The Loktionov and Bernier trade requests are getting more virtual ink this week, though it doesn’t appear to be motivated by actual trade talks.
James O’Brien, citing a report from the LA Kings blog Mayor’s Manor, reports Kings center Andrei Loktionov has requested a trade. […] Backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier, meanwhile, has to a degree backed off his trade demand, hoping to steal more starts from Jonathan Quick this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Kings feel they need depth elsewhere defense, perhaps I could see Loktionov used as a trade chip. As for Bernier, I expect he’ll be retained by the Kings this season, and shopped this summer.
QUISP’S NOTE: Loktionov was reported to have asked for a trade many months ago, at the beginning of the lock-out. To my knowledge, neither he nor his agent have been quoted on this topic recently. Both Loktionov’s and Bernier’s trade request comments from last year need to be filed where they belong, which is in the “I would like to play in the NHL” file.
In any case, both players are pending RFAs without arbitration rights, so Dean Lombardi has no motivation to move them unless it makes sense for the Kings. (Although Loktionov’s waiver exemption expires this summer, so Lombardi will have to move him — trade request or not — or lose him to waivers in the fall.)