Are the Kings even thinking about trading their leading scorer?

MapleLeafs:The Fourth Period has reported that the Los Angeles Kings are exploring the possibility of trading leading scorer Ziggy Palffy before the deadline, according to Matt McHale of the Los Angeles Daily News. As previously reported by TFP, the Kings owners are not happy with the amount of money the team is losing. Despite satisfactory play, Palffy will earn $7.25 million this year, and has a team option for next year at $7.5 million. He would seem to be the first place to look if ownership wanted to cut costs. The option year of the contract places management in an interesting predicament. If Palffy is not traded before the deadline the team would be faced with either picking up the option after the season, or not exercising the option and let him become a free agent without compensation. Clearly if the Kings have decided that they arent willing to pay $7.5 million for Palffy’s services next year, it would make much more sense to trade him now and get something in return, than to let him walk after the season and receive nothing.


16 Responses to Are the Kings even thinking about trading their leading scorer?

  1. wendel_17 says:

    Ziggy Palffy is an excellent scorer…when he is healthy. He is a point/game type player. He has a good shot, but is taken off the puck easily. He is a small guy, and he gets pushed around quite a bit, and doesn’t have the intensity or aggressiveness to stick up for himself. Is he worth 7.5 million/season. ABSOLUTELY NOT…unless he plays 82 games….which hasn’t happened since 1997-1998.

    It would be in LA’s best interest to trade Palffy to whomever will take him. The only problem is that he has a rather large price tag, and a rather small defensive game. Two things that cause teams to shy away.

    New Jersey would be a nice fit for Palffy. Playin alongside guys who can make-up for his defensive mishaps, and guys who are tough enough to protect him, may cause him to step up to the next level.

  2. Hockey_Fan says:

    And New Jersey can afford 7.5 million a year? I don’t think so.

  3. KingstoCup says:

    Being a kings fan, i am worried about this. I would rather not see him go anywhere. Palffy is the type of player every team needs. Hes exciting, and hes a sniper. He isn’t great defensively which is true, but whenever they need a big goal, hes usually the one to do it. Yes he is also injury prone, but theres not many players of his calibre who don’t get injuries. Bure is one example. If LA is to trade him, i hope they get something decent in return. Him, Allison and Deadmarsh, when all healthy, are the best line in the league. Not many players can do what Ziggy does, i just hope they make a good deal for him, if they decide to trade him after all.

  4. Kingsfan1 says:

    I’m sure they’ll trade him, probably gut the team at the same time. Managment continues to use the excuse they are “loosing money” and the bankrupcy word even came into play. Dave Taylor has said he is not gonna ad payroll to this team and its obvious there is no commitment to winning by managment so i am sure at the trade deadline you’ll see Pallfy, Miller, Smolinski and any other UFA we have who could get us decent draft picks will be gone.Look to the Kings to go back to “rebuilding mode”.With the CBA up in 2004 and a strike looming this team will get no help.

  5. wendel_17 says:

    They can afford to, they just won’t. I am not biting on many of these so called “financial problems” that teams claim to have around the league.

  6. Gaby says:

    Well finally O’Connel moved Mclaren, now the B’s need to land Palffy in order to complete a second line…didn’t Stumpy and Ziggy play well together before Allison went to L.A. I have no idea what the Bruins could send to the Kings for him but maybe a few decent prospects like Huml…another providence youngster and an early round pick. I’d say throw in any player of Mcinnis, Grozek, Lapointe, Zamuner, etc. but I’m pretty sure the Kings are not interested in these guys! With the arrival of Jillson maybe Shaone Morrisonn can be added in an young package…Morrisonn, Huml and a 2nd round draft pick for Ziggy! Then whenever the B’s are healthy they can ice this lineup:

    Sammy – Thornton – Murray

    Palffy – Stumpel – Knuble

    Axelsson – Rolston – Lapointe

    Zamuner – Mcinnis – Grozek

    Berard – Boynton

    Gill- Girad

    O’Donell – Jillson

    I know Jillson is going to providence but if he can regain the form he showed earlier in San Jose…he might thrive under Ftorek’s system of having guys like Girard and Berard jump into the play all the time! I hear he has a terrific point shot??? Can any San Jose fans give me input on this!

  7. hatterson says:

    Have you forgotten that Boston works on a very tight budget. There is no way that they would take a 7.5 million a year player no matter how good he is.

  8. angus says:

    Jillson ended up in Sutter’s dog house because poor decision making, mainly trying to force plays by making low percentage passes that led to turnovers and scoring opportunities for the opposition. By the time Sutter was canned, Jillson’s ice time was pretty much limited to the power play. The Sharks are pleased with the progress (and poise) Jim Fahey is showing, enabling them to use Jillson as trade bait.

    The change of scenery, system and some time in the minors to get his game together should combine to get him back to where he was last year.

  9. nskerr says:

    Bring Ziggy back to the Isles.

  10. Tradedude says:

    only memories will stay.

    Ziggy was a favourite of mine when he was on the Isles.

  11. Enchilada says:

    This is a well written trade rumor. It is based on facts and not speculation. The reality of the Kings’ finances gives this rumor alot of credibility unlike when I am sitting here reading a certain “expert’s” opinions and wild conjecture. Thank MapleLeafs you have made my day.

  12. isles4life says:

    One of the things Milbury would love to do is bring back Ziggy.This is one of the trades Milbury regrets due to the Horid owners in the Milsteins.I would think if this rumor is true Milbury is on the phone.By the way .What would the Kings be looking for in return?

  13. JohnFlan22 says:

    it would probably b similar package that they sent the isles to get him, maybe a little less now since his price is costly. but you have to figure a #1 pick, and guys like wienhandl, torres, hunter, mapletoft, maybe isbister or kvasha but i dunno if the kings are interested in them if they are gonna switch to rebuild phase. Probably a pick and one or two of those guys though would get it done. That would be frick’n sweet! I would give up more to get ziggy back! He’s the man. skrew kovalev, he just wouldn’t look right in an isle uniform.

  14. JohnFlan22 says:

    it would probably b similar package that they sent the isles to get him, maybe a little less now since his price is costly. but you have to figure a #1 pick, and guys like wienhandl, torres, hunter, mapletoft, maybe isbister or kvasha but i dunno if the kings are interested in them if they are gonna switch to rebuild phase. Probably a pick and one or two of those guys though would get it done. That would be frick’n sweet! I would give up more to get ziggy back! He’s the man. skrew kovalev, he just wouldn’t look right in an isle uniform.

  15. jacosta says:

    I commented on if I were a GM for the LeafsI would offer for Palfy what LA needs a cheap potential 2nd line centre in Atropov and Tucker for Palffy and Yushkevich. Both teams will benefit and LA gets cheaper while not necesarily worse and the leafs get what they need without trading within their own division.

    Just a suggestion.

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