2011-12 All Purpose Kings Trade Rumors and Proposals Thread
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12-20-2011, 03:23 AM
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It seems that if the Kings are to acquire a legitimate scoring winger, they are going to have to look for a team that is looking to strengthen its blueline, as the Kings have a number of potentially desirable assets on their defense.
Besides the already discussed names such as Iginla or Parise, who may not be attainable as of this moment, I decided to look at some clubs outside of the conference to identify potential trading partners and names that might make sense for the Kings to pursue.
With Pronger indefinitely out of their lineup, Philly's blueline is looking rather thin. They could make for a good trading partner and they have a very attractive forward that the Kings could use in James van Riemsdyk. The emergence of Matt Read as a top six forward coupled with the play of Sean Couturier could possibly make van Riemsdyk expendable.
New York Rangers:
The Rangers are hurting for defensemen, as they've been hit heavily with a number of injuries on their blueline. Brandon Dubinsky has struggled this season with only 1 goal and 12 assists in 30 games, but he has proven to be a 40-50 point scorer with back-to-back 20+ goal seasons the previous two years. While it is a gamble to acquire a struggling forward, the 25 year old skater could turn his fortunes around with a change of scenary.
Drew Stafford has been a bit of an enigma since Buffalo drafted him in 2004. He has all the tools to be a successful winger, but he's battled issues with consistency. Last season was his breakthrough performance, eclipsing the 30-goal plateau and amassing 52 points in 62 games. This season he has 6 goals and 17 points in 31 games.
New Jersey Devils:
I'm not going to talk about Parise, but there is another forward whose name has been suggested in the past that could help the Kings' offense. I'm referring to Patrik Elias, who has 29 points in 32 games. Last season he scored 62 points, with 21 goals and 41 helpers. I think Elias is the playmaking winger who is also capable of scoring that the Kings' top six could certainly use. He's 35, but he's still producing. With another year remaining on his contract (with a NMC), it's not certain if the Devils are shopping Elias or if he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause, but if he were to become available, I think he's a player who could really work well with either Kopitar or Richards.
Similar to what I wrote above, the Sens have a 39 year old winger who still produces, much like Selanne. Alfredsson has always been a consistent point producer when he's healthy and playing, and this season he has 21 points in 27 games. He is the face of the Senators, but if they are out of a playoff picture, moving him is a possibility. But again, like Elias, who knows if he would be willing to move to a new team at the deadline.
The Hurricanes are not going to be contending for a playoff spot and are looking to rebuild their team and replenish its stockpile of promising young players. Tuomo Ruutu is a soon to be UFA who very likely will garner lots of attention leading to the trade deadline. He plays an aggressive game that I find suitable under Darryl Sutter's system. He's a 50 point winger who already has 10 goals in 34 games.
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