The Kings picked up two experienced forwards on deadline day to round out their line-up for the stretch run to the playoffs. While neither of the players were expected, both have plenty to contribute to this young Kings team, namely experience.
Ray Whitney, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Scott Hartnell, Ethan Moreau. All were rumored to be headed to Los Angeles yet none of them ended up in Black and Forum Blue. The prized pony Ray Whitney wasn’t even moved at all from a Carolina team that shed 5 roster players today. The day was a busy one with Phoenix, Washington, and Toronto all making big moves as well.
Let’s take a look at what went down for the Kings today:
Leaving Los Angeles:
Teddy Purcell – Teddy was a bust. He had his chances to play with the big boys in L.A. and he never lived up to the lofty expectations placed on him after a great AHL career. Whether or not he’ll gel with Tampa and become a solid NHL forward is yet to be seen, but his time in Los Angeles has come to an end.
3rd Round Pick – With the Kings plethora of 3rd round picks, one of them was surely expendable. Best of all the Kings didn’t have to lose any valuable 1st or 2nd round picks, allowing the team to continue to acquire valuable young players.
7th Round Pick – Meh.
Coming to Los Angeles:
Jeff Halpern – Halpern brings veteran experience and versatility to the Kings. He served as Captain for the Washington Capitals and is a good guy to have in the locker room. He has the ability to contribute offensively as well has handle things in his own end. Although his -14 isn’t fantastic, it comes on a defensively weak Tampa Bay squad.
Fredrik Modin – Modin is similar to Halpern in that his role has diminished in recent years, but he still has the potential to contribute offensively. Hampered by injuries over the past few seasons, Modin has had a hard time finding his game. However, Modin brings something to this Kings roster that there aren’t too many of; Stanley Cup rings. Modin got his with Tampa Bay in the last pre-lockout season. Other Kings with rings? Three. Justin Williams, Sean O’Donnell, and Rob Scuderi.
The Kings did what I felt they would do all along, fill in some depth roles. The Kings didn’t need to trade big players and picks to grab a guy like Kovalchuk, they’ve been winning as a team all season long. These moves improved the team as a whole, rather than giving them an offensive weapon to lean on.
Thoughts on other trades of the day:
Biggest Steal – Derek Morris to Phoenix, 4th Round Pick to Boston. If the Hurricanes can get a 3rd Round Pick for Andrew Alberts, Morris has to be worth much more.
Worst Deal – Clarke MacArthur to Atlanta, 3rd and 4th Round Picks to Buffalo. Why Buffalo? Is Raffi Torres an upgrade?
Biggest Head-Scratcher – Vesa Toskala to Calgary, Curtis McElhinney to Anaheim. Just why?
The Kings returned to post-Olympic action with a decisive 5-1 victory over Dallas. On Thursday, March 4th the Kings face-off against Nashville, 5pm PT.
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Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney