The Trade Deadline is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 24 hours away, and in keeping with the hip kids I can only describe the constantly changing landscape of the trading block as starting to get mad real. Former franchise faces now have new homes, teams are negotiating with other teams goalies, and we’re all starting to get a pretty good idea of who’s going to make the playoffs and who isn’t. If you’re not, check the standings.
This preview will focus on the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings - who as I wrote that sentence traded for Robyn Regehr. They gave up two second round picks to get Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres. Well I guess this means the Kings are buyers. They almost have to be if they have plans of repeating as Cup champs.
The Kings are currently in 6th place in the West with 43 points, which puts them 8 behind Anaheim for the division lead. With as little time as there is left in the schedule I have my doubts they’ll catch them. This means the Kings will most likely finish somewhere in the 3rd,4th or 5th spot. Which is more than good enough to convince them to load up on player’s on the deadline. Or at least I hope so. For a look at who might be LA bound, read on.
Joe Corvo: The Kings may stop looking for defensemen after trading for Robyn Regehr, but if not Corvo might be on their radar. Corvo would be able to provide depth to a banged up group of defensemen and help with the power play.
Ruslan Fedotenko: Would provide help with the penalty kill and slide comfortably into a bottom 6 role. Already has two cup rings to his name, and would be a great voice in the locker room for a team looking to repeat.
Ryan O’Byrne: Would be a nice depth pick up, that would play reliable minutes on a bottom pairing. Is big, mean and apparently a real character guy. Can never have too many of those in the playoffs.
Chuck Kobasew: Could provide just a little bit of scoring depth in their bottom six and would also be a reliable penalty killer. Has a lot of speed, has just never known how to use it.
Jonathan Bernier: It’s been quite some time since Bernier requested a trade, and he’s still a King. A lot of that has to do with Jonathan Quick’s struggles this season as he comes back from back surgery, and I’m pretty sure those concerns will keep Bernier in the fold in LA. If not the Maple Leafs or Lightning might be interested.
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