALS 30 / ASSISTS 38 / POINTS 68 / POINTS PER GAME .69

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .02

June 20, 1999
Kings acquire Ziggy Palffy, Marcel Cousineau, Bryan Smolinski and a fourth-round choice in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (Daniel Johansson) 
from the New York Islanders for Mathieu Biron, Josh Green, Olli Jokinen and a first-round choice in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

ZIGGY PALFFY – ISLANDERS
GP 331 / GOALS 168 / ASSISTS 163 / POINTS 331 / POINTS PER GAME 1.0

ZIGGY PALFFY - KINGS
GP 311 / GOALS 150 / ASSISTS 190 / POINTS 340 / POINTS PER GAME 1.09

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
+ .09

Feb. 21, 2001
Kings acquire Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin), a first-round choice in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (David Steckel)
and a first-round choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Brian Boyle) from Colorado for Rob Blake and Steven Reinprecht.

ADAM DEADMARSH – AVALANCHE
GP 405 / GOALS 129 / ASSISTS 142 / POINTS 271 / POINTS PER GAME .67

ADAM DEADMARSH – KINGS
GP 114 / GOALS 46 / ASSISTS 39 / POINTS 85 / POINTS PER GAME .75

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
+ .08

Oct. 24, 2001
Kings acquire Jason Allison and Mikko Eloranta from Boston for Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel.

JASON ALLISON – BRUINS
GP 228 / GOALS 105 / ASSISTS 189 / POINTS 294 / POINTS PER GAME 1.29

JASON ALLISON – KINGS
GP 99 / GOALS 15 / ASSISTS 77 / POINTS 92 / POINTS PER GAME .93

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .36

March 16, 2002
Kings acquire Cliff Ronning from Nashville for Jere Karalahti and a conditional choice in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

CLIFF RONNING – PREDATORS
GP 301 / GOALS 81 / ASSISTS 105 / POINTS 186 / POINTS PER GAME .62

CLIFF RONNING – KINGS
GP 14 / GOALS 1 / ASSISTS 4 / POINTS 5 / POINTS PER GAME .36

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .26

Nov. 30, 2003
Kings acquire Martin Straka from Pittsburgh for Sergei Anshakov and Martin Strbak.

MARTIN STRAKA- PENGUINS
GP 403 / GOALS 128 / ASSISTS 198 / POINTS 326 / POINTS PER GAME .81

MARTIN STRAKA – KINGS
GP 32 / GOALS 6 / ASSISTS 8 / POINTS 14 / POINTS PER GAME .44

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .37

March 8, 2004
Kings acquire Anson Carter from Washington for Jared Aulin.

ANSON CARTER- CAPITALS
GP 19 / GOALS 5 / ASSISTS 5 / POINTS 10 / POINTS PER GAME .52

ANSON CARTER – KINGS
GP 15 / GOALS 0 / ASSISTS 1 / POINTS 1 / POINTS PER GAME .07

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .45

Aug. 4, 2005
Kings acquire Jeremy Roenick and a third-round choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft (Bud Holloway) from Philadelphia for future considerations.

JEREMY ROENICK – FLYERS
GP 216 / GOALS 67 / ASSISTS 106 / POINTS 173 / POINTS PER GAME .81

JEREMY ROENICK – KINGS
GP 58 / GOALS 9 / ASSISTS 13 / POINTS 22 / POINTS PER GAME .38

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .43

March 8, 2006
Kings acquire Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel from the New York Islanders for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini.

MARK PARRISH – ISLANDERS
GP 345 / GOALS 118 / ASSISTS 96 / POINTS 214 / POINTS PER GAME .62

MARK PARRISH – KINGS
GP 19 / GOALS 5 / ASSISTS 3 / POINTS 8 / POINTS PER GAME .42

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .20

March 4, 2009
Kings acquire right wing Justin Williams from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Patrick O’Sullivan and a second round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
as part of a three-team trade involving Carolina and Edmonton.

JUSTIN WILLIAMS – HURRICANES
GP 265 / GOALS 81 / ASSISTS 120 / POINTS 201 / POINTS PER GAME .76

JUSTIN WILLIAMS – KINGS
GP 184 / GOALS 42 / ASSISTS 82 / POINTS 124 / POINTS PER GAME .67

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .09

June 23, 2011
Kings acquire center Mike Richards from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

MIKE RICHARDS – FLYERS
GP 453 / GOALS 133 / ASSISTS 216 / POINTS 349 / POINTS PER GAME .77

JUSTIN WILLIAMS – KINGS
GP 42 / GOALS 14 / ASSISTS 12 / POINTS 26 / POINTS PER GAME .62

POINTS PER GAME DIFFERENTIAL
- .15

So let me get this straight… out of the 16 trades that I’ve identified as “big moves” to bring in offense to the Los Angeles Kings since the Bernie Nicholls trade… only 2 players showed an increase in Points Per Game from their prior team? And those two players, Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh, struggled with injuries during their time with the Kings? Man… maybe this franchise is cursed after all.

You fucking asshole.

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.
  • Joel Tell

    You might have a mistake on your calculation for Mike Richards, you listed Justin Williams and his stats again under Mike Richards. Other than that I might have to agree with you. SMH