Well, if this is true that according to sources the Kings are not interested in Kovalev but is on Ryan Smith.
Alexei Kovalev is an interesting case. By now, I think it's clear he likely won't be returning to Montreal after the Habs added Cammalleri, Gionta and Scott Gomez to their lineup. In fact, a source close to Kovalev suggested the Canadiens were pretty much out of the picture now unless something drastic happened. So, where now for the talented yet enigmatic player?
One would think Los Angeles would be a fit, given that the Kings struck out on Gaborik and Havlat. Sure, they signed blueliner Rob Scuderi on Thursday, but here's a young and talented team screaming for a big-name addition up front. But as of late afternoon Thursday, the Kings had not touched base with the Kovalev camp, and another source told ESPN.com the team was not interested in Kovalev's services.
One name that won't go away when it comes to the Kings is Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan Smyth, who has a no-trade clause in his contract.
I doubt he's being actively shopped. I expect he'd be part of any big trade, should we make one, but I don't think Lombardi is actively trying to move him. The dialogue with other GMs is probably "You're offering ____, how about I give you Johnson?" rather than "I'm offering Johnson, what will you give me for him?" - there's a big difference between the two. He's not untouchable by any means, but he's going to be on this team in the fall barring a big-name trade. He's not going for Sturm or someone like that.
I'd only trade him for a player of a reasonably similar age - say 25 or less. I will go nuts if Lombardi trades him for a soon to be 34 yo Smyth (I hate the Avs too. Don't want to contribute to their rebuild).
Honestly the only way i'd be happy if we traded jj is if it was for a versteeg/kessel type player. IMO JJ is wasted as an asset for sturm+mid level prospect (whatever would even it out) cause we don't need mid level prospects, we have enough prospects. Honestly unless we are getting young top6 help I see no reason to trade JJ, i feel this next season is his make or break season, if he plays like he did at the WC then he could become that player we were all hoping for, if he stays -18 JJ then he might get moved next off season to make room for other young dmen.