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Dionne excited for Kings, less excited about the “boring hockey”

May 28, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

Marcel Dionne

Marcel Dionne is the greatest NHL player that never made it past the second round of the playoffs. He retired in 1989 with 1,771 points, currently behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe and Ron Francis. Eight times he scored 100-plus points in a season.

Yet Dionne also retired with just 49 postseason games on his résumé.

The Calgary Herald caught up with the Los Angeles Kings legend to get his thoughts on his former team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals.

“If L.A. wins,” said Dionne, “and the timing is good because the Lakers are out and so are the Clippers, it’s gonna be the biggest show in town. Bigger than Gretzky. You watch.

“Hey, it’s kinda nice you win for a change. Losing is no fun. I know. That’s how I felt all those years.”

He wasn’t entirely enthusiastic though. Dionne thinks the modern game’s entertainment value leaves a lot to be desired.

“The style we’re watching? It is boring hockey,” he said. “Really boring. Out-muscling, out-bumping. The game’s almost all played along the boards. In my day, as soon as I got the puck, I faced the play. Now, you watch (Anze) Kopitar, the way he protects the puck. He puts his back towards the defenseman, the defenseman can’t do anything. He goes to the left. Then he comes back to the right.

“In the meantime, nothing happens.

“Very seldom do you see a forward beat a defenseman 1-on-1. Doesn’t happen. And the way Wayne (Gretzky) used to curl and trap guys? Very, very few players do this now. There’s just no room out there.”

  1. bazoomy6815 - May 28, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    So…when Dionne retired in 1989…he was behind only Gretzky and Howe. Messier and Francis passed him later.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    He was an awesome player and played in a great era, simply put a legend !

    • bcjim - May 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Agreed. And he is spot on with his comments. These days, skill means little. The team that blocks the most shots, causes the most obstruction and digs the puck out of the corner best wins. WooHoo!


      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 28, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        Then add a goaltender that handles the puck !

  3. 67nova - May 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I’d love to see the purple and gold jerseys used for a game in the finals.

  4. sampulls - May 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I am a Canadian male who grew up playing hockey at a high level.

    So it is heresy for me to say hockey is getting boring. But the sad truth is that it is. Skilled players are unable to flourish in today’s league.

    Journalists can say all the want about fabulous 0-0 regulation tie games. But the only people they are convincing are themselves.

    Rules changes are needed. Simple things like expanding the nets 1inch on each side would increase the amount of goals drastically.

  5. tonyromoisterrible - May 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    The game has evolved.

  6. blomfeld - May 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    I’ve been a King’s fan since 1973 … Dionne captained some of the “worst” King’s teams ever during his tenure in Los Angeles … I don’t like the man and he is one who I choose to forget …

    • rrussell1967 - May 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Some of the “worst” Kings teams ever? Those were some of the best Kings teams ever. What is it that you don’t like?

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