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[FLA/LA] Keaton Ellerby to LA for a 5th round pick
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02-09-2013, 10:07 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
It's a do something and hope it works sort of a deal for the Kings. Mitchell and Greene are out for who knows how long, and the Kings needed at least 1 defenseman. Nobody is going to trade a top 4 guy at this point of the season, without getting something significant back in return.
So you go to a team that has excess defenseman, and you play the numbers game. Obviously for Ellerby to get caught in a numbers game means there is something missing in his game, because the best players on a team don't get caught in number games, and certainly not for a 5th round pick. Ellerby was probably their 8th defenseman, maybe 7th.
The Kings go out and get another team's 7th or 8th defenseman, because they need defensemen, especially with some size. If it works out, great. If it doesn't, then it doesnt change much for the Kings at the moment, and they're not committed to him beyond this season.
There's really no downside for the Panthers, Kings, or Ellerby, unless he plays himself out of the league.
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