The Jake Muzzin trade could be the first of many for the Los Angeles Kings
John Hoven: The LA Kings plan should be a top five pick this year and next, and then a return to the playoffs in 2020-21.
Don’t expect the Kings to be big players in the free agent market this offseason. Adding any veterans would be a one- or two-year bridge.
Dennis Bernstein: Blake on the Muzzin trade: “We’re at the bottom of the league. We made this deal for the future of team. The 1st round pick was key. We’re looking at a lot of different options, there are active calls around the league.”
Don’t believe that the return they got for Muzzin will have a large impact on the Martinez’s trade value.
Martinez could remain with the Kings after dealing Muzzin.
Toffoli, Quick and Kovalchuk may not be moved before the deadline.
NHL.com: Blake said he’s actively looking to make more deals.
“We’re in a position where we’re looking up every day at the standings,” Blake said. “We’re not happy about where we are. We’re not comfortable where we are, and now we have to make decisions for the best of the organization going forward.”