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Kings Not Ready to Make Trade to Address Roster Holes

The Los Angeles Kings are in a position where they could make trades to fill holes left by injury. It doesn’t look like they’re ready to.

If the Los Angeles Kings stay in the fight this season, they’ll likely add before the NHL trade deadline. That doesn’t mean they’re looking to add now, which is a bit surprising to some considering they’re down a couple of key pieces from their current roster. No Drew Doughty and no Viktor Arvidsson or Quinton Byfield have left the Kings a bit short-handed.

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The good news is, the Kings are playing well despite both veterans being out of the lineup. Lisa Dillman of The Athletic writes:

One of the oldest cliches in sports is that when a productive, high-end player gets injured, it creates opportunities for someone else. That’s not always true, but in the Kings’ case, because they still see this as a transition year, it has given them an opportunity to increase the workload for some players, and in the case of Kale Clague, to get a truer sense of whether he has full-time permanent NHL upside.

Dillman adds that the Kings would rather audition players who are close to being NHL regulars than go out and make a bunch of trades. That said, towards the deadline, if the Kings are still in the hunt, they could become buyers.

Drew Doughty hurt LA Kings
Drew Doughty hurt LA Kings

“My overall sense is the Kings are NOT targeting any player for trades now…” said Dillman who are 7-5-1 on the season and sit fifth in the Pacific Division. This was not supposed to be a big year for the Kings, other than to suggest it was a season where the club would take a step with some of their younger players. Still rebuilding, that the organization has gotten off to a fairly strong start is a huge plus.

There was some chatter the Kings might have been in on Jack Eichel, but the club wasn’t quite ready to give up on the prospects they’re trying to move forward and be a part of the long-term solution in LA.

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