Depending on who you talk to, Kings former #4 pick and RFA (with a 1.3 mil NHL cap hit) Thomas Hickey has asked to be traded.
The Kings don’t have 2nd or 3rd round picks this year and Lombardi and his staff have made a killing in the 2nd round (Toffoli, Clifford, Voynov, Moller, Simmonds), so look for Hickey to be moved soon for an early 2nd round pick. Likely destinations: Carolina, Buffalo.
As a rumor, that makes a lot of sense, as Hickey is trapped in Manchester with seemingly no room for him on the big club in the near future. And Matt’s point about Lombardi love of (and success with) 2nd round picks is a good one. However, Hickey had a pretty good season last year, and is finally healthy — and I would like to see him get a shot at the Drewiske 7th D slot. Nic Deslauriers is not going to be mature enough to make the jump to the big team next season (as much as I would like him to), so there is a small window here. I know it sucks for him that he was leapfrogged by both Voynov and Martinez; but redemption (a longshot, sure — but so is winning the cup) is not out of the question.
Jarret Stoll wants to stay in L.A. where he’s built a house. But lets be real folks, despite his stellar post season, (who can forget his Vancouver ousting goal in OT) he had a crappy regular season on the 3rd line. 6 goals and 15 assists in 78 games? For 3.4 million dollars?
Agreed. And, really, so what if he built a house?
I’ve been told the Kings have made an offer, but Stoll is likely to see which teams will overpay him this off season. He’s NOT a 2nd line center.
[...] The other player I look for the Kings to move is Brad Richardson who was a healthy scratch the last 4 games of the finals and was a healthy scratch in 7 of Terry Murray’s last 8 games.
Or Richardson could take up position as the Drewiske of forwards. Kevin Westgarth is also a possibility to be moved.
Where does this leave Andrei Loktionov?
Does he have a future? Would he look great on the Islanders?
Does he have a future? He’s 22. As I said in another post, Pavel Datsyuk was 25 before he became Pavel Datsyuk, and was 23 before he even made it to the NHL. Let Loktionov go as your own risk.
Rick Nash has no interest in the Kings and the Kings have no interest in Rick Nash.
Thank the f***ing lord.
[...] The Kings lost one of their top scorers in Manchester when Justin Azevedo (all 5 foot 6 of him) signed with Lukko in Finland. Because that worked out so well last season for Oscar Moller and Bud Holloway. Lombardi/Hextall also needs to stock Manchester with prospects as the Kings are fairy thin in the pipeline.
That leaves thirteen forwards the Kings have playing (or potentially playing) in Manchester, including the free-agents: Clune, Loktionov, Toffoli, Meckler, Czarnik, Vey, Andreoff, Cliche, Kaunisto, O’Neill, Weal, Kozun, Legein. Lombardi probably won’t qualify or re-sign everyone, but there isn’t a ton of room there. The arrival of Andreoff, Weal (and, imminently, Toffoli), and the signing of UFA O’Neill, probably made Azevedo rethink his options.