So the trade deadline has once again come and gone.
Normally I would be sitting back and thinking about who the draft picks would be or how a new player could help the Kings. Unfortunately this year I can't help but think we just lowered our expectations of this year by trading Patrick O'Sullivan for Justin Williams.
This obviously has something to do with either O'Sullivan's hold out leaving a bad taste in the mouth of GM Dean Lombardi or an effort to create cap room for the offseason. The problem is that the Kings already have one of the lowest payrolls in the NHL and there was no need to make this move for financial reasons.
That leaves the first option of this leaving a bad taste in Lombardi's mouth.
I spoke with a friend of mine who's in the Kings organization (not very high on the food chain, but also not an usher), and he gave me the impression that this wasn't about that. Now granted, this isn't someone who works with Lombardi, but it's more like fourth or maybe fifth person down the line info. So take it for what it's worth.
So now what we have is a trade for a winger with a broken hand and when he was healthy he had 3 goals, 7 assists, and is a -9 through 32 games. Now I will never claim to be a rocket scientist, but O'Sullivan has 14 goals, 23 assists, and is a +1 through 62 games.
O'Sullivan was also the centerpiece of the trade that sent Pavol Demitra to Minnesota.
Again, I am starting to question whether this team is dedicated to keeping the core players together and making a quality team, or just settling for mediocrity like we fans have come to expect.