Horrible News (and why am I not surprised?)

The day started with joy at the sight of Andrei Loktionov’s name on the cup, which turned out to be a Photoshop, and ended with the news that Andrei Loktionov will ask for a trade when the Lock-Out is over.

Way to manage your assets, Kings Brain Trust.

Igor Larionov tells me that Andrei Loktionov will be playing in the AHL, but once the lockout ends, a trade will be asked for. #LAKings
Slava Malamud

  7 comments for “Horrible News (and why am I not surprised?)

  1. uvgt2bkdnme
    September 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    that Cup snub would be anyone’s last straw, i think. even before that, Loktionov soldiered on, but this is just getting ridiculous from the perspective of how they’ve handled him.

  2. Kings of Hockeywood
    September 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I think in this instance, a trade request is meaningless. Thomas Hickey and Jonathan Bernier both reportedly also asked to be traded, and where did that get them? As you’ve pointed out, Quisp, the Kings own these guys until they are damn good and ready to let them go, and I don’t think Dean Lombardi is a sentimental fellow who cares whether his players are happy or not. To him, they are merely assets. And his paycheck is determined by whether those assets perform on the ice when called upon. He doesn’t seem concerned with their contentedness as to where they play or whether they got their name engraved on a trophy that, quite frankly, they didn’t do much to help earn. I don’t expect Loktionov to be moved any time soon (and not just because of the lockout) unless Lombardi determines it’s the right move for the Los Angeles Kings.

    • September 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      You’re right.

    • KingsFanCMC
      October 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      If the Kings had been cup ready 2 years ago, we would be having
      this same discussion about Oscar Moller. That brings up managing
      assets, which, even though Lombardi did a brilliant job assembling this
      team he has wasted
      several opportunities to bring future returns for players that are
      playing diminished roles that want out of town. Especially when it
      comes to skilled players that may lack the size to take a good beating
      in the playoffs. Moller and Holloway are gone, Loktionov was played out
      of position and not given a real chance and is now being “managed” as
      an asset and not properly thanked for his quiet contribution (I don’t
      recall him complaining about his role or constant movement up and down),
      and Hickey and Bernier have passed the point of diminished returns as
      far as trade value. I love this team, but wish it would do a better job
      of integrating/moving smaller, second-tier talent (like they did with
      Schenn) so everyone wins. You’re next, Nikolay Prokhorkin.

  3. USHA#17
    September 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Sorry Quisp, I know this is a big disappointment for both of you. The entire “names” process is just plain weird. GM, coach, players, maybe owner. Done.

    Clearly abusing the ego and confidence of players is a practice that did not end with the demise of the old LA Kings front office. The King is dead, long live the King.

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