Possible trades as the ping pong ball drops

As the days continue, and the Los Angeles Kings continue to lose, it is fair for one to beleive that they will land the first overall pick.

If you watch TSN enough, and see all the constant reminders, Steven Stamkos is the shoe in to go number one. So if Los Angeles selects him, they have a future team leader which is great for the a young and blossoming team, but they are also faced with a major problem, five centres who all have the possibility of being on the teams top line.

Mike Cammalleri – Great player who still has tons of potential
Anze Kopitar – All-star
Patrick O’Sullivan – great young player with a eye for the net
Steven Stamkos – 1st overall pick
Michal Handzus – More like a second or third line centre (no trade value)

Also Derek Armstrong – don’t see him anywhere else but on the 4th

Now I’m not calling the Kings a great team, because their record speaks otherwise, but they do have a very good staff up front and with Stamkos coming they are going to have to cut at least one of these centers lose.

So my question is, where would you like to see one of these players go?

I personally see Cammaleri as the guy who will be suiting up for another team next season.

Here is what the various ramblings say top 10 picks will look like

1. Steven Stamkos
2. Drew Doughty
3. Alex Pietrangelo
4. Zach Bogosian
5. Kyle Beach
6. Cody Hodgson
7. Nikita Filatov
8. Colin Wilson
9. Mikkel Boedker
10. Luke Schenn

So seeing this do you see there being any other fallout from this years draft?
Do you have a different top ten?

45 Responses to Possible trades as the ping pong ball drops

  1. hockey_lover says:

    I really dont see LA trading Cammalleri. He is awesome.

    I dont know much about LA, being in Ontario, but I believe Handzus is on the hook for 3 more years? Buy him out or trade him for a 4th round pick or something. Its wasted cap space. SOMEONE will take him. Then I would recommend trading O'Sullivan for a good dman. Blake, while still pretty good, surely isnt getting any younger. LA will need some better defenders to make some noise.

    Having said that, I have this GUT feeling that they wont win the lottery anyway. Bad luck seems to follow the Kings. I have this feeling that Tampa Bay will win the lottery and they will continue to screw up that franchise.

  2. Lint07 says:

    I really wish for Tampa Bay to win the lottery.

    that way, they could finally be enclined to trade Vincent Lecavalier (Habs would be all over him, that's for sure) and get the franchise back on track with a new superstar at a low price range.

    I'm dreaming a little but I have a feeling this isn't THAT far fetched.

  3. CofRED says:

    Personally I feel that if the Kings win the lottery, they should pass on Stamkos and select Doughty 1st overall.  This isn't meant to be a knock on Stamkos, who will likely become the player everyone thinks he'll be one day.  This is because LA needs to shore up their back line a little better.  They have a number of talented young forwards, and in goal they have Bernier coming up, as well as LaBarbara, who wasn't as good as they'd hoped this year, but still has the best AHL credentials of any goalie in many years and has the potential to step up huge now that he has a full season as #1 behind him.  Plus, Erik Ersberg has played extremely well in his short stint with the big club.  On defense they have Jack Johnson, Tom Preissing, and Lubomir Visnovski, but beyond that they are pretty weak (Blake is a UFA), and need another solid D to round out their top 4 for next year.

    Just my opinion, but LA needs another strong guy on the point worse than they need Stamkos.

  4. Kramer says:

    The whole lottery thing is a big scam!  Do you people really think the draft order is determined randomly by a real lottery?  Wake up and smell the coffee!!!  The machine is fixed.  It's all a big hoax.

    The draft order has already been decided by the mafia.  It's all done covertly.  The balls in the machine are "loaded" and the machine is carefully programmed to make the right balls come up.

  5. morrissey says:

    I agree, and with that said, the Kings may be able to trade down in the draft and acquire an additional pick or resource by so doing, but not too far as TB could feasibly select a D-man over Stamkos also.

  6. leafy says:

    I just pray the Leafs don't draft a potato.

  7. habsrock99 says:

    The Kings don't really have much of a problem at the Center spot. Cammellari plays RW with O'Sullivan on the 2nd line. Their Forwards actually look like this:

    Nagy-O'Sullivan-Cammallari(Plays LW now that Nagy's hurt)

    They get Stamkos, let Nagy walk as a UFA and move O'Sullivan to the Wing and put Stamkos at the 2nd C spot. Then you have possibly the most talented Top 6 Forward crew in the NHL.

    Someone said that if the Kings get the #1 pick, they should pass on Stamkos to get Doughty. Yeah, not a good idea. The Kings just Drafted Thomas Hickey with their 1st Rounder last year and they already have 3-4 guys who can easily fill the 5 and 6 holes in their system. Within a year, the Kings Top 4 D-men will include:


  8. wheresthesoda says:

    Camalerri will stay, they will learn to adjust and put one those talented young stars on the wing.

