February 23, 2012

Do the LA Kings need help in scoring more goals? Does a bear…?

What are you willing to give up and part with in order for that to happen, really?  While I'm asking questions, why would anyone who has  the slightest bit of knowledge in Dean Lombardi's track record want him to make a move as significant as acquiring the likes of Zach Parise, Jeff Carter, Ales Hemsky, or Rick Nash? 

Let's take a look at Dean's trade deadline moves in recent years:

2011: Kings trade Ryan Smyth to Edmonton for Gilbert Brule… wait no, Colin Fraser

At first, the trade was supposed to bring Gilbert Brule to the Kings in exchange for Smyth, who wanted to be in Edmonton.  Given the situation, it's obvious that Dean was not going to get much in return.  However, the trade for Brule was canceled since he was injured.  Instead, they gave him Fraser… who also ended up being injured.  Since the trade, Fraser has been a decent fourth line grinder who is willing an okay penalty killer and a willing combatant when needed.  

2011: Kings trade Colton Teubert, 2011 1st round pick, and 3rd in 2012 to Edmonton for Dustin Penner Since the trade, Dustin Penner has been a disaster. Listing his point totals is not necessary. All anyone needs to know is that he has been a healthy scratch in favor of AHL players.

2010: Kings trade Teddy Purcell and a 3rd round pick to Tampa Bay for Jeff Halpern and a 3rd round pick. Halpern did absolutely nothing for the Kings for the rest of the season and the playoffs as an unrestricted free agent while Purcell became a decent scorer in Tampa Bay.

2009: Kings trade Brian Boyle to the New York Rangers for a 3rd round choice. Brian Boyle didn't seem to find his groove in LA and Dean shipped him off to New York where he, all of a sudden, became one of the key components of the Rangers.

2008: Kings trade Michael Cammalleri and a 2nd round pick to Calgary for 1st and 2nd round picks. 

Considering that the 1st round pick was used to acquire Colton Teubert, who then was traded for Dustin Penner… I'm calling this his worst trade yet.

Having knowledge of these disastrous trades, why would anyone want Dean to make another deal while he's still here in LA?  Acquiring a player like Rick Nash or Zach Parise would add quite a bit to this team… but, at what cost?  The Kings are struggling offensively and everyone knows that.  Dean would be forced to pull off a trade where he might have to overpay.  Are Kings fans willing to part with the likes of Johnson, Bernier, and Voynov?  I, for one, hope he doesn't make a move on any of the high profile players who are available for trade right now.  He has been average (at best) in this category, so why sacrifice the future now?  If the Kings do not make the playoffs AND win at least a round, Dean Lombardi is likely to be cut loose.  Let's make an Alec Martinez for Travis Moen type of deal, see what happens from now until the end of the season, and regroup during the summer.  After all, being a Kings fan is to say "there's always next season."

Mike Torosyan 

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