Marcel Dionne – ‘Kopitar needs to make a decision’

Anze Kopitar, LA Kings (photo: Ikiri)

“I told (Anze) Kopitar ‘You aren’t touching the puck enough. I don’t like your breakout.’ I think Kopitar can make magic with the puck” – Marcel Dionne on MayorsManor in 2009.

Getting a chance to speak with a legend is always an honor. However, to chat with somebody as open as Dionne, it’s always a chance to learn and gain insight from one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time.

He’s back in town for the Kings Fantasy Camp this weekend and we spent some time together last night on a variety of topics, which I’ll post over several articles.

First up, here are some updated thoughts from Dionne on the Kings highest paid player…

“I think Kopitar’s at the point in his career where he has to decide what he wants to do. Does he want to be the guy? If I was him, he should be looking at the situation and what’s going with (Evgeni) Malkin. When (Sidney) Crosby was playing, Malkin was happy to be second fiddle. Then, when Crosby went out, Malkin took over. He wins games on his own. Kopi has to do that! You can’t wait for wingers. You gotta make it happen. Some nights he’s gotta be the guy. And if he’s not, now it’s getting to the point in his game where it’s going to be tough to get up to the level he wants to be. Everbody knows him, everybody knows how he plays.

“He should be a little bit more – he reminds me a little bit of Mats Sundin. They’re big guys, but when they get close to the net, they’re not aggressive enough. They have to get these guys off their backs because they’re big guys. If they’re soft there, then you know what, those soft goals don’t come.

“I still have confidence in him. But, sometimes, management are too nice to their stars. He needs a wake-up call.”

With 731 goals scored in the NHL, that’s the voice of experience you hear.

For more from Dionne’s previous visits to MayorsManor, please see the articles linked below.

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