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Preparing For The Trade Deadline

Sportsnet has put together a nice package of team needs, wants, free agents, etc., as the trade deadline approaches.

Start here then click on they team you may be interested in to see information like this...

from Jeff Simmons of Sportstnet,

Areas to address

As mentioned above, scoring remains a major issue with the Kings. Even with a number of talented forwards on the roster, the Kings rank 13th (second last) in the Western Conference in goals scored. Only Calgary, Buffalo, and New Jersey have scored less in the NHL. This needs to be addressed before the NHL Trade Deadline if the Kings want to make another deep playoff run. Relying on goaltending and defensive prowess can only go far. They could use an upgrade at left wing where Tyler Toffoli is getting significant minutes on the top line beside Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter. A move there would upgrade two spots as Toffoli could help boost one of the bottom-two lines.

Adding depth at centre and right wing would certainly help as well. They are not getting enough offence from Mike Richards and Dustin Brown this season and need secondary scoring. The ideal move may be to add a veteran rental player — someone who is an unrestricted free agent after the season — where the price would be minimal and it would not handcuff the Kings long-term. GM Dean Lombardi could afford to part with some mid-round draft picks to help boost the team’s immediate chances.

Possible trade targets

Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres
Mike Cammalerri, Calgary Flames
Ray Whitney, Dallas Stars

more on the Kings...

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alwaysaurie's avatar

From the linked article: Core players Pavel Datsyuk, Mikael Samuelsson, Joha…

wait! WHAT?... stopped reading.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 02/24/14 at 02:43 PM ET

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