Thursday, March 7, 2013

NHL Trade Market for 2013 Season: Kings and Senators Notes


Pierre LeBrun wrote an article at ESPN.com recently regarding the state of the NHL trade market, and in particular, how it is affected by the shortened NHL season.  There was a very interesting quote from the Los Angeles Kings GM, Dean Lombardi:

"What’s happened the last five or six years is teams realizing that even if they’re a seller, they realize it’s not like the old days where you trade [a UFA to be] for a draft pick and easily replace them [in the offseason]," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told ESPN.com. "Even midrange players, many teams are now deciding to keep them and try to sign them versus giving them away for a second- or third-round pick. That’s something that’s changed in this business since I got in it; very different. Some teams are looking at that No. 4 or No. 5 defenseman and saying, 'I’m not replacing him this summer, I need to keep him and sign him.'"

So, should we expect more re-signings and less trades in the next month?

It does seem like Jonathan Bernier of the Kings could be a trade target.  As a restricted free agent after this season, the Kings will likely not pay Bernier what he could get elsewhere, and there are several teams who could use a first-string caliber netminder like Bernier.

LeBrun writes that Daniel Alfredsson will be one player to watch in the trade market.  Alfredsson's contract with the Ottawa Senators is up after the 2012-13 season, where is being paid $1 million but will be a $4.875 million cap hit, according to capgeek.com. If he goes anywhere before the end of this season, LeBrun believes Alfredsson would want to be reunited with Zdeno Charra in Boston.

As far as the Senators' needs go, LeBrun does not believe that general manager Bryan Murray will do anything to improve in the short-term, which would hamper the team in the long-term.  That does not mean he won't make a move.  It just means that he won't jeopardize his team's future, because he knows how good they can be with a healthy Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza.

For more trade rumblings, visit LeBrun's article here on ESPN.com.  




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