LA needs solid 2nd line center
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10-19-2009, 12:23 AM
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Definitely not picks or prospects. LA's been stockpiling both for years and are now in the position to put them to work to put a roster together. The deal's Lombardi will probably be making will be trading a guy like Frolov + picks/prospects for a better player without creating a hole. So, for example, Frolov + 1st for (insert better LW here). This is the exact model that Lombardi used when he traded O'Sullivan + 2nd for Williams. He used some extra assets to upgrade a position without creating a hole in the lineup.
The same mold would be used if the kings were trying to upgrade their 2nd line center. Stoll + picks/prospects would be moved to a team for a better center. If (and I'm not completely convinced due to lack of knowledge) Staal truly does have 2nd line abilities, than this makes perfect sense. Staal could center the Kings 2nd line and Stoll could center the Pens 3rd line. Its just a matter of finding what combination of picks/prospects that would balance out the deal and that Lombardi would be comfortable giving up.
I don't think a deal like that makes sense for a contender. Why would a contender downgrade in a position just to add some picks/prospects?
And also, if LA is over the re-building stage, why trade Frolov at all? The concensus a couple years ago was that Frolov is the best all-around forward in the Kings organization. Has that sentiment changed?
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