Just five years ago, ‘That 70s Line’ of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson stole the imagination of hockey fans in L.A. and helped the Kings to their second Stanley Cup in three years. Today, it’s more like ‘That 30s Lineup’ that’s dominating the airwaves. And in a league that’s getting younger and quicker, ‘That 30s Lineup’ has to adjust. But with eight players aged 30 or older on big-ticket deals, that won’t change right away.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Kings had the biggest gap between goals for and goals against in the league – about three-quarters of a goal per game. They simply need to score more, especially considering 33-year-old goalie Jonathan Quick had the worst season of his career. The vets still log the heaviest minutes. It’s time to give the younger players an opportun...
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Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.