NHL Trade Deadline: 5 Deals The Los Angeles Kings Must Consider
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The Los Angeles Kings were a sexy pick to reach and win the Stanley Cup this year. While they started off playing well they have sputtered recently. They currently sit seventh in the Western Conference and are looking for a spark.
Obviously the Kings aren’t in too much trouble. They have a great coach, a great roster and are the team that proved all you have to do is get into the playoffs in order to win. Two years ago they became the first eight seed to win a Stanley Cup and could be headed in that direction again. But now that the fanbase has seen success they will be worried if the play does not pick up soon.
The biggest problem for the Kings has been goal scoring. It seems crazy to think that a team with Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty could struggle to score, but somehow the Kings have found a way to make that a reality.
This season has been tough on Brown especially as his production has plummeted. The other players have played well, but the last month or so has been horrible from an offensive standpoint. The Kings have some young players and also have some expiring contracts that could be interesting to other teams. They are also in the market for a defenseman who can log some serious minutes.
No matter what the Kings are still a favorite to win it all. If they want to do that they must make some moves, and here are five viable suggestions.
5. Acquire Draft Picks
A small move won't satisfy the Kings. They like to make big splashes when going after players. They never have a problem swapping draft picks for players, but right now they are lacking in draft picks. They should trade one of their expiring contracts to acquire some picks in order to make a big splash.
4. Trade Trevor Lewis
One player contenders could be interested in is Trevor Lewis. Lewis is a grinder who can kill penalties. He is good at face-offs and has experience in big moments being apart of the Kings Cup team a couple of years ago. He is a player that could get the Kings a mid round draft pick that could help them to get a big name.
3. Trade Dwight King
This is a long shot, but the Kings should consider moving their young forward Dwight King. King is 24-years-old and has a great skill-set. He is a big forward who can get to the dirty areas of the ice. He would look good in a package to acquire a defenseman or a forward. He is one of the very few young assets the Kings have these days, and they should move him if they want to upgrade their roster.
2. Deal For Top Four Defenseman
Rumor has it that the Kings have been looking for a top four defenseman. The market doesn't have many of those around, but there are a couple of names in New York that could intrigue the Kings. New York Rangers' Dan Girardi is a veteran who logs heavy minutes. He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and can be a rental or a player they want to commit to long term. Another is Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders. He is coming on strong the last two years and is also an unrestricted free agent for an Islanders team that is out of the playoff picture.
1. Trade For Scoring Left Winger
Scoring has been a huge problem for the Kings, and they are looking for a scoring left winger to add to their top six. There are a bunch of players who fit that criteria, but the main ones are the Islanders' Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson of the Buffalo Sabres and Alex Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers. Vanek is the top priority, but all three players could make an impact on this Kings team.