I spend the majority of my time following our prospects and most of our fans don't have the same amount of time/access so base their opinions of our kids on the chances that they have to see them during call ups or camp(s).
We have a couple of NHL ready kids in our system and camp will prove that out. We also have Davis Dreweski (who has been our 7th Dman for the past few years and does a very commendable job) who is more than capable of stepping in until Willie M gets back. He has filled in for WM before and so I can't see us worrying too much about things early on.
Anything can happen and we do have a glut of bottom 6ers who are very capable that I could see us moving for the right piece(s). Stoll isn't likely going anywhere and I can almost promise that it wouldn't be for Leopold if he were unless you guys were adding a ton and that wouldn't make any sense.
We have waived Cliche who is not only NHL ready but is a solid locker room guy with good leadership qualities to boot.
If I were in your guys position though I would be after Bud Holloway. He would have been on our team all of last year but took some bad advice and ended up in the SEL where he ended up the leading scorer and is doing the same again this year. He hits hard, has great hands, can finish and is a very good guy to boot.
He would be the Kings asset that I would target if I needed a bottom 6er and since he is unlikely to play for the Kings could be had for a early mid round pick (3rd/early 4rth) more than likely. We also have Oscar Moller who is playing solid hockey in EU and was a good young player for the Kings while he was in LA.
We have several other players who could fit into your needs. How does signing Hecht impact your need for another bottom 6er?
Not that I believe this rumor, but Eklund did break a story during the lockout. Granted, even a blind squirrel does find a nut once in a while, he did get props from Bob McKenzie and the like for it. Maybe Ek has stepped his game up, or maybe he just go tlucky.
If there's a forward...Loktionov is likely available. From what I understand he's kinda been the odd man out in a numbers game, but could do well in another system.
But I don't think the Kings need Leopold. They have a good mix of D. Voynov and Doughty are stud PMDs, and Martinez is not bad either. And they've got the defensive D-men too.
So unless they are making major moves (why?), or have a ton of injuries...Leopold doesn't make sense.
King fan here Willie Mitchell has a injury that will force him out for a undertermined length of time. The kings don't feel they have the replacement for him long term in house. I think Leopold would be the right fit in la. I would be comfortable tradeing Lokti as ur right he is the odd man out in the center spot. Also if ur looking for a winger richardson would be available. Hes more of a jack of all trades master of none sorta good defensive player for ur pk
The rumor stems from Mitchell being out for a few weeks at the minimum, and the Kings need a replacement for him. If a deal like this does happen (I don't think it will), I can see something like Richardson + a late pick for Leopold.