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July 31, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE
King center Roman Vopat, a key player in the Wayne Gretzky trade to St. Louis in 1996, signed a three-year contract with the team worth an estimated $400,000 a year Wednesday. "Roman's the type of player [King Coach] Larry [Robinson] really likes," said Dave Taylor, King general manager and vice president. "He's a big strong guy who's a pretty good skater and likes to compete. I think that he has a great future."
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June 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ending our countdown of the 10 greatest  L.A. Kings  of all time, as chosen by Times readers. No. 1: Wayne Gretzky (619 first-place votes, 13,147 points) It was interesting counting up the ballots. Some people had Gretzky way down on the ballot; many had him first. You could also usually tell when a person became a Kings fan. If he or she did so during the Stanley Cup Finals season, then the list was mainly populated by players from that team, and some of those voters left guys such as Marcel Dionne off their list entirely.
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June 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ending our countdown of the 10 greatest  L.A. Kings  of all time, as chosen by Times readers. No. 1: Wayne Gretzky (619 first-place votes, 13,147 points) It was interesting counting up the ballots. Some people had Gretzky way down on the ballot; many had him first. You could also usually tell when a person became a Kings fan. If he or she did so during the Stanley Cup Finals season, then the list was mainly populated by players from that team, and some of those voters left guys such as Marcel Dionne off their list entirely.
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February 27, 2001 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Where have you gone Patrice Tardif? Roman Vopat played last season in Germany. Craig Johnson is still a King, having scored four goals and nine points in 26 games this season. On Feb. 27, 1996, the Kings sent the greatest player in the history of the game to the St. Louis Blues for Tardif, Vopat, Johnson and two draft picks, who turned out to be Matt Zultek and Peter Hogan. The question you have to ask yourself today is this: By trading Wayne Gretzky, did the Kings improve the team?
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July 31, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE
The Mighty Ducks will open the 1997-98 NHL season Oct. 3 against Mark Messier and the Vancouver Canucks in Tokyo, where the teams also will play Oct. 4. It marks the first time in the league's 80-year history that a season opener takes place outside North America. ESPN2 will televise both games beginning at 8 p.m. (PDT). The Ducks' home opener is Oct. 10 against the Ottawa Senators. The NHL's 48th All-Star game is Jan. 18 in Vancouver, and there is a 17-day break in the schedule (Feb.
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April 17, 1998 | LONNIE WHITE
With right wing Sandy Moger still suffering because of a left knee sprain and listed as week-to-week, Roman Vopat could get some key minutes in the playoffs despite having played only 24 games with the Kings this season. Vopat, acquired from St. Louis in the Wayne Gretzky trade two years ago, was recalled from Fredericton of the American Hockey League on March 27 and was a healthy scratch Thursday in the Kings' loss to the Blues.
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December 19, 1996 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time this season, the Kings faced former teammate Wayne Gretzky when they played the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. It was only 10 months ago that the Kings traded the franchise's most famous player to the St. Louis Blues for three players (Craig Johnson, Roman Vopat and Patrice Tardif), a 1997 No. 1 draft choice and a fifth-round pick in 1996.
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February 29, 1996 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How many times could one cry wolf about a trade? Too often, as far as St. Louis forwards Craig Johnson and Patrice Tardif were concerned during the seven weeks of rumors that culminated in their trade to the Kings on Tuesday night for Wayne Gretzky. "It's happened a few times, actually," Johnson said on Wednesday, joking, of being traded for Gretzky. "People were coming up to me and saying, 'Good luck in L.A.' I'd say, 'What are you talking about?' They said, 'You just got traded.'
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February 27, 2001 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
Where have you gone Patrice Tardif? Roman Vopat played last season in Germany. Craig Johnson is still a King, having scored four goals and nine points in 26 games this season. On Feb. 27, 1996, the Kings sent the greatest player in the history of the game to the St. Louis Blues for Tardif, Vopat, Johnson and two draft picks, who turned out to be Matt Zultek and Peter Hogan. The question you have to ask yourself today is this: By trading Wayne Gretzky, did the Kings improve the team?
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February 21, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Shevalier and Roman Vopat may have played only 20 games combined for the Kings this season, but their goals are the reason the Kings are no longer tied for the worst record in the NHL. Shevalier scored twice and Vopat added the game-winner for the Kings in a 3-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks Thursday night before 12,184 at the Forum. With the victory, the Kings not only ended a seven-game winless streak but also moved ahead of Toronto in the battle for last place in the NHL with 48 points.
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April 17, 1998 | LONNIE WHITE
With right wing Sandy Moger still suffering because of a left knee sprain and listed as week-to-week, Roman Vopat could get some key minutes in the playoffs despite having played only 24 games with the Kings this season. Vopat, acquired from St. Louis in the Wayne Gretzky trade two years ago, was recalled from Fredericton of the American Hockey League on March 27 and was a healthy scratch Thursday in the Kings' loss to the Blues.
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July 31, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE
The Mighty Ducks will open the 1997-98 NHL season Oct. 3 against Mark Messier and the Vancouver Canucks in Tokyo, where the teams also will play Oct. 4. It marks the first time in the league's 80-year history that a season opener takes place outside North America. ESPN2 will televise both games beginning at 8 p.m. (PDT). The Ducks' home opener is Oct. 10 against the Ottawa Senators. The NHL's 48th All-Star game is Jan. 18 in Vancouver, and there is a 17-day break in the schedule (Feb.
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July 31, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE
King center Roman Vopat, a key player in the Wayne Gretzky trade to St. Louis in 1996, signed a three-year contract with the team worth an estimated $400,000 a year Wednesday. "Roman's the type of player [King Coach] Larry [Robinson] really likes," said Dave Taylor, King general manager and vice president. "He's a big strong guy who's a pretty good skater and likes to compete. I think that he has a great future."
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February 21, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Shevalier and Roman Vopat may have played only 20 games combined for the Kings this season, but their goals are the reason the Kings are no longer tied for the worst record in the NHL. Shevalier scored twice and Vopat added the game-winner for the Kings in a 3-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks Thursday night before 12,184 at the Forum. With the victory, the Kings not only ended a seven-game winless streak but also moved ahead of Toronto in the battle for last place in the NHL with 48 points.
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December 19, 1996 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time this season, the Kings faced former teammate Wayne Gretzky when they played the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. It was only 10 months ago that the Kings traded the franchise's most famous player to the St. Louis Blues for three players (Craig Johnson, Roman Vopat and Patrice Tardif), a 1997 No. 1 draft choice and a fifth-round pick in 1996.
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February 29, 1996 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How many times could one cry wolf about a trade? Too often, as far as St. Louis forwards Craig Johnson and Patrice Tardif were concerned during the seven weeks of rumors that culminated in their trade to the Kings on Tuesday night for Wayne Gretzky. "It's happened a few times, actually," Johnson said on Wednesday, joking, of being traded for Gretzky. "People were coming up to me and saying, 'Good luck in L.A.' I'd say, 'What are you talking about?' They said, 'You just got traded.'
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March 24, 1997 | LONNIE WHITE
Forward Dan Bylsma's streak of 72 consecutive games played ended because of a minor knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for Saturday's 2-1 victory over San Jose at the Forum. * Forward Roman Vopat, who suffered a concussion against the Sharks, will not play tonight at Vancouver. . . . The Kings recalled Steve McKenna, a 6-foot-8 defenseman, from Phoenix of the International Hockey League on Sunday.
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