Friday, March 11, 2022

What LA Kings should do at the Trade Deadline

 


The LA Kings currently sit in 2nd place in the Pacific Division, but they need to improve their team if they want to remain a contender. The Good thing is that LA already has the key pieces in place, now its just a matter of improving the supporting cast. This is what the LA Kings should do at the Trade Deadline.




Trades:


LA Kings acquire Phil Kessel from the Arizona Coyotes for Andreas Athanasiou, 2022 3rd round pick.

Phil Kessel gives the LA Kings a veteran top 6 winger with Stanley Cup Pedigree, which drastically improves their scoring depth.


LA Kings acquire Nick Leddy from the Detroit Red Wings for Gabriel Vilardi, 2022 1st round pick.

The Kings get Nick Leddy, a top 4 defenseman with playoff experience to pair alongside Drew Doughty.


LA Kings also acquire Jake DeBrusk from the Boston Bruins for Jaret-Andrson Dolan, 2023 3rd round pick. If the Kings make the 2nd round of the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

Jake DeBrusk can give LA solid secondary scoring and his playoff experience will also be helpful as well.


LA Kings trade Lias Andersson, Brendan Lemieux, 2022 5th round pick to the Seattle Kraken for Colin Blackwell, Ryan Donato.

The Kings add two depth players in Colin Blackwell and Ryan Donato, who could really help them out in the playoffs.


Players acquired:

Phil Kessel

Nick Leddy

Jake DeBrusk

Colin Blackwell

Ryan Donato


Players Traded Away:

Andreas Athanasiou

Gabriel Vilardi

Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Lias Andersson

Brendan Lemieux

'22 1st 

'22 3rd

'22 5th

cond. '23 3rd 



This is how the LA Kings Lineup looks like after the Trade Deadline




A.Kaliyev-A.Kopitar-J.DeBrusk

A.Iaffalo-P.Danault-A.Kempe

T.Moore-Q.Byfield-P.Kessel

R.Donato-B.Lizotte-Co.Blackwell

O.Maatta-D.Doughty

N.Leddy-M.Roy

T.Bjornfot-S.Durzi

C.Peterson

J.Quick

IR: A.Edler, S.Walker, M.Anderson, V.Arvidsson


With these moves made at the deadline, the Kings could be a legit contender this year.


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