Here Come the Trades, But Not For The Kings
Last season the Kings made the first trade of the new year robbing Carolina of a 4th round pick a 6th round pick and Anthony Stewart (who didn’t do shit) for Kevin Westgarth (who did less shit than Stewart), but it took 13 days. 11 other trades were made before the month was over.
In 2012 8 deals were made in January including the Rene Bourque/Michael Cammalleri swap.
Brett Festerling and Maxin Lapierre were traded new years eve and then 5 other “shore up your team” deals were made in 2011
But in 2010 the only trades were in January both came from Toronto who acquired J.S. Giguere from our neighbors and Dion Phaneuf from the Flames.
But what does this have to do with the Kings in January?
One of Dean Lombardi’s first deals when he took office in 2007 was to jettison Ryan Munce for a package of hot dogs to the Lightning and then trade Craig Conroy for what eventually turned into Dwight King (way to go Dean!!!)
In 2009 Lombardi waited all the way until March to pull off the Patrick Sullivan/Justin Williams deal
In 2010 Lombardi didn’t do anything in January and February and pulled off 2 deadline deals, acquiring Jeff Halpern and Freddy Modin (I have both of their jersey’s)
In 2012 Jeff Carter was acquired… in February.
February always seems to be Dean’s busiest month. He dealt Sean Avery and Brent Sopel (for what turned out to be Wayne Simmonds) and got rid of Mattias Norstrom as well (why doesn’t HE get a bobble head night?)
So it looks like the Kings will be standing pat once again until the trade deadline where a team like Buffalo can rape Lombardi for TWO 2nd round draft picks for Regehr (thank GOD we re-signed him)
It also begs the question… what do the Kings NEED?
Left winger? Nobody’s giving those away.
More defense? The Kings have the experienced Jeff Schultz and that Bodnarchuk kid ready to step in down at Manchester.
More scoring? Pearson and Vey got a taste and much like the Kings did with Getzlaf and Perry, they kept giving them tastes until they were ready.
Here’s something I didn’t know:
In the Jonathan Bernier trade, the 2nd round pick that was included to the Kings is at TORONTO’S option (2014 or 2015)… However, when Toronto acquired Peter Holland from the Ducks it was for a conditional 2nd round pick IF Holland played 25 games. (3rd round pick if he plays less).
However, Holland has already played in 17 games so it looks as though the Kings won’t have a 2nd round pick this season…. which has been Lombardi’s best round BY FAR. If Lombardi is going to make a deal, it will be for a 2nd round pick.
Dan Carcillo’s trade deal was if Carcillo plays 40 games, its a 5th round pick. If he plays less than 40 games, it’s a 6th round pick. He’s played in 26 so far, so I think it’ll be safe to say the Kings will be giving up their 5th round pick to Chicago.