By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on July 12, 2014
When NBA superstar LeBron James bolted the tropical paradise of South Beach for Cleveland he became the latest player to have a second stint with a team. The Los Angeles Kings have seen many players leave Southern California and come back for a second and in some cases third stint with the team. In true Hollywood fashion the original was better than the sequel almost every, single time.
The rugged defenseman was a mainstay on the Kings’ blue line for much of the 1990s before bolting town and eventually winning a Stanley Cup down the road with the Anaheim Ducks. O’Donnell rejoined the Kings in 2008 and helped mentor Drew Doughty as well. He would help the team to its first playoff appearance in nearly a decade.
The Czech defenseman was a solid force on the Kings’ blue line in the early 2000s before taking his talents to the Atlanta Thrashers (Remember them?) in 2005. Modry returned to the Kings in 2007 and was apart of two seasons back in which L.A. was in the middle of a massive rebuild.
Carson scored nearly 100 NHL before turning 20 and looked to be the franchise player of the Kings entering the 1988 season. That summer he was traded to Edmonton (for some guy named Wayne Gretzky) before ending up with his hometown Detroit Red Wings. Carson rejoined Kings in 1993 and helped the team to the Stanley Cup Final that year. His offense was never the same after scoring so many goals early on retired with less than 300 in the NHL.
Blake anchored the Kings’ blue line in the 1990s, winning the 1998 Norris Trophy as league’s top defenseman. At a contract impasse, Blake would be traded to Colorado in 2001 and help the Avs win their second Stanley Cup. Blake returned to L.A. as a free agent and played two seasons on some atrocious teams before leaving for San Jose in 2008.
After establishing himself as a star in his first seven seasons, “Lucky Luc” went to Pittsburgh and then the Rangers before coming back to L.A in 1996. He would again leave and join the Detroit Red Wings, helping them win the 2002 Stanley Cup. He spent his last two years in L.A. and eventually retired as the NHL’s highest scoring left wing ever.
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