Top 5: Players You Forgot Were L.A. Kings

A franchise that famously flubs their playoff appearances with early exits, the Los Angeles Kings finally won the Big One in 2012, 45 years after their founding. Even though some of the top stars in NHL history have suited up for the Kings over the years, their postseason struggle forced them to shake up their roster from time to time, leading to some obscure players donning the purple crown over the years.

Number 5- Jarome Iginla

The Calgary Flames legend and soon-to-be Hockey Hall of Famer was dealt away from the Flames organization at the 2013 trade deadline. He had stints with the Penguins, Bruins, and Avalanche from 2013 to 2016 in search for the illusive Stanley Cup. At the 2017 trade deadline, Iginla was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth round pick. He played 19 games to finish out the season, but the Kings failed to make the playoffs. After the season, Iginla retired with 1,554 games under his belt, though never won the Cup.

Number 4- Dan Bylsma

Originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1989, Dan Bylsma was never signed by the team and found himself a free agent and signed by the LA Kings in 1994. He played the entire 1994-95 season with the Phoenix Roadrunners, where he took the role of captain. Bylsma also spent most of the following season in the IHL as well, though did make his NHL debut for the Kings and played in four games before he was sent back down. At long last, in 1996-97 Bylsma finally made the Kings roster on a full time basis. He played 144 games over the following two seasons before again finding himself as a fringe-NHLer back in the IHL. In the summer of 2000, Bylsma signed as a free agent with the Mighty Ducks, ending his Kings tenure after five seasons and 220 games.

Number 3- Jeff Halpern

Best known for his tenure with the Washington Capitals through the early 2000’s, Jeff Halpern found himself with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season. At the 2010 trade deadline he was dealt from Tampa to LA in exchange for Teddy Purcell and a third round draft pick in the 2010 draft. Halpern dressed for 16 regular season games and six playoff games, registering just two assists in that stretch. With his lackluster performance, the Kings opted to not re-sign Halpern. He instead signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

Number 2- Paul Coffey

Best known as part of the Oilers dynasty in the 1980’s Paul Coffey’s career spanned twenty years with nine different teams. After winning a fourth Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991, he was dealt the following season to the LA Kings on February 19, 1992 for Brian Benning and Jeff Chychrun. He reunited with Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri. Coffey only played in 10 games the remainder of the regular season, scoring five points. He started the 1992-93 season with the Kings as well, though was traded just short of a full calendar year later on January 19, 1993 to the Detroit Red Wings as part of a six man deal highlighted by Jimmy Carson and Coffey. he wrapped up his short stint with the Kings recording nine goals and 62 points in 60 games.

Number 1- Grant Fuhr

Another member of the Oliers dynasty, goaltender Grant Fuhr was dealt away from Edmonton on the eve of the 1991-92 season. After bouncing between the Leafs and Sabres organizations from 1991 to 1995, Fuhr was once again traded, this time to the LA Kings in February 14, 1995 in a six player deal. Fuhr helped settle a four-man goalie carousel in LA, as he took the backup role and Kelly Hrudey took the starting gig. Fuhr dressed for 14 games recording a 4.04 goals against average and .876 save percentage in 14 games. Many considered Fuhr past his prime and he was not re-signed by the Kings in the offseason. Fuhr, however, did find a bit of a career resurgence the following season in St. Louis, where he would spend the next four seasons.

Honorable mentions-

George Parros

One of the last enforcers in the NHL started off his fight-filled career with the Los Angeles Kings when he was drafted 222 overall in 1999. After three seasons in the AHL, Parros was finally recalled by the Kings for the 2005-06 season. He played in 55 games, scoring five points and racked up an impressive 138 penalty minutes. At the start of the 2006-07 season, Parros was placed on waivers and claimed by the Colorado Avalanche, thus ending his career with the Kings just 55 games into his pro career.

Randy Robitaille

Of no relation to LA Kings legend Luc Robitaille, Randy is best known as a journeyman forward who dressed for nine different teams in his 11-year career. He signed with the Kings as a free agent in the summer of 2001. Robitaille played in 18 games in LA scoring four goals and seven points, but on January 4, 2002 he was claimed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

 

By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)

photo credit: lakingsinsider.com

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