Dean Lombardi may have silenced the critics. At least for now. The Los Angeles Kings made a splash at the deadline, trading Colten Teubert, a 1st round pick in 2011, and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2012, per LAKingsInsider.com.
The keys to this trade:
1. No Roster Players Leaving: With all of the talk of Simmonds and Brown departing, it’s a very good thing that the core stays intact. With the team clicking so well, the chemistry won’t be hampered by a departing player. This will also help ease the loss of Marco Sturm.
2. No Key Prospects Leaving: The Kings are stacked with defenseman and defense prospects. With Johnson, Doughty, and Martinez filling out the Kings roster with youth and Muzzin, Hickey, Voynov, and Forbort waiting in the wings this team could afford to lose Colten Teubert. Edmonton will love Teubert’s physicality and tenacity once he’s NHL ready, but the Kings won’t miss it. Don’t forget, Schenn is still in the organization, as is Loktionov (who wouldn’t have been traded due to injury) as well as Tyler Toffoli.
3. The rebuild is over(?): Lombardi trading picks, especially high picks, would insinuate that the rebuild is officially over and the team’s core is in place.
4. This is your Kings team for NEXT season as well: Penner has another year on his contract, $4.25 cap hit. Justin Williams was re-signed this morning for 4 more seasons. Poni and Handzus will likely depart in the off-season, making way for Loktionov. Doughty, Simmonds, Martinez, Richardson, and Lewis are pending RFAs who will likely see contracts come their way this summer.
It feels like the right deal at the right time for the Kings. A guy who can score, without losing Schenn or Simmonds, and someone who has some experience with a Cup ring on his finger.
For those who were clamoring for a big deal at the deadline, you got it. For those who didn’t want to see chemistry or core compromised, you got it.
High marks for Dean Lombardi at the 2011 Trade Deadline.
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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