The trade deadline is not a day to revamp your team. It is the last chance to upgrade and get value out of the fat on your team. Apparently, the Kings do not understand this concept.
Other than Nash, no other name on the market stirred as much interest as when the Kings began to dangle their captain Dustin Brown out there to try and bait teams into giving up a big player.
The career-long King does not blow you away with numbers, but his consistent 50-plus points a season is not the only thing he brings to the team. The team captain is one of the most respected players in the entire league. The Toronto Star even wrote that “the ‘C’ stands for much more than captain. Try crushing. Try character. Try charitable.”
What they aimed to get for Brown was never identified, but Newsday suggests it could have been an attempt to bring Nash along with Carter to give them a formidable first line.
However, even bringing in the best player on the market and arguably one of the top goal scorers in the league, would not go over well with fans who see Brown as being more a part of the team than any single player.
LA coach Darryl Sutter tried to dismiss these claims on Tuesday:
"There's very little work done on it, because it's just rumors. It starts with a lie—they say a source—and that's what makes me mad.
"It's disrespectful to the players. It's part of the business, I understand that. There's a lot of people that pretend to be friendly to the players, and they basically. . . . I don't like it," he said.
Ultimately they proved to be unsubstantiated rumors, but the Kings should have jumped on it right away to squash them before they added unnecessary tension in the locker room.