IT'S A LUCKY DAY FOR THE KINGS TEAM REACHES INTO ITS RECENT PAST IN BRINGING BACK ROBITAILLE.Byline: Matt McHale Staff Writer
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Robitaille, who signed a one-year contract with the Kings on Thursday, was a member of the 2002 Stanley Cup Stanley Cup: see hockey, ice.
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But it was with the Kings that he scored 520 of his 631 career goals, the most by a left-winger in NHL NHL Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, see there history. He played 12 of his 17 seasons here and became arguably the most popular player in franchise history.
``My family and I are very excited to be returning to the Kings,'' Robitaille said from his offseason home in Park City, Utah Park City is a city located in Summit County, Utah, United States. It is one of two major resort towns in Utah, the other being Moab. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back and a part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. . ``The Kings is where it all started for me, and the fans have always treated me and my family so well. I look forward to playing for them once again.''
Robitaille, 37, was hoping to get the deal done this month but contract talks stalled over performance bonuses. He finally agreed to a $1.1 million guarantee with incentives based on team and individual success.
If Robitaille scores 30 goals and the Kings win the Stanley Cup, he will make more than $2 million. He also will receive $1 million this season from a buyout with Detroit, which did not exercise its $4 million option for 2003-04.
This marks his third tour with the Kings, first appearing 1986-94. After three seasons with Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). , he returned to the Kings in 1997 and played until 2001.
``He has had great success in a Kings uniform and has proven to be one of the great scorers in league history,'' Kings general manager Dave Taylor said. ``His experience and leadership abilities will be a great influence on our younger players as well.''
With Robitaille now under contract, questions remain whether he can regain the form that made him one of the league's elite goal scorers.
He scored just 11 goals last season, a dramatic decline from 30 goals in 2001-02 when the Red Wings red wings
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As an unrestricted free agent, Robitaille turned down a one-year, $2.5 million offer from the Kings that summer for a two-year guaranteed contract with Detroit that could have paid him $12 million over three seasons if the Red Wings picked up the option.
The other issue facing the Kings is where Robitaille will play on the team's top two lines.
He could wind up with the top unit of Adam Deadmarsh Adam Deadmarsh (born May 10, 1975 in Trail, British Columbia) is a former National Hockey League hockey player who played for the 1996 Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup winning team. and Jason Allison. Deadmarsh plays the left side but has experience at right wing.
Ziggy Palffy, the club's top scorer last season, is expected to be paired with center Jozef Stumpel, who returned to the club in June after 1 1/2 seasons in Boston. Alexander Frolov, who is expected to benefit from Robitaille's tutoring, will play left wing.
Kings coach Andy Murray has other options. Vancouver right winger Trent Klatt was signed as an unrestricted free agent this month, and Mike Cammalleri and Jared Aulin, second-year players who saw limited playing time last season due to injuries, also are in the mix.
``Any time you can add a good player to your lineup you do it,'' said Murray, whose club missed the playoffs last year for the first time in his four seasons. ``We didn't have enough good players last season.''
Luc Robitaille, coming off a career-low 31-point season (11 goals, 20 assists) with Detroit, will be doing his third tour of duty with the Kings next season. Here are his vital stats over his 17-year career:
Goals: 631 (No. 10 all-time; most ever by left wing)
Most goals: 63 (Kings, '92-'93)
Most assists: 63 (Kings, '91-'92)
Most points: 125 ('92-'93)
--Won Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year may refer to:
--NHL First Team All-Star: '88, '89, '90, '91, '93
--NHL Second Team All-Star: '87, '92, '01
(color) ``My family and I are very excited to be returning to the Kings. The Kings is where it all started for me, and the fans have always treated me and my family so well. I look forward to playing for them once again.''
- Luc Robitaille
on returning to the Kings
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