The Los Angeles Kings are approaching rock bottom, which means their roster purging is expected to continue. Which three players could be next after the Tanner Pearson trade?
The inevitable has happened – the Los Angeles Kings have reached their expiration date. Everyone knew it was coming. But nobody thought it would come so soon. Just a season after making a surprising postseason appearance and appearing to get back on track, they have the NHL’s worst record (5-11-1).
But here’s the problem. It’s going to be hard for the Kings to do that. Their players with the most trade value are either old or have trade protection (or both). This is going to make rebuilding hard, but not impossible.
The Kings still have a talented roster, with Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and Ilya Kovalchuk. Those guys aren’t going anywhere. Neither is Jonathan Quick, who, when healthy, is a pretty good goaltender. It’s an old core for sure, but it’s still a pretty solid core nonetheless.
In today’s NHL, you can improve quickly. If the Kings play their cards right and get solid returns for their players, they could be right back in the thick of the postseason hunt as soon as the 2019-20 season. But for that to happen, they’re going to have to get started sooner rather than later.
The Tanner Pearson trade is just the tip of the iceberg. It can’t be the only move the Kings make if they want to be good again. Here’s a look at three players who they need to look into trading. It might be painful at first, but is it more painful than having the last place team in the NHL? Nope.