    As for this years top 10 in the draft, does anyone see the possibility of Filatov to drop as did Cherepanov did last year?

  9. wheresthesoda says:

    yea, I would love to see the Kings rise back up and be a good team again. Ersberg has looked good too

  10. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    I dont no if you realize this but the draft lottery in the NHL only applies to the first overall pick in the draft. I dont no if you are trying to be funny, but I do not see there being a big conspiracy in the NHL for the Atlanta Thrashers to get the Number one pick over the Kings.

  11. jimbob says:

    Well, first of all, O'sullivan and cammalleri have a lot of experience playing wing.  With Stamkos, it gives them 2 full lines of superb young talent.  Can you imagine
    The issue is also with other prospects in the system.  Boyle is probably going to be turned into a defenseman, but where would you put trevor lewis?
    So getting a defenseman would be good (if they DO get the first overall pick in the lottery).
    Preissing and Visnovsky are locked long term, its safe to say Johnson will be there for a while too.  Hickey, Boyle, and Doughty?  That would be outstanding.
    Really, once they get good goaltending, this is going to be a team to watch.

    I was also thinking, what would happen if they maybe tried to sign Jagr in the offseason? 

  12. imaginethat says:

    if you finish in the bottom 5 you get inthe lottery. they put more balls in the lower you finish in the bottom 5. so the worst team has the  best chance and the best team  of the 5 teams has the least chance. but there is stilil a chance they can win. ex. 5 balls for last , 1 ball for first (of the 5 teams) is this what your talking about kramer?

  13. habswinthecup-again says:

     Out of the 5 worst teams right now I would prefer either the Islanders or the Blues get the pick.

  14. Kramer says:

    You sweet kids.  You probably think wrestling isn't fake.  Wake up and see the conspiracy!

  15. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    I was calling for LA to be a cup contender when the season started, obviously i was SO wrong, but I beleive they are a team that with the right goalie, and a defensive stud could really challenge.
    So if they drafted Doughty, signed Jagr, and Huet, man can that team be scary

    Frolov – Cammaleri – Jagr
    Calder – Kopitar – Brown
    Handzus – O'Sullivan – Thornton
    Boyle – Armstrong – Willsie

    Doughty – Preissing
    Johnson – Lubo
    Dallman – Harrold


    Now Im a Maple Leafs fan, so dont think Im gushing over this team as a fan, I truly think, other than the capitals and hawks, this team can be really scary with a couple moves

  16. Bure96 says:

    First of all I think Kyle Beach will fall out of the top ten. No team is going to touch him that high in the draft with his attitude problems.

    So if we weren't in a salary cap league could you imagine what would look like in a few years?

    O' Sullivan – Stamkos – Cammalleri
    Frolov – Kopitar – Brown
    Purcell – Lewis – Moller
    Tukonen – Armstrong – Simmonds

    Johnson – Vishnovski
    Hickey – Boyle
    Preissing – Harrold


    Wow. Even if they can't keep the whole team together i'm sure lots of players would take discounts to play with that awesome team.

  17. Habs_pm says:

    L.A. Will trade Camalleri & will buy-out Handzus.

    Don't count Tampa-Bay out from getting the 1st pick overall.

  18. habstruefan says:

    imaginthat,what kramer is talking about is that he wakes up every morning on a negative note.His whole life is about negativity.If you've been on this site for a while you will also notice that the guy needs a shrink.What i mean is somebody who is always pessimistic like he is means he's not getting laid.Its a conspiracy just meeting a women with this guy.Some people live a sad sad sad life.


  19. leafsfan86 says:

    with the silver fox at the helm i dont think any potatoes will be heading our way….i have great faith in mr. fletcher…as we all should

  20. ericthered1961 says:

    C'mon already!!!!……He's Kramer- He's supposed to spew!

  21. ericthered1961 says:

    1 Big Potato on the way.

  22. ericthered1961 says:

    lol….no seriously…..I’m curious who the Board of directors will waste their draft pick on this year.

  23. ericthered1961 says:

    Trade one of their extra centers for a great young Dman and they'll surely be playoff bound. Ersberg will be great as long as the past few weeks haven't been a fluke. Barnier is still young.

  24. habstruefan says:

    somebody has to pick on him.Hes all alone trying to figure himself out.It might take a while for him to wake up this morning,(depression usualy keeps you in bed for a while).

  25. leafy says:

    I know what you mean.  Certain teams have more balls than others.

  26. careyprice31 says:

    I think LA would be better off taking douty instead of stamkos

  27. careyprice31 says:


  28. careyprice31 says:

    Well Said

  29. careyprice31 says:

    La is gonna be a scary team to face in about 2 years.Marc Crawford will get his black hair again. Im happy as the kings being my second team i root for. I havent been this excited for th ekings since the days of theLAPD line.

    Alisson Palffy Deadmarsh.

