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.