The rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers about Oilers center Sam Gagner have seemed to go nowhere.
From what looked from afar like a done deal, apparently the teams were never close to completing a deal and it now appears likely that a deal will not be made between the two teams. The Kings will now have to look elsewhere for scoring.
Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reported the news, saying that it’s doubtful that the Kings will continue to go after Gagner.
So now what? The Kings are a team that is clearly a playoff team, but they clearly have a need for more offense. Gagner would have given him that for a cheaper price and he still has term on his contract.
Now, the Kings are in deep in terms of making a trade. With being so close to the salary cap, they will more than likely have to find a team that will be willing to hold on to salary. With what the Kings need to acquire and the players that are available, it might be smart to wait until the off-season to make a deal. With the salary cap going up, it will be easier to make trades.
However, there will be pressure to improve because they are in a tough Pacific Division. With the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks in their division, they will need to be at their best in order to stay in the playoff race. In the Western Conference, there will be some good teams that don’t make it, the Kings just hope they’re not in that group.