LA Kings interested in Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur.
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02-04-2012, 04:28 PM
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Columbus, EDM, NYI, CAR all come to mind...
Of course... let's look at those teams.
The only impending UFA on the Jackets is Kristian Huselius, who's played 2 games this year. Vermette is pretty valuable player for the Jackets, Umberger was just signed, and Brassard is a centre. Of course there is Jeff Carter (who's also a centre), but where's the high end asset that the Kings are going to part with to get him?
Edmonton has Ales Hemsky, who hasn't scored 20 goals in 3 years. He's also had major injury concerns. There's Ryan Smyth as well, who of course the kings just traded.
In New York, hte only guy likely to be for sale is 38 year old Brian Rolston. I'm not sure his 4 goals in 41 games is what the Kings are looking for.
Finally... looking at Carolina, where the only guy likely to be available is Tuomo Ruutu. Not only is he going to cost an arm and a leg with basically every playoff team competing for his services, but is apparently looking for $5m on a new contract. If the Kings have such a good checking game, then they probably wouldn't be the ones to pay the premium for Ruutu.
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