NJ has also traded a fair amount of their higher-end prospect pool in the Kovalchuk and now Arnott trades.
I'm sure they would be willing to trade Kovalchuk's rights. Even if DL can't sign him before July 1st, he gets time to wine and dine him and get a jump start on the negotiations. If DL is serious about signing him, LA definitely has the picks/prospects to take the chance on trading for his rights.
Something tells me that Kovy wants to hear what other teams are offering before he decides. I don't see him signing with anyone prior to July 1st. However, if we don't have to give up too much to own his rights, I guess I'm ok with it.
I'm probably in the minority, but I would prefer Souray and his contract over Smyth's.
I would agree with you but the only problem is Souray's injury past.
Just took a look at capgeek and Souray is on the books for 2 more years at 5.4 million. If the Kings were to deal for Souray and send Smyth back to EDM they'd be saving almost 1 million and add a monster of a shot from the point.