"Take a look at it," Dionne said, his arms spread in a gesture of despair.
"You do your job and I'll do mine," snapped Hardy.
Across the room, another King said in a mocking voice, "Is this the start of dissension on the Kings?"
Although the Kings lost to St. Louis 5-3 on Saturday night, Buss was not discouraged, and the size of the crowd at The Forum—14,353—didn't hurt. "It's a long road," Buss said. "We're talking millions of dollars, not thousands. We're shooting to be up 30% in revenues each of the next three years. Then we'll be able to compete. Until then I'll just have to subsidize it."
Buss pointed out that the Canadiens probably outgrossed the Kings by $3.5 million in each of the last seven years. "You give me $25 million more than them and we'll beat Montreal," he said. Buss also said he thought it was a good sign that the players were pointing fingers in the dressing room. "They realize that with me it's, like, win."
It is also, like, no longer a country club. The ocean and sun and palm trees are all still there, but the Kings are a different team. They figure that when it comes to stretching out on the beach they'd rather it be in Hawaii.