…but he’s NHL-ready, and a pure sniper. Oh, and the Kings need goals. The problem is, there’s no room for him. Because the Kings have three top-six centers (Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter), one of whom has been converted to RW (Carter). Dustin Brown and Justin Williams are natural RWs. Brown goes left so Carter can play right. And there’s a big hole on LW that is not being adequately filled by Matt Frattin or Dwight King.
I would be shocked if Lombardi moves Richards or Carter. Kopitar and Brown are untouchable. So, doesn’t that mean that one of two things really have to happen:
- Tyler Toffoli is traded.
- Justin Williams is traded.
It would be upsetting to trade Toffoli, but Lombardi has shown a willingness to deal blue-chip prospects and/or fan favorites in order to add a “missing piece” (e.g. Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds for Mike RIchards). If it were me, I would at least try to move Williams for a real top-six LW, and promote Toffoli. But if it were me, we’d still have Andrei Loktionov, and Jarret Stoll would be long gone. I know, I know. I’m probably wrong and you’re probably right. (Although I notice that Stoll is now more or less the 4C I have sometimes said he was.)