NHL Trade Rumors: Ales Hemsky and 10 Players the L.A. Kings Should Target
With less than a week remaining until the NHL's trade deadline, it's crunch time for the teams who might want to tweak a few things in their push to the playoffs.
Considering most of the Western Conference is gridlocked in a heap straddling the post-season cutoff line, some teams are looking for that missing link that could propel them up into safer standings in the West.
One such team that has been tied to many names is the Los Angeles Kings, who currently look to be hunting for a scoring forward who can be of help on their power play unit.
So who should the Kings target?
Here are ten possible players (alphabetically by last name) that LA could be seeking to trade for.
1. David Booth: Florida Panthers
Cap hit: 4.250
Florida's power forward, David Booth is our first option for a possible trade target.
Booth's cap hit would be a bit steep for the Kings who currently have less than 4 million in cap space, and four unrestricted free agent forwards come summer.
However, Booth's numbers would help out in this home stretch leading into the post-season.
2. Tim Connolly: Buffalo Sabres
Cap hit: 4.500
For a team that is looking for help on the power play, Connolly would be a great fit.
He has three of his goals and ten of his assists with the man advantage. Pair him with Ryan Smyth, who has eight goals on the power play, on one unit and it could turn into a very lethal lineup when their opponent takes a penalty.
3. Ales Hemsky: Edmonton Oilers
Cap hit: 4.100
When you have a team like the Kings who have been surrounded by whispers flying from the rumor mill, sometimes it's difficult to sift through the nonsense and find the legitimate ideas.
Hemsky seems to be a pretty strong idea as an addition to the Kings, and with his numbers and his cap hit, it is a move that would really make sense.
However, to get Hemsky away from the Oilers it might be a price tag that is too steep for LA.
4. Jarome Iginla: Calgary Flames
Cap hit: 7.000
Jarome Iginla has a brutal cap hit, so the Kings would need to sacrifice a few players to make enough cap space, but he could really be that spark the LA team needs to fuel them into the post-season.
Iginla's numbers are already impressive and have kept Calgary hot, so who knows if he is still on the trading block, but if he was surrounded by a core of young talent his numbers could increase even more.
5. Ethan Moreau: Columbus Blue Jackets
Cap hit: 2.000
With these single-digit stats, Ethan Moreau might look like a little bit of an oddball on this list when you are looking for a strong forward to throw in with the Kings, but Moreau has be a victim of circumstances.
Moreau has only 25 games played this season, and he has been a part of a struggling Columbus team, so if you mixed him with the talent of LA he might step things up.
6. Dustin Penner: Edmonton Oilers
Cap hit: 4.250
Dustin Penner has to be one of my picks for Los Angeles' target.
The power forward has proven himself valuable for whatever team's sweat he sports. Penner's size, grit, scoring ability, and overall presence could really mix well with the Kings, but they'd still need to forfeit some solid talent to get him out of Edmonton.
7. Jason Spezza: Ottawa Senators
Cap hit: 7.000
After LA fell out of the bidding for Ilya Kovalchuk in the summer, they clearly were ready to clear some cap space for a big name.
Maybe Jason Spezza could be that spark that can push the Kings into the playoffs. His numbers may not look impressive, but keep in mind that he has only played in 39 games this season.
8. Scottie Upshall: Phoenix Coyotes
Cap hit: 2.250
Granted the price would have to be perfect for Phoenix to let Upshall switch jerseys, however every team has their price for each and every player there.
Upshall is a very talented forward, and when he gets hot, he can really help whatever offense he is apart of, and because of that I could see him mixing well with Los Angeles.
9. Stephen Weiss: Florida Panthers
Cap hit: 3.100
If Los Angeles wants to bring in a scorer with a smaller price tag, Florida's Stephen Weiss could be a solid acquisition.
When you have a star like Kopitar who has recently been struggling to find open ice, maybe a playmaker like Weiss would be the best piece to add.
10. Nikolay Zherdev: Philadelphia Flyers
Cap hit: 2.000
When it comes to a bargain of a goal-scorer, who else could you pick for a possible pick up?
Zherdev clearly has the sweet hands and his goal statistics show that, and because of that he could help to pick up the Kings' offense a bit and that makes every penny of his contract worth it.