The Los Angeles Kings are obvious sellers as the trade deadline looms, and these five players could have new addresses soon.
With the lowest point total in the Western Conference entering Monday’s action, the Los Angeles Kings are clear sellers approaching the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 24. They have been proactive to try to shed some bad contracts, so they have nearly $24 million in deadline cap space (according to CapFriendly) to take on some short-term bad money at the deadline.
The Kings have players with one or two years left on their contract as possible trade chips, along with some guys they probably aren’t especially motivated to move or able to move (Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick). But if general manager Rob Blake can clear more money, an active summer in free agency and/or the trade market could be coming.
Without further ado, here are five players the Los Angeles Kings could move before the trade deadline.
5. W/C Trevor Lewis
With an expiring contract, Lewis is an easy trade candidate for the Kings. He has never been an especially prolific scorer (seven points in 40 games this season), but he’s only two seasons removed from back-to-back double-digit goal seasons and he has generally been helpful in possession metrics throughout in his career.
Los Angeles won’t expect much for Lewis, perhaps a mid-round pick as the return ceiling in a trade. But a contending team looking for a forward with some versatility to eat minutes on a fourth line could do a lot worse.