The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League announced on Sunday that they were covering a banner that recognized Taylor Swift’s streak of 16 consecutive sellouts at Staples Center. The Kings organization has been concerned that there has been some sort of curse because since the banner was raised on Aug. 21, 2015, the Kings have not won a Stanley Cup playoff series.
The Kings decision here seems to be too superstitious. The bottom line is the Kings have made some very questionable decisions in locking up players to long term contracts in recent years that have prevented them in improving their team with younger, skilled talent.
These questionable contracts include signing Ilya Kovalchuk to a three year deal worth $18.75 million in 2018, Dustin Brown, who has three more years left on his contract, which will see him earn $5.875 million each year, and goaltender Jonathan Quick, who is set to earn $5.8 million in each of the next four seasons. It is fair to say that Kovalchuk, Brown and Quick are past their prime and at the present time are not playing at the same level as they once did.
The most glaring problem for the Kings right now has been the performance of Quick. He has clearly been outplayed by backup goaltender Jack Campbell. In three games, all losses, Quick has a goals against average of 6.43 and save percentage of .793. He was very poor earlier in the season in a 6-5 loss to the Edmonton Oilers and an 8-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.