Readers Say, When It Comes to Bad Trades, This Team Is the King

Has anyone noticed that Grant Fuhr is nearly as close to the combined ages of Alexei Zhitnik and Robb (Blue-line) Stauber as he is to the individual age of either of the young toughs? If the L.A. "Oilers" don't win the Cup this year, we'll soon find ourselves with a geriatric team that couldn't outskate a Zamboni.

JIM MALLON

Goleta

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Within the next two years, Grant Fuhr will hang up his skates for the last time and the Kings will still not be a contender. But Zhitnik will be entering his prime, leading the (Buffalo) Sabres to the Cup.

MICHAEL D. NOWATNICK JR.

San Diego

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I am used to the usual trade-everything and get-nothing style of the Kings but this one ranks as one of the all-timers. I guess on his way out, Bruce McNall sat everyone down and told them how it is done. What's next? Rob Blake for Gordie Howe?

KEVIN FEST

Monrovia

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Trade, trade, trade. Do the Kings ever think about the future?

JEFF BRAGER

Los Angeles

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Why stop with Zhitnik when we could trade away our entire present and future for fading superstars and unproven prospects?

KATHLEEN SUPPLE

Playa del Rey

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Despite 26 years of losing, frustration and agony as a Kings fan, I have always thought there would be better days ahead. I should know better by now.

BRUCE SALTZER

La Crescenta

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It is not possible to assemble a short-term winning franchise. Those organizations that appear to have done so have merely added onto an already strong and well-rounded team. The Kings hardly fit that bill. This recent trade proves they are a team misled and in need of better management.

DAVID C. ANDRUS

South Pasadena

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