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.