The LA Kings sent out an exclusive letter from President Luc Robitaille on Monday night to Season Ticket Members and club partners during a time in which the team’s roster appears as though it will continue to evolve. It does not explicitly lay out plans for total roster reconstruction, though make no mistake – the “difficult but necessary step” in trading Jake Muzzin is one of several moves the team will consider and potentially execute in advance of the trade deadline and beyond to become younger, more skilled, faster and with a wider array of picks, prospects and assets.
This is a very difficult chapter that transitions out of an era in which players like Muzzin helped the team accomplish what had never been accomplished before in Long Beach, Inglewood, or until 2012, in downtown Los Angeles. Some of those players may be exchanged to amass and develop younger players who better fit the recipe to succeed “in today’s NHL,” as the letter lays out.
The Kings are not going to go out of their way to tip their hand publicly towards hypothetical moves as they don’t believe it would help their stance as a team that enters the trading deadline as a seller. “I think we’re looking at a lot of different options, and that will play out as we go forward, but again, a lot of these moves will be made for the future of this organization,” Rob Blake said during Monday’s conference call, one of many references that laid clear the team is building towards the “future.”
From Luc Robitaille, to LA Kings Season Ticket Members:
We entered this season with high expectations, however our results have been absolutely unacceptable.
Today we began a difficult but necessary step for our franchise. As we move forward, we will continue to relentlessly pursue and develop talent to become a team that is capable of winning in today’s NHL.
We are deeply grateful to all of the players and coaches that have helped us achieve our goals to date. We will never forget, or minimize, their tremendous contributions during what has been the most successful era in LA Kings history.
Moving forward, we will diligently and tirelessly work to execute our vision. Our goal is to deliver a performance worthy of your amazing support and loyalty — and most of all, bring the Stanley Cup back to Los Angeles.
–Lead photo via Juan Ocampo/NHLI