Kings Loaded With Cap Space, Assets For Trade Deadline

The Los Angeles Kings have quietly made a big run for the postseason. Just a month ago, they looked down and out but after a stretch of hockey where they went 8-1-3, they are now the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs and they will finish up the season with 14 of their final 24 games coming at home (where they are 17-9-1).
So as the NHL trade deadline approaches, the NHL odds makers are expecting the Kings to be among the biggest players. For Los Angeles, they seem to be very comfortable with their back end as goaltender Jonathan Quick has been excellent of late and the blue line is fairly steady. The Kings are rumored to be looking for a forward and they have been linked to plenty.

Brad Richards is one of the jewels of this year’s trade deadline but right now, his status is somewhat cloudy. Richards suffered a concussion and is still feeling the effects of it. While he’s not playing, teams are going to be very leery to trade for him.

Even so, Richards would be a great fit for the Kings (when healthy) as he is a veteran playmaker with plenty of playoff experience. Other names that are being linked to the Kings have been the Edmonton Oilers tandem of Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner. Hemsky would be a good fit as he’s an excellent passer while Penner is somewhat less sexy, but would give the Kings forwards a boost as well.

The Kings have plenty of cap space and with players like Brayden Schenn in the system or tantalizing prospects like Wayne Simmonds already at the NHL level. Now it just depends on who they want and what they are willing to give up. Regardless, expect the Kings to be big-time players at the upcoming NHL trade deadline.

9 Responses to Kings Loaded With Cap Space, Assets For Trade Deadline

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    By the time Lombardi realizes he should trade a few assets and go for it NEXT season will be over!!!!!!

  2. reinjosh says:

    i agree with dumbass. Lombardi won't make a move. He's far to timid. The day Lombardi makes a significant move, is the day pigs fly. He's a building GM, not a Cup winning GM.

  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    Thanks, you might be the only person to see something my way this whole week…

  4. reinjosh says:

    Haha your welcome. Shitty week?

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    well on top of work, wife and two kids….I am not right often…..let me tell ya!!!!

  6. Leafs_the_word says:

    Apparently Lombardi has the reputation among GMs that he's suspects that everyone is trying to screw him over. I believe this given some of the comments he made about Burke going into the draft when Burke was eying B. Schenn, he really trashed Burke for having aspirations to move two spot in the draft. 

    So I can't see Lombardi being the guy that can pry a player out of Dallas who doesn't have to trade Richards.

    I also don't see Dallas giving their best player to another team in their division whom they're tied with in points in the midst of a playoff race.

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    While he is building a great stable of young players you have to wonder how long he keeps his job if he keeps failing to get what this team needs?

  8. Leafs_the_word says:

    He's turned over young players too, Cammalleri comes to mind, walked away after arbitration.

    And how can someone not sell living in LA to UFAs?

  9. senators_choke says:

    He has to shake things up for the Kings to take the next step.

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