Protec Verified Member Posted April 23 Share Posted April 23 Minnesota hated Kevin’s arrival after Fenton traded Granny the night his Wife was having a baby. Fiala rolled in on a superfast-stickhandle streak with many, many rushes dying in a giveaway. As time went on and to Kevin’s credit, he improved on his aptitude for individual hockey. The ridiculous-lockdowns year saw #22 begin to really show his talents and become a Minnesota favorite, eventually scoring over 80 points in a season. Then after last season’s playoffs we saw Fiala traded to LA. The reactions were polarizing. Fiala had become a great regular season player but the playoffs were not his pinnacle in MN. The flashes of rookie-playoff quality Fiala had in Nashville before he broke his leg never materialized in MN. Now he’s had another good year in LA, and the Wild got Faber who has also had a good year but is affordable. Fiala is now retuning to action and might be able to play in game four. Will the Kings go seven games with EDM and will Fiala get a chance to disprove those who think he isn’t a playoff performer? Will he cause MN fans to regret and scorn the decisions made to trade him? It’s fair to say if he returns and the Kings only play a few games before elimination, it’s not a nice sample size. If the Kings beat the Oilers and Fiala is instrumental we’ll be happy for Kevin and sad for ourselves. Will Fiala be another example of a player who leaves MN to do bigger and better things while the hindsight-factor stings the State of hockey? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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