Sometimes it’s ok to find a cheap fix.
With Los Angeles Kings forwards Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar being the only reliable scoring presence on the ice, of recent, it looks like the Kings need to make some minor tweaks to the lineup. This morning, the Carolina Hurricanes have placed right wing Anthony Stewart on waivers. The acquisition could be a tune up in the stiff performing mechanism that are the LA Kings.
Anthony Stewart signed as a free agent last summer with the Carolina Hurricanes after a decent performance with yester-years figment of your imagination team, the Atlanta Thrashers. Only one year with the Thrashers as a free agent, Stewart recorded 39 points (14 G-25 A) in 80 games played. Stewart currently has a 2-year contract with Carolina at a cap hit of $900,000 per season. At the end of 2012-13 NHL season, he will be an unrestricted free agent.
Why should the Los Angeles Kings claim Anthony Stewart? Kings fans hoped that this would be a productive season for current Center Andrei Loktionov. Loktionov has only 4 assists for 4 points in 31 games. Undoubtedly, Lokti has the skill but what the Kings need right now is for him to regroup in AHL affiliate, Manchester Monarchs while a guy with 7 years NHL experience and a slight scoring touch to come in and give the 3rd or 4th lines an improved chance to get on the scoreboard.
The Kings have an overabundance of centers and a lack of speed in the top 6. The acquisition of Anthony Stewart, by no means, is the key to unlocking the Kings’ scoring. Rather, Stewart brings experience and grit to a team in the Sutter Era that seems to lack compete in the full 60 minutes. I understand the toll back-to-back games take on athletes but the Kings know their schedule and that is what they prepare for year-round. There really is no excuse. The schedule doesn’t get any easier.
It’s worth a shot.