  30. Genejoke says:

    Handzus makes like 4 mil a year.  No-one wants him for that price which means buyout, demotion to the AHL or accept that a bad decision was made in signing him. 

  31. hockey_lover says:

    Terrible salary decisions are made all the time. And the better part of the time, another team takes a chance.

    He HAS been a better player and possibly on a different team could be better than he was in LA.

    If a team is desperate enough, someone will sign him.

  32. papichulo71 says:

    LA is going to pressed to reach the cap floor.  Watch them sign another series of cast aways to 1-year contracts and an RFA to something outrageous.

    Bobby Holik $3M/1year
    Michael Ryder $2.2M/1year
    Correy Perry $49M/7years

  33. HABSSTAR says:

    Yes as a Habs fan I have great faith in Mr Fletcher too….”Draft Schmaft!”

  34. HABSSTAR says:

    No they'll package Kaberle, Steen and 2-3 of their draft picks to move up and draft a pumpkin…then they'll pray it turns into a franchise player!

  35. CofRED says:

    I don't think Bernier will be too young next year. He's going to be 20. Thats old enough. Actually, isn't there a 20 year old starter this year?? I think there might be. What was his name again?? Lice?? Dice?? Christ?? Hey, that might be it. Pr…Price?? That sounds close enough. I can't believe I couldn't remember his name. He must not be getting much recognition. I don't think he's doing too bad though. Does anyone on this site know how his team is doing??

  36. azzkikr2100 says:

    Totally agree with this… however… Caps dont plan on resigning Huet? And are you sure Jagr is the best fit for this system? or any system for that matter…?

    I think Jagr is about 1 or 2 seasons away from retirement and you can tell hes definitely slowing down and becoming less effective. However since he probably knows this… The Kings could get him for semi-cheap… maybe in the 3.5-4.5m range. Who knows?

  37. ottislu says:

    I'd prefer a pumpkin for raycroft, but then again, potatoes are pretty tasty and a pumpkin might be asking for too much. I imagine it'd be a bit better positionally in net as well..but a potato…thats probably an even trade.

  38. SabresFan220 says:

    It's very possible the Sabres could be looking to move up in the draft to claim one of the prized defensemen or forwards. Their organization has drafted several defensemen in recent years, some have not panned out well, and others appear to be ready to play at the NHL level now. Young forward depth is less plentiful, but the Sabres have several forwards with 1 year deals that could be traded in order to save money to resign others. I'm looking at Afinogenov and Kotalik as the likely trade candidates to be packaged for a higher pick. They also have San Jose's 1st round selection to use in a big time deal.

    With so many young players soon to be RFAs or getting their this offseason (for example Paille, Bernier this year, Stafford, Pominville next year) the Sabres will need to pony up to keep them. Add the fact that Ryan Miller is a year from being a UFA and could be looking for $7 million a year, the Sabres will be shuffling the deck before next season. A salary dump trade that happens to bring in a top 5 pick could be in Darcy Regier's plans.

  39. careyprice31 says:

    First of all the goaler according to the faithful bru mangus is macr andre fleury. The prodigy, the icon , showstopper,main event,the.. anyways u get my poinr.  By the way bru mangus u can answer the question that cofred mentioned

  40. CofRED says:

    Ryan Miller??  7 million a year??  If he's asking for that then he's off his f***ing meds.  7 million per year makes him the highest paid goaltender in the league.  That's more than Brodeur, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Khabibulin, Theodore, Lundqvist, and Giguere, each of whom have had more success than Miller in one way or another (Vezina winners/finalists, Stanley Cups, Conn Smythes, Hart winners/finalists etc.)  He's good, but if he asks for 7 million, cut your losses and move down the line.  He's not worth that.

  41. OldNord says:

    If he really want to play there, maybe but if Jagr wants to test the market, he would get 6M$ minimum somewhere.

  42. OldNord says:

    Most of the contracts deal were finalized prior the new CBA. Brodeur is his own agent, he doesn't have to pay a pourcentage to a firm. Anyway, Miller plays for Buffalo…nothing against the Sabres, but they did lost a lot of key players lastly. He would worth 7M$ for this team.

  43. CofRED says:

    Luongo, Kiprusoff, and Lundqvist were definitely negotiated after the lockout, not sure about the rest.  But thats not the point.  The point is that as good as Miller is, there's no way he winds up being the highest paid goalie in the league, be it with Buffalo or anyone else.  He's good, but he hasn't accomplished anything.  4.5 million a year is fair, 5 tops.

  44. BrianColangeloNHLGM says:

    I think the 5 to 6 million dollar margin is legitimate, when you consider Toskala was given 4 million by the leafs and Mason was given close to the same by Nashville, and both goalies never played a full season in the net, it is legitimate to think that an all star goalie can command a lot of money even if it seems like more than he is worth.

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