Official Rumor Thread--Kings Rumor Mill IX
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12-10-2010, 10:53 PM
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With Lombardi having struck two trades with Jim Rutherford that seemed to have worked out rather well for both parties, I tend to think that they could possibly get together again and work on a trade that could land a winger to the Kings. They almost had a deal worked out last season as well for Ray Whitney.
I'd love to have Tuomo Ruutu or Jussi Jokinen from Carolina. Another player on Carolina who could be very helpful is Chad Larose. The Kings need a more legit and experienced fourth line that can skate a shift and depth is very important come playoff time.
Last season, Carolina dealt Yelle for a prospect and a late pick. They acquired a 3rd for Andrew Alberts. They dealt Corvo for a prospect, a 2nd round pick and an expiring NHL contract. Scott Walker was dealt for a 7th round pick. They also sent Aaron Ward to the Ducks for minor league goalie Justin Pogge and a conditional 4th.
The most significant deadline trade for them was sending Matt Cullen to Ottawa for dman Alexandre Picard and a 2nd and sending Niclas Wallin to San Jose for a 2nd round pick.
If Carolina finds itself out of the playoffs again, they are going to get anything they can for players with expiring contracts. They already dealt Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk this season.
For Tuomo Ruutu, the Kings would probably have to part with one of their top prospects in Manchester. I would imagine a package involving Oscar Moller and one of Thomas Hickey or Viatcheslav Voynov may land Ruutu in Los Angeles. And in a separate deal or as part of the package, I would include Davis Drewiske and a mid round draft pick to acquire Chad Larose.
There's a lineup that can really cause damage in the playoffs. And for those who aren't familiar with Ruutu or haven't seen him much, here's a good compilation that displays his talents:
Ruutu seems like a beast! Scores, Checks hard, Fights....I would be overjoyed if we managed to pick him up for prospects.
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