Los Angeles Kings Who Won't Be Back
The Los Angeles Kings are currently in a 3-1 hole with the San Jose Sharks. They are looking to make history again by coming back, but the odds are against them. If they get knocked out in the first round, there will be changes made. I predict a huge trade that will send some assets out of L.A. Who will not be there in 2014?
Marian Gaborik has been decent since coming over in a trade deadline deal, but he won't be worth the money he is going to get. He is going to go to the team that pays him the most. That team will not be the L.A. Kings. He is only two seasons removed from a 41-goal campaign, but he seems to have lost a step since then.
Justin Williams is the perfect kind of player you want when you are trying to restart the image of your franchise. He has a great work ethic, which will end up rubbing off on the younger generation of forwards. He has the ability to score 20 goals per season. He will be one of the centerpieces to a trade this summer.
Willie Mitchell is a great player to have on and off the ice. He shows great sportsmanship and is the kind of guy you want in the locker room. Unfortunately, he is already 36 years old. His days of logging 20-plus minutes every single night are dwindling. It seems that, for the money, the Kings can get better value out of some of the other defensemen on the market.
This may be the most obvious player on this list. Matt Greene has dealt with injury and ineffectiveness since the beginning of last season. He only played five games in 2013. He has been a healthy scratch for most of the season this year. He was in one playoff game, and he was a -4 plus/minus. He will have to try to turn it around in another uniform.
There were rumors swirling everywhere that many teams were calling about Tyler Toffoli in potential deadline deals. They were able to hold onto him while still getting Gaborik. There will be a deal on the table this offseason that the Kings cannot refuse. They will finally get a star to pair with Anze Kopitar that will help them reach the Finals once again.