The Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings are in need of a top six forward if they have any chance of beating the upper echelon of their respective conferences. If the playoffs started today, the Maple Leafs would face the New York Rangers, while the Kings would be playing the Vancouver Canucks.
Would these two teams be good trading partners?
I’m saying no.
Looking at the Kings roster, players Maple Leafs (or any team for that matter) could benefit from are; Anze Kopitar, though he is the Kings best player, so he is not going anywhere. Mike Richards would a nice addition, but just like Jeff Carter, a long contract does not suit Brian Burke’s taste.
Jarret Stoll would be a great addition if Mikhail Grabovski is still in Toronto this summer and does not re-sign. Looking at the free agent pool, Stoll the only viable center this summer who could fit in with the Maple Leafs system. Yes Zach Parise, one of the better free agents this off-season would be a nice addition, but it is more realistic to sign Stoll than Parise.
As for Simon Gagne and Dustin Penner, neither of them are having good seasons.
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Though in regards to Clarke MacArthur and Nikolai Kulemin, the Kings may have interest in the two forwards, but I do not see Burke trading either of these guys because their trade value is low. It is simple as that.
Brian Burke will get something done; I just think it will not be with the Los Angeles Kings.
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