Well, God said it in a tweet, so there must be SOME sort of speculation, right?
Fans are offering Brett Connolly and maybe one of Tampa’s 1st round picks for JB and Muzzin? Or Loktionov (if Stoll is re-signed as expected)?
There’s just one major problem.
Jonathan Quick still has a year to go on his contract MEANING they can’t negotiate until JULY 1ST… AFTER the draft. Maybe Lombardi wants to stockpile 1st rounders in 2013 (CBJ can opt to keep the Kings 1st rounder this year or wait for next year).
This doesn’t seem like a Lombardi move at all.
Those who say Jones and Zatkoff are ready, haven’t SEEN Jones and Zatkoff. It took YEARS for Bernier to be comfortable in the show and how many years did the Kings wait for Quick to develop?
McKenzie may have some serious insider information (**cough, Yzerman, cough**) but I don’t see Lombardi dealing Bernier unless thre’s someone in the draft he REALLY covets and is available when Tampa selects.
It just makes no sense to trade Bernier before Quick is re-signed. I’m not even sure it makes sense after he’s re-signed. What happens if Quick gets inj***d? It’s not like he relies on his quickness or athleticism or anything. I agree with Matt that assuming Jones or Zatkoff could just step in is naive. Could work. Probably wouldn’t. Why take the chance? Bernier is an RFA next summer (2013). Perversely, if he’s a back-up all season in 2012-13, he’s not even going to have the body of work to demand a huge raise. He can hold out for more money, but he can’t sign wherever he wants unless he gets an offer sheet. And I don’t think other GMs really want Dean Lombardi as an enemy.
And I would be shocked if Lombardi were to trade Andrei Loktionov and keep Jarret Stoll. ESPECIALLY since Stoll can go wherever he wants to on 7/1. For the same reason Lombardi wouldn’t deal Bernier before Quick is re-signed, he also won’t deal Loktionov when Stoll could bolt. Underline: I would keep Loktionov and let Stoll walk. But if I didn’t think that, I wouldn’t trade Loktionov without signing Stoll first.
The bottom six next season should be King, Loktionov, Lewis, Toffoli, Clifford, Nolan and Fraser. Yes, I know that’s seven names. I might also re-sign Penner and drop Gagne to the bottom-six, and do something like:
Gagne – Loktionov – Toffoli
King – Fraser – Lewis