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09-16-2013, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by KINGS17 View Post
5th round picks rarely make it to the NHL. Martinez is a proven defenseman. I think he is worth a 2nd round pick for that reason. Dean may have a supply and demand problem though. Every GM knows he has too many NHL defensemen under contract, so unless there is a demand for one or two of the guys Dean is willing to move, he may have to take less.
The nice thing about it is that the Kings aren't forced into a numbers game where they have to expose really good talent, like they did with hickey last year (say what you want, Hickey's a solid NHL D-man and had good potential still when he was waived). This year he'll likely have to expose Schultz or Ellerby. Guys could get claimed but unlikely. If DL wants to make a trade to clear things up and make room for Ellerby/Schultz/Deslauriers/Forbort/someone else, he has time on his side this time it looks like.

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