Los Angeles Kings: 5 Players Who Could Be Traded
The Kings most recent slide has put a lot of people in the Kingdom on edge.
Fans are getting restless, the media is starting to ask questions and a normally tight lipped Dean Lombardi (when it comes to team performance that is) addressed some things with Kings Insider Rich Hammond.
If the skid goes any further in the next five games, something will have to be done. Aside from a possible coaching change, the other move is to change the on-ice personnel.
Here are five players who might just be on the way out of LA if things don't shape up.
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Let's address the elephant in the room first and foremost. (No pun intended.)
Since his acquisition at the trade deadline of last season, Penner has been a humongous disappointment, and the recipient of harsh criticism.
And while the 29-year old-forward's effort and fitness have been much improved, it doesn't take away from the fact that he has just three goals in 37 games in a Kings uniform. None have come so far this season.
The Kings brought Penner on board for one reason: production. And so far he hasn't delivered.
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Jarret Stoll is a player the Kings were expecting production out of from the bottom six when Handzus left town.
Stoll, thus far, has just one goal and is a -2 in a key defensive role. And though it doesn't help that linemates Kyle Clifford and Ethan Moreau have been less than productive, Stoll has not helped his case any with a dip in performance.
He is making $3.6 million a year, and that is starting to leave a bitter taste in the fans' mouth. Especially with promising young goal scorer, center Andrei Loktionov, sitting in the minors, and a team that visibly lacks skill and scoring.
His faceoff ability alone could net a decent return from a team that is looking for center depth.
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The heat is on for 24-year-old Alec Martinez.
In 13 games played this season he has bagels in both goals and assists and is a -3. Martinez has also logged time on the Kings second powerplay unit and was playing increased minutes with the absence of Drew Doughty early on.
Also pressing on Martinez to get going is rookie Slava Voynov, who had a very impressive five game call up with the Kings, dropping a goal and two assists during that time.
If Martinez can't find his game, he may simply be victim of a numbers game in LA, with several promising defensive prospects lined up behind him.
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The highly touted goalie prospect is still looking for his first win of the 2011-2012 campaign.
The Kings have showed a real lack of confidence in goaltender Jonathan Bernier. He has started just two games thus far.
You could argue that it is because Jonathan Quick is playing so well, or you could also argue that it's because Bernier isn't rising to the occasion quite like they thought.
With Quick proving himself further, and other talented goalies in the Kings system, Jeff Zatkoff and Martin Jones, the Kings have a decision to make. Should they move the high touted goalie prospect for some offensive help?
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The Kings have played a fun game with Scott Parse the last two seasons, but it might be coming to a close soon.
Parse has showed great talent in the offensive side of the game, but has butted heads with coach Terry Murray when it comes to the defensive end of the ice.
Battling through a nasty hip injury, and multiple benchings, Parse has proven to be a gifted goal scorer, albeit enigmatic. However, the Kings need more from him on a consistent basis, more then he is capable of giving perhaps.
Parse is the kind of player who could really thrive in a different system. But as it stands right now, a Kings top six that includes Scott Parse, isn't getting it